Brussels has unveiled a commemorative plaque for Marolles priest Abbot Jacques Van der Briest a year after his death. It was unveiled at Minimes church on Saturday.
The Abbot was strongly committed to defending disadvantaged people during his 62 years at the parish. In 1969, during the “Battle of Marolles”, he defended residents threatened by a project to extend the Courthouse.
“Jacques Van der Briest and myself were good friends as we lived a street away from each other for a long time”, Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur said during the unveiling ceremony on Saturday.
“We often worked together on social problems, like the Marolles residents or working for a better living standard in our town. As well as his professional position, I also want to pay respect to the man and celebrated Brussels resident today”, Mr Mayeur added.