The ‘Home of Our Lady of Sorrows’ Celebrates
JERUSALEM – On September 15, the Church celebrates Blessed Mary suffering at the foot of the Cross. It is this compassion of the Virgin that the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows in Abu Dis celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 14. Present at the Eucharist celebrated by Bishop Shomali were the Consul of France, Mr. Hervé Magro and many faithful.
The Center of Our Lady of Sorrows welcomed the opportunity for many priests and seminarians of the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala to join them in celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The majority of those present were the elderly cared for by the Center of Our Lady of Sorrows and their families. The care provided by the nuns, the director, the staff and volunteers is very much appreciated by all. The celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary was conducted in Arabic and French. During his homily, Bishop Shomali recalled how suffering unites us with Blessed Mary at the foot of the Cross.
The Home of Our Lady of Sorrows experienced significant changes this summer by welcoming a lay director Chantal Guglielmitti and a new Mother Superior, Sister Mary Edward. The ceremony was followed by a buffet in which everyone praised the warm welcome offered by Ms. Guglielmitti, who, for more than ten days, organized the ceremony together with the sisters.
The Home of Our Lady of Sorrows
The house, located in Abu Dis behind the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, welcomes Palestinian elderly, men and women of all faiths as well as some priests and religious of the diocese. The “Home” as the locals call it, was founded in 1957 by the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sorrows whose Motherhouse is in Tarbes, France. The Sisters direct the facility with the help of a team of local staff and volunteers of all nationalities.
Since its inception, poor and marginalized people are welcomed there to be treated and accompanied, both on human and spiritual levels, and with respect for their beliefs. The “Home” depends on the generosity of donors, without whom it could not function.