e-Visitor Book

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Audrey at :  office.ashray@yahoo.co.uk

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It was very special to visit Ibillin and have a talk by Archbishop Elias
Chacour.  I bought the book Faith Beyond Despair which Elias Chacour signed for
me   It has given me a new dimension to some of the things that I was trying to
rationalise (so much to say about it that I find it hard to put into words).   He
is a very wise companionate person but also human.  I leave his book on my
coffee table so that I can read parts of it at any time, also the book with all
the icon’s of the Beatitudes in the church.

Not long after we arrived back I was saddend to see on the news of the trouble
that happened (in Gaza) I hope that it did not impact on Ibillin.

Jane (Hampshire, UK)

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In October, 2012 I had the privilege of visiting MEEI and meeting Archbishop Elias Chacour, as part of a CMS Study Tour to the Holy Land.  I was very impressed by the students we met at MEEI in Ibillin, and it was indeed humbling to meet the Archbishop.

Archbishop Chacour signing Rosemary's copy of 'Faith Beyond Despair'Photo: Rosemary

Archbishop Chacour signing Rosemary’s copy of ‘Faith Beyond Despair’
Photo: Rosemary

A delicious lunch had been prepared for our group in the tranquility of the Guest House Dining Room.  It was lovely to relax and enjoy a meal together in that haven of peace, which was much appreciated by us all.  Thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome in Ibillin.

Rosemary (Devon, UK)   

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CMS group out and about on MEEI campus, Ibillin 2012

CMS group out and about on MEEI campus, Ibillin 2012

As part of the CMS group which visited Mar Elias campus at Ibillin on 30th October 2012 we were impressed by the size of the school and the positive and friendly atmosphere as well as by the fact that the students were so happy to greet us and exchange a few words in English. We were also struck by the words of Abuna, and in particular two of his comments: ‘that it did not help the cause of peace to so espouse the cause of the Palestinian people that one came to hate the Israelis, and that no one should lecture them about how to live peacefully together because they had done so without anyone’s help prior to 1948′.  We have given ‘Blood Brothers’ to my 94 year old aunt who said she could not put the book down and confessed it had completely changed her view of the conflict.

Hilary and Peter (Lancashire, UK)

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