On Monday, December 11, 2017, some members of the CPAM gathered for the Advent Recollection Day at the Capuchin Convent in Jerusalem.

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Led by Father Rafic Nahra, Patriarchal Vicar for the Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel and Coordinator of the Pastoral Among Migrants, the CPAM team reflected on an issue very important for our ministry: Charity. Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37, divided in three groups, we shared our pastoral experience based on the question: “Do we have models of charity that inspire us? What do they teach us?”.

After lunch, offered by the Capuchins, we bade farewell to Sister Clarice Perera, Sisters of the Perpetual Help, who, after four years of service here in the Holy Land, returns to Sri Lanka. She was presented with a magnificent icon of the Blessed Mary. We thank Sr. Clarice for her dedication and apostolic zeal among the Sri Lankans and we assure our prayers for her new assignment.

After an hour of adoration, Father Vicente Supranes, Passionist, the main celebrant of the Mass, in his homily invited us to sustain the Lord’s hope despite what is going on.

At the end of the celebration, Father Rafic took the opportunity to wish us and our chaplaincies and communities a blessed Christmas in the joy of the Emmanuel, the God-with-us.

We thank the Capuchins for hosting us in their convent and for their warm welcoming.

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