The community in Beer Sheba is unique among the Hebrew-speaking Catholic communities.

It is the only community that uniquely represents the Catholic Church in the city (and it constitutes the Roman Catholic parish there). In fact, there is no other recognized Christian community there. The home of the community is at 51 HaShalom Street.

The community was established by Father Jean-Roger Héné, a French priest belonging to the Assumptionist congregation, himself of Jewish origin. In the 1950s he would regularly visit the city in order to celebrate mass for the Christians who worked in the area. In 1990 he completed the construction of a spacious community house. Today the priest in charge is Father Piotr Zelasko. The community in Beer Sheba is very diverse -  members being Israeli Jews and Arabs as well as immigrants from Russia, Rumania, Poland and India. There are numerous long time Christian residents and those who are more recent arrivals from France, Italy, Spain, Holland and the United States who work in the town or who have come to settle there. There is also a regular group of foreign medical students who study at Ben Gurion University as well as foreign workers who come to pray in the only Catholic church in the city.

The mass is celebrated there every day at 18.30 and on Sundays at 18.15.

bs icon concert

The community house is named for our Father Abraham, who lived in Beer Sheba (cf. Gen 21:31). In the chapel hangs the beautiful icon of the Russian iconographer Andrei Rublev. Three angels sit around the table of the Lord, reminding us of the story of their visit to our Father Abraham (Gen 18). Abraham, who had been sitting at the opening of his tent, hurried to welcome the three strangers (whom he did not identify immediately as angels). He serves as an example of welcoming visitors. Furthermore, when he learnt from them the eventual fate of the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah, he lifted up his voice in order to intercede for the sinful people of these towns. This intercession reminds us of our duty to pray for all peoples, especially those in trouble. The icon represents God’s great love. Observe the way the angels are looking around. The middle angel gazes at the angel to the left who looks towards the angel to the right. The angel to the right gazes downward, towards the earth. Thus the icon explains to us the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – one God who is love!

Rublev's Trinity in the chapel, Beer Sheba