The feast of St. Vincent was celebrated on Sunday October 6, 2019 at the St. George Parish, with a ceremony led by Apostolic Nuncio in Turkey Archbishop Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell.
The founder of the Vincentian family celebrated by all the branches (Lazarists, Daughters of Charity, Vincent Conferences) with the participation of Father Alexander Jernej, Superior of St. Georg Lazarists, the Pastoral delegate of the parish Gerda Willam, Lazarists and Daughters of Charity in Austria and Istanbul.
Monsignor Russel read the following text from the speech of Pope Francis at the Cardinals’ Assembly: “At the center of the Gospel there is the mercy of Jesus. Compassion is a key word in the Bible. It is written in the heart of Christ; it is written in the heart of God forever. In the Bible we often see the compassion of Jesus for those who suffer. The more we read, the more we think about it, the more we realize that God’s mercy is not an occasional emotion, that it is more determined, and indeed it seems to be the attitude of His heart, where God’s mercy is incarnated. Today, let us beg for the grace of having a compassionate heart to witness the One who is interested in us, who chooses us, blesses us and sends us to bring us.”
At the end of the ceremony, all the congregations and guests gathered for cocktails in the hall of the St. George Church (SAT-7 TÜRK / Nathalie Ritzmann)