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2016
Jul
2
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Mundelein Seminary was the venue again this year for the retreat of the Society of the Sacred Heart, held from May 27th to May 29th.  In attendance this year were Monsignor Wach, our Prior General, Canon Talarico and Canon Estrada, along with Fr. David Ireland, an associate priest of the Institute from Cleveland, Ohio.  In addition, four Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus also made the long journey from Maria Engelport, in Germany, to share their time as well as their talent by providing the beautiful Gregorian chant for the various liturgical celebrations.  We were also blessed with the attendance of many returning members of the Society.

The Retreat opened on Friday evening with Solemn High Mass celebrated by, Monsignor Wach followed by Adoration and Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament.   This was followed by our singing of the Office of Compline in community.  Afterward, we were then able to retire to the common room in the residence hall to partake in a reception for Msgr. Wach, and to take the opportunity to rekindle our relationships with our friends from around the country.  There were people in attendance from the apostolates in Oakland, St. Louis, Chicago, Wausau, Milwaukee, Green Bay, East Orange and Rockford.  Also present were members from Colorado, South Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas and Virginia.

Saturday was a day filled with a plethora of opportunities for spiritual reflection and growth.  There were several formal liturgical celebrations during the day including Solemn High Mass and a community recitation of the Most Holy Rosary.  In addition to these events, there were three spiritual conferences given during the course of the day.  Canon Talarico shared his reflections in a talk entitled “Spreading the Social Royalty of Christ the King in the Missionary Spirit of the Institute.”  This was followed by Dr. Sutherland who gave a conference entitled “The History of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”   The final conference of the afternoon was given by Monsignor Wach assisted by Canon Talarico who provided the impromptu translation of Monsignor’s thoughts on the Liturgy and its history and its importance in the life of the Church.  These conferences as well as the conferences from years past, are available on CD’s, through the Institute’s Offices in Chicago.

Perhaps this highlight for the new members of the Society was held in the evening, when Monsignor Wach presented the Cross of St. Francis de Sales to some twenty new members of the Society during the Rite of Admission to the Society of the Sacred Heart followed by the renewal of the membership of the existing members.  We then, again, had the opportunity to participate in the Office of Compline together.

On Sunday morning, the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus participated in a question and answer session so that we might learn more about the lives of the Sisters in their various Apostolates in Germany, Italy and Switzerland.  This was warmly received by the members of the Society and we look forward to greeting the Sisters again next year at Mundelein, God willing.  We closed the Retreat again with Solemn High Mass followed by a reception for new and old members alike.

Mundelein Seminary is an Idyllic setting for the retreat.  The beautiful grounds and the lovely chapel combine to provide an atmosphere conducive to quiet reflection so necessary and oft forgotten in the hectic lives of our lay members.  It provided us with the opportunity to recharge and refresh ourselves as we all set out to return to our various apostolates and homes across the country in anticipation of next year’s retreat.

- Dr. James Sutherland
Governor of the Society in the United States

 

Four members who could not attend this year’s retreat for health reasons were received into the Society by Monsignor Wach during his visit of their local Institute apostolate.

 

 

 

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2016
Jul
1
Posted in Apostolates

Monsignor Gilles Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, accompanied by Canon Talarico, the Provincial of the Institute in the United States, made a first ever official visitation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory in San Jose, California on June 12, 2016.  Our Oratory family received them with great joy, knowing what a sacrifice it was for each of them to come so far, Monsignor Wach traveling from Italy and Canon Talarico from Chicago.  The Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory, having been newly transplanted to Five Wounds Portuguese National Church in the recent past in December 2013 by our local ordinary, Bishop McGrath, keenly felt the blessing that the presence and guidance of our founder signified.

We demonstrated the gratitude and joy we felt at receiving our visitors by assisting reverently at Mass offered by Monsignor Wach.  Monsignor was ably assisted by Canon Talarico, Canon Ueda, Abbe Kevin and the most altar servers that we have ever had.  Canon Talarico translated the beautiful homily preached by Monsignor Wach from French into English for us.  Our little community then pulled out all the stops in hosting a potluck in the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School next door after Mass.  What a blessing it was to have so many priests at the head table that every seat was filled!  Besides Monsignor Wach, Canon Talarico, Canon Ueda, Father Morgan and Abbe Kevin, Frater Julian Tsai,Norbertine Seminarian joined us for the celebration.  May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Patron Saint of the Oratory continue to watch over each one of her children.

