Lavigery

Jerusalem

Our work in Jerusalem

The Missionaries of Africa working in Jerusalem come under the EPO Province (Ethiopie Proche Orient/Ethiopia Near East). This consists of Ethiopia, Lebanon and Jerusalem. One of the principal works in this Province is Ecumenism. At St Anne’s Basilica, Jerusalem, there are 12 confreres and 10 (next year 12) students (3 of the students are now deacons and so also confreres). The 22 make up a single community with different fundamental areas of work although much work is shared. The students go to the Salesian college (1 confrere lectures there also) for 4 years before ordination to the priesthood and have their own Rector. Confreres and students welcome pilgrims to the Basilica. Other confreres are involved in archaeology of the site (Pool of Bethesda) and in the museum which is being modernised. Yet other confreres are involved in working with other Christians and Jews at various levels. Ecumenism/interreligious dialogue/Justice and Peace etc. There is a library (dating from the time when St. Anne’s was a seminary for the Greek Catholics) containing upwards of 40,000 volumes. It is open to the public. The priests of the house act as chaplains for several different communities of religious men and women There are also sessions (in English and French) every year each lasting 3 months, offering spiritual and biblical renewal for diocesan priests and religious coming from Africa. The prestigious Proche Orient Chretien is no longer published from St. Anne’s. It has been given into the keeping of the Jesuit University in the Lebanon. Since February 2016, part of the property has also housed offices for a lay organisation (Jerusalem Interchurch Centre), which provides independent monitors who aim by their presence to ensure peace at possible flashpoints e.g. accompanying Arab schoolchildren through checkpoints to Hebron.

Taken from CIA website,
Updated July 2016

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers). England & Wales Reg charity No. 233302
The Society of Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers) Charity registered in Scotland No. SC037981