We do not often speak of the Jesuit community at St.
Ignatius Residence in Jerusalem. Its members come from various continents and
offer research and formation services especially in the field of biblical and
The community wishes to share its expertise more
widely. It is, therefore, launching a program of “Encounter” for 2021 to promote the knowledge and understanding of
Jesuits and their close partners with the three traditions of the Holy Land:
Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each of these traditions will be the focus of
attention for ten days; one can choose to participate in one, two, or all three
sessions. During these days, in addition to studying in depth certain aspects
of these traditions, participants will meet with members of the faith
communities and the Jesuits of the Jerusalem community will share their
experience and knowledge in the particular context of the Holy Land.
We posed a few questions to the superior of the
community and animator of the programme, David Neuhaus SJ, of the Near East Province.
David Neuhaus, why did the Jesuit community of Jerusalem choose to propose this
program of encounter with the three major monotheistic religions in 2021?
2021 marks 500 years since
the conversion of Saint Ignatius and we thought that this is a good occasion to
offer sessions in Jerusalem for Jesuits and Jesuit collaborators. What better
place is there to study the great traditions that define much of the world
today, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, than in the Holy Land. The Holy Land
was dear to Saint Ignatius and an important place in his pilgrimage.
Interreligious and ecumenical dialogue are important parts of our mission as
Jesuits and to engage in this dialogue we must be more familiar with these