Written by Ms. Marta McGrath, IHM Oratory faithful

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2016
June
27
Posted in Apostolates

On Saturday, May 21st our journey from the Shrine of Christ the King starts with prayer and camaraderie on a bus in the early hours of the morning. We will pray, talk, laugh and sing as we make our way to Holy Hill and the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. It is a pilgrimage my family and I take every year for many reasons.

First of all, it is enjoyable and edifying to reconnect with members of the Institute family from around the Midwest. This family spirit is evident everywhere, beginning in the parking lot where we meet for the procession. We come together, young and old, spry and feeble, to pray the rosary and sing hymns as we follow our altar boys, our Canons and Our Lady up the hill to this Wisconsin Shrine of Our Lady. All of the Midwest apostolates are handsomely represented by the nearly 40 altar servers who process down the aisle at the start of the Solemn High Mass offered by the Provincial, Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico. He is flanked by Canons from 5 different Apostolates. After Mass many pilgrims make a visit to the chapel of Mary Help of Christians and then everyone meets for a picnic lunch. It is extremely pleasant for us to reconnect with old friends as well as to make new ones. Although we live far apart, we find that we have much in common. Some people we will only see once a year at Holy Hill while some we will see at other Institute gatherings such as the Society of the Sacred Heart retreat, boys and girls camps or the annual Sursum Corda retreat. It is a reminder that, as part of the Institute of Christ the King, we are all part of a large spiritual family.

The final liturgical function of the day is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the beautiful St. Therese Chapel. Canon Jayr serving in Milwaukee was the celebrant. During Benediction we renew our consecration to the Blessed Mother. It is a fitting end to such a wonderful day--to spend a few minutes thanking Our Lord for all He has given to us individually and to the Institute as a whole and asking our Lady to keep us under her maternal protection.

We say our final goodbyes before once again boarding the bus for our trip home. As we do so we are once again edified by good friendships and assured prayers. We join this pilgrimage every year to make our petitions and to offer our thanksgiving and every year we are granted graces and blessings that far exceed anything we can offer, reminding us once again of the generosity of our loving God. Please join us next year!

– N.R., mother of 8

 

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2016
Apr
29
Posted in Apostolates

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, April 23, His Excellency, the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese Kansas City-St. Joseph, came for his first pastoral visit and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Institute apostolate at Old St. Patrick Oratory in Kansas City, MO. The liturgical celebration began with the Bishop blessing the congregation as he entered the church, while choir sang the beautiful rendition of “Ecce Sacerdos Magnus” by Anton Bruckner.  He assisted ”in choro” at the Solemn High Mass celebrated by Canon Matthew Talarico, the provincial superior of the Institute in the US. Also present were Canon Glenn Gardner, Vice-Rector of the Oratory, Fr. Evan Harkins of St. James parish in St. Joseph, MO. and Deacon Ralph Wehner, diocesan master of ceremonies, who accompanied the Bishop. Our own Abbe Alex Barga served as master of ceremonies for the Bishop. The sermon given by the Bishop focused on the importance of the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives and her close connection to the Sacrifice of her Son not only on the Cross, but also in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  A solemn Te Deum followed the Mass. Led by Canon Talarico and all the clergy, the faithful joined in the Benediction, giving thanks to God for the Church, for the recently appointed Bishop, and for the Institute’s work in Kansas City.  

The rich blessings of these 10 years are truly a cause for thanksgiving. Following the liturgical celebrations in the church, a festive reception was given in honor of Bishop Johnston at the diocesan Catholic Center. In remembrance of this occasion, Canon Talarico presented the Bishop with a gift on behalf of this Institute apostolate: a beautiful Waterford crystal cross.

- Canon Glenn Gardner, Vice-Rector

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2015
Dec
22
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"Your Eminence, welcome home!" The people of St. Mary's Oratory could find no more appropriate words to greet the Cardinal who, as Bishop of his home diocese of La Crosse, first consecrated this church in 2003, returned in 2013 to celebrate the anniversary of the consecration, and gladdened the hearts of the faithful of Wausau this past Gaudete Sunday by another special visit. On Sunday, December 13, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 54 children and adults in a solemn afternoon ceremony which concluded with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. After bestowing a Rosary and several prayers cards on each of the confirmed, His Eminence then joined the faithful at a reception in the church hall and took the time to greet everyone present. The faithful of St. Mary's are deeply honored that, when His Eminence has occasion to return to his home diocese, he is always happy to come to the Oratory that he erected twelve years ago.

