“Blessed are those who dwell in your house, they are ever praising you” (Psalms 84:4)
BEIT JALA – On Monday, March 19, 2018, the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala presented Nadeem Giacaman and Wajdi Sahawneh to be instituted in the ministry of lector while Wajdi Twal received the ministry of acolyte during a solemn Mass presided by Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, and concelebrated by Fr. Yacoub Rafidi, rector of the Latin Patriarchal Seminary and other priests in presence of the seminarians, Sisters and parents.
In his homily, Bishop Marcuzzo expressed his joy upon visiting the seminary: “every time I visit the seminary, I become overwhelmed with feelings of happiness as I recall the good memories I made during my studies here. The seminary always works to build a unique life for its students.”
The Patriarchal Vicar also spoke of the good example of St. Joseph, calling upon the students to follow his path: “St. Joseph worked a lot and spoke little. The Holy Bible describes him as a righteous man, who obeys God’s commandments. He respected God’s plan for Virgin Mary, as well as her sanctity and purity,” explained the bishop.
The candidates were called by name, and each one answered, “Present”, and went to the bishop, before whom they made a sign of reverence.
Wajdi Twal, one of the seminarians who received the ministry of acolyte, answered some questions about his journey since entering the seminary in 2007.
Can you tell us about yourself and your experience at the Major Seminary?
I was born in Madaba, Jordan. Since I was a kid, I used to serve in the church and in the youth groups. My closeness to the church helped me to make the decision to enter the seminary, where I continued my secondary education and in 2011, I joined the Major Seminary. I received significant support from my family members as well as from Fr. Imad Twal and Sr. Toma.
2) How do you encourage people your age or maybe younger to find their mission towards priesthood?
God is our ultimate goal, He loved and created us. He calls every person to follow a special path designed only for him. My message for the youth is to try hard to discover their path and the way God prepared for them, through His grace, as discovering it is the first step towards their salvation. Priesthood is a life full of blessings, and if this life is their call, I encourage them not to hesitate as it awaits them great miracles and results.
3) How does it feel taking this new step towards your ordination?
Things are getting clearer by the day. I feel the loving arms of God surrounding me. Thus, such big blessings come with big responsibilities. Priesthood is a responsibility, a life and a message, it is the beginning of the real life with the Lord.