Job Placement Program

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Job Placement Program

Work opportunities

There has always been a special connection that many pilgrims find upon meeting their brother Christians in the Holy Land in an atmosphere of service reminiscent of Christ serving his apostles.

While the Holy Land suffers from its challenges from the current situation it has led to drastic numbers of unemployment stemming from a lack of tourism and pilgrims in the Holy Land. Currently, 70% of Palestinian Christians are Unemployed!

It is a constant goal of the Franciscans to provide opportunities to keep Christians employed. The Franciscan Press based at St. Savior's Monastery in Jerusalem has been an avenue to provide some employment for the struggling Christians. The Franciscans continue to employ them at 70% of their wage even when there has been no work.
Production of olive wood products handmade in the Holy Land has drastically decreased. There has been very little work for over 3 years now.

The housing projects funded by the generosity of donors through the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land have helped to curb unemployment. The Andon Construction Company, owned by Jack Andon, a Palestinian Christian in Bethlehem, employs Christian workers in the construction of these projects.

Excerpts from "A Pilgrim's Perspective" - a reflection by Lois Conwell:

"From the moment that we arrived I was completely at ease. Whether it was the staff at the Christmas Hotel, or our guide, Fr. Adam Civu, we were always treated like family.
Everywhere we went we were introduced to people simply as pilgrims from the U.S. We were showered with hugs, handshakes and blessings, and without exception, they all said, "Please, pray for us." However, their stores and businesses are closed - due to a lack of business and tourism. Most of them, especially the Palestinian Christians, are just barely hanging on, with no support from the government.
These are a very strong, proud people, that don't want handouts or charity but a chance to earn a living and remain in their homes. Yet for most their livelihood depends on tourism -and there is so very little.

The situation is extreme and urgent!

The Franciscans are doing everything they can to help the severe unemployment problem but they need help . . . your help!

You can reach out to these Palestinian Christians by helping the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land:
  • Fund new housing projects employing many Christians
  • Support the production of handmade olive wood products
  • Contacting us if there is anyone you may know or a contact that could help provide jobs for your brother and sister Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land

Help support our projects in Bethlehem!

To donate on-line click here.

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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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