We do not have much time – not more than two months – before we welcome the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Church Pope Francis in Tallinn. I am sure we have all often prayed for this event and I ask you to pray even more for the preparation and the fruits of this visit. I am very grateful to all the people – whether Catholics or not – who contribute with their work and effort in order to make this Pope Francis ‘visit a success. Every big event consists of thousands of details and actually, every small detail means a lot. Let us do it with love. Despite the fact whether the thing we are doing is small or big, visible or unnoticeable, the value of each task is created by love with which we fulfil it. In case there is little love, even the biggest task becomes insignificant, whereas if there is much love, even the tiniest action becomes important.
18.00 Mass in Estonian
18.00 Mass in Estonian
8.00 Mass in Estonian
On the 9th of March we received the joyful news that Pope Francis will visit Estonia on the 25th of September 2018. This is certainly a very great joy for all of us, which raises our hearts to be full of gratitude. We will soon see the Successor of St. Peter, the Roman Pontiff, in our country, the land of Mary! We do not yet have the precise plan for the visit, but we will certainly share this information, as soon as it comes to us. At the moment we can already be sure that the Pope will meet with his children, and celebrate Holy Mass on the 25th of September in Tallinn in a public place. The Holy Father also desires to meet with young people, with the representatives of the other churches, and with the various representatives of Estonian society, culture, etc.
During his visit to the Baltic States, the Holy Father will visit Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania from 22 to 23 September and Riga and Aglona in Latvia on 24 September. Pope Francis will arrive in Tallinn on 25 September.
The Pope will return to the Vatican after visiting Estonia.
Youth meetings are, first of all, for study abroad students currently in Tallinn. These meetings are also for young foreigners who work in Estonia or otherwise spend their time here. The main goal of our youth meetings is to fruitfully spend time together with other Christians while praying, listening to interesting talks, and discussing different matters of Christian faith and morality. We also watch good films and participate in various events of interest. Youth meetings are also a good opportunity to make new acquaintances with young people from all over the world while supporting each other’s Christian faith in the country where there are very few Christians.
The meetings take place on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 7 pm after evening Mass in English at 6 pm in the St John Paul II room.
Contact: Fr. Wodek,
08.00 in Latin (After Mass, adoration and holy rosary)
18.00 in English (Sunday vigil Mass)
10.00 in Polish
11.30 in Estonian
18.00 in Russian
At the beginning of the 13th century, Estonia was conquered by the German Teutonic Order and Christianized by force. Some archaeological evidence suggests that Christianity was known in the centuries prior to the conquest. Based on archaeological relics, such as crosses and metal book corners, some area of Estonia have been Christian.
Whether the first Christians reached Estonia from the east, west or south is still hidden behind the veil of history. Stories about the first missionaries are based on legends. However, it is quite clear that systematic Christianisation of the territory of present-day Estonia and its inhabitants was initiated by the Catholic Church in the first years of the 13th century, in the course of the 'Baltic Crusade' (1171-1525). In 1202, the founder of the city of Riga, Bishop Albert, created a religious order, the Sword Brothers (Fratres militiae Christi), modelling it on the Templars; the aim of the new order was to 'integrate' new territories and their inhabitants into the Christian world. By 1227, the territory of present-day Estonia had been Christianised; since 1215, it had borne the name 'Land of Mary', given by Pope Innocent III. During the following centuries this name became a synonym for Estonia, at least for Estonians themselves, who very often did not recall the religious background of the name.
Msgr. Philippe Jourdan is of Basque origin. He earned the diploma in mathematics and engineering at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris and became a member of Opus Dei as a student. After being called to priesthood, he pursued theological studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and was ordained as a priest in the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross by Cardinal Bernard Francis Law on 20 August 1988.