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RAMALLAH/ AIN ARIK – On Sunday, November 19, 2017, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, presided a Thanksgiving Mass in celebration of the consecration for the Ordo Virginum for Sr. Graziella Albert Dager.

The Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Giovanni Cinti, the parish administrator of Ain Arik, Fr. Alberto Garau, Fr. Jeffrey Moore, in presence of the community of the Little Family of Annunciation, Mr. Khalil Shahin, the village council and the faithful. On this occasion, Bishop Marcuzzo talked about the First World Day of the Poor, that was celebrated on the same day.

In his homily, Bishop Marcuzzo explained the parable of the talents which appeared in the Gospel of the 33rd Sunday, urging the parishioners to make use of their potentials to serve the poor and asserting that God gave man these gifts in order to serve everyone.

Also, he addressed the consecration of Sr. Graziella, who spent most of her life taking care of her mother, before joining the Ordo Virginum, which is considered to be the oldest form of Consecration Life in the Church. In Ain Arik, Sr. Graziella serves with the community of the Little Family of Annunciation.

On November 1, 2017, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, presided the Mass of the consecration of Sr. Graziella in the Latin Patriarchate Co-Cathedral.

The community of the Little Family of the Annunciation was founded in Italy in 1956, by Fr. Giuseppe Dossetti. In 1983, Patriarch Giacomo Beltritti sent the community to Jordan, giving it charge of the Latin Church of St. James in the village of Main. In 1989, Patriarch Michel Sabbah wished that this community be present also in the Palestinian village of Ain Arik in Ramallah. The community lead a life of prayer, adoration, thanksgiving  and intercession for all mankind, a life devoted first to the Eucharist and to listening to the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures.

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