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Terry longs to visit home

Growing up in Ramallah, a city in the Palestinian territories that sits about 10 miles from Jerusalem, Terry Ahwal witnessed one atrocity after another.

A Palestinian Christian, Terry was born in 1956, and at the time, the city was 95 percent Christian; however the number of Christians has decreased drastically. 

What is it like today in the land where Christ was born?

Father Bill Turner shares his Holy Land experience

You have a passion for the Holy Land. Can you tell us about your involvement in Bethlehem?

First of all, I see the Holy Land as our mother Church – it is where the Church began. I always felt there was some deeper personal connection as well, but I didn’t know what it was until I had my DNA checked and discovered that I am 15 percent Arabic! As a Canon of the Holy Sepulchre, I belong to the Jerusalem Church as well as the Diocese of Lansing. Bethlehem is part of that Church.

‘The 33’ recounts the Chilean miner rescue

Deacon Greg Hall, who helped liberate the miners, talked to FAITH

“I kept thinking, ‘What would I do if that was my brother down there?’” says Deacon Greg Hall. “My faith affected the job. We realized the chance of being successful was very small. It was a job that had never been done before. It technologically could not be done. We were going to need the hand of God to be with us.”

Back in the classroom: Sisters say the students ‘respond to love’

When she was in college, Sister Maria Suso spent her Friday and Saturday nights at Florida State University researching religious orders. “That’s how I knew something was up, when I spent time surfing convent websites,” she says. Eventually, she attended a retreat with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

“There is this misconception that religious life is an acceptable choice if nothing else works out,” Sister Maria Suso says. “If I was dating someone and I said, ‘I really think I’m going to marry this man,’ you wouldn’t say, ‘I think you should shop around.’”

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