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Saturday, July 25, 2015
10 am – 5 pm
Free Admission

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HLFEvery day our news media reports on the Middle East. More than ever, it is crucial for Catholics and others to know what is happening there, why – and the impact on the people. If you cannot visit the region in person, there’s no better way to experience the Holy Land in all its complexity and richness than to attend the annual Holy Land Festival at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land on Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival will feature authentic Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and music throughout the day. Gifts available for sale will benefit Palestinian Christians. These will include olive-wood carvings from the Holy Land. In our new conference center, special presentations and panel discussions held throughout the day will offer an opportunity to learn about the people, issues and current situation in the Holy Land and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Free tours of the Monastery church and gardens will be available, as well. Come early and stay for the Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. The Holy Land Festival is a project of the Archdiocesan Holy Land Committee, a coalition of groups that includes the Archdiocese of Washington, Franciscan Monastery and several other organizations that support the “Living Stones” of the Holy Land in a variety of ways.


Schedule of Events

PANELS (50 minutes each in the air-conditioned conference room)

12 PM “Bethlehem University: A Symbol of Interreligious Success”

Bro. Stephen Touhy, FSC, Moderator
Ms. Randa Alyatim
Ms. Georgina Mukarker

1 PM Young Palestinian Voices: “We Will Be Heard”

Ms. Pat Labuda, Moderator
Ms. Deena Faruki
Mr. Anton Murra

2 PM “Peace: Medicine, Opportunity and Youth”

Ms. Michele Bowe, Moderator
Dr. Barry Johnson, KM
Mr. Qossay Alsatarri

3 PM Museums: “Preserving the Past for the Future”

Dr. Hugh M. Dempsey, KMOb, Moderator
Ms. Abigail Galvan

Arabic Calligraphy
Arabic Name-writing
Balloon Sculpture
Church & Catacombs Tours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.)
Garden Tours (11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.)
Face Painting
Making Hummus and Qatayef
Video (two possibilities in development))

Bethlehem University Foundation
Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild
Franciscan Monastery Gift Shop
Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
Samira Hussein
Nakba Museum Project
WRMEA Book Store

Askale Café (coffee/tea and pastries)
Jerusalem Restaurant (Middle East foods)
Ramos Brothers (snow cones)
Rose City Petra Middle Eastern Food
St. Anthony’s School (water)


Sponsor information to come.
Exhibitors information to come.

If you cannot attend, all talks will be live streamed here.

If you need more information, call 202-526-6800 or 301-853-5340.

Franciscan Monastery
1400 Quincy St. NE
Washington, DC 20017
*In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held in St. Francis Hall.

Co-sponsored by the Franciscan Monastery and the Archdiocese of Washington Holy Land Committee.

When you support the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, you support an historical landmark and an oasis of peace in the middle of busy Washington, D.C. But your support does so much more. Your support provides assistance to Christians in the Holy Land. You allow Christianity to remain and thrive in the Holy Land. Support us today.