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July, 2019
Volume 45, Number 2
  
23 October 2018
CNEWA Staff




The interior of this church at Mt. Carmel has been renovated, with new lighting and an improved sound system provided by CNEWA. (photo: CNEWA)

Last week, Laura Schau-Tarazi, in our Jerusalem office, sent us this picture with a note:

On 14 October, CNEWA’s regional director in Jerusalem, Joseph Hazboun, attend the celebration at the Church of the Carmelite Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Haifa, for the consecration of the newly renovated church and altar.

CNEWA generously covered the costs to improve the interior lighting and sound system of the church, which has helped complete the entire renovation project.

The Monastery Notre Dame du Mont Carmel has a beautiful old church that serves as a venue for local ceremonies and celebrations of the feasts of the order. It also serves as a place of solace and reflection for spiritual retreats. Many weddings and baptisms by the local Christian community are also held at the church.

The church required significant rehabilitation work to the interior of the building, as it suffered from significant damage from water and weather over many years. Additionally, the ground floor became uneven . Most recently, the church tiles were repaired, damage from humidity was treated, and the altar was restructured to meet the needs of the cloistered sisters and the local community.

Despite these changes, the sisters still required funds to improve the interior lighting, which was often too dim. It frequently malfunctioned during events and consumed a lot of electricity. (It is important to note that the sisters had already selected for this work, Melloncelli, an Italian firm that visited the Monastery and designed a lighting system for the church, without taking any charges for the design).

The lighting and sound system provided by CNEWA have significantly reduced electricity consumption and improved the quality of worship in the church.

Thank you to our generous donors, who have helped to bring light to the faithful in the Holy Land — literally! Projects such as these help support the prayerful good work of religious sisters, serve to enhance the spiritual experience for so many, while also giving honor to our Lord and his Blessed Mother.



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