viernes, 23 de mayo de 2014

The Right Reverend John Satterthwaite RIP


The Right Reverend John Satterthwaite, who has died aged 89, was Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe from 1980 to 1993; in this, and in his previous roles as Bishop of Fulham and General Secretary of the Church of England’s Council for Foreign Relations, he played a major part in strengthening his church’s relations with those of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions and also in establishing a strong Anglican presence in continental Europe.

During his years at the Council for Foreign Relations (1955-70) Satterthwaite’s task was akin to that of a Foreign Office permanent secretary. At Lambeth Palace he was the trusted adviser of Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher, then of Archbishop Michael Ramsey, having accumulated – for the first time – much information about the current thinking of other churches, mainly through personal contacts with their own senior officials.

When Archbishop Fisher made his historic visit to Pope John XXIII in 1960, Satterthwaite was largely responsible for negotiating the preparations with a suspicious Vatican, and afterwards Fisher paid tribute to his “incalculable contribution” to the success of the visit. During the Second Vatican Council that came soon afterwards, Satterthwaite made the arrangements for the attendance of official Anglican observers and himself attended part of the Council’s sessions.

Following the Council, and in the light of some English Roman Catholic anxiety about the Church of England’s developing relationship with the Vatican, it was decided to set up an Archbishop’s Council for Roman Catholic Relations, on which Satterwaite served as secretary for the next five years.

His involvement in reciprocal visits and negotiations between Anglican and Orthodox church leaders from Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece involved diplomatic skills of a similar order, as well as the preparation of well-informed briefings on personalities and ecclesiastical as well as secular politics.

Satterthwaite’s involvement in the creation and leadership of a new Anglican diocese of Europe in 1980 was inauspicious. A diocese of Gibraltar had been formed in 1842 to provide episcopal oversight of English congregations on the northern shores and islands of the Mediterranean, together with the Balkans. Pope Pius XII is alleged to have remarked to one of its bishops, “I believe that I live in your Lordship’s diocese”.

Northern Europe, including Scandinavia, was under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of London, who for many years had delegated responsibility to the suffragan Bishop of Fulham. It was to this bishopric that Satterthwaite was appointed in 1970 and, for the next 10 years, he travelled extensively in both Western and Eastern Europe, coping sensitively and sometimes ingeniously with the constraints imposed by the Iron Curtain.

At the same time he continued to lend his expertise and experience to the developing ecumenical opportunities and what proved to be long and laboured progress towards the creation of a single Anglican diocese of Europe. It was at the first meeting to consider specific proposals for such a diocese that the then Bishop of Gibraltar, Stanley Eley, had a heart attack, as a result of which he was forced to retire.

Responsibility for carrying the proposals through to completion fell inevitably on Satterthwaite and in 1980 he became the first Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe.

The responsibilities were considerable. During the previous two decades the scale and character of the Anglican ministry in Europe had changed significantly. The capitals and other main cities had become important spheres of ecumenical enterprise. At the same time the development of mass tourism and the boom in British-owned holiday and retirement properties demanded greatly increased chaplaincy provision.

Satterthwaite took this in his stride, much enjoying the challenge and the pastoral work and relieved to be detached from the mainstream Church of England politics with its changes, many of which he felt unable to support. His ministry was essentially a personal one, based, by no means conveniently, in London and with the minimum of administrative resources. But it was wholly successful so that today the diocese of Europe is no longer a “Cinderella” diocese, but one with more than 300 chaplaincies and 150 clergy, including a suffragan bishop and six archdeacons.

John Richard Satterthwaite was born on November 17 1925 in what was then Cumberland and attended Millom Grammar School. From there he went to the monastic theological college at Mirfield, in Yorkshire, to prepare for Holy Orders and also took a degree in History at Leeds University. Before proceeding to ordination, however, he spent two years at St Luke’s School in Haifa teaching History.

From 1950-53 he was a curate at St Barnabas Church, Carlisle, followed by a year at St Aidan’s Church, Carlisle. He had been trained in the Church of England’s Catholic tradition at Mirfield and, besides longing for the union of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican churches, had gained some first-hand experience of church life in Eastern Europe. He also turned out to have considerable administrative skills.

These factors led the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, to appoint him in 1955 as Assistant General Secretary of his Council for Foreign Relations. This was combined during the next four years with a curacy at St Michael Paternoster Royal in the City of London.

When he succeeded to the General Secretaryship of the Council in 1959 he became also Guild Vicar of St. Dunstan-in-the West Church in Fleet Street.

The duties of this church were not onerous and during his time there he arranged for it to be shared with the Romanian Orthodox community in London.

