Presentació del llibre ‘Més enllà del vi_DOQ Priorat’

The director of the Scientific and Technological Park of Tourism and Festivals of Vila-seca and the Dean of the Faculty of Geography at the University Rovira and Virgili (URV)  presented before the means of communications on Tuesday 18th September, in the lecture hall Saint Magin of the Tarraconensian Cultural Centre the editorial project “Further on than wine”. The authors of the project Sebastiano Alba and Eduardo Soler valued the lights and the shadows of the only Qualified Denominations of Origin of Cataluña, DOQ Priorat.

Salvador Anton  valued the work of editorial divulgation which supposed “a new way of seeing the wine of the Priorat, and the better understanding of DOQ, the territory, the scenery and above all persons, their personal itineraries and specific voacation in relation to wine and the territory, persons who front the processes which accompany this leadership and who have firmness of the future in relation to wine and the territory.” In this same, sense the authors of the work, Sebastiano Alba and Eduardo Soler, underlined that the Priorat, as a region, has to commit itself towards quality, “not only in its wine, but also in its hospitality and all that which surrounds experience.”

For the future, Sebastiano Alba, opinioned “with the crisis the wine of the Priorat would be a more humanized wine, apart from having its feet on the ground, with regard to the level of prices as principally with its relations in its surroundings”. In judgement the crisis in the sector of wine, as in other ambits, “is a crisis of values, and in the Priorat it is superceeded by those capable of recognising the value of sacrifice.”

“More than a book – concluded Salvador Anton – it is a project which makes reference to a vision signified by the production of wine, the ethics of society, and of style and determined manner in doing things; it links directly with the four vectors of development identified in the 90s by the potential of the Priorat: nature, ambiental preservation, the brotherly sector of oil and the search for transcendental spiritualism.”

Diàleg Missió-Cooperació

The Tarraconensian Centre on Monday 17th September held the first dialogue on Missionary co-operation organised by the Diocesan Delegation for Missions, under the title, “Interpelation from the mutual experience of personal projection by the side of the poorest”. The meeting with a notable affluence of public, led to an informal interchange of experiences and of concerns from the double perspectives offered by the work of missionaries and of international co-operants. It counted with the participation of Mons. Luis Sole Fa bishop of Trujillo whose trajectory was with the indiginant communities of Honduras and Dr Xavier Manubens Bertran, orthopedian who has worked for over a decade on various projects in India, Haiti and Chad. The moderator of the meeting was  the solicitor Daniel Arzamendi Balerdi.

The mood of the dialogue allowed different aspects of the work to be analized, such as coincidences and differences between various ambits, the adequate personal perspectives with which co-operation is faced, the necessity to mould the objectives and circumstances of the work to the destiny of the said, the effects of the economic crisis in the help programmes to developing countries, the interchange of visions and values which suppose co-operation with these peoples and the need to give new impulse to the volunteers.

El Centre Tarraconense El Seminari obre les seves portes

The Centre was inaugurated on Wednesday 25th January, celebrating the conversion of Saint Paul in a multitudinous act, the first phase of the re-modelisation of the Seminary building, correspomding to the cloister of Saint Paul.

This new Tarraconensian Centre: The Seminary was born out of the aim that it should be a space for dialogue between faith and culture, with the clear aim of offering a service to society. The new evangelisation with the presence of Mons. Jose Octavio Ruiz Arenas, secretary of the Pontificial Council for the new evangelisation, played an important role in the act.

The celebration counted with the presence of Mn. Joaquim Fortuny, the vicar general, the delegate of the government of the Generalitat of Cataluña in Tarragona, Joaquim Nin, the president of the Diputacion of Tarragona, Josep Poblet, the spokesperson of the local authority of Tarragona and lieutenant of the mayor, Begoña Floria, the lieutenant of the mayor for Public Spaces, Xavier Tarrés, the vice-president of the Diputacion of Tarragona Albert Vallve, the director of Territorial Services of Governorship and institutional services in Tarragona Rosanna Camps, the dean of the Faculty of Theology of Cataluña Dr. Armand Puig, the president of the Comarcal Council of the Tarrgones, Frederic Adan and the secretary general of the University Rovira I Virgili, Dr. Antoni Gonzalez, amongst many other personalities of ecclesiastical, political, institutional, cultural and social ambits.

The director of the Tarraconensian Centre: The Seminary, Marisa Jimenez, was charged with welcoming the numerous assistants putting forth the magnificent scenery in which the act occurred. “It is a building which interprets how we should today join ecclesiastic tradition with the signs of the times, a space situated on the acropolis of Tarragona which remounts in the 2nd century B.C. with the visualization of the roman wall, in the 13th century with the chapel of Saint Paul and in the 19th century when the construction of the building took place, between the years 1833 and 1888”, stated Jimenez.

In continuation spoke the director of the Saint Fructuosus Institute for Religious Sciences (INSAF), Dr. Josep Maria Gavaldà who pointed out that “this centenary building, thanks to the important works of re-modelisation, is today converted into a pastoral complex, academic and cultural proper to the 21st century. Past, present and future are joined in this cloister which we today inaugurate”.  Mn Gavalda assured us that the words of Mons Jose Octavio Ruiz would be a breath of fresh air “lighting again the fires”. “Because fires we have, from many centuries ago, but it is convenient that someone rekindles them”, he explained referring to the remote Christian tradition of the church of Tarragona. Mn. Josep Maria Gavaldà asked that an idea be transmitted to the President of the Pontificial Council for the promotion of the new evangelization, Mons. Rino Fisichela. “That you consider that in this place were we find ourselves was the last in the Pauline mission, it should be considered as the place from which the new evangelization could begin”.

The Archbishop of Tarragona, Mons. Jaume Pujol, expressed his personal desire and that of the archdiocese that the new centre could second the initiatives of this new Pontificial Council, created by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010. “This centre has a special vocation  as that of the church to be an atrium for the gentiles, a place of dialogue with those seeking God, a place for communicating the evangelium and a meeting with Jesus”, he specified, and pointed out also that this project only begins in the moment that Benedict XVI announces the year of faith. “Finishing the second phase of the work, the church can open doors to society and offer immense Theological knowledge which is stored in the historic library of the Seminary”, he concluded.

Laics, a fundamental role in the new evangelization

Mons. Ruiz pointed out that laics play a fundamental role in the new evangelization,                                                                  as it is through them –men and women– can be reached many different ambients which in other ways would have been impossible to reach. “Each one, wherever they are  are called upon to announce the evangelium”. To attain this action, Mons. Ruiz exaulted the importance of formation, to become converted into authentic missionaries, authentic communicators of the evangelium. The prelate explained that families are the prime evangelizors in our society. “Today more than ever corresponds that we become evangelizors in our ambient.”

Over the role of the new evangelizors, archbishop Ruiz, pointed out that it is not a question of repeating formulas or messages, but in giving personal testimony, which gives credibility to pastoral action. “To carry this out we need men and women of prayer.” As John Paul II says, “we need people who speak with god, so as to be able to speak about God”. To conclude his conference he pointed out that we should look to the future with enthusiasm, seeking concrete initiatives in this field.

The act of inauguration concluded with prayers before the chapel of Saint Paul, presided by Archbishop Mons. Jaume Pujol, and by archbishop Jose Octavio Ruiz, and with the benediction of the installations of the Seminary, in its first phase of re-modelisation.