The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul now exists in Albania
15 December 2017 CGI news
Last November 28, through the hard work of the people who work for the expansion of the Society in the world, a beautiful beginning has occurred: the first Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society was organized in the city of Mollas, in Albania.
Located in Southern Europe, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, this country, where the name literally means “the country of the eagles”, was, along its history, the region of numerous foreign occupations, which caused the massive exile of Albanians to neighboring countries, such as Italy. The Catholic Church was interdicted there during some centuries, particularly under the Ottoman occupation up to the 20th century, when the Republic of Albania was taken over by the communist regime up to 1991.
Based on its history, its geographic location and the movements of the population, the country has always kept relations with Italy. Considering this natural logic, the SSVP Italy, led by the President National, Antonio Gianfico, gave his support and his aid for the organization of the Saint Mother Theresa de Calcutta Conference, which was inaugurated some days ago.
For this occasion, the President General, Renato Lima de Oliveira, sent a message of congratulations:
“It is with great happiness that I am pleased to send you this message of congratulations for the organization of the Conference of Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta in the city of Mollas, the first group of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Albania, after a formidable work performed by our Vincentian brothers of Italy . [...] Never discourage yourselves. You will pass through innumerable adversities, but God will always be with you (Proverbs 19, 21). Please remember that our founders had also to live together with many difficulties. The world presents us various challenges, not just those related to the economic and material aspects, but mainly the spiritual ones, such as atheism, the indifference towards the poor people, the modern diseases (depression, stress and anxiety) and the solitude. It is because of these challenges that the Vincentian Conferences worldwide must be prepared, in order to work with charity and responsibility. That Mother Theresa of Calcutta intercedes to God in order that the first Conference of Albania grows in love, number of members and quality. It will be an immense happiness for me, in one year, to sign the Incorporation Letter of the Mother Theresa of Calcutta Conference. I would also like, in a short time, to pay you visit. The CGI and I, personally, are at your disposal for anything that the Conference needs that is feasible.”
During this first year, Albania will be integrated to the Europe 1 - Zone 3 region, to be close to its neighboring country, Italy. Its definitive place, within the international structure, will be discussed at the time of its request for incorporation.