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2015
Dec
14
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On August 15th 2015 in Libreville, Gabon at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish both Church and State officials inaugurated the façade of Christ the King Church. The Institute of Christ the King, at the request of Archbishop Basil Mvé has been constructing this parish church since 2006. Nine years later the façade is an architectural marvel for Equatorial Africa and a monument attesting the Catholic Church’s mission to glorify God and sanctify man.

This historic event reunited the greater Institute family; His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Vatican and Gabonese dignitaries, local faithful as well as those from the missions south of the Equator, and the many Canons who served in Africa over the years.

Monsignor Schmitz, Vicar General, Canon Bergerot, Pastor, and Canon Valadier worked months in advance to coordinate the logistics of a ceremony that would regroup people from three different continents. A large delegation of clergy, that included Cardinal Burke, Monsignor d’Agostini, Papal Master of Ceremonies, and numerous seminarians from Gricigliano, embarked on a plane at Paris for Libreville on August 13th. The passengers were impressed by the vast array of clergy on board, all in white cassock, but either in red, violet, or black fascia and buttons. Many asked for blessings, His Eminence graciously obliged. One flight attendant even remarked, "Now I know what a Cardinal is: such a great dignity yet so paternally approachable."

Once is Gabon, a fleet of charitable (and excited!) faithful and drivers were waiting. The Canons and seminarians were the guests of the Parish and His Eminence and the Superiors, the official guests of the President of Gabon himself. After many liturgical practices and much preparation on August 14th all the clergy gathered at the mission for a meal on the picturesque terrace of the Maison du Sacré Coeur:

On August 15th, feast of the Assumption, the spiritual and temporal realms united to offer unto God and His Blessed Mother public honor. Gabon aired all of the ceremonies live on their major television channels and radio broadcasts. In the early afternoon faithful started to pour into the mission grounds. Altar boys from other Institute missions arrived by bus. Superiors and Canons of the Institute awaited in their full choir habit… then His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Monsignor d’Agostini, His Grace Basil Mvé, Archbishop of Libreville arrived; the Cardinal and Ordinary in their cappas folded over the arm. A red carpet stretched from the steps of the Church out into the streets to receive them. Then the President of Gabon arrived with his wife, the First Lady. The President and Cardinal stood side by side for the playing of the Gabonese and Vatican hymns by the military band of Gabon.

The inauguration ceremony itself began with two addresses: one by Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, in which he traced the history of the Institute’s 25 year presence in Gabon and publicly thanked the President for his unwavering support of Catholic culture; the second by Monsignor Schmitz in which he explained the architectural exactitude of the façade, the meaning of having the Christ Child as the centerpiece adored by the Three kings and flanked by the Institute’s patrons. He also developed the meaningful beauty of the façade as a visual catechism and an uplifting reminder of man’s divine vocation.

The Archbishop of Libreville then proceeded to solemnly bless the façade after which the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo, cut the ribbon at the façade’s entrance. He led the faithful into the Church and then Cardinal Burke processed in preceded by the ministers to begin the Pontifical High Mass of the Our Lady Assumed into Heaven, Patroness of Gabon. At the conclusion of the Pontifical High Mass, the Papal Master of Ceremonies read allowed the plenary indulgence that was granted by the Holy See for the occasion and Cardinal Burke gave the Papal Blessing which Pope Francis had delegated him to bestow. A warm reception regrouping faithful from three continents, all walks of life, Church and State, young and old, concluded the day’s festivities.

Join us in offering thanksgiving for such graces at our missions. The façade evangelizes Gabon by its very stature and beauty; drawing more souls to the life of the sacraments and union with God. Continue to pray for the Canons serving in Africa and now help them complete the inside of the Church. Christus vincit!

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2015
Nov
17
Posted in Apostolates

Despite the colorful autumn leaves, Sunday, November 15, felt like Easter Sunday, as the Shrine community held its inaugural Mass and ceremony at its new interim home in the vintage gymnasium of First Presbyterian Church of Chicago (6400 South Kimbark Ave). Located just 1 block to the east--literally inches from the ashes--of the burned Shrine landmark church, the unused gymnasium built in the 1920’s was converted within just 8 days into a beautiful church space very much resembling the Shrine sanctuary, thanks to the help of over 60 volunteers who worked many hours day and night for this remarkable transformation.

