PILGRIMAGE TO MADRID 2019

PILGRIMAGE TO MADRID 2019

It is a well-established custom in all Redemptoris Mater seminaries around the world to go on a pilgrimage every year during the week in albis (in white). This year we chose Madrid as our destiny to know more personally the birthplace and the bases of the Neocatechumenal Way. In the previous years we went to Rome, Riga and Rome again, respectively.

The arrival took place on the night of Tuesday, April 23rd, at Adolfo Suárez airport. There, the ten seminarians and the rector were separated by families of the Neocatechumenal Way of the parish of San Saturnino (Alcorcón), who welcomed us as one of the family.

On Wednesday morning we visited the grave of Carmen, co-founder of the Way along with Kiko Argüello, and the seminar Redemptoris Mater in Madrid. Then, we visited the parish of Catalina Labouré, located in the working district of Carabanché. It was one of the first parishes to have its architectural design innovated by the Neocatechumenal Way.

On Thursday we spent the whole day in Madrid sightseeing around the city and visiting key places of our pilgrimage, such as Almudena Cathedral and the diocesan neocatechumenal center of Madrid, where we entered the apartment where Kiko used to live.

On Friday 26th we went to Getafe, where we walked to Cerro de los Angeles (Hill of the Angels), considered the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula. Before that, we visited the convent of La Aldehuela, where Santa Maravillas de Jesús is buried. Afterwards, we spent some time in Toledo, seeing the magnificence of its Cathedral and the city.

On the following day we went to Avila, to the residence of Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Juan de la Cruz. There, we were interested in the details of the history of these mystic saints. To close the day we wandered into the nature to enjoy the wonders of God.

Of course, we could not go back to Tallinn without celebrating all this as God intended, with an Eucharist together with most of the communities of the parish.

In the end, we left Madrid at two in the morning bringing a divine experience of how God acts in the lives of people.

As of now, we wholeheartedly thank the people who welcomed us for free, because they are a living memorial of the providence of God on earth.

Going on a pilgrimage is always a gift that God gives us to know ourselves more deeply. In this pilgrimage, according to the experience of each seminarian, we have been able to recognize that the other is Christ, above all, thanks to the life of each person who has welcomed us. Their generosity, happiness
and, most of all, the unity that exists in the community has moved us all, and gives us strength to ask God for this fraternal love that comes only from Him, not from us.

Christ is risen!

Christ is risen!

“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” Jn 20,21f

The Risen Christ comes among us and sends us to announce the Good News.
Christ is risen! Hallelujah! — Truly, he is risen! Hallelujah!

We are happy to participate in the joy of Easter, with gratitude and great recognition for everything you do for us. On May 2nd, Emmanuel and Kiryl will be admitted to the Holy Orders. They were the first to arrive at our seminary four years ago and drawing near to presbyterate.

We ask you to continue praying for us and supporting us. The Lord will reward you.

HAPPY EASTER!!!

The Seminarians and D. Severino

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Admissio ad Ordines

Admissio ad Ordines

It is with great joy that we announce the “admission ad ordines” (the first step on the way to priesthood) of the seminarians Kiryl Arlionak and Emmanuel Parra.

The granting Eucharist to be presided by our Bishop Phillipe Jourdan will take place on May 2 at 4:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Tallinn.

You are all invited to the Eucharistic celebration to see the first steps of our seminarians towards the presbyterate!

Piiskopkondlik Misjoniseminar

REDEMPTORIS MATER

J. Poska 47, Tallinn – redemptorismater-tallinn.com

acolyte of Eliasz Wojciechowski

acolyte of Eliasz Wojciechowski

On January 23, our seminarian Eliasz was conferred the acolyte from our Bishop Philippe Jourdan. This event is the first in the history of our seminar. What seemed to be a utopia five years ago, today begins to
bear its first fruits. As Monsignor Philippe said during the homily: “from time to time dreams come true”.

Following the invitation of our bishop, let us pray for Eliasz, so that his vocation can be confirmed. And let us also pray for his family, who has educated him in faith.

Let us pray to the Lord that the seminary can continue to bear fruit with the help of the Virgin Mary, to whom the land of Estonia was consecrated

We share with you the homily that Monsignor Philippe Jourdan delivered in that event.

“Today we see the first fruits of what I thought was a dream and now it becomes a reality. The Lord does make dreams come true. We celebrate the first acolyte of the first Catholic seminar in the history of Estonia!

(addressing Eliasz) Let us thank God for your family, who has educated you and helped you discern your vocation, so that in the end you can answer “yes” to God and to this vocation. We also have to thank God for the Neocatechumenal Way, in which you find yourself, for carrying out the New Evangelization. This Way has helped you cultivate this seed that your parents have sown. You have to thank God for such great help you have received in your life. And now, Eliasz, you have to continue. The acolyte is an important moment because, thanks to this ministry, you can serve your brothers and sisters here in Tallinn or in another part of Estonia as well as help the Church around the world. The priest must be a person who gives himself to his brothers and sisters and who does not belong to himself, but looks up to heaven and helps others. As Pope Francis says: look to your neighbor and want to live with him and accompany him. Do not look towards yourself, but look at all those around you. The others are Christ and they are the way to Christ. And through the intercession of the Virgin Mary! You were born in Poland, where there is a special devotion to the Virgin Mary and you will now be an acolyte in Estonia, called the Land of Mary. It is a sign that your life is under the guidance of the Virgin Mary. And She is the Star of the Sea that shows the way. Listen to Mary and you will be with Christ. So that you can go with joy on this path of
vocation.

(addressing the assembly) Let us pray for the family of Eliasz, for his parents, who have supported him to come to Estonia and help the Church. (addressing Eliasz) So that you can grow in love and holiness.”