On Saturday, 07/10/2017 at 10:30 AM, a Solemn Mass was held for the farewell of the Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, Gabriele Caccia,The Ceremony was took place in Harissa with the presence of a large number of Bishops and Priests of all the Rites including the Latin Bishop César Asian, the heads of the Franciscan monasteries in Lebanon and a big group of believers.
Friday 12 January 2018 , a Press Conference about the 3rd Lebanese PIPE Organ Week took place in Beirut - Terra Santa Convent Joumayzeh - rue General Gouraud,191.
The Conference was presented by Notre Dame University and International Terra Santa Organ Festival in the Middle East supported by the Franciscan Fathers of the Custody of the Holy Land.
This Festival is part of the program for the 800 years of the Franciscan presence celebrations in the Middle East.
The program includes a Concert in our Church of Saint Francis Tripoli-Mina on the 4th of February at noon.
For more information visit the following links: http://www.solfestival.org and http://www.tsorganfestival.org/
Adonis, Lebanon: on Saturday 7/10/ 2017 at 17.30, all the Franciscan families - OFM, Capuchin's, Conventuals and Third Order including many Franciscan Sisters of different Institutions organized a Holy Mass. The occasion, after a few days of Saint Francis Feast, gave to the Franciscans the opportunity to remember and celebrate the 800 years of their presence in the Middle East.
Sunday 5th of November, a Holy Mass Celebrated by the Chaplain F.Quirico Calella OFM in Beyrouth for the Deads soldiers on the occasion of the Italian Armed Forces Day.
IN JERUSALEM THE CUSTODY OF THE HOLY LAND CELEBRATES 800 YEARS OF FRANCISCAN PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The celebrations takes place in Saint Savior’s Convent, Old City, with three days of conferences, meetings and internationals guests from 16 till 18 October.
The first Franciscan friars landed in Acre coming from Brindisi –Italy- in 1217, led by Friar Elia Bonbarone da Cortona.
800 years have gone by and the friars are still present in the Holy Land and all Middle East. They are dedicated to the safeguarding of the places important to Christianity and to supporting the local people.
The celebrations for the 800th anniversary of Franciscan presence began in June 11th when the friars went on a special commemorative pilgrimage to Acre, the site of the Franciscans’ first landing in 1217. The three days of conferences and meetings in October are therefore only a part of all the activities that will take place in this special year 2017-2018. The Celebrations, though, will not end this year. The goal of the Custody of the Holy Land is to carry out a series of initiatives over the next two years so as to commemorate also the encounter that the founding father of the Order, St. Francis, had in 1219 with Sultan Malek-El-Kamel, in Damietta, Egypt.
October 16: This day is dedicated to organizations and institutions that support the many activities of the Custody. In the afternoon at St. Saviour, a liturgical ceremony, presided by the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Michael Perry, opens the anniversary celebrations.
Culture activities organized by LA DANTE ALIGHIERI Society.
In the picture the Director Dr.Cristina Foti between the Mayor of Tripoli el Mina, Mr.Abdel Qader Alameddin and Father Dr.Quirico Calella from Saint Francis Convent, Terra Santa, Gruppi.
South Lebanon, August the 6th, Sunday: Ceremony and Holy Mass celebrated by Father Quirico Calella OFM in Memory of UN soldiers fallen down with the helicopter Charly 4 in 1997 .
The names of the soldiers are :
- Capt. Antonio Sgro'
- Capt. Giuseppe Parisi
- W02 Massimo Gatti
- SGT. John Lynch
- S.SGT. Daniel Forner
Saturday 21 October, on the occasion of the XVII edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri and AZM Cultural Center(Beit el Fann) in Tripoli organized the concert “Memorable soundtracks of the Italian Cinema”, performed by the duo Roberto Porroni (guitar) and Pier Filippo Barbano (flute). They revisited the soundtracks of some of the most important masterpieces of Italian cinema.
Were present between the others Dr.Cristina Foti, Director of "La Dante Alighieri" society in Tripoli, Dr. Edoardo Crisafulli, Italian Cultural Attache' in Lebanon and our Director Father Dr.Quirico Calella ofm.
We must not forget that the first poem document of the Italian literature was written by Saint Francis of Assisi “The brother son and sister moon” in 1224
Christmas preparation in Saint Francis Convent - Tripoli, El- Mina.:
1- Christmas tree tall about 30 meters
2- Mr.Saverio Tamburini after the tuning of the organ produced by his factory.
Terra Santa Tripoli
Preparatiom for the Blood donation to the Lebanese Red Cross at Saint Francis Convent - Terra Santa Tripoli
On Friday December 1st, Caio Sorana – from Italy , Clément Malin and Chloé Benciment – from France, a group of actors were guests at our Convent.They performed the SORALINO-Inbox Circus spectacle (juggling, balanced, Theatre, Music) for children and young people in Bet Al Fan- Mina sponsored by the French Cultural Center in Tripoli. The Director Mr. Marc Fenoli was very happy to organize this event, he also is our guest since long time.
The Lebanese Red Cross organized a blood donation campaign at St. Francis Convent Terra Santa - Tripoli with the help of the Scouts and the Lebanese actor Youssef Al-Khal.
On Thursday 25 January 2018 in the Catholic Information Center (C.C.I.), Jall-Eddib, was presented the second book in Arabic written by Father Halim Noujaim ofm: The Franciscans and the Maronites. This is one of the many activities in Lebanon for the 800 years of Franciscan presence in the Middle East (1217-2017).
Renovations and preparations to celebrate the 800 years of the Franciscan presence in the Middle East...
October 17: The Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri,spoke about “The role of the Franciscans in the Holy Land.” On the 17th it was the highlight of the celebrations, with the participation of important persons from the diplomatic and academic world as well as religious representatives. Among the conferences, there will also be one about the friar who led the first Franciscan Delegation, Fr. Elia da Cortona, and one about the precious work of discovering and cataloging photos from Syria, carried out by the Custody.
October 18: The third day helped us to reflect on the significance of the frescoes in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, followed by a brief speech about the first Franciscan monasteries in the Middle East. A copy of the frescoes has been on display since the month of May at the entrance of the Custodial Curia. In the afternoon, a mass with the Vicar General of the Order, followed by a concert organized by the Custody’s musical institute, Magnificat, brings the three-day events to a close.
المجد لله في العلى و على الأرض السلام و في الناس المسرة.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace to his people on earth.
Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux, et paix sur la terre aux hommes qu'il aime.
Gloria a Dio nell'alto dei cieli e pace sulla terra agli uomini di buona volonta'.
Bed and Breakfast, Sports Activity