This was just one outcome of his efforts to befriend, on behalf of the Church of England, other émigré Christian communities in the capital. At the same time he helped to build up the strength of societies such as the Anglican-German Christian Fellowship and the Anglican-Eastern Orthodox Churches Association to foster closer ties with European churches.

He was made an Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral in 1963 and six years later became a much-valued Honorary Canon of the Utrecht Old Catholic Cathedral in the Netherlands. Several other European awards came his way.

In 1993 Satterthwaite retired to his native Cumbria where he became an honorary assistant bishop in Carlisle diocese and greatly enjoyed fell-walking.

He was appointed CMG in 1991 for his services to international relations.
He was unmarried.

The Rt Rev John Satterthwaite, born November 17 1925, died May 22 2014

sábado, 10 de mayo de 2014

Iconógrafos de toda España se reunieron en el IV Congreso de Cáceres (Extremadura)


Durante el último fin de semana de abril ha tenido lugar en nuestra diócesis el IV Encuentro Nacional de Iconografía. Como en los tres años anteriores iconógrafos de varios lugares de España nos han visitado, han compartido su experiencia y su saber con nosotros y hemos podido contemplar iconos realizados por ellos.

Nos han acompañado en este cuarto encuentro: el archimandrita de la Iglesia ortodoxa griega Mns. D. Demetrio, perteneciente al Patriarcado de Constantinopla, habitual de esta cita; D. Lázaro Albar, sacerdote de la diócesis de Cádiz y Ceuta, licenciado en Bellas Artes y doctor en Teología Espiritual, que ya estuvo el año pasado y que ha  venido acompañado den un grupo de personas de su parroquia interesadas por la espiritualidad oriental y el pastor bautista D. Gabino Fernández Campos, historiador, director del Centro de Estudios de la Reforma de Madrid.

La iconógrafa cacereña Dña. Paqui Bautista y el iconógrafo D. Juan Antonio Pulido, alumno suyo, hicieron de  anfitriones de las iconógrafas visitantes: Dña. Mª Dolores Ferrer que vive en Valencia; Dña. Caty Arroyo y su marido, procedentes de Madrid y Dña. Nuria Bravo de Salamanca, acompañada de su marido el Dr. D. Efrém Yildiz, profesor de Arameo y Hebreo de la facultad de Filología de la universidad de Salamanca, perteneciente a la Iglesia Asiria de rito caldeo.  D. José Bautista Galán y D. Eugenio García trajeron sus iconos de Valladolid y Dña. Mª Luisa Rosado, comienza a pintarlos y procede de Málaga. Y numerosas personas de Cáceres, que a través del Taller diocesano de Iconos están cada vez más interesadas en la espiritualidad ortodoxa de los iconos, una gran riqueza de nuestra Iglesia hermana que merece la pena conocerse y experimentarse.

El viernes 25 por la tarde en el colegio mayor Francisco de Sande  inauguró el encuentro  Mons. D. Francisco  Cerro, quien ofreció una conferencia sobre “el Icono bizantino como una llamada a la contemplación desde nuestra tierra”. Explicó que con los iconos, a través de los sentidos corporales: los ojos, los oídos, etc. se puede acceder a los sentidos espirituales y así llegar a intentar comprender algo del Misterio de Dios, que es la Belleza que salva.

Bendijeron los iconos D. Francisco, nuestro obispo y el archimandrita D. Demetrio. Y D. Efrem rezó el Padrenuestro en arameo, diciéndonos unas palabras sobre el ecumenismo de Jerusalén: “Que todos sean Uno…” el pastor D. Gabino.

A continuación, la celebración litúrgica ortodoxa del Akathistos a la Virgen María en la iglesia de la Preciosa Sangre dirigida por Mons. Demetrio, acompañados por el prelado diocesano, D. Francisco y animados con los preciosos cantos del coro Lauden Miriam.

El sábado 26 y también en el colegio mayor Francisco de Sande, donde en su bello patio estaban expuestos los Iconos, habló durante la mañana y la tarde D. Lázaro Albar. Comenzó exponiendo que el Icono es el resplandor de la belleza divina y que  está para ser orado; debemos bañarnos en la Misericordia de Dios para así poder darla a los demás. Continuó con una charla en oración ante el icono de la Transfiguración, en la que dijo que debemos dejarnos irradiar el conocimiento de la gloria de Dios en nosotros  y dejarle hacer a Él. Ante el icono de Cristo, Salvador y fuente de vida, comentó que este icono ocupa un lugar principal en los templos y las casas ortodoxas y que puede ayudar a mantenernos en la presencia de Dios; la comunión con Cristo nos lleva a una comunión con los hermanos. Por último sobre el icono de la Virgen de la Ternura de Vladimir aconsejó acercarnos a la ternura humana de María que deja que el Hijo la abrace; Ella como consoladora de los afligidos, nos lleva a abrazar a los más desfavorecidos. Y terminamos la jornada con una visita a la ciudad antigua de Cáceres guiados por D. José Manuel Martín Cisneros.

