The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS) welcomes the election of Sister Maria-Chiara Ferrari, as superior general of the Society of the Little Sisters of Jesus. In a letter dated November 2, 2011, the AOCTS expresses its best wishes:
“Very Reverend Mother,
During the plenary assembly of October 26-27, 2011, the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land remembered the most important events with regard to the Church’s life in this region. Your election as Superior General of the Fraternity of the Little Sisters of Jesus was mentioned as a gift from the Church of the Holy Land to the universal Church. Deo Gratias!
We, the pastors of the diocese and Exarchates of the Holy Land you loved so much, express together our sincere wishes for your office of responsibility, bringing into our prayers your hopes and challenges. We are grateful for the example of a consecrated life lived in simplicity and joy; a sign remained and a seed was sown.
Thank you, Sister Maria-Chiara, and may the God of love bless you and the sisters of the General Council. Mabrouk.”
+ Fouad TWAL
Patriarch of Jerusalem for Latins
President Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries
+ Antonio FRANCO
Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine
Apostolic Nuncio for Israel and Cyprus
+ Giorgio LINGUA
Apostolic Nuncio for Jordan
+ Michel SABBAH
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem emeritus
+ Elias CHACOUR
Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka
Vice president A.O.C.T.S.
+ Boutros MOUALLEM
Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka emeritus
+ Paul Nabil SAYAH
Maronite Archbishop of Haifa &
Patriarchal Vicar for Jérusalem,Palestine, Jordanie
+ Yaser Al-AYYASH
Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia
+ Raphael MINASSIAN
Armenian Catholic Exarch of Jerusalem
+ Gregoire Pierre MELKI
Syrian Catholic Exarch of Jerusalem
+ Youssef Jules ZEREY
Melkite Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem
+ Selim SAYEGH
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan
+ Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel
+ William SHOMALI
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem, Palestine
+ Kamal-Hanna BATHISH
Latin Auxiliary Bishop emeritus
Fr. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, O.F.M.
Custos of the Holy Land
Fr. David NEUHAUS, S.J.
Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew speaking Vicariate
Fr. Evencio HERRERA DIAZ, O.F.M.
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Cyprus
Fr. Raymond MOUSSALLI
Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan for Chaldeans
P. Pietro FELET, scj