Thus, under the gaze of its iconic steeple, the Shrine’s usual schedule of Masses and events continue at the normal times for the benefit of the faithful and the local community, who regard the Shrine as the spiritual anchor of the neighborhood. Thanks be to Christ the Infant King for this rapid resurrection from the ashes!

The 10am ceremony began with a recording of the Shrine’s bells, which had been silent ever since October 7, the day of the fire when the bell system was destroyed. Then, the celebrant, Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States, blessed the chapel using the formula from the Roman Ritual.

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_5963.jpegNext, a delegation from the Chicago Fire Department, including the Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner and the Chief of the local fire district, and firefighters from the nearest firehouse, Engine 63 and Truck 16, processed into the church. The same firefighter Lieutenant who rescued the Shrine’s several hundred-year-old statue of Christ the Infant King from the burning church on the day of the fire walked at the head of the procession, carrying the singed statue back to its usual place as the centerpiece of devotion at the Shrine. Having received the statue from the hands of the firefighter hero, Canon Talarico then proceeded to enthrone Christ the Infant King above the high altar before the newly-restored reredos which had been salvaged from the charred interior of the Shrine. In these moments which were both historic and emotional, the faithful sang the hymn “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King” and knelt to offer a grateful prayer in honor of the Christ Child who remains with His people most especially in times of tragedy such as these.

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M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6406.jpegFollowing the ceremony, Solemn High Mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for so many graces received from Christ the Infant King. After Mass, the Shrine community offered a festive reception in the downstairs hall to show our appreciation to the leadership and congregation of First Presbyterian who were present in attendance, alongside the firefighters and so many residents from the local Woodlawn neighborhood. Special thanks to Minister Lawrence Brown and to the leadership of First Presbyterian for their gracious hospitality to the Shrine community!     

M:\Pictures\USA apostolates\Chicago\2015\2015-11-15 Inaugural Ceremonies, Upper Room\selection\IMG_6339.jpegAll are welcome to visit the Shrine’s interim home, which has been affectionately dubbed the “Upper Room” in reference to Pentecost and to its upstairs location. Holy Masses will be celebrated there on Sundays and Tuesday evenings, on weekday evenings on the 25th day of the month, and on feast days as they occur. Parking is available in the Shrine parking lot or on the street in the usual places. The weekday morning Masses are celebrated in the priory house chapel at 6415 South Woodlawn Ave. For more information, please feel free to call the Shrine at 773-363-7409 or email at shrine@institute-christ-king.org.

C:\Users\Canonicus Talarico\Desktop\Resurrection\Nov 11 photos\IMG_0726.JPGC:\Users\Canonicus Talarico\Desktop\Resurrection\Nov 13 photos\IMG_0812.JPGWe are deeply grateful to our benefactors whose generous donations have contributed to the refurbishment of the Shrine in its new interim home within the short space of just 8 days. Those charitable dollars have made it possible for us to obtain the 27 pews from an Ohio church, the communion rail from Pennsylvania, confessionals from Wisconsin, holy water font, and rugs which are needed for the longer term use of the Upper Room chapel. This support has also permitted the organ move from the priory chapel to the choir loft of the new space, as well as much-needed professional floor cleaning in the gym, sacristy and hallway areas. The tabernacle rescued from the church by firefighters is currently being refinished, hopefully in time for Christmas. Other ongoing restoration items include statues, antique reliquaries and altar missals. The vestments and altar frontals are still being professionally cleaned by specialists in a very careful process. Many decorative draperies which were saved from the church have been professionally cleaned and then installed to help the transformation from gym into chapel.

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Holy Mass is gratefully offered each week for our many Shrine benefactors!

 

 

 

 

 

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2015
Jul
9
Posted in Apostolates

Months of anticipation and final preparations culminated on Sunday April 26, 2015, when His Excellency, the Reverend Michael Barber, Bishop of Oakland, came to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Institute apostolate at St. Margaret Mary church in Oakland, CA. The liturgical celebration began with the Bishop blessing the congregation as he entered the church.  After vesting, he assisted at the Solemn High Mass celebrated by Canon Matthew Talarico, Substitute for the US Provincial. Also present were Canon William Avis, the Master of Ceremony for the US Province, Canon Raphael Ueda, and many clergy associate with the Institute apostolates in California. The sermon given by the Bishop focused on the Sacrifice of the Mass, its meaning and efficacy when celebrated with beauty and solemnity.  A Solemn Te Deum followed the Mass; led by His Excellency and all the clergy, the faithful joined in the Benediction, giving thanks to God for the Church, for the Bishop, and for the Institute.  

