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Fr. Manuel Musallam

Fr. Manuel Musallam

16.04.1938 : born in Birzeit, Palestine

04.10.1951 : joined Lower Seminary Beit Jala, recommended by Fr Anton Buzzo

29.06.1963 : ordained priest in Jerusalem, at LPJ Cathedral, by Patriarch Alberto Gori

1963-1968 : Assistant to Fr Butros Aranki at Southern Zerka Parish, Jordan

1968 : Parish Priest Anjara, Jordan

10/1970 : replaced Fr Anton Buzzo at Birzeit Parish, Palestine

9/1971 : Parish priest Jenin, Palestine ; tutor of catechism at Terra Sancta School Nazareth

24.07.1975 : Parish Priest Zababdeh , Palestine

1995-2009 : parish Priest Gaza

1/2006 : granted  by Pope Benedict XVI the rank of  “Monsignor”

04.05.2009 : retired at Birzeit, his hometown

Activities & achievements

Institutions :

  • Founder of Christian-Islamic Forum in Gaza
  • Founder Palestinian Folklore Groups (won golden medallion of Arab Youth Forum Egypt)
  • Founder of Choirs & Scouts Groups in Zababdeh, Jenin, Gaza
  • Member of “Bayt al Hikma” Gaza
  • Member National Reconciliation Committees

Leading positions

  • Head of Independent Palestinian Committee follow-up of War Criminals in Israel
  • Head of Christian World Section at Fatah
  • Director of Latin Schools in Gaza
  • Director of Christian-Islamic Committee in Birzeit


  • Member of Catholic Action Group founded by President Mahmoud Abbas in support of Gaza following the seizure of power in Gaza by Hamas
  • Member of Jerusalem Committee, capital of Arab Culture 2009
  • Member of Christian-Islamic Committee in support of Jerusalem and the Holy Places
  • Membe of Arab Writers Associaion in Gaza

Other activities

– Editor set of booklets on Religious Education at Elementary Schools and kindergartens

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