Religious and secular institutes that work with the Custody

Istituti religiosi e laici che collaborano con la Custodia

There are many communities and orders that perform activities in collaboration with the Custody of the Holy Land.

With the common desire of living in the places of the memory, alongside their Franciscan brothers, the various religious and secular institutes are inspired by the Christian principle of a simple life and helping others. They help the Custody and the Christian community in the Holy Land in the first place through caring for the sanctuaries and the connected activities, which often include liturgical animation, prayer and services for pilgrims. 
At the same time, some of them are fully immersed in the social sphere through running schools and homes for children and the elderly. Others work on evangelization through the media, others help families and people in difficulty. 

These people perform many precious services to help the Holy Land. Below you can find all the religious and secular institutes with a description of their spirituality and what they do. 

Religious Institutes

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Poor Clares

The presence of the Poor Sisters of Clare in the Holy Land today started in 1884, when a group of French sisters arrived in Palestine and settled first in Nazareth and then in Jerusalem as well.

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The Missionary Daughters of Calvary Sisters

The congregation was founded in Mexico City in 1885, approved by Pope Pius X and joined the Third Order of St. Francis in 1942.

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Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist

A Pontifical community, founded on 2nd December 1973, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist continue to answer the call of St. Francis of Assisi in the Church.

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Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus

A Pontifical congregation since 1927, the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus started their service in the Franciscan convent of St. Saviour in 1981.

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Minimum Sisters of the Sacred Heart

The small community of the Franciscan Minimal Sisters of the Sacred Heart has been present in Bethlehem at the Sanctuary of the Nativity since 5th May 1977.

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Sisters of the Rosary

The Congregation of the Rosary was founded in 1880 in Jerusalem, in the Latin oriental Church, by a young Palestinian of Jerusalem, Mother Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas with the help of the Patriarchate.

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The Religious Family of the Incarnate Word

It was founded in San Rafael in Argentina. Today the Religious Family is made up of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, the Servants of the Lord and of the Virgin Mary of Matará and of the Third Secular Order.

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The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was founded by Mother Catherine of St. Rose in Egypt and they are present in the Holy Land in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Cana, Jericho, Haifa, Nazareth, Tabgha and on the Mount of the Beatitudes.

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The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary

The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary have been in the Holy Land for many years, supporting the Custody with their works of charity.

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Missionary Sisters of the Catechism

The charisma of the Missionary Sisters of the Catechism is contained and shines in a single word: "I am the Bread of Life" (John 6,34).

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Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady of Carmel

The Institute was founded in Montevarchi on the 15th of October, 1854 by Blessed Maria Teresa Scrilli for the moral, Christian and civil education of young girls.

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Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition

The congregation was founded in France in 1832 by Saint Emilie de Vialar, a young woman of noble origin, who since her earliest age was enraptured by the desire to consecrate her life to God and the service of the needy, independently of race, religion and culture.

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Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy

The congregation was founded by Mother Teresa Ewa Potocka in 1862 in Warsaw and is best known for its spiritual co-founder, Sister Helen Kowalska (Saint Faustina), who gave the order the Message of Divine Mercy. 

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Congregazione Suore Pie Discepole del Divin Maestro

The Congregation belongs to the Paoline, founded by the Blessed Giacomo Alberione in Alba (Cuneo - Italy) in 1924.

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Canção Nova

Canção Nova

The Canção Nova community was founded in Brazil on 2nd February 1978 by Father Jonas Abib, a Salesian, who accepted the challenge of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Evangeli Nuntiandi, to evangelize the baptized.

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Comunità Koinonia Giovanni Battista

Koinonia John the Baptist is an evangelizing community at the service of the New Evangelization which was established as a private association of faithful, belonging to the Catholic Church and canonically approved.

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Comunità Shalom

Comunità Shalom

The Shalom community helps the Franciscans in looking after the sanctuary of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

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Comunità Mondo X

The Mondo X community established its presence at the Franciscan sanctuary of Mount Tabor in 2006.

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