November 4, 2011 - Ordinaries congratulate Sr. Maria-Chiara

Published: November 04 Fri, 2011

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


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


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


Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan for Chaldeans

P. Pietro FELET, scj

Secretary general