JERUSALEM – Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa and the Bishops, clergy and faithful of the Latin Patriarchate mourn the loss of Fr. Peter Hanna Madros, a Latin Patriarchate priest and a Canon of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, who passed away today, Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 70.
The funeral arrangements will be as follows:
– On Thursday, December 19, 2019, funeral Mass will take place at the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, at 2:00 pm.
– The priest’s remains will be exposed at the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate for the Rosary prayer before the funeral Mass, at 1:00 pm.
– On Saturday, December 21, 2019, the 3rd and 9th day memorials will take place at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Chapel (Our Lady of Peace), at 4:00 pm.
– People can offer their condolences after the body is laid to rest, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at Notre Dame of Jerusalem Hall from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!” (Job 1: 20)
Curriculum Vitae of Canon Peter Hanna Madros
October 7, 1949: born in Jerusalem of a family who suffered twice from forced relocation during the war.
September 4, 1962: entered Minor Seminary Beit Jala.
June 24, 1972: Ordained priest in Jerusalem at the Co-Cathedral by H. B. Patriarch Beltritti.
August 1972: served as parochial vicar in Birzeit with Fr. Anto Buzzo. There he made his first translation of the Book of Psalms in Arabic. This translation was adopted for the Liturgical texts of the Eucharist the present day and was first adopted for the Liturgy of Hours.
August 1974: teaching at the Seminary of Beit Jala.
February 9, 1975: Parish Priest of Ader, Jordan.
November 27, 1975: missionary in South Sudan (Malakal).
October 4, 1977: returned to Palestine and then transferred to Rome for Graduate Biblical Studies.
1980: received Licentiate Degree in Biblical Science from the Biblicum University, Rome
August 1981: served as parochial vicar in Beit Jala and Professor of Biblical Studies and Islam at the Seminary of Beit Jala.
June 17, 1982: achieved Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Urbania University, Rome, where he presented his dissertation before Cardinal Ratzinger on the subject of the Psalms. At the same time, he was parochial vicar in Beit Jala,
August 1989: parish priest of Beit Sahour.
1995: Parochial Vicar in Ramallah with Fr. Ibrahim Hijazin.
1996: resided at Freres School in Bethlehem. Responsible for Catechetics at the school.
February 2003: Director the Pastoral Biblical ministry of the Diocese.
2019: Appointed Canon of the Holy Sepulchre.
– During his academic life, he taught the Sacred Scriptures, Islam and the history of the Church in Palestine and other ecclesiastical institutions.
– He was known by his ability to speak 16 languages – old and modern.
– He has authored many books and articles on the Bible, topics of interest, especially his weekly Sunday article of the Arab Al Quds newspaper, for twenty years.
– His most noted works:
Arabic translation of the Psalms from the original Hebrew languages, in six updated editions.
Faith and Scripture, (co-authored with Fr. Yacoub Saadeh)
The Holy Bible: Faith and Science?
Homilies for the Year A
Finally, he was known for his kindness to others and his love for the Church of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people. He was a staunch defender of the Christian faith and presence worldwide.