Albania

A different Holy Week in Albania

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Albania, front, news | Comments Off on A different Holy Week in Albania

A different Holy Week in Albania

The Passover Triduum has been a Passover for many years, last year I was fortunate to witness the whole Holy Week in a Cistercian monastery in Cóbreces, Santander. This year I was in Albania. Albania is a country where we Catholics are a minority. However, it is also a country where all creeds are respected, and, without being any official religion of the State. All have their most important days designated as civil celebrations. In this way, although Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are normal and school days for students; Easter...

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Renewal of vows in the Mission of Albania

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on Renewal of vows in the Mission of Albania

Renewal of vows in the Mission of Albania

The Albanian Mission witnessed a unique event where a Redemptorist missionary, for the first time, has renewed his vows in this country on 13th January 2019. The celebration took place on Sunday to commemorate the Baptism of the Lord, in the Parish of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori in Kamëz. Brother Álvaro Ortiz Jiménez de Cisneros is a theological student of the Province of Madrid, who has a year of pastoral experience in the interprovincial community of Albania. He is 27 years old and discovered his vocation when he was a university student...

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First popular mission – Christmas in Albania

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First popular mission – Christmas in Albania

The interprovincial Redemptorist community of Albania is celebrating its fifth Christmas. As is known, Albania lived through the atheist-communist dictatorship of Europe until 1991, which eliminated the religious sense of these dates. When the official atheism of the state was established, Christmas was called “New Year’s parties” and the Christmas tree became the New Year’s tree. Today, although there is religious freedom, the importance of the new year still remains in the minds of the people over the celebration of the Birth of Christ. In...

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Introduction of the New Coordinators

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Introduction of the New Coordinators

Introduction of the New Coordinators

From January 15th to the 19th, 2018, the General Government met with the new coordinators of the Conferences to introduce and plan the Congregation’s agenda for the rest of the sexennium. Present at the meetings were also the General Secretary, Father Brendan Kelly, C.Ss.R., and invited were the three former coordinators: Fathers Jacek Zdrzalek (Europe), Guy-Arnaud Agbossaga (Africa and Madagascar) and Manuel Rodríguez Delgado (Latin America and the Caribbean). The main topics treated at this week-long meeting were the developments in the...

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The consecration of the church of Saint Alphonsus in Albania

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Albania, news | Comments Off on The consecration of the church of Saint Alphonsus in Albania

The consecration of the church of Saint Alphonsus in Albania

The ceremony of the consecration of our Redemptorist church with the new title of Saint Alphonsus took place in Kamez in Albania on 14 October 2017. It is the first church with the title of the founder of the Redemptorists in Albania. The consecration was carried out by the Archbishop George Frendo OP from Tirana-Durres. Many priests, religious and parishioners prayfully participated during the ceremony which took place in the newly renovated church where a life-size statue of Saint Alphonsus was recently erected. Br. Jeffrey Rolle was...

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Church of St. Alphonsus in Albania

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Church of St. Alphonsus in Albania

Church of St. Alphonsus in Albania

The Coordinator of the CRE Fr. Jacek Zdrzalek met our confreres of the Interprovincial Community in Albania from 26 February to 3 March 2017. He lead a retreat day for Fr. Laureano Del Otero and Fr. Andrzej Michoń on the theme: “Witnesses to the Redeemer – in solidarity for mission – to the wounded world”. There were two principal goals of the visit. The first goal was connected to the decisions of the last General Chapter. According to Decision N. 43: “each Unit will provide a forum wherein confreres and lay partners will have opportunity to...

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Sculpture of Saint Alphonsus in Albania

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Sculpture of Saint Alphonsus in Albania

Sculpture of Saint Alphonsus in Albania

Our interprovincial community in Albania has received a special gift from the Redemptorists of the Province of Rome. A very large sculpture of our founder Saint Alphonsus arrived in Albania by ferry on Wednesday 5th October 2016. The bursar of the Rome Province and the coordinator of the CRE came with the sculpture. The sculpture of Saint Alphonsus is 170 cm high, and it is the same size and form as the one that the Rome Province offered to the parish of Saint Alphonsus in Rome (diocesan parish) to replace a statue which was destroyed by a...

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Albania: a missionary summer

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Albania: a missionary summer

Albania: a missionary summer

Summer time is not holiday time, but a time for different experiences in our Redemptorist Mission in Albania,. Our interprovincial community opens its doors to share life and mission with those who want to receive some missionary experience and to meet the most abandoned peole. Seminarists – students Firstly, I wish to say that, our interprovincial community is open for those who are in initial formation. In June, we had with us the student Carlos Alfonso Diego Gutierrez CSsR, from Madrid Province. He is a graduate in translation and...

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Second year of pastoral and social activities in Albania

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Second year of pastoral and social activities in Albania

Second year of pastoral and social activities in Albania

150 young people (teenagers and also young adults) participated in the annual vocational training courses in our Redemptorist parish in Bathore in Albania. Our parish of Saint John Paul II led by Fr. Andrzej Michoń, Fr. Laureano Del Otero and Br. Leszek Pys, is famous for its various social activities. There are 4,000 parishioners and  more than 60% of them are unemployed. Our parish organised courses in sewing, embroidery, cooking, music and dancing during the past 9 months. There are also special activities and courses in our parish for...

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Albania and… St John Paul II

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Albania and… St John Paul II

Albania and… St John Paul II

No one has any doubt about the great impact of Pope John Paul II in recent history. Albania is a witness to his evangelizing outreach. John Paul II not only visited this small country in the Balkans, but also authorized the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy – an extraordinary event for both a country and a Pope. The first parish with the name of the Holy Father John Paul II in the world, was announced just after his canonization; and it is the Redemptorist Church of Bathore. Its first parish priest is our confrere Fr. Andrzej...

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