Novices of the Sisters of the Rosary visit the Latin Patriarchate
JERUSALEM –Novices and postulants of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Rosary accompanied by their superior, Sr. Gretta Qaz met with Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem April 9. It was an occasion to speak about the founder of their Congregation, Father Tannous, the then-Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate.
Five novices and three postulants, all with beaming smiles, came to the of the Latin Patriarchate to meet Bishop Shomali. They were accompanied by the head of novices, Sr. Gretta Qazi. All are part of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Rosary, the first indigenous community founded around 1880 by Father Joseph Tannous and Sister Marie Alphonsine, the latter was beatified in 2009. The purpose of the meeting was twofold: to listen to Bishop Shomali’s presentation of the pastoral works of the Latin Patriarchate with religious institutions; and to discuss the co-founder of the Congregation, Father Tannous. 133 years ago, on July 24, 1880, he rented a modest house in Jerusalem where five young women entered as postulants. The Congregation of the Sisters of the Rosary was then born. Today, the order continues to flourish. In addition to the five novices and three postulants, 285 religious – all Arabs – are present in the entire Middle East (Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, UAE and Kuwait), also with a house in Rome . The main mission of the Sisters – known locally Wardiyyé – is in education and health care. Another sign of its vitality is that, for several months, a second miracle assumed to be the fruit of the intercession of the Blessed Marie Alphonsine is being studied by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Amélie de La Hougue