02 Sep

Jubilees at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Sin-el-Fil (Beirut, Lebanon)

This year the Feast of our Patron Saint, Anthony of Padua, took on a more solemn dimension.

It was the occasion for celebrating various jubilees and events: the 70thanniversary of Friar Massimiliano Maria Chilin’s ordination to the priesthood, the 50thanniversary of our Conventual Franciscan fraternity’s presence in Sin el Fil, the 30thanniversary of the consecration of our church building, and the inauguration of the street dedicated to the holy miracle-worker.

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A large number of ecclesiastical and civil authorities, together with a crowd of the faithful, joined us to give thanks to the Lord for his faithfulness and goodness.

Ad multos annos!

Friar Roger Kouyoumdji

Messa solenne presieduta da mons. Ivan Santus, segretario della Nunziatura Apostolica, per il settantesimo di ordinazione sacerdotale di fra Massimiliano M. Chilin, missionario in Libano dal 1966.

 

Fra Massimiliano M. Chilin
ordinato a Lourdes (Francia) il 29 giugno 1948.

Taglio della torta tradizionale alla presenza del nostro vescovo mons. César Essayan, OFMConv.

Processione con la reliquia e la statua
di sant’Antonio di Padova.

Processione con la reliquia e la statua
di sant’Antonio di Padova.

Nostro vescovo mons. César Essayan, OFMConv., presiede la messa solenne giubilare della solennità di sant’Antonio di Padova.

Taglio della torta giubilare.
Da sinistra a destra: fra Felician Tamaş (guardiano), Sig. Nabil Kahalé (sindaco di Sin el Fil), mons. César Essayan (vicario apostolico) e fra Roger Kouyoumdji (parroco).

Inaugurazione della via sant’Antonio di Padova davanti alla nostra chiesa omonima.

 

 

10 Jul

Orient and Holy Land: Ordinary Custodial Chapter – Part II

On July 2-6, 2018, the friars of the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land celebrated the second part of their Ordinary Custodial Chapter in Istanbul-Turkey.

The Provincial Custos of the Orient and the Holy Land, Friar Anton BULAI, presided over this fraternal event. Also present were Friar Joaquín AGUESTA CUEVAS, the Assistant General for the Federation of Intermediterranean Ministers Provincial (FIMP) and Friar Teofil PETRIŞOR, the Minister Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph, Spouse of the B.V.M. in Romania.
The Capitulars reside in Turkey and Lebanon. Friar Maurizio DI PAOLO, the Procurator General of the Order, met with them and gave a spiritual introduction to start the work of the Chapter.
During the Chapter, Friar Dominique MATHIEU, who had not been present for the first part, was elected a member of the Custodial Definitory. He took an oath to carry out this service with dedication.
Important decisions were made during this Chapter for the life of the Custody. The Capitulars approved the Custodial Statutes and accepted various pastoral and charitable activities. They approved the management of some real estate and some issues regarding vocations and formation animation.
During Mass on the last day, some deceased friars were commemorated, in particular, Friar Alfons SAMMUT from the Province of St. Paul the Apostle in Malta, who spent many years in Turkey. He went to the House of the Father on June 28, 2018.
Also during that Mass, the new guardians took their oath of office. They are Friar Martın KMETEC for the community of Büyükdere (Istanbul-Turkey); Friar Iulian PIŞTA for Beyoĝlu (Istanbul-Turkey); Friar Felician TAMAŞ for Sin-el-Fil (Beirut-Lebanon); and finally, Friar Iosif Florin PETRILA for the friary of Zahle (Lebanon).

Friar Lucian ABALINTOAIEI, Chapter Secretary

 

Capitolo Custodiale 2018 II

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20 Apr

Orient and the Holy Land: Ordinary Custodial Chapter

On April 9-13, 2018, the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land held the first part of its Ordinary Custodial Chapter at the Our Lady of the Well Retreat Center in Bkennaya, Lebanon.

