On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Friar Dominique Joseph MATHIEU, the current Assistant General for the Centralis Europae Foederatio (CEF) will be ordained a bishop by the imposition of hands and consecratory prayer of His Eminence, Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. The ceremony will take place at the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles in Rome.

Our confrere Mauro M. Cardinal GAMBETTI will also be participating in the celebration. The other conconsecrant will be the Most Reverend Ignazio BEDINI, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Teheran-Ispahan. Friar Dominique is the Archbishop-elect of the capital city of Iran, whose patron is St. Maruthas. Known as a physician of the body as well as the soul, St. Maruthas will certainly guide the journey and the service of our confrere.
We are all invited to support Friar Dominique in prayer, especially since only a limited number of faithful will be able attend the liturgy due to the pandemic. In addition to the friars of the Friary of the Twelve Holy Apostles, others attending the ceremony will include the guardians of our other communities in Rome, various priests and religious and some representatives of the Eastern Catholic rites.
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