Living new school year in Beit Jala Seminary in prayer, study and transparency

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Living new school year in Beit Jala Seminary in prayer, study and transparency

By Cécile Klos/ lpj.org

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, presided the opening of the school year Mass at the Beit Jala Patriarchal Seminary. On this occasion, the Apostolic Administrator addressed the students and professors and urged them to give priority to study and prayer as well as to live in complete transparency.

Like many pupils and students, the seminarians returned back to school last week. To mark the start of the academic year, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa presided over the Mass of the opening.

“During this time when you are preparing to be a priest, I ask you to devote yourself to study and prayer,” said the Apostolic Administrator. “Prayer is at the heart of all consecrated life. If you do not pray, your actions will not have the same human quality. The study is also necessary so that you can intelligently guide the faithful entrusted to you. But I ask you a third thing: live in full transparency. In transparency with respect to money, transparency vis-à-vis the feelings that can go through you. The Church needs men who live in clarity and transparency.”

In this homily, Archbishop Pizzaballa was addressing the 19 young men who are currently at the Major Seminary, whether in a preparatory year, in a cycle of philosophy or in theology. For the 32 boys between the ages of thirteen and eighteen who are at the Minor Seminary, the objectives are close but less demanding.

To ensure spiritual animation and part of the formation, a team of seven priests are present with the young people.

“This year, three priests came to join our team,” explains Father Yacoub Rafidi, rector of the Seminary. “Fr. Bernard Poggi, who is responsible for spiritual and community life, Fr. Issa Shomali, treasurer of the Seminary and Fr. Davide Meli, in charge of community life of the Minor Seminary who will teach the dogmatic and fundamental theology. But I must not forget those who help us in the tasks of daily life and who sometimes replace the mothers with our youngest students: our three sisters of the Institute of the Word Incarnate.”

“Every year we have new students in our seminary. This year, we have twenty teenagers who joined the Minor Seminary and a young one at the Major Seminary. We are fortunate to be a Diocese where there are always vocations, but it is also the result of a great team work. Pray for it to be maintained, there is work in the Holy Land.”

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 23:32
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