REDEMPTORISTS’ MISSION BAGHDAD

REDEMPTORISTS’ MISSION BAGHDAD

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Fr. Myassir Behnam came to Baghdad in 2007 after completing his studies in Rome. For a while he was responsible for the Greek community, then the Chaldean patriarch asked him to run the parish of the Sacred heart in Baghdad. He renewed the parish and attracted people from all sides. He became there director of the catechetical center. He suffered very much when the church of Our Lady of Deliverance was attacked and about 40 people of his village were killed, among them 2 priest, one of them a close friend and family member.


Menhel Kamil, a Catholic Syrian from Mosul, who entered the noviciate in Baghdad, and after three years was ordered to come to Europe, where he spend some time in Italy (Verona), Germany and London. Because of some misunderstanding, with the previous provincial, he left the congregation and remained in Germany for some years, till he decided to come back to the mission in Baghdad in 2010. There he was appointed director of our Center for Eastern Studies and deacon in the melkite church. He is extremely helpful, and assisted Fr. Cop for long days during his operations.  With Christmas 2011 he asked the provincial to be reaccepted as Redemptorist. After a long period the answer was that he had to remake his noviciate somewhere in the west, after learning the language. This position was repeated again on a visit in Sept. 2012. Already the year before, and now again, the text of the Directorium Superiorum was shown to the provincial, where it states that he hasn’t to remake his noviciate. The provincial however advised us to become a kind of a diocesan group under one of the local bishops.