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.
Young 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)
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.
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.
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.Another image of Xiropotamou in 2013 during the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
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:
J. van Epenhuysen
11 sept 1906 – 19 oct 2000