Albania

Christmas 2022 – Letter of the Coordinator (20.12.2022)

Posted by on Dec 25, 2022 in Albania, Evangelization, front, Letters, news | Comments Off on Christmas 2022 – Letter of the Coordinator (20.12.2022)

Christmas 2022 – Letter of the Coordinator  (20.12.2022)

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests. Luke 2, 14 . Dear confreres, Dear sisters, Dear partners in mission, The angels’ message of peace to the shepherds, which is part of the Christmas message, does not correspond at all to the reality of us in Europe this year. Since February, the war that Russia has started against Ukraine has taken on terrible proportions and there is no end in sight. The consequences of the aggression are first felt by the people in Ukraine itself, but then repercussions...

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Albania: Visit of the Superior General, Fr Rogério Gomes CSsR

Posted by on Dec 2, 2022 in Albania, front, news | Comments Off on Albania: Visit of the Superior General, Fr Rogério Gomes CSsR

Albania: Visit of the Superior General, Fr Rogério Gomes CSsR

Our community in Albania hosted our newly elected Superior General of the Redemptorist Congregation, Fr Rogério Gomes CSsR. It was a fraternal visit from 18-21 November 2022. During these few days, we spent time together talking about the realities of life in Albania, the problems and the joys that accompany us. In between breaks in the rain, we visited the country’s capital Tirana and Kruje, a historical site. Fr. Rogério could see what our work in the parish is like. He participated in catechesis with the children, starting with a prayer...

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S. Alphonsus… in southern Albania!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2022 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on S. Alphonsus… in southern Albania!

S. Alphonsus… in southern Albania!

“They will help the people scattered throughout the countryside and rural villages, most deprived and destitute of spiritual relief, with missions”: with these words, our Founder, St Alphonsus, began to write the Rule of our Institute. Over the years, we often ask ourselves who are the poor to whom we should proclaim the Word, and what are the “campaigns” where we should go to bring the good news of the Gospel. In Albania, the question is much simpler because one can literally interpret our Founder’s words. The countryside and rural villages...

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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”

Posted by on Mar 14, 2021 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on From Albania: “Change means opening up”

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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