Bordeaux: a charity evening to support the opening of a reception center in Jerusalem

BORDEAUX – The Vicariate of Saint James of the Latin Patriarchate will open a home for migrant children in Jerusalem in January 2018. To raise funds to support this project, a significant charity evening has been organized for Saturday, September 30 at the Palais de la Bourse in Bordeaux. It is an event organized in partnership with the l’Oeuvre d’Orient and the Order of the Holy Sepulcher in France, in the presence of Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo and Father David Neuhaus.

The project: “Guardian Angel Home” for children of migrants in Jerusalem

To meet the needs of many children of migrants  in Jerusalem, the St. James Vicariate of the Latin Patriarchate is establishing the “Guardian Angel Home” for children of migrants who are in situations of serious family distress. This place will provide them a family life with structure, stability, regularity and order that is necessary for them, in a loving and caring atmosphere and spiritual environment. A house mother and father will administer the Guardian Angel Home, which will accommodate a dozen children, boys and girls from 6 to 16 years old. Their stay will vary according to their needs. Some will be in the Home during the week and return to their parents on weekends. For others, the Home will be a place of reception at a time of family crisis.

Immediate opening and work to be carried out

The Vicariate of St. James would like to partially open this facility by January 2018 and make it fully operational before the end of the year. This project is developed with the support of NGO partners. The Guardian Angel Home will be installed in a part of the hospital building in the compound of the Capuchin Friars, just below the playground of St. Rachel Center. This building is being renovated by the Vicariate under a contract similar to the one developed with the Capuchin Friars for the Center. € 230,000 will be needed to complete the work of renovation of the existing structure, electrical installations, water and sewage system, and to furnish the residence. The monthly operating cost for the home is estimated at about € 6,500, of which 20% will be obtained from local fees and donations.

During the first two years, the home will welcome children from families already integrated into other structures of the Vicariate, a trial period before considering an opening to other children in need.

Charity evening:

DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:00 pm

LOCATION: Palace of the Bourse of Bordeaux, 17 place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux

Note: It is possible to donate to this project without attending the dinner – see reply coupon or donate online by specifying the project in the box “for a particular project”, or by writing a check payable to ” L’Oeuvre d’Orient “code 70363 to be indicated on the back of the check and send to: L’Oeuvre d’Orient – 20 rue du regard – 75006 Paris.

Work on the Jaffa of Nazareth Patriarchate School inaugurated by the new Governor of the Order

HOLY LAND – The newly appointed Governor General of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, Ambassador Leonardo Visconti, made his first visit to the Holy Land with a delegation of the Order. On this occasion, they visited, on Wednesday, September 11, 2017, the Latin Patriarchate School in Jaffa of Nazareth, Israel. At the school, the Governor General inaugurated the beginning of construction of the rectory and kindergarten.


Jerusalem was the starting point for this delegation led by Ambassador Leonardo Visconti Modrone, Governor General of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. After the visit of the Co-Cathedral of the Patriarchate, he received the Pilgrim shell from Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, an insignia granted by the Latin Patriarchate to the Knights of the Order during their pilgrimage Holy Land. Accompanied by Mr. Sami El-Yousef, the new General Director of the Latin Patriarchate, the Ambassador then went to the Patriarchate school of Jaffa of Nazareth where he was awaited and welcomed by Father Iyad Twal, General Director of the Patriarchate Schools, Father Hanna Kildani, Patriarchal Vicar in Nazareth, Father Ibrahim Shomali, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate, and a group of students responsible for organizing the reception. They then visited the church school.

Proceeding to the future construction sites of the rectory and kindergarten, located about fifty meters from the school, the Governor General inaugurated the beginning of the construction and the Patriarchal Vicar conducted the blessing of the premises. On site, the first stone of the building was decorated with a plaque with the name of the Order, a testimony to its constant generosity. Indeed, the Order has supported many projects of the Latin Patriarchate for years.

As a result of the steady increase in the number of students enrolled annually, the school of the Latin Patriarchate of Jaffa of Nazareth needs new classrooms. Room must be found. Additionally, the rectory, the religious sisters’ house and the kindergarten, which were until now within the walls of the school, will be moved. This will permit reorganizing the school’s four floors to accommodate the number of additional students. The school now has 24 classrooms, dedicated computer rooms, labs and an internal gym. The work began in 2014, funded in part by the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.

The visit of the honorable Delegation of the Order continues through Jordan, the Vicariate of the Latin Patriarchate in which many projects are emerging thanks to the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.

Vivien Laguette

Garden Rehabilitation in Deir Rafat


Our Lady of Palestine – In order to make the meetings and the prayers of the visitors more pleasant and contented, the LPJ together with the generous support of the Portuguese Lieutenancy of EOHSJ and Mr. Olivier Schulte Ladbeck, EOHSJ-Germany, were able to execute the work of refurbishing the front yard of the Church of Deir Rafat. (more…)