The first centenary of the death of saint Theresa of the infant Jesus and the launch
With the approach of the first centenary for the death of saint Theresa of the infant Jesus in 1996 – 1997, preparations for it began with a committee called the centenary committee, composed of: Father Benoit Richa Regional Superior of the monastic order for the Carmelite Father, and Mother, Pauline Fares, the Superior General of the association of the Maronite Nuns of Saint Theresa of the Infant Jesus, with the participation of representatives for the Association of Carmelite missionaries of Saint Theresa, and the Carmelite Association of Saint Joseph, the beatification committee and an assembly of Theresa friends namely priests, monks, clericals and seculars. The correspondences were bearing the signatures of the two highest superiors. The centenary committee considered its works ended in January 1997.
Gathering of Jesus My Joy
In a meeting which comprised the two above-mentioned superiors, some Maronite sisters from the monastic order of Saint Theresa and the two clericals Toufic Bou Hadir, Rouphael Zogheib and Mr. Charles Shlala, the attendants adopted a motion tendered by the three friends to institute a prayer gathering for the youth under the name of” Jesus My Joy” as a fruit for the centenary year, and the above – mentioned persons with some assistants were charged with the preparation of the gathering under the supervision of the participating monastic orders. The clerical Toufic Bou Hadir was nominated a coordinator for the first gathering of Jesus My Joy, which took place in Don bosco – El Housoun and gave abundant spiritual fruits.
After the success of the first gathering Jesus My Joy, the Superiors of the participating monastic orders (after the apology from Saint Joseph Carmelite nuns for not continuing the work) met with the coordinator Toufic Bou Hadir, and it was decided to set up gathering 2 of Jesus My Joy, in 1998, and in the same place, with the cooperation of some monks, nuns and seculars. And at the end of Jesus My Joy 2, the responsible persons declared the institution of gathering 3 of Jesus My Joy, which was performed in time. The gathering went on and is still going on.