It was in January, 2005, when, at the invitation of then-Bishop Allen Vigneron, the Institute came to Oakland and established its apostolate at St. Margaret Mary.  Although an indult Mass had been celebrated at St. Margaret Mary since September 1989, the Institute’s arrival brought many welcomed additions. High Mass was celebrated every Sunday, daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form offered every day of the week, and all sacraments in the Extraordinary Form made available. Since that first year, the apostolate has inspired in many a deeper love of the Church, gained many faithful attendees, as well as several vocations. Canon Joel Estrada’s first Mass here last September was considered by many faithful as a joyful homecoming. 

The rich blessings of these 10 years are truly a cause for thanksgiving. Following the liturgical celebrations in the church, a festive reception was given in honor of Bishop Barber in the Fr. Kozina Hall of the church. In remembrance of this occasion, Canon Meney presented the Bishop a gift on behalf of this Institute apostolate: a reliquary containing the relics of St. Francis de Sales, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Jeanne de Chantal.  

The Bishop’s visit marked the official celebration of the apostolate’s 10thanniversary, although this special milestone will be marked in many other ways throughout the year. The faithful of the apostolate are very grateful for the many graces with which this apostolate has been blessed, the many seminarians who have come to visit, and most especially, the Institute priests who have helped to bring these graces to the apostolate: Canon Michel Wiener, Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, Canon Henrique Fragelli, Canon William Avis, Canon Olivier Meney, and Abbe Kevin Kerscher.

St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!

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Oakland Apostolate Celebrates 10 Years
Oakland Apostolate Celebrates 10 Years

2015
Feb
9
Posted in Apostolates

On Saturday, November 22, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, Arizona, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form at Holy Family church to over twenty candidates from St. Gianna Oratory and Holy Family Parish. His Excellency then offered the Low Mass of a Bishop. The Oratory choir sang Latin motets for both the Rite of Confirmation and the Pontifical Mass.

The Rector of the Oratory and Parochial Administrator, Canon William Avis, served as Master of Ceremonies to the Bishop. The Marian Catechists prepared the recipients of the Sacrament. The Substitute for the Provincial, Canon Matthew Talarico, was also present to thank His Excellency on behalf of the Institute’s superiors for his continual support and guidance of St. Gianna Oratory at Holy Family Parish.

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TUCSON CONFIRMATIONS BY BISHOP KICANAS
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TUCSON CONFIRMATIONS BY BISHOP KICANAS

2015
Feb
6
Posted in Apostolates

The Archbishop of Libreville, the Most Reverend Basile Mvé Engone, established the Institute apostolate in the capital city of Gabon in 2009 as Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Since then the Institute has undertaken to build a large parish church from the ground up in order to shelter and to inspire the many hundreds of faithful who have flocked to the Parish since the early days of its foundation. The government of the country has offered its encouraging support as well.

At first, the parishioners gathered in a building which was readily available to serve as a large temporary chapel, while the colossal concrete framework of the future church was under construction. For the past couple of years, the regular Masses have been held in the basic setting of this large concrete structure of the church, appropriately disposed with provisional furnishings, as the parish community continues to grow and develop.

Thanks to Divine Providence, another important step in this church building project has just been completed with the installation of the azulejos stones for the façade and bell tower.

The azulejos are glazed colored tile traditionally used as an ornamental art form in Portuguese architecture for the exterior and interior of buildings, homes and churches for the past several hundred years. Handmade and painted in Portugal according to the artistic design and layout created by Abbé Alexander Willweber, a clerical oblate who serves as the Institute’s Intendant of Sacred Art, these azulejos stones were installed by Portuguese workers during the month of January under the supervision of Abbé Willweber.

While the contours of the façade are in a classical Roman style, the azulejos depict the Nativity of Christ the Infant King, as well as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the three holy patrons of the Institute, St. Francois de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Benedict. Thus this artistic façade is a wonderful invitation for the onlooker to enter the church for his spiritual edification. Indeed, beauty has a primary role in evangelization, since it attracts and uplifts the soul to make the opening steps in its journey to God.   

The next step of construction includes a square in front of the church which will be in harmony with the decorative façade.

All are invited to pray for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, for the clergy who serve there, as well as for the completion of this grand endeavor for the good of souls!

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Church Building Project in Libreville
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Church Building Project in Libreville
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Church Building Project in Libreville
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Church Building Project in Libreville
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Church Building Project in Libreville
Church Building Project in Libreville
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