The Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in ISRAEL

Posted by jean-paul | Israel,Latin Church,Latin Parishes | Wednesday 2 October 2019 8:06 am

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The Saint James Vicariate

for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel

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     In 1955, Latin Patriarch Alberto Gori approved the establishment of the Work of Saint James the Apostle to respond to the pastoral needs of Hebrew-speaking Catholics. In 1990, Father Jean-Baptiste Gourion OSB, abbot of the Benedictine monastery in Abu Ghosh, was appointed by the Patriarch Mgr Michel Sabbah as his vicar, in order to administer the existing Hebrew-speaking Catholic communities, to found new ones for new populations of Hebrew and Russian speaking Catholics in Israel and to develop a Catholic presence in the Hebrew language. This led to the creation of the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel, whose statutes were approved by the Congregation for Oriental Churches for a period of five years (2013 – 2017), and the approval was prolonged for five more years (2018 – 2022).

Three main challenges face the Hebrew-speaking Vicariate:

  1. To establish and nurture Hebrew-speaking Catholic communities in the State of Israel for Catholic believers integrated into the life of Israeli Jewish society. Being Catholic in Hebrew within a predominantly Jewish milieu is a new experience in the history of the Church.
  2. To serve as a bridge between the Universal Church and the people of Israel by strengthening the relationship of Jews and Christians and sharpening the Church’s awareness of her Jewish roots and the Jewish identity of Jesus and the apostles. Our faithful are engaged fully in the life of Israeli Jewish society and in the life of the Catholic Church.
  3. To bear witness, as an integral part of the Church in the Holy Land, to values of peace and justice, pardon and reconciliation within a context of violence and war.

 

Patriarchal Vicar:     Rt. Rev. Rafic Nahra
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Saint James Vicariate
Saints Simeon and Anne House
10 Rabbi Kook Street
Mailing address:                   P.O.B.581
9100402 Jerusalem
Mobile: 052 512 38 64
Email: pere.rafic@gmail.com
Website: www.catholic.co.il

 

Beersheba
Pastor:        Rev. Piotr Zelazko
Address: 51 Hashalom Street
Mailing address:
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P.O.B. 4320
8414202  Beersheba
Tel & Fax: (08) 627 46 14
Mobile: 054 806 14 40
Email: zelazko.p@gmail.com

 

Haifa and Nazareth
Chaplain:        Rev. Woitek Radomski
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Hebrew-Speaking Community House
26, Meir Street
3505630 Haifa
Mobile: 054 421 17 35
Email: wojtekradomski@gmail.com

 

Jerusalem
Chaplain: Rev. Roman Kaminski
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Saints Simeon and Anne House
10 Rabbi Kook Street
Mailing address:
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P.O.B. 581
9100402 Jerusalem
Mobile: 054 265 68 45
Email: romank8476@gmail.com

 

Tel Aviv-Jaffa 
Chaplain: Rev. Apolinary Szwed, O.F.M.
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Saint Peter Church
Old City of Jaffa
Mailing address:
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P.O.B. 8467
6108302 Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Tel: (03) 682 28 71
Fax: (03) 518 16 13
Mobile: 054 445 46 60
Email: aposzwed@gmail.com

 

Tiberias 
Pastor:        Rev. Giacomo Bergamin, KoGB
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Saint Peter Church
Old City of Tiberias
Mailing address:
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P.O.B. 179 – Terra Sancta
1410101 Tiberias
Tel: (04) 672 05 16
Fax: (04) 672 09 61
Mobile: 050 279 19 78
Email: giacomo@koinoniagb.org
Email: tiberias@koinoniagb.org
Website: www.saintpeterstiberias.org

 

Russian-speaking communities

Southern Israel
Chaplain: Rev. Wieslaw Dabrowski, S.D.B
Mobile: 054 262 58 98
Email: wiesdab@vp.pl

 

Northern Israel
Chaplain:        Rev. Sergey Loktionov
Mobile: 054 547 86 95
Email: frsergeylok@gmail.com