On the evening of Saturday, the 31st of May/13th of June 2015, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem visited the town of Remli, the ancient Arimathea. He was accompanied by Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, and Protopresbyter Issa Mousleh, the Patriarchate’s liaison with Arabic-speaking Mass Media.

There, the Patriarch visited the Monastery of St Joseph of Arimathea and of St George, where the assiduous and learned Hegoumen, f. Nephon, demonstrated works of maintenance and renovation having taken place at the Monastery.

His Beatitude then proceeded to the adjacent School, founded by the Community by the subvention of the Patriarchate and other donors, which numbers today 650 students of Nursery, Elementary, High School and Lyceum, as well as thirty teachers. There, the Patriarch blessed the graduation ceremony for fifty four graduates.

Ms Frieda Manashe, the President of the Community, addressed guests at this well-organized ceremony. The School Principal, Ms Ilham Mahoul, and representatives of the graduates also spoke. The Patriarch’s address was read in Arabic by f. Issa Mousleh.

Each of the fifty four graduates received the Patriarch’s congratulations, along with wishes for success in their life and professional careers.

From the Secretariat-General