Visit of the Apostolic Nuncio

Visit of the Apostolic Nuncio

On November 21, the apostolic nuncio, Monsignor Petar Rajič, visited the seminary. A visit that was a grace for our little seminary.

Mons. Rajič could see for himself the result of the renovations started in 2017 of the old Apostolic Nunciature, which gave rise to the new structure of the Redemptoris Mater seminary in Tallinn, originally born in 2015.
The Nuncio got to know all the rooms, where the life of the seminary takes place, and met every and each one of the people who perform a service within it.

Then, he celebrated the Eucharist in the chapel and during the homily he invited each seminarian to be faithful to God’s call, so that God can work in Estonia.

After the Eucharist, Mons. Rajič had dinner with us in an intimacy that allowed us to get to know our Nuncio better, listening to some of his experiences in the different countries where the Lord called him on a mission.

Finally, the Nuncio left thanking us for the warm welcome and promising us a new visit shortly.

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From September 12 to 15 in Porto San Giorgio took place the convivence of seminarians, in which more than 170 young men people were sent to several Redemptoris Mater seminars throughout the world. Three new seminars were opened: in Lodz (Poland), in Kingston (Jamaica) and in Macao (China), which brings the number of Redemptoris Mater seminars to 125. In accordance with the wish of the Pope and the Congregation for the evangelization of the peoples, the seminar in Macau will form priests for the evangelization of Asia, where thousands of people are waiting to receive the announcement of the good news.

A new seminarian, Marco Librasi from Pisa, was sent to our seminar. Let us thank the Lord for this work he is carrying out and in which we are spectators. Two of our seminarians went on a mission period, Eliasz to Argentina and Manuel to Portugal. Redemptoris Mater seminars are diocesan missionary seminars; therefore, the mission is part of the formation of each seminarian.

On October 17, we received the visit of our bishop for the inauguration of this new year of studies, hoping to bear fruit worthy of our call. What better example than that of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, remembered by the Church on the same day, who spent his life and shed his blood for the Gospel?

Let us pray that the Lord will accompany us in this new year of fighting and, no doubt, of many gifts that the Lord wants to give us.

meeting with Kiko Arguello in Kiev

meeting with Kiko Arguello in Kiev

On May 11th, 2019 there was a meeting with Kiko in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, where he encouraged the brothers of the countries that once belonged to the former Soviet Union, such as Russia itself, Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia among many more. As it could not be otherwise, we decided to go on behalf of the Communities of Estonia with the families in mission in Tartu and Tallinn.

This pilgrimage lasted three days, from May10th to May 12th. On the first day, we visited some of Kiev’s tourist attractions, such as the St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church and the Freedom Square.

On Saturday morning we went to the Monastery of the Caves, where we had the opportunity to go down to the catacombs, which remain to this day and see a 21-meter-high iconostasis. At four o’clock in the afternoon we began to listen to the words of Kiko, Father Mario and Ascensión Romero (the international team of the Neocatechumenal Way) at the National Palace of Arts in Kiev, and as mentioned before, they were words of encouragement for a group of Christian evangelizers in an ex-communist, atheist and individualist world. The spirit spread was so great that about 130 young people and many families “rose” to make themselves available to the will of God. Following the meeting, we attended the Sunday Eucharist in the Catholic Church of San Alejandro.

On Sunday, we evangelized in the squares, together with some communities of Kiev. In this occasion, our seminarian Giosuè Schirru gave his experience publicly. Afterwards, some families welcomed us to spend the night, since we returned to Estonia the next morning.

It has been one more experience that strengthens our faith, thanks to the words given by the international itinerant team and thanks to the demonstration of communion that exists between Christians, whether from Poland, Russia, Spain or another country in the world. In the end, we must take into account that our homeland is the same, that our homeland is heaven.

Admissio of Emmanuel Parra and Kiryl Arlionak

Admissio of Emmanuel Parra and Kiryl Arlionak

On May 2nd at the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Tallinn, our Bishop Philippe Jourdan celebrated the rite of “admissio ad ordines” of two of our seminarians, Emmanuel, from Chile, and Kiryl, from Belarus.

They are in the fourth year of study and belong to the first group that arrived in Estonia in September 2015, when our Seminar was opened.

On the same day in Tallinn was held the funeral of Vello Salo, an elder priest and well-known Estonian theologian, who died on Easter night after 63 years serving the Church. Before celebrating the rite of “admission”, the Bishop, exhorting the candidates, invited them to be faithful to the call as that priest was. The words of the Bishop must also be highlighted: “(…) You will not be alone so that you will be faithful, surrounding you will be your communities, the parish, your brother priests, the whole Church, because no one can be faithful by being alone, nobody becomes a priest alone.”

Now, after these four years, the Church confirms their vocation. his fills us up with joy because it shows us the fidelity of the Lord to each one of us and to the Church of this country.

We thank you for your help and prayers. Continue to pray for us and in particular for Kiryl and Emmanuel. May the Lord protect them and confirm their call to the Presbyterate.