About Antwerp Monumental Churches
UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FOR FIVE HISTORICAL PLACES OF WORSHIP
Antwerp Monumental Churches (MKA vzw) is the central contact point and umbrella organization for the Cathedral of Our Lady and the churches of St Andrew, St Charles Borromeo, St James and St Paul: five religiously active churches located in the historical centre of Antwerp. MKA is responsible for the promotion of the immensely rich heritage of these five places of worship and supports the mediation for visitors.
MKA’s mission is to encourage and support collaboration between the Cathedral of Our Lady and the churches of St Andrew, St Charles Borromeo, St James’ and St Paul. By pooling resources in this way, the association aims to deliver sustainable, high-quality care for the cultural heritage of these five monumental churches and to encourage the joint development of their outreach in a serene and publicly beneficial manner.
Recent collaboration between the Cathedral of Our Lady and the churches of St Andrew, St Charles Borromeo, St James and St Paul grows with the support of the Antwerp Heritage Unit, resulting in the foundation of the non-profit organization Antwerp Monumental Churches (MKA vzw).
On the initiative of Alderman Philip Heylen, a working group is set up with representatives of the City of Antwerp’s Museums and Heritage Service, the Province of Antwerp’s Culture Department and Heritage Service, and members of the MKA board of directors. The three partners sign a collaboration agreement. The first fruits of this collaboration are the appointment of a coordinator and the production of a leaflet in four languages.
Who are we?
Board of Directors
MKA is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the General Meeting.
Christian Devos | Chairman
Representative of the Fabric Committee, Our Lady’s Cathedral
Paul Bistiaux | Secretary
Chairman of the Fabric Committee, St Paul’s Church
Olivier Lins | Treasurer
Chairman of the Fabric Committee, St-Charles Borromeo’s Church
Representative of the Fabric Committee, St Andrew’s Church
Representative of the St James’ Church
Representative of Antwerp Pastoral Tourism
Tonia Dhaese | Coordinator
Antwerp’s five monumental churches have relied on volunteers for many years to open up these jewels of the city’s heritage to tourists. It is thanks to their efforts that everyone has the opportunity to visit and experience these treasuries of art and cultural heritage.
Visitors are given a warm personal reception, rooted in a powerfully held sense of hospitality. Each volunteer contributes to the visitor experience in his or her own way, whether as reception staff, welcomer, guide or part of the maintenance team.
Are you hospitable by nature with a special affection for religious heritage? If so Antwerp Monumental Churches (MKA) would like to put you in contact with one of the volunteer organizations and groups active at the five monumental churches.
Contact Tonia Dhaese via email@example.com or check the volunteer vacancies:
- St James’s Church: reception and maintenance team (https://www.giveaday.be/en-be/volunteer-work/ and search Sint-Jacobskerk)
- St Andrew’s Church 2000 Reception Group (http://www.sint-andrieskerk.be/andriesvzw.htm)
- Friends of St Paul’s Church Reception Group (https://vrijwilligerswerk.be/organisaties-van-a-tot-z/sint-paulusvrienden)
- Antwerp Pastoral Tourism Reception Group (https://www.topa.be/nl/wie-zijn-wij/onthaalgroep/)