FHL Chairman in the Holy Land

Jim Quinn - Visit to the Holy Land – Sat 5 – Thurs 9 Nov 2017

FHL Chairman Jim Quinn has just returned from a busy five day trip to the Holy Land, staying in Bethlehem and meeting with partners, FHL colleagues and beneficiaries. Below are just a few highlights from his visit.  

Sunday 5 November

Jim addressed 48 Westminster Diocese pilgrims at Knights Palace, Jerusalem. He met with Bishop John Sherrington, Fr Paul McDermott, the administrative leader of the pilgrimage, and Fr John Farrell of Blackfriars Oxford, who was acting as spiritual director. He was asked by Fr Paul to speak about the Friends of the Holy Land and did so for 30 minutes and to an appreciative and engaged audience. Pilgrims took away FHL literature and signed up to receive our regular newsletters.


Monday 6 November – School of Joy

Jim met Fr Mamdouh, his wife and a number of children. Fr Mamdouh has increased the number of children at his school by five, including four from Hebron. Hebron has no Christians, however the Anglican School in Hebron is run and staffed by teachers all of whom are Christian, and who come from Beit Sahour. Jim met Ali Abdeen from Hebron who is 8 and diagnosed with autism. Fr Mamdouh found him at his home, having never been to school before. Ali’s grasp and progress since he joined in September have been astonishing. Most of the children at the School of Joy have mental health issues. Fr Mamdouh’s vision is to carry these children through their entire education as their mental health problems are likely to lead to bullying in other schools.

 

Tuesday 7 November – Jerusalem Day

Whilst in Jerusalem Jim met with Archbishop Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator at the Latin Patriarchate, one of FHL’s key partners in the Holy Land. Jim reported, “During the meeting I was able to update His Grace on our mission, our history in the Holy Land, our work with the Latin Patriarchate and how we can work more closely to encourage UK pilgrims to visit the Holy Land and support the Christian economy.“