1855 – Dutch monks on Athos

Sofar we discovered three Dutch monks who lived on the Holy Mountain. All three in Karakalou: Pachomios, K.  and someone unknown.
This is the story of fourth Dutchman on Athos, Hilarion of Xeropotamou.

Guestmonk Pachomios here in the garden of Karakalou with my brother Wim. Originaly he came from the former Dutch colony Surinam but grew up in The Hague, The Netherlands.
andreas-quintenYoung Dutchman K.  stayed several years in the monastery of Karakalou. His story can be read in post 1847. (picture by Micha Geldermans). K.  went to Karakalou in 1994 because  a Dutch monk already lived there. Unfortunately this Dutchman fell from a balcony two days after K.  arrived at the monastery and died! (this story in Koert Ter Veens book Athos Monnikeneiland blz. 281 2001)

.epenhuysen epenhuysen-conducting
Dutch musician and conducter  Jan van Epenhuysen (1906 -2000) of an orchestra (nowadays called Noord Nederlands Orkest ) in the north of the Netherlands retired in 1961 and went to a Orthodox community near Paris and in the late nineteen 60ties to Mount Athos. He was married and had three daughters.hilarionepenhuysen
Jan van Epenhuysen (left in the corner with beard) here at an easter dinner at the Orthodox community of Vanves near Paris in the sixties. He changed his name to Hilarion.xerapotamou-viale xerapotamou-entrance
According to writer Koert ter Veen Van Epenhuysen was known as Hilarion of Xiropotamou. On the photos the courtyard and entrance of this monastery. I assume he spend the rest of his life in this monastery but  I found no more information about him.xerapotamou-prayerAnother image of Xiropotamou in 2013 during the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. epenhuysen-graf
Hilarion died in 2000 at the age of 94. He was probably buried on the Holy Mountain. In the Netherlands there is this  familygrave with a stone:
In rememberance
J. van Epenhuysen
Hieromonk Hilarion
11 sept 1906 – 19 oct 2000

Herman Voogd

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5 Responses to 1855 – Dutch monks on Athos

  1. Surprising to learn that one could become a monk at 60! Thank you again for your always interesting, always educational, always inspiring blog.

  2. Vasílis says:

    There is a fifth Dutch monk: Father Jacob (Ιάκωβος) who has lived at I.M. Símonos Pétras in the last decade of the twentieth century. Koert ter Veen writes about him in his book, p.e. pp 106-114, 265-268.

  3. gerard koolschijn says:

    Thanks for intriguing stories and photo’s

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