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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good Wishes to the Galilee Latin Patriarchate Schools


Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, GALILEE – During the third week of September, Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel, and Canon Faisal Hijazin, general director of the Latin Patriarchate schools in Israel and Palestine, made a visit to inaugurate the beginning of the school year. 

They visited schools in Reneh – greeted by the pastor, Fr. Elias Odeh, and the Principals, Father Elias Tabban and Mrs. Yvette Sayegh – and Rameh, greeted by the Principal, Jiries Mansour, which are full (from kindergarten to the final grade) and in Jaffa of Nazareth – greeted by the Principals Qaysar Rahhal and Saad Rashed – a growing school which will be full next year. The Patriarchate also has two nurseries in Shefaamer and Haifa.

The bishop and the director of schools met with principals, teachers, staff and all students in the school yards, but also in the classrooms. On behalf of His Beatitude Patriarch, they wished everyone a good and happy new school year and encouraged them to academic success and to live out their human, social and Christian formation.

They got acquainted with new teachers and were interested in the former and current needs faced by schools. They were particularly impressed by the very good results of the last Baghrout examination.

Patriarchal schools, like all Christian schools in Israel, face in recent times some serious administrative and cultural challenges presented by the Ministry of Education. They are in danger of no longer being subsidized by the state or, if they want to go public, they will lose their Christian identity and therefore the purpose for which they were created.

Text from our Galilee correspondent. Photos by A.K. and J.M.


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