Father Abraham Shmuelof was a singular figure on the landscape of the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Israel.

Jeanne-Marie de Montalembert was a pillar of the Haifa community from the time of her arrival in Haifa in 1960.

Father Marcel Dubois, Dominican, was a philosopher, theologian, teacher, spiritual director and custodian of souls.

Father Joseph Stiassny, Father of Sion, was among the first group of Catholics that worked to set up the Oeuvre Saint Jacques.

Ora, Little Sister of Jesus was born Marie-Ange in 1936 in Yzeure in the Allier to a large, Catholic family.

Sister Maroussia, nds (Our Lady of Sion) was born on June 20, 1917 in Roussé, in Bulgaria.

Rina Geftman was a luminous presence in the Jerusalem community from the time of her arrival in Jerusalem in 1966.

Jean-Baptiste Gourion, Benedictine, first Patriarchal Vicar for the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Israel, was born Jean-Louis Gourion on October 24, 1934 in Oran, Algeria to a Jewish family.

Father Alfred Delmée was pastor of the kehilla in Tel Aviv – Jaffa for twenty seven years (1958-1985).

Father Jean-Roger Héné, Assumptionist, was the founder of the kehilla in Beer Sheba.

Father Daniel (Oswald) Rufeisen Carm, founder of the kehilla in Haifa, was born in 1922 in Zadziele in Poland to a Jewish family.

Father Bruno Hussar, Dominican, was in the first group of founders of the Oeuvre Saint Jacques.

Chronology and dates From 2009 until 2014
Chronology and datesFrom 2000 until 2008
Chronology and dates From 1966 until 1999
Chronology and dates Early Years until 1965 (From the establishment of the State of Israel until 1965)

The first days of the Work of Saint James are recorded in the journals kept by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in Ein Karem, Jerusalem.

Brother Yohanan Elihai, pioneering member of the kehillot, was interviewed in the Sabbath edition, June 5, 2015, of “Mekor Rishon”.

Hillel Seidel, a childhood friend of Osvald Rufeisen, dedicated an important part of his book, Adam BeMivhan (A man tested), to a detailed account of the life of Rufeisen. The book can now be read on line.

On October 11, 2012, the Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Second Vatican Council.