fr. Anton Milh OP

He is a researcher at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. His research interests are concerned with the history of Church and theology in Belgium during the first half of the twentieth century, and the history and spirituality of the religious institutes, especially of the Capuchins and the Dominicans. 

anton.milh@institutumhistoricum.op.org

Academic formation

At the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven:

2013 Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies

2014 Master of Theology and Religious Studies

2015 Advanced Master of Theology and Religious Studies, Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus

2017 Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus

2015-2019 PhD scholarship of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)

2020 Doctor of Theology, Sacrae Theologiae Doctor

Title of the doctoral thesis: Bruine en witte paters. Franciscanen, kapucijnen en dominicanen en de collaboratie tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog in Vlaanderen
[= On Franciscans, Capuchins and Dominicans and their stance towards the collaboration with the German occupier in Flanders during the Second World War]

At the Faculty of Theology, University of Fribourg:

2020-2022 Free student

Work experience

2015-2018 Secretary to the Research Unit ‘History of Church and Theology’, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven

2015-2019 Teaching and research assistant, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven

2019- Scientific collaborator, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven

2020- Collaborator of the Index Religiosus-database (generated by Brepols, Turnhout)

2022- Professor of Church History, Higher Institute for Religious Studies (HIGW), Leuven

2023- Professor of Church History, John XXIII Seminary, Leuven

Board

2015- Member of the Research and Documentation Centre ‘Capuchins in the Low Countries’

2022- Member of the board of Stichting Echo (a Dutch organization that fosters research on the contemporary history of religious life; www.stichting-echo.nl)

2022- Member of the editorial board of the book series Spicilegium Sacrum Lovaniense (published by Peeters, Leuven)

Dominican Order

2019 Simple profession

2020 Founder of the ‘History of the Dominican Order in the Benelux’-network

2022 Priestly ordination

2022- Responsible for the archives and libraries of the Belgian province

2022- Chaplain at Saint Paul’s Church, Antwerp

Key publications

Edited books

A Cathedral of Constitutional Law. Essays on the Earliest Constitutions of the Order of Preachers – With an English Translation of Fr Antoninus H. Thomas’s 1965 Study (Bibliothèque de la Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique, 112), Turnhout: Brepols, 2023. (together with Mark Butaye)

Hervorming. Dominicaanse spiritualiteit in de 15de en 16de eeuw, Antwerpen: Halewijn, 2022. (together with Stephan van Erp)

Identité et visibilité. Conflits de générations chez les dominicains (Collection “Spiritualité”), Toulouse: Domuni Press, 2019. (together with Stephan van Erp)

Predikbroeders in woord en daad. Dominicanen in Vlaanderen in de twintigste eeuw, Antwerpen: Halewijn, 2016. (together with Mathijs Lamberigts and Mark De Caluwe)

Journal articles

Pie V. Un réformateur armé d’un marteau. In: Nova et Vetera, 97/1 (2022), 41-56.

« Dans la zone grise ». L’attitude des franciscains et des capucins flamands vis-à-vis de la collaboration avec l’occupant allemand pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. In: Études franciscaines – Nouvelle série, 14/1 (2021), 161-175.

Prediken aan de Dijle. Dominicanen of predikheren in Mechelen (1651-1796). In: Handelingen van de Koninklijke Kring voor Oudheidkunde, Letteren en Kunst van Mechelen, 124 (2021), 149-170.

« Faire vivre l’Ordre au temps révolutionnaire. » The Dominicans in Congo under Changing Civil Regimes. In: Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum – Nova Series, 3 (2018), 263-291. (together with Dries Vanysacker)

Van het “uur van Vlaanderen” tot de “ramp van Vlaanderen”. De houding van dominicaan Jules Callewaert tegenover de collaboratie tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. In: Trajecta: Religion, Culture and Society in the Low Countries, 25/2 (2016), 238-272.

Book chapters

Et ut maxima est Historiae necessitas, non minor est utilitas. Belgian Dominican Historians in the 19th and 20th Centuries. In: A. Milh, M. Butaye (Eds), A Cathedral of Constitutional Law. Essays on the Earliest Constitutions of the Order of Preachers – With an English Translation of Fr Antoninus H. Thomas’s 1965 Study (Bibliothèque de la Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique, 112), Turnhout: Brepols, 2023, 27-42.

De ontmoeting van Franciscus en Dominicus. Heiligheid en hagiografie in de dertiende en veertiende eeuw. In: S. van Erp (Ed.), Een roeping voor iedereen. Geloven in de gemeenschap van de heiligen (Logos. Leuvense Ontmoetingen rond Geloof, Openbaring en Spiritualiteit, 17). Antwerpen: Halewijn, 2023, 70-82.

From Colonialism to Zairianization: The Dominican Mission in the Congo in the Maelstrom of Politics (1950s–1970s). In: J. Lopes Pereira (Ed.), Church-State Relations in Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Mission, Empire, and the Holy See (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies), London – Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, 193-215.

At the Frontiers of Dialogue: The Contribution of Remi Hoeckman OP to Ecumenical and Jewish-Christian Relations. In: V.Š. Dóci, T. Prügl (Eds), Brückenbauer und Wegbereiter: Die Dominikaner an den Grenzen der katholischen Christenheit / Building Bridges and Paving the Way: Dominicans at the Frontiers of Catholic Christianity (Dissertationes Historicae, XL), Rome: Angelicum University Press – Institutum Historicum Ordinis Praedicatorum, 2022, 205-228.

Schillebeeckx on Dominican Spirituality. In: S. van Erp, D. Minch (Eds), The T&T Clark Handbook of Edward Schillebeeckx, London – New York: Bloomsbury – T&T Clark, 2019, 63-85. (together with Erik Borgman)

The Spiritual Conferences in the Church of Saint Carolus Borromeus in Antwerp (1927-1940): An Example of Dominican Preaching Apostolate in Turbulent Times. In: V.Š. Dóci, T. Prügl (Eds), Bibelstudium und Predigt im Dominikanerorden: Geschichte, Ideal, Praxis (Dissertationes Historicae, XXXVI), Rome: Angelicum University Press – Institutum Historicum Ordinis Praedicatorum, 2019, 343-370.

Reform without Improvement: “Donatism” in the Belgian Capuchin Province (1925-1945). In: M. Lamberigts, W. De Pril (Eds), Louvain, Belgium and Beyond. Studies in Religious History in Honour of Leo Kenis (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, CCXCIX), Leuven – Paris – Bristol, CT: Peeters, 2018, 231-251.