austraLasia

?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment

20171009_WOR10.jpg


The most northern Asian Salesian mission - Yakutia (IV)


By Our Own Correspondent


Yakutia, Sakha Republic (Russian Federation), 6 October 2017 -- One of the most challenging missionary territories in the world, YAKUTIA, does stretch northern of Mongolia delegation and covers about 3.5 million square kilometers (like Indonesia) with a population of 970.000 souls (less than Timor Leste) and 500 baptized Catholics. Yakutia belongs to the largest Catholic diocese on the Earth (Irkutsk) with about 9.9 million square kilometers with 40 priests, 94 religious and 53.000 faithful. Indeed a challenging mission frontier!


The courageous missionaries - founders arrived from Slovakia in July 1992 (exactly the same time like the first missionaries of CICM to Mongolia), but until now the SDB community located in two places (Yakutsk - capital of the Sakha Republic-Yakutia and Aldan) with a distance of 500 km are the only Catholic missionaries with a community of 500 faithful baptized over these years.


Among the striking characteristics of this extreme mission is the ecumenical trait. Before the Russian Bolshevik revolution of Lenin (1917) most of the Siberia region of Yakutia was nominally almost completely baptized by the Orthodox Church supported by the Tsar government. With 200 Orthodox Churches and chapels stretching from the Mongolia boarder until the Arctic Northern Sea there were also many Catholic migrants (Germans, Lituan and Polish) who were supported sometimes by priest based in 3000 km distant city of Irkutsk (seat of the Catholic bishop Mons. Cyryl Klimowitz).


However the three generation gap of communist - atheist regime (1917-1993) until the collapse of Soviet Union eliminated the great majority of the Orthodox priests, seminaries and even now, after 25 years of revival there are only 50 Orthodox Churches with 40 priests and 15 seminarians. On our side there within the same territory only 3 Catholic parishes with 4 SDB priests within the territory of 3 million square kilometers.


Yakutia is also a territory of some of the most infamous 'Gulag' (Soviet era forced exile and labour camp) where perished thousands of Christians of all denominations, most of them Orthodox. Before the Great Jubilee of 2000 many of them were recognized as 'New Era Martyrs' by the Orthodox Patriarchs. Our confreres use to visit as pilgrimage the rest of one Gulag camp - 'Vasilievka' - about 80 km from our Aldan community.


The intense 'dialogue of life' between the large majority of Orthodox faihtul and their shepherds and tiny minority of few Catholics is based on inter-personal relationship, mutual invitation, learning from each other. Our Salesians in Yakutia are eagerly waiting for another seminar for the Salesians working in Orthodox environment. Indeed the most recent seminar was held many years ago in 2001.




20171009_WOR11.jpg


20171009_WOR12.jpg


20171009_WOR13.jpg


20171009_WOR14.jpg


20171009_WOR15.jpg


20171009_WOR16.jpg


20171009_WOR17.jpg


20171009_WOR18.jpg


Maximum Attachments : 0Byte/ 5.00MB
Maximum File Size : 5.00MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

  1. 4638(II)_Precious time of discernment for the Indonesia Delegation

    Commenced the Extraordinary visitation of ITM Viceprovince By Fr. Lino Belo, SDB Delegate for Indonesia, ITM Jakarta, Indonesia, 10 February 2018 -- Just few hours after the departure of the Rector Major from Jakart...
    Date2018.02.11 CategoryInd. Reply0 Views316 file
    Read More
  2. 4638(I)_Provincial Community Day 2018

    40 THA Confreres together By Br. Saraphan Kaesarer, SDB Banpong, Thailand, 8 February 2018 -- The Salesian of St Paul Province, THA (Thailand - Laos - Cambodia) celebrated it Provincial Day. This year the Banpong - Na...
    Date2018.02.11 CategoryTHA Reply2 Views151 file
    Read More
  3. 4637(II)_Exploring the charismatic communion

    Salesian Brother and Mission Partners By Br. Raymond Callo, SDB Cavite, the Philippines, 4 February 2018 -- The Salesian Brothers from FIN province had their annual gathering for formation and fellowship together with...
    Date2018.02.10 CategoryFIN Reply0 Views197 file
    Read More
  4. 4637(I)_FIS Sends-off Missionary Volunteers

    By Fr. Arvin Abatayo, SDB Cebu, the Philippines -- Last January 31, 2018, in commemoration of the feast of the well-loved father and teacher of the young, St. John Bosco, six young people, ages 21-22 years old, received the Mi...
    Date2018.02.10 CategoryFIS Reply0 Views322 file
    Read More
  5. 4636_"We feel strongly encouraged and in deeper communion with Don Bosco!"

    Rector Major touched deeply the confreres during his visit to Indonesia By Our Own Correspondent Jakarta, Indonesia, 8 February 2018 -- After 6 days in Timor Leste and two days in Indonesia the 10th successor of Do...
    Date2018.02.09 CategoryInd. Reply0 Views247 file
    Read More
  6. 4635_A Blessing of Mary Help of Christians from Jakarta to Sumba

    Rector Major reached out the prenovices of Sumba via internet By Fr. Lino Belo and Fr. Adie Prianto, SDB Jakarta, Indonesia, 7 Febryary 2018 -- The animation visit of the Rector Major Fr. Angel Fr. Artime in the Deleg...
    Date2018.02.07 CategoryInd. Reply0 Views161 file
    Read More
  7. 4634_"To learn to cooperate with Muslims in developing Salesian Charism"

    The 10th successor of Don Bosco visits to Indonesia By Fr. Prastowo Vincent de Paul, SDB Jakarta, Indonesia, 6 February 2018 -- Major Rector met with the Salesian Novices of the Indonesia Delegation. In his meeting wi...
    Date2018.02.07 CategoryInd. Reply0 Views203 file
    Read More
  8. 4633_"The important way of living in Salesian life and mission..."

    Rector Major's last full day in Timor Leste By Fr. José de Sá, SDB Dili, Timor Leste, 4 February 2018 -- The pre-last day, February 4, 2018 of animation visit of Rector Major to Timor Leste filled with two import...
    Date2018.02.06 CategoryITM Reply0 Views495 file
    Read More
  9. 4632(III)_4th Don Bosco Film Festival 2018 Awarding Ceremonies

    By Fr. Bernard Nolasco, SDB Makati City, The Philippines, 3 February 2018 -- The awarding ceremony of the Fourth Don Bosco Film Festival (DBFF) was held today at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Braga Theater of Don Bosco Technica...
    Date2018.02.05 CategoryFIN Reply0 Views198 file
    Read More
  10. 4632(II)_Sharing the fruits of the DBYC Seoul 50th celebrations

    The gift of Don Bosco Alumni to Sudan technical schools By Br. Marino Bois, SDB Juba, South Sudan, 5 February 2018 -- After one month of my stay in Kenya, I was happy to celebrate the Feast of Don Bosco in our parish at...
    Date2018.02.05 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views62 file
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 178 Next
/ 178