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ANJARA – On Saturday, September 30, the “Mary, Mother of Hope Home” was officially inaugurated in the parish of Our Lady of the Mount in Anjara, Jordan.  This home welcomes boys and girls who are orphans or are in distressed family situations.

Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, officially opened the Home in the presence of Ms. Hala Bseiso Lattouf, Minister of Development, Bishop Emeritus Maroun Lahham, Mr. Falah Al-Swailmeen, Governor of Ajloun, priests and sisters of the Institute of the Incarnate Word whose apostolate is carried out with these young children.  A large crowd also gathered to take part in this festive event for this small town in the governorate of Aijloun (northern Jordan), with about 20,000 inhabitants.

During her speech, the Minister for Social Development reaffirmed the involvement of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in drawing attention to the efforts in the development of care facilities for vulnerable children and families.  She referred to King Abdullah’s steadfast commitment and the many accomplishments already made in the spirit of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed by Jordan in 2006.

Bishop Shomali thanked all who have contributed to this project: the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, Dr. Bertrand Ferrier and Madame Nathalie Ferrier of the Belgian Lieutenancy, the Portuguese Knight Tiago Teles de Abreu (who donated all the gifts he received for his wedding), Dr. Ursula Fuerst of the Œuvres de St Maurice-St Lazare and the Jordanian benefactors, friends of Anjara. He highlighted the essential role of the Church in supporting and helping the most vulnerable in the Jordanian society. The bishop concluded with a farewell message to Father Simon Goliardo, the parish priest of Anjara (who is leaving for to work on other humanitarian projects) for his apostolate and service in the parish of Our Lady of the Mount in recent years and for his involvement in the project of the “Mary, Mother of Hope Home.”

Remy Brun
Photos: Ibrahim Ashram

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