Establishment

8 February 1318

Establishment

The Confraternity is being established. All of it’s the first members are the “clerici and scolares” members of the then dominant Roman Catholic clergy.

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First processon for Our Lady

8 February 1367

First processon for Our Lady

First procession to honour Our Lady in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The procession was an initiative of the Confraternity. The Confraternity also took part in organising this first procession.

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Outside members can join the Fraternity

8 February 1371

Outside members can join the Confraternity, including women. They do not have to take an oath. There is a large influx through the Mary devotion and by being able to earn indulgences. Every member receives…

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Donation

8 February 1483

Donation

Joined Ghisbertus van der Poorten donates his house to the Confraternity on the Hinthamerstraat (now no. 94).

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Jheronimus Bosch

8 February 1487

Jheronimus Bosch

The famous painter Jeroen Bosch is sworn member of the Confraternity.

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New chapel being dedicated

19 September 1494

New chapel being dedicated

The bishop of Liège dedicates the new chapel of the Confraternity (the current Sacrament chapel in St. John’s Cathedral). The chapel was built by the famous architect Alart du Hamel and his brother-in-law Jan Heyns,…

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15.000 candles

28 August 1500

15.000 candles

During this period members of the Confraternity received up to 15.000 candles annually.

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William of Orange

23 March 1556

William of Orange

Willem van Oranje joins the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap.

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Beeldenstorm (Iconoclastic Fury)

4 October 1566

Beeldenstorm (Iconoclastic Fury)

At the first iconoclastic in August, the Confraternity chapel does not suffer any damage. A second iconic storm takes place in October. The chapel was now also destroyed. One of the iconoclasts was former singer…

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Siege of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

11 April 1629

Siege of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

’s-Hertogenbosch is captured by Frederik Hendrik, de youngest son of William of Orange.

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Transformation Broederschap

8 February 1642

Transformation of the Confaternity. From now on, the fraternity will consist of 18 Catholic and 18 Reformed sworn members. The pursuing unity and friendship between Christians will be it’s main goal from then on until…

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Chapel being relinquished

21 July 1701

Chapel being relinquished

The Chapel of the Confraternity in the Sint Jans Cathedral is relinquished, and is nowadays the sacred sacrament chapel. ( http://www.sint-jan.nl )

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Honorary title Willem ll

30 August 1818

Honorary title Willem ll

Crown Prince Willem, the later King William II is invited to re-establish ties with Confraternity and Oranjehuis. He accepts the honorary title of Zwanenbroeder.

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A new home

24 March 1846

A new home

The new Zwanenbroedershuis is built in neo-Gothic style by the architect Laffertee on the same historical site that was donated in 1483 by Ghisbertus van der Poorten.

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Great room

11 October 1870

Great room

The great room is added to the house of the Confraternity.

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Origin of the swan on the roof

14 January 1950

Origin of the swan on the roof

The swan on the roof, which adorns the building at the front, was manufactured in the early fifties by the Bossche goldsmith Guillaume Henrie Hubert Cordang.

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New statues

1 April 1962

New statues

On the front of the Confraternity house, statues are placed by Marius van Beek. Statues are Gerardus van Uden, founder, Ghisbertus van der Poorten donor of the house, swan brothers Floris van Egmond and Willem…

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650th anniversary

8 February 1968

The Confraternity celebrates its 650th anniversary. A first ecumenical service is preceded by bishop mgr. dr.s Bluyssen and Dominee ds. N.v.d. Akker.

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800th anniversary of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

21 November 1985

800th anniversary of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

On the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Confraternity really stands out for the first time. A booklet is published in which the concise history of the Confraternity is shown….

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Register domain for website

13 May 2003

Register domain for website

On the 13th of may the Confraternity registerde the domain for its with website with STICHTING INTERNET DOMEINREGISTRATIE NEDERLAND. Later that year the first website was launched of which a screenshot is shown.

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Awarded official status as a museum

8 February 2005

The Zwanenbroedershuis acquires the status of museum.

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Jheronimus Bosch 500 years a sworn member

29 June 2016

Jheronimus Bosch 500 years a sworn member

This year was dominated by the fact that Jeroen Bosch died 500 years ago. The Confraternity contributed to the large exhibition on Hieronymus Bosch in het Noord-Brabants Museum. There were many visitors to the Zwanenbroedershuis…

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700th anniversary Broederschap

8 February 2017

700th anniversary Broederschap

On 8 February 2018 it is 700 years ago that the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap was founded. This will be commemorated with various activities during this year.

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Opening jubilee year

16 February 2018

Opening jubilee year

The jubilee year officially started on Friday 16 February. An ecumenical celebration was started in St. John’s Cathedral in the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. After the celebration His Majesty the King opened the…

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Anniversary concert

23 September 2018

Anniversary concert

On Sunday, September 23, the Confraternity organized a concert in St. John’s Cathedral followed by a drink. During this concert many pieces of music from the last 700 years were performed. The conclusion was with…

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