GOOD PASTORS IN THE MISSIO HOLLANDICA IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY GIAN ACKERMANS 1. Introduction In the autumn of 1670, the vicar apostolic of the so-called Missio Hollandica (the former Utrecht church province), ,Johannes van Neer- cassel, travelled to Rome. During this journey he stayed for some days in Milan and visited the Duomo, the magnificent cathedral land the scurolo di San Carlo, a chapel in its crypt, which housed the earthly remains of Carlo Borromeo. Neercassel celebrated Mass twice near the crystal tomb and was genuinely moved: "I hope that he . [Borromeo] has heard our prayers and that he, who in the earthly days of his life has striven to enrich God's Church with good bishops and priests, will help us to join the number of good bishops and priests".' Borromeo, the famous archbishop of Milan (d. 1584), is generally considered the embodiment of the ideal of the Tridentine reform bishop.' Neercassel was one of Borromeo's admirers and as a bishop he gave his best efforts to follow in his footsteps. Preaching, visiting and administering the sacraments all over in the Catholic community of the Northern Netherlands, he too was a demanding and
Nederlands Archief voor Kerkgeschiedenis (in 2006 continued as Church History and Religious Culture) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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