The end of the renovation work was celebrated with a celebration in the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Assistance in Sint-Mariaburg on Sunday. The late engineer Bob Stuyck started the restoration in 1999. Just about everything in the church building has been restored, from the heating, the roofs, the electricity and the facade to the organ.
More than 110 years after the first Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, October 29, 1911, the church building shines again and the restored Pels organ sounds more than ever. Father Jacques Adriaens of the Sint-Michielscollege led the thanksgiving celebration. An occasional choir with Herman and Anton Van Gucht at the organ graced the service.
Alderman Bruno Heirman van Brasschaat and Martine Voets, district councilor in Ekeren, represented the public administration. Roland Cassiers, representative of the diocese in the church council, thanked the Flemish Region, Brasschaat and Antwerp for their contribution to the costs after the celebration. “All in all, the project was funded between 80 and 90 percent by the government. The remaining part was saved together by the parishioners,” said Cassiers. There were words of thanks for chairman Paul Bulens and treasurer Guy Van Bouwel and many helping hands in front of and behind the scenes. After the celebration there was an opportunity to visit the church building.