Missio – Baghdad 2010 – 2012
These last years were of some importance for the Missio – Baghdad. In spite of the great losses, since we were attached to the Clemens Province, our Redemptorist’ work in Baghdad continued, first with only two persons, then three and now five. Father Luc Cop and myself take care of the work in Baghdad, the masses and teachings, and from time to time one of us, alternatively, travel to the North, to Ainkawa – Erbil, to give our courses, Fr. Cop exegesis Old- and New Testament, and myself: Church history, Patristics, Eastern- and modern theology. Fr. Meyassir Behnam, after completing his studies in Rome (3 years) came back and joined us, first in the Greek Catholic church till he was appointed by the Chaldean Patriarch, as parish priest of the important Sacred Heart church in Baghdad. He works there as a fervent priest with plenty initiatives. He was nominated there as director of the Catechetical Institute for formation of the catechists. Meanwhile he travels to the North for courses and conferences, and even to Sweden, where he gives recollection sessions for the Iraqi youth. In 2011 an important colloquium was held in Fribourg (Swiss)with the participation of the Dominican university and the Babel College from Iraq, represented by the teachers, among them Dr. Hikmet Bashar, an archaeologist and Mme Suha Rassam.