Andrea Lupi, SDB
5 October 2017 - St Savior Parish - Jerusalem
On the 5th of October 2017, the professors, students and staff members of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Studium Theologicum Jerosolimitanum and Studium Theologicum Salesianum gathered together around the altar at Saint Savior Parish Church to invoke the gift of the Holy Spirit on the new academic year.
The Eucharistic celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. Claudio Bottini, OFM, President Emeritus of the SBF, who addressed the homily: “Dear students, you should not consider this demanding time of formation as a burden. Only a serious commitment to study, along with an attitude of prayer, will make the mission you are longing for meaningful and effective. Look at the life of Jesus, he spent 30 years in the silence of Nazareth before beginning his mission, let him be your model!”.
During the celebration, the new Presidents of the STS (Fr. Gustavo Cavagnari SDB) and SBF (Br Rosario Pierri OFM) were welcomed by the lecturers and students, who entrusted to the Lord their ministry as leaders of their respective institutions.
The diversity of charisms, nationalities and languages stood as a sign of the richness and plurality that constitutes the Church of Jerusalem. At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration all were invited to share a time of fraternity in the Hall of the Custody.