11 Jan 2019

Ecumenical Eucharist in Sicily

On 4 January 2019, the Feast of the Epiphany was celebrated by the Anglican congregation in Randazzo, Sicily. Father Geoff Kimber, locum priest at St George’s Anglican church in Taormina, led an ecumenical Eucharist hosted by Father Giovanni La Rosa of the church of Sant’Alberto di Trapani in Randazzo on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Father Geoff Kimber was accompanied by his wife, Deacon Gill. The preacher was Father Russell Ruffino from the Anglican chaplaincy Holy Cross church in Palermo.

Owing to the bad weather, Father Antonio Cucinotta, Catholic priest of Messina, and the Orthodox Priest of Messina, Father Giovanni, were not able to be present. However Father Alberto Stassi from the Byzantine Church in Palermo did make it through the heavy snow.

Following the service there was a most enjoyable lunch prepared by members of the Randazzo congregation.

Father Giovanni La Rosa commented on the joy that this occasion gave him, and he looks forward to many such occasions in the future.