Those attending included the Friar Joaquín AGESTA CUEVAS, the Assistant General for the Federazione Inter-mediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP); Friar Teofil PETRIŞOR, the Minister Provincial of the Mother Province of St. Joseph, Spouse of the B.V.M. in Romania; and the friars who juridically belong to the Custody. This is the Custody’s third Ordinary Chapter.
During the third session of the Chapter, Friar Anton BULAI was elected to his first term as Custos. The Definitory members are: Friar Roger KOUYOUMDJI, Custodial Vicar; Friar Lucian ABALINTOAIEI, Custodial Secretary; and Friars Dominique MATHIEU and Iulian PIŞTA, Definitors.
We thank the Lord for gathering the friars together for this fraternal meeting. The atmosphere was very warm and joyful.
The second part of the Chapter will be celebrated in Istanbul, Turkey, in on July 2-6, 2018.

Friar Lucian ABALINTOAIEI

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21 Mar

Lebanon: Canonical Visitation

On March 3-10, 2018, the Assistant General for the Federazione Inter-mediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP), Friar Joaquín AGESTA, conducted a canonical visitation to the two fraternities in Lebanon belonging to the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land of the Province of St. Joseph, Spouse of the B.V.M. in Romania.

The Custody has two friaries in Lebanon: one in Beirut (Sin El Fil) and one in Zahlè, which houses the Custody’s postulancy program and serves as a place to welcome prospective vocations. There are nine friars between the two fraternities: five are in the friary-parish of St. Anthony in Beirut, and four are in Zahlè where various ministries are carried out such as Secular Franciscan (OFS) formation, charity towards the poor and the Syrian refugees, and youth and vocational animation. There are two additional young confreres: one is studying sacred scripture in Jerusalem, and the other studying patristics in the U.S.A.
The Zahlè fraternity is just over fifty kilometers [31 miles] from Beirut. The friars have been there for more than ten years. The church next to the friary is still under construction. About two and a half kilometers from the friary, [1.5 miles] the friars also take care of a hermitage dedicated to St. Clare. It is a pilgrimage destination and a meeting place for faithful participating in Easter and Franciscan events (the Palm Sunday procession, Good Friday and the Pardon of Assisi indulgence).
The Custody is preparing for its next Ordinary Custodial Chapter, which will be celebrated during the second week of Easter.

Friar Joaquín AGESTA, Assistant General for the FIMP

 

Visita Assistente FIMP In Libano

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30 Oct

Lebanon: Chapel of the “Flying Saint”

On September 26, 2017, the Order of Friars Minor in Lebanon dedicated a chapel to the “Flying Saint,” St. Joseph of Cupertino. The chapel is located in the garden of their St. Anthony of Padua friary in Harissa.

On the evening of September 26, as Our Lady of Lebanon looked on, a considerable crowd of faithful gathered outside the small chapel for the blessing rite. It was presided over by Friar Francesco PATTON, the Custos of the Holy Land of the Friars Minor. Others attending the dedication included the Most Reverend Gabriele CACCIA, Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon; the Most Reverend César ESSAYAN, OFM Conv., Vicar Apostolic of Beirut; and Father Ivan SANTUS, Secretary to the Nuncio. There was also a sizeable group of Friars Minor from the Holy Land and Lebanon as well as various representatives of our own Order: Friar Martin KMETEC, OFM Conv, Vicar Custos; Friar Agnello STOIA, OFM Conv., Pastor of the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles in Rome (who was passing through Lebanon); and Friar Roger KOUYOUMDJI, OFM Conv., a representative of the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land in Lebanon. In addition, there was a large group of Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary.
Before the blessing, Friar Francis PATTON made a brief speech about the meaning of the chapel in this Jubilee Year of the 800th anniversary of the arrival of the first Friars to the Orient (1217-2017) and of the 500th anniversary of the infamous splitting up of the Seraphic Order (1517-2017). Our saints remain beacons of light in our search for communion within the same Franciscan calling and charism. Friar Francis mentioned three aspects of the spirituality of St. Joseph of Cupertino: loving God with all one’s heart and strength, praising God with one’s life, and loving one’s neighbor. At the end of the liturgy, the Custos gave a blessing featuring the relics of St. Joseph of Cupertino. They had been given to him by the General Postulator of the Conventual Franciscans.
At the end, everyone present took part in a fraternal agape meal.

Friar Roger KOUYOUMDJI

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