2019 Annual Meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy LandThursday, January 10 2019
From 11 to 16 January 2019, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will participate in the annual meeting of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land. Bishop Gendron will be accompanied by Mr. Kyle Ferguson, Advisor for Ecclesial and Interfaith Relations with the CCCB. The meeting this year will focus on challenges and opportunities for Christians in Israel. This annual international gathering involves representatives from Conferences of Bishops in Europe and North America who meet with the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS).
Prior to the start of the meeting, Bishops and invited guests will have the opportunity to experience Shabbat evening prayer at Yedidya Synagogue in Jerusalem followed by Shabbat dinner in the homes of members of the synagogue community. Once the meeting is officially underway, the delegates will have a full agenda including visits to the Latin Patriarchal Seminary, several schools, a hospital, a home for disabled children, and a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) camp and school located in the northern West Bank. The delegates will also participate in an inter-faith discussion involving Sunni, Ahmadi, Bahai, Druze and Jewish leaders. The five-day gathering will conclude with a series of meetings between the delegates and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the Holy Land.