Day: 1. April 2015

Palm Sunday and Desert trip

We ended our desert journey known as canonical year with a 5 day retreat facilitated by Fr. Lionel, reflecting on the life of Jesus and the covenant of God with His people. We also had an experience travelling around the desert area with Brother Elio, NDS during this Holy Week. By visiting significant places in the Bible history and our first Christian heritage we deepened more our understanding of the importance of the desert in our Christian faith. ? We went to Beth-Shemesh: as you can see in the book of 1 Sam. 6. ? Tel Azeka: 1 Sam. 14: 17; 1 Sam. 17:18 ? Beersheba: Gn. 21: 9; 2 Sam. 24: 1-2; Mt. 6 ? Ein Avdat, Carpentry and Ein Gadi particularly to the David waterfalls 1 Sam 24; Song of Songs 1: 13-14 ? We also went to the tomb of David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel who dreamt that the desert would flourish and turn green. ? We ended our two day trip in the place of Qumran: Acts. …

“St. John in Montana” News, 03/2015

This has been a month full of surprises and visits! We began our month with a one-day session on finances, with Sr. Trudy and Sr. Phil, which was really good. We had questions for reflection and we were divided into two groups to share what we had learned through our experiences as well. The following day we visited the school called “Hand in Hand”. This school brings together Arab and Jewish children. It is one of the five “Hand in Hand” schools – in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Galilee, Wadi Ara, and Jerusalem. They are centres for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel which enable peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs through the development of integrated, bilingual and multicultural education. In four of the schools, the number of students at each grade level is balanced equally between Arab and Jewish children. Students at all grade levels are taught in both Hebrew and Arabic. Victoria looks forward to the challenge of working full-time as a volunteer in the first and second classes helping specially the Jewish children to learn …