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I am the Light of the World - Spirituality Center in Jerusalem


At the dawn of the 1930s, at the invitation of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop Luigi Barlassina, the Capuchins 'went up to Jerusalem' to a place in the neighborhood of Talbiya to the south-west of the old city. This was mentioned explicitly in the letter of the General Minister, Br. Vigilio da Valstagna, sent to the Order for Easter 1933. The motivations for the friars' arrival were many:

  • pastoral - being in a neighborhood in which many thousands of Christians lived, the erection of a church was foreseen, but never realized because the events of war that soon arrived and everything caused by the Second World War,
  • formative - for the benefit of young brothers present in the area of the Middle East,
  • and logistic - welcoming the friars coming to Jerusalem from the the various parts of the world.

Spirituality Center

I am the Light of the World


1The house, launched in September 2010, rises in the new part of Jerusalem, just by the western walls, in a residential neighborhood of new Jerusalem (Talbiya), with an open view of the western walls of the Old City, with the Abbey of the Dormition of Mary on Mt. Zion right in front of the second floor, the bell tower of the Russian church on the Mount of Olives in the background, and the mountains of Jordan on the horizon. The property also includes a beautiful and spacious garden with cliffs planted with olives. One can reach the Holy Sepulchre by foot in twenty minutes (“The distance of a rosary,” says Fr. Pasquale Rota) by way of the municipal gardens, entering the Old City by the Jaffa Gate. The House has single and double rooms, all with a bathroom, and can welcome up to twenty-five people.

2The Community offers a fraternal welcome, participation in prayer and sharing of meals and some service in the house. The friars of the Community are available to guests, friars and pilgrims, for various needs.

3It’s possible to celebrate Mass privately, given a reservation, at the Holy Sepulchre/Calvary, and at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, etc.

4The friars of the Community are available for personalized accompaniment to the Holy Places in Jerusalem and nearby (Bethlehem, Ein Karem, Emmaus, Jericho, etc.), according to the wishes and time that guests have available. It is possible to organize, on request, a trip of one or more days to Galilee (Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Tabgha, Capernaum, Magdala, etc.) (For trips by car for groups of more than six people, you will have to hire a bus and a driver.)

5Gatherings for study (personalized by topic and time available) on Sacred Scripture/archaeology, are possible with requests made ahead of time.

6There are many opportunities to participate in the daily and festive liturgies according the calendar and the various events promoted by the Patriarchate, the Custody of the Holy Land, and by the individual religious communities present in Jerusalem.

7There are possibilities to visit Christian social services (Caritas Baby Hospital, the Crèche of Bethlehem, etc.)


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