In memory of Father Frans and for the reconstruction of Syria.
Walking broadens your mind
My uncle, Father Frans van der Lugt sj (1938-2014), lived in Syria for 40 years of his life. Everyone was always welcome with him. He accepted people as they are and offered them a listening ear. He did many good things for different communities in Syria, but all in his own way. Abouna ("father") French, as he was called by many Syrians, meant a lot to many people and is still not forgotten. His vision of life lives on, but his projects have to be rebuilt from scratch because of the war. And that requires help. Help to give the people in Syria an independent and bright future again. That is why I walked the pilgrimage 'Walk for Homs' with the participants from Tuesday 5 April to Sunday 10 April 2022. On April 5 in the Obrechtkerk in Amsterdam and on April 10 in St. John's Cathedral in 's-Hertogenbosch we commemorated Uncle Frans and we commemorated the people in Syria during the prayer service. On Saturday, June 10 in 2023 in 2023, we set out again in Nijmegen to raise money for the people of Syria. Nijmegen, because my uncle studied there.
In September 2023, we will organize the event Klimmaten for people who work in the installation sector. During this event, money will be raised for Al Ard, among other things.
“A good walk leads to reflection and it broadens your mind”, says Frans van der Lugt.