Short Visit to Bulgaria


Responding to the invitation of Fr. Claudio to visit Plovdiv on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the death of Frs. Kamen, Pavel and Josaphat, we left Margineni Friday 9 November at 7 AM, passing through Bucharest to have lunch and to pick up Fr. Iosif. At 9 PM we arrived in Plovdiv where Frs. Claudio and Daniel awaited us.

The following morning we went to visit the fortress in Asenovgrad Krepost and the 13th century church.

Shortly thereafter we arrived at the monastery of Batchkovo, while it was raining cats and dogs, just able to get a quick glance.

In the afternoon Fr. Giuliano Riccadonna gave us a meditation on " the martyrs of yesterday and today", a reflection together with our Oblate Sisters which continued the next day.

Sunday's Divine Liturgy was the highlight of the day, with the veneration of the icon of the Martyrs, a visit to the statue of Fr. Kamen near the Catholic cathedral and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the day.
Monday morning we set out for Romania. For our young people Aline, Aurel, Marian and Paul it was their first visit abroad. They came back enthusiastic ! ! !
Many thanks, Claudio and Daniel, for your generous hospitality.

May our Martyrs Kamen, Pavel and Josaphat watch over our Mission in Eastern Europe !

Margineni 16 November 2007