El domingo 27 viajamos al convento de El Palancar; lo visitamos y conocimos cómo vivieron allí S. Pedro de Alcántara y sus frailes en el s. XVI. En él oímos la conferencia del archimandrita D. Demetrio sobre “la Teología espiritual y pastoral  de la Iconografía”. Habló de forma profunda y clara. El Icono refleja la Belleza de Dios en el hombre, que es imagen de Dios. Los cristianos de oriente afirman hoy que el icono es un instrumento sagrado. El que venera el Icono venera la imagen representada en él. Afirmó que lo que la Escritura dice en palabras, el Icono lo dice con sus colores. Para él, en la actualidad hay muchas personas occidentales que están haciendo esfuerzos por entender la manera de venerar los Iconos de los cristianos orientales. Terminó explicando de qué forma está hecho el Iconostasio en los templos ortodoxos.

Hubo Eucaristía, presidida por D. Francisco Cerro en el convento alcantarino y con ella se clausuró este IV encuentro, en el que todos los asistentes hemos dado un paso adelante en la comprensión y contemplación de los Iconos. D. Efrén nos emocionó cantando en arameo y D. Juan nos hizo gozar con sus cantos.

Terminamos con una comida fraterna en la arboleda del santuario de Ntra. Sra. de Argeme en Coria, patrona de la diócesis. Allí nos estaban esperando los cofrades de la Virgen y  las personas que forman el Taller de Iconos de la ciudad, que nos acogieron entrañablemente. Visitamos con ellos a la venerada imagen y oímos a D. Demetrio cantarle en griego a la Virgen. 

Concluimos visitando la catedral de Coria guiados por D. Óscar,  que nos motivó a entender y comprender el bello edificio de la sede de nuestra diócesis, una de las más antiguas de España.

EQUIPO DE LA DELEGACIÓN DIOCESANA DE RELACIONES INTERCONFESIONALES


Fuente: Diócesis de Cáceres

viernes, 2 de mayo de 2014

Oficios del mes de mayo en la catedral ortodoxa de Madrid (España)


SÁBADO 03
Vísperas de Domingo   18.30

DOMINGO 04
DOMINGO DE LAS PORTADORAS DE MIRRA; SS. Pelagia & Hilerión
Maitines   09.30
Divina Liturgia  10.45

MARTES 06
SANTO Y GRAN MÁRIR JORGE EL TRIUNFANTE, (viejo calendario)
Divina Liturgia   10.15

JUEVES 08
SAN JUAN EL TEÓLOGO, AP. & EV.; San Arsenio el Grande
Divina Liturgia   10.15

SÁBADO 10
Vísperas de Domingo   18.30

DOMINGO 11
DOMINGO DEL PARALÍTICO; SS. CIRILO & METODIO
Maitines   09.30
Divina Liturgia  10.45

MIÉRCOLES 14
MEDIOPENTECOSTÉS; SS. Teraponte & Isidoro, mártires
Divina Liturgia   10.15

VIERNES 16
Sacramento del Óleo Santo   19.00

SÁBADO 17
Vísperas de Domingo   18.30

DOMINGO 18
DOMINGO DE LA MUJER SAMARITANA
Maitines   09.30
Divina Liturgia  10.45

MIÉRCOLES 21
SS. CONSTANTINO & ELENA ISAPÓSTOLES
Divina Liturgia   10.15

SÁBADO 24
Vísperas de Domingo   18.30

DOMINGO 25
DOMINGO DEL CIEGO; 3ª Invención de la Cabeza de S. Juan Bautista
Maitines   09.30
Divina Liturgia  10.45

MARTES 27
VIGILIA DEL FIN DEL TIEMPO PASCUAL
Grandes Vísperas Pascales   21.00
Maitines de Pascua   22.00
Divina Liturgia Pascual  23.00

MIÉRCOLES 28
Vísperas por la Fiesta de la Ascensión   19.00

JUEVES 29
LA ASCENSIÓN DE NUESTRO SEÑOR
Maitines   09.30
Divina Liturgia  10.15

SÁBADO 31
Vísperas de Domingo   18.30

DIVINA LITURGIA EN UCRANIANO TODOS LOS DOMINGOS A LAS 13.00 HORAS


Fuente: Arzobispado Ortodoxo de España y Portugal (Patriarcado Ecuménico)