Albania

The challenge of the popular missions in Albania

Posted by on Apr 10, 2022 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news, PIM | Comments Off on The challenge of the popular missions in Albania

The challenge of the popular missions in Albania

The Redemptorist charism, in our history of ministry to the Church, stands out above all for the popular missions. But we know that already in the early days, with the experience of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Central Europe, the Redemptorists had to find new ways to realise their founding charism. In Albania, the Redemptorists arrived in 2014 in a context of missionary urgency, given the lack of sufficient priests to minister to the Catholic faithful. The Redemptorist community has taken up the ministry in Kamëz, probably the country’s...

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Christmas 2021 – Letter of the Coordinator (20.12.2021)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2021 in Albania, Evangelization, Formation, front, Letters, news | Comments Off on Christmas 2021 – Letter of the Coordinator (20.12.2021)

Christmas 2021 – Letter of the Coordinator  (20.12.2021)

“Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1, 78.79 . Dear confreres, Dear sisters, Dear partners in mission, There are situations and times when we are particularly attentive and receptive to the promise of Christmas. In the Gospel according to Luke, for example, this is captured in the words of the Benedictus, the words of the hymn in which the surprising, human and world-changing...

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Albania: a new confrere and a visit of the Europe Coordinator

Posted by on Nov 24, 2021 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on Albania: a new confrere and a visit of the Europe Coordinator

Albania: a new confrere and a visit of the Europe Coordinator

New confrere in the Mission of Albania On 11 September, Fr. Zbigniew Kwiecien, coming from the Province of Warsaw, joined the interprovincial community in Albania. This assignment is not his first missionary experience, for he has spent years in Argentina, announcing the Good News in the great steppes of South America. He has also carried out his ministry in his home province, both in parishes, schools and parish missions preaching. With his incorporation, the Mission of Albania counts three confreres again, two from Poland and one from...

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“The Glories of Mary” in Albania

Posted by on May 11, 2021 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on “The Glories of Mary” in Albania

“The Glories of Mary” in Albania

Paraphrasing our Father and Founder and author of “The Glories of Mary”, we could begin these lines by saying: “Beloved Redeemer and my Lord Jesus Christ, we unworthy servants of yours, knowing how pleased you are with those who seek to glorify your Most Holy Mother, whom you love so much and wish so much to see loved and honoured by all, have thought of publishing this little article which speaks of her glories.” First of all, one could notice that Albania is not really a ‘Land of Mary Most Holy’, since its inhabitants, even non-Catholics,...

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From Albania: “Change means opening up”

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From Albania: “Change means opening up”

Lent is a time of change, and in our Interprovincial Mission of Albania, there have been some new developments at the beginning of the time of preparation for Easter. On Sunday, February 28, Fr. Andrzej Michon began his ministry as pastor of the Parish of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori in Kamëz. The Sunday Eucharist was presided over by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana-Durrës, Msgr. George Frendo OP, who reminded the faithful that the presence of the Redemptorist Missionaries in the periphery of the capital of the country is a great...

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Christmas 2020 – Letter of the Coordinator (22.12.2020)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2020 in Albania, Evangelization, Formation, front, Letters, news | Comments Off on Christmas 2020 – Letter of the Coordinator (22.12.2020)

Christmas 2020 – Letter of the Coordinator  (22.12.2020)

„The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9: 1 . Dear confreres, Dear partners in mission, The year 2020 put us all in a completely unexpected situation. The Covid-19 pandemic has given us experiences that were surprising and completely new. Such a massive threat to the health of all people from an infectious disease is unexpected in our societies. We in Europe have seen from a distance that there have been epidemics on other continents. But it...

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‘Fratelli Tutti’ read from Albania

Posted by on Oct 14, 2020 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on ‘Fratelli Tutti’ read from Albania

‘Fratelli Tutti’ read from Albania

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to say goodbye to the Apostolic Nuncio in Albania, who has been assigned to the Philippines after three years of service in the so-called ‘Land of Eagles.’ In this farewell meeting, the Nuncio highlighted Albanian society’s values, in comparison with his native society, the United States. It is true that Albania, as a kind of island, still conserves many social values that are disappearing in the more developed West: the strength of family ties and respect for traditions. With a not naïve look, it could...

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John Paul II birth anniversary marked in Bathore, Albania

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John Paul II birth anniversary marked in Bathore, Albania

On April 18, the sculpture of St. John Paul II was introduced to the church in Bathore, Albania, to mark Pope’s 100th birth anniversary. The sculpture of the head of St. John Paul II, made by artist Mumtas Dhrami, was donated by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tirana. At the ceremony of the presentation of the sculpture in the church, there were present Karol Bachura, Ambassador, and Rakip Suli, Mayor of Kamëz. In his commemorative speech, the Ambassador emphasized the great concern of John Paul II for the respect of human dignity in...

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Christ is not in quarantine in Albania

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on Christ is not in quarantine in Albania

Christ is not in quarantine in Albania

On April 27th, there was celebrated the feast day of the Patroness of Albania, Our Lady of Good Counsel whose image was always on the desk of our father St. Alphonsus. There have been no celebrations in the churches since March 12, but the faithful preserve and cultivate their faith, especially the family rosary. Since the beginning of the quarantine, every day of the week the bishop prays the rosary on Radio Maria, in the evening, and many celebrations are broadcasted on the internet. We celebrate in the two main parishes and a cloistered...

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Letter of the Coordinator – Christmas 2019

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Letter of the Coordinator – Christmas 2019

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests. (Luke 2, 14) Rome, December 22, 2019 Dear Confreres, dear Lay Missionaries of the Most Holy Redeemer, dear Partners in Mission, In these days we saw the picture of a crib in the Redemptorist mission in Albania, which I also include in this Christmas letter: It shows Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who is born in the ruins and the destruction of our world. It is a picture that is realistic and at the same it is a testimony to the hope we live on: in many...

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