At the invitation of the Albanian Catholic Mission, on 29th April 2012 the CSLI took part in the Friendship Festival of the Albanian community in Vienna. The occasion of this celebration was the start of the year of celebration: “100 Years of the Albanian Nation.”
The Festival Mass was celebrated by Don Pren Kola (recipient of The CSLI Medal of Humanity). Because of the festive occasion, the ‘messe breve’ by Leo Delibes was performed by singers of the Diocesan Conservatory of the Archdiocese of Vienna.
The procession moved through the sunnyChurch Squarein front of the Church.
During the sacred Acts of the Holy Mass, shrouded in incense, could be heard the mighty organ ofRudolfsheimChurch.
The organ solos were played by our Music Officer, Frau First Lieutenant CSLI Mag. Lusine Poppel.
Besides members of the Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union, members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Archangel Michael and the K. St V. Rhaetia also attended the celebrations. The Albanian flag bearer was accompanied by an Officer of the Deutschmeister Schützenkorps.
At the subsequent reception in the Rudolfsheim Parish Hall, Union Commander Senator hc Wolfgang Steinhardt presented Counsellor Anton Marku, M.E.S. for the Albanian community, with a friendship certificate.
Many new friends were made as, with Albanian specialities and Austrian beverages, this holiday slowly and pleasantly came to an end.
Report: Patrick Poppel, Colonel CSLI