Archbishop Lahham launches his new booklet on Naour’s Latin parishioners

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Archbishop Lahham launches his new booklet on Naour’s Latin parishioners

Amman-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media

As part of his publications, which document the establishment of the Latin Patriarchate churches, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Maroun Lahham on Tuesday, August 23, launched his new booklet titled, “History of the Latin Parishioners in Naour”. The issuance of this booklet coincides with the church’s celebrations marking its 60th anniversary in Naour.

After Archbishop Lahham concluded his presentation, an open discussion ensued during which speakers reviewed their childhood in Naour.

Later, Architect Farah Haddad made a presentation on the qualitative changes she had made to the hall of the church in Naour, with the purpose of making it suitable for holding events that serve all shades of Christian society. A road will shortly be opened to link it with the grotto of Our lady of Lourdes.

This booklet is characterized by its attractive style and short sentences which mostly depends on the grand historian who recorded the history of the Latin Patriarchate, late Fr. Butros Midibyal. Naour’s history can be traced back to 1924 when notables of the township headed to Jerusalem and met with Latin Patriarch Louis Parlasina who approved of their request. The first parish priest in Naour was Fr. Philip Talfakya.

The second priest, Fr. Jean Marcador, arranged to have a small church and a monastery built in 1929. Then, an ambitious Palestinian priest, Fr. Jiryes Ni’meh, arranged to have the church built in 1956 through the donations of philanthropists from Aleppo, namely the children of late Mary Mi’marbashi. The architect who supervised the building was Tawfiq Marar, who is considered the first president of the Jordan Engineers Association in Jordan. Later, the Rosary Sisters handled the affairs of women and education.

The parish school was established in 1954. It is like other Latin Patriarchate private schools where it is open to all students. Today, the parishioners continue their march which is testimonial of the Arab Christian presence in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan since the establishment of the emirate. There have been several religious and public members of the parish who did serve their country and society in a noble way.

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:38
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