Meet the Custody

Vocations “come and follow me”

The visit by pilgrims to the Custody

Jaffa's port in 1895

We read in the travel chronicles by pilgrims in ancient times that it was the direct responsibility of the guardian of the convent in Jerusalem, also called the Custos of the Holy Land, to go in person to Jaffa to welcome pilgrims.

If he could not go himself, he sent someone he trusted implicitly and who had to be a wise and capable person because the journey to Jerusalem was complicated by numerous circumstances.

When they arrived, the pilgrims found hospitality behind the walls of the Franciscan convent and good advice for their stay in the Holy Land.

For centuries the Franciscans also guided the pilgrims in all the aspects of the pilgrimage: Biblical and spiritual, logistic, bureaucratic, political etc.

Today, although many friars are dedicated to the service of pilgrims, it is not possible to meet the needs of accompaniment, considering the growing number of faithful who come to the Holy Land each year. 

One habit, however, has not changed:
the pilgrims meet the Father Custos of the Holy Land or one of his representatives.

This encounter with the Franciscans, the custodians of the Holy Land, aims to help the reality of the Holy Land and the situation of the Christians, the living stones who live here, be understood better, by listening directly to the friars’ accounts.

Groups normally meet the parish priests, all of whom are Franciscans, of the main Biblical Paces, but pilgrims, on a daily basis, also meet the friars who, on behalf of the Custody, officially receive the groups : at times this is necessary so that the pilgrims can be welcomed in their own language.

Many of the meetings with the Custos, his Vicar and the friars of the Custody are held in Jerusalem, in particular at the convent of St. Saviour.

Meeting the Custody during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land not only helps you understand the special bond that history has sealed between the order of the Friars Minor and the Places of the Salvation, but lets you see the reality of this land and its people through the eyes of those who love it.

The Custody looks forward to meeting you!

To organize your meeting, you can contact us at:

Jerusalem – St. Saviour
Franciscan Convent
St. Saviour's Monastery
P.O.B. 186
91001 Jerusalem

Tel.: +972 (02) 6266 561



Events calendar


Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers - 16.00 Procession - 23.30 Office & 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage


Feast St. Stephen, Protomartyr. St. Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage


Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem:10.00 Mass - 14.00 II Vespers (Vicar CTS)


Octave of Christmas. Beit Sahour: Holy Angels ad pastores

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