Herman Van Gucht had the honor of playing the renovated organ in the church of St. Mariaburg.

Herman Van Gucht had the honor of playing the renovated organ in the church of St. Mariaburg. © Marc Wouters

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.

The complete restoration of the church building took 18 years.

The complete restoration of the church building took 18 years. © Marc Wouters

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.

The history of the church building was compiled in the richly illustrated book 'A century under the tower'.

The history of the church building was compiled in the richly illustrated book ‘A century under the tower’. © Marc Wouters

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.

The church of Mariaburg has a number of works of art, including this statue of the Virgin Mary with crown.

The church of Mariaburg has a number of works of art, including this statue of the Virgin Mary with crown. © Marc Wouters

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