Communinion Plate

Ceremonial Tray

Communinion Plate

Small brass tray with two ornately-engraved handles with cross motif. Engraved 'En Memoire de Maman Paul Paradis 1960' on reverse side. Small crease at edge of tray where word 'Maman' appears. Slightly tarnished.

The plate was used either for holding the communinion during the blessing or to carry the water and wine during the catholic mass. The Catholic Church in Mayo was located on the property donated by Livingston Wernecke. Father Huijbers came to Mayo. Father Huijbers walked from there all the way to Keno to visit miners at their camps. Father Huijbers arrived in Yukon after intense involvement with the WWII underground. The small plate would have been used in a catholic church, as either the communinion plate or a tray to hold the wine and water. Father Huijbers was born and raised in Limburg, Germany. He took his vows in 1937. During the war he became involved in the Dutch resistance. In 1943, Father Huijbers was arrested by the Gestapo on suspicion of his involvement with the underground. He escaped in a daring rescue by other members of the underground. He disguised himself and took on a new identity. He kept a list on 304 names that he kept in the sacristy at Christ the King Mission in Mayo of the people who didn't make it through to liberation. In 1948, Father Huijbers came to Mayo to assist Bishop Jean-Louis Coudert and stayed for more then 40 years. In 1982 he was rewarded with the "Silver Resistance Remembrance Cross" by the Dutch Consul General in Vancouver, in memory of the Queen of Holland.

Father Hendrik Huijbers, June 8, 1916 - July 5, 2002: Born in Doutighem, Holland. Ordained July 26, 1943 Weert, Holland. Died: July 5, 2002 Whitehorse, YT.

Institution

Keno City Mining Museum, Keno City

Accession Number

1995.13.2

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