Islamabad: To mark the Platinum Jubilee of the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad announced to celebrate the 75th anniversary with passion and zeal for the whole year, from October 2021 to October 2022. The year Jubilee would officially begin on October 1 and end in October 2022, Archbishop Joseph Arshad said in a statement posted here.
The opening of the jubilee year will begin with the Eucharistic celebration which will be presided over by Bishop Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis (Apostolic Nuncio in Pakistan) and concelebrated by Bishop Joseph Arshad and all the priests of the diocese.
The verse chosen for the jubilee year is taken from the Gospel of Saint John “I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10)”. The main theme of the Jubilee Year is “Evangelization, service and witness”. During the year, various activities and programs will be organized in the diocese to strengthen the faith and spiritual awakening of the faithful. It can be mentioned here that the diocese was originally erected in 1887, as the apostolic prefecture of Kafiristan and Kashmir.
In 1947, the apostolic prefecture was elevated to the rank of diocese and named diocese of Rawalpindi. In 1979 the name was renamed Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.
Archbishop Dr Joseph Arshad said that God has bestowed countless blessings on the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi over the years.
At present, there were 24 parishes with 216,500 Catholic faithful. There were a total of 40 priests, 9 brothers, about 100 nuns from different congregations serving the diocese, and about 100 full-time and part-time catechists who are actively engaged in spreading the Good News.
There are around 64 educational institutions with their continuous service to the nation and around 28 charitable and social institutions and organizations which served the poor and needy in society.
He said that the year of Jubilee is certainly a year of thanksgiving to Almighty God and of remembering all those who have dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel in the footsteps of the apostles, sowing the seed of Christian faith. in the diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.