On February 10, 2005, in the house of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in the Loran area of the city of Alexandria in Egypt, the inauguration of the Unus Dominus Study and Dialogue Center for ecumenical dialogue and the interreligious dialogue.
The center is a common project of the respective religious provinces of the Middle East, both of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, and of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará.
The Center proposes, among other things, “to promote an authentic ecumenical spirit in the Church, according to the conciliar decree Unitatis Redintegratio and the great profusion of subsequent documents”, and “to launch an interreligious and intercultural dialogue, especially with the Jewish and Muslim communities. present in the Middle East. ” Among the members of his honor committee are personalities such as SER Cardinal and Catholic Coptic Patriarch of Egypt Stefanos II, as well as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop Michael Sabbah.
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As an opening ceremony, a conference was held on the theme Ecumenical Hope of the Church, by the Rev. Dr. Carlos Pereira, director of the Center, and later the Holy Mass presided by HE Mons. Giuseppe Bausardo, Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria for Latinos, with the presence of numerous religious men and women from some of the congregations that work in this coastal city. His Eminence Patriarch Stefanos also wanted to be present during the conference.
The school courses take place once a week for a semester. Intensive specialization courses are also planned, lasting one week, and a series of lectures to be held during the semester. There are already some lay people who are interested in following a certain training program in this field.
We began these classes of providential providentially on February 14, the day on which we celebrated the Saints Cyril and Methodius, preclear examples of inculturation, as Fr. Luis Montes said in the inaugural Mass sermon, to the point that the liturgical texts that translated to the Slavic language, they were written in the characters called “Cyrillic”.Parallel to the Center, it began with private courses of classical Arabic, for the new missionaries that arrive in the country and the region, and with a work of translation of documents and articles, by some professors.
John Paul II teaches that “in order to correspond to the needs of his apostolic service in the midst of the Slavic peoples, they translated the sacred books for a liturgical and catechetical purpose in their language, thus establishing the foundations of all literature in the languages of those languages. same peoples. That is why they are considered not only the apostles of the Slavs but also the fathers of culture among all these peoples and all these nations, for whom the first writings of the Slavic language do not cease to be a fundamental point of reference in the history of his literature. ” Also in the Arabic language, it is necessary an enrichment and precision work of the philosophical vocabulary to be able to accurately express the perennial philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
This year we have four students who have recently arrived on the mission: Fr. Mario Ibarrarán, and the Sisters M. Clemens, M. Medianera, and M. Della Santa Croce. Classes are held intensively from Monday to Thursday during the morning at the house of the IVE in Loran (Alexandria). The course, organized in two semesters, includes 16 subjects, among which are not only those referring to the language itself, such as grammar, comprehension, dialogue, etc., but also those related to our specific mission in the Middle East, as Islamic Doctrine, Study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Arabic, Fundamental Philosophical-Theological Vocabulary, etc. The teachers hired for the classes are four, including a Muslim. But what a great achievement means to us,
We have diverse experiences of what it has been to study in Schools or through private courses: all of them have been insufficient and partial. Now we have the possibility of offering our new missionaries, not only a mere learning of the Arabic language but a comprehensive and secure formation that allows them to progressively adapt to this very different and complex culture, in order to make our charism more complete. For all this, we will understand the joy and enthusiasm that overwhelms us: this work is for our Religious Family in the Middle East a “historic” step.
Both the Unus Dominus Center and the Arabic Classes have written chronicles.
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During the Spiritual Exercises preached by Fr. Dino Sallie, novice teacher, a few days ago, two young people discovered their religious vocation. Today they are Postulants. They live in the San Antonio Abad Novitiate in Cairo. Deo Gratias!
Admission to the Novitiate
Four young Egyptians who come to finish their Postulancy enter the Year of Novitiate. We pray for your perseverance and holiness of life.
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News from Ánjara, Jordan
First Communions and Confirmations
In a climate of great joy, the First Communions and Confirmations took place in our Parish on December 19, 2004. The Holy Mass was presided over by Bishop Bulos Marcuzzo, Bishop of Nazareth. Ten children received First Communion and sixteen received Confirmation.
– Christmas in our community of faithful, unlike other years, was marked by the death of some of them, which is why and according to
with the customs of the place the attendance to the Mass of Cock would be little, nevertheless, by the grace of God the Church was totally full, there were also many confessions. In a particular way this year the choir of young people who during a month rehearsed to improve the liturgy of this particular time stood out. – Although the Christians in Jordan have the habit of putting together the tree and the manager, however, there are many who do not. That is why to encourage this beautiful custom is that a contest was organized to reward the best Nativity scene. The Sisters have visited the houses, looking for the family that was dedicated to building the best.
Spiritual Exercises and other events
– Fr Enrique Montes has preached a 5-day Ignatian Exercise to a group of SSVM Servants. – Sister Mariam Dam el Masih has carried out during those days the assistance and attention of the Parish. This sister is one of the first Egyptian vocations of our Religious Family. – During the Christmas, days has returned to Ánjara the Aspirant Hadil Mkatash who a few months ago entered the Santa Cristina Aspirants do in Egypt. – Formation meeting of the Religious Family: it was carried out with much fruit. It was presented on the Encyclicals Ecclesia de Eucaristia by John Paul II and the Mysterium Fidei of Paul VI. – After the necessary time of preparation, Fr Enrique Montes began to confess in Arabic. The father studies Arabic intensively since his arrival in the Holy Land in 2001! Congratulations!
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News from the Holy Land
Arrival of Our Lady of Luján
With great joy, we have received the Image of the Immaculate donated to our mission by Father Buela. We take this opportunity to thank you for the beautiful gift. We have enthroned her in our chapel with a solemn Mass with the members of our very little Religious Family present in the Fatherland of the Lord: 3 religious, 2 priests and 9 laities… the filing Third Order Lay!
The first week of February, Fr. Romanelli preached a round of Ignatian Exercises in Arabic for five days to a group of 8 seminarians and a diocesan priest in Bethany, on the Mount of Olives.
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News from Rome …
Approaching the Altar
On January 27, our Egyptian seminarian Emad, who is in the last stage of his priestly formation, has received the Order of the Acolyte in the city of Segni (Italy). At the same time, he was appointed as an assistant to Father Scaloni for the novitiate in Italy. Congratulations and Forward!
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I do PROVINCIAL CHAPTER
The First Provincial Chapter was celebrated in the city of Alexandria during the first days of January. They were intense days of exhibitions, discussions, projects … and council meetings. We were present most of the priests of the IVE in the Middle East. It was carried out in the middle of a family environment eutrapélico. “Where Charity is true, God is there”, once again we have experienced that eternal truth. Deo Gratias!
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Today, February 17, we celebrate Our Lady of Banishment,
Patron of our province. Happy day to all the provincials!