Educational Institutions

Educational Institutions

Educational Institutions


Institutions of Higher Education

American University of Madaba (AUM)

The American University of Madaba (AUM) is a not-for-profit university in Jordan, established in 2005 by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and officially inaugurated by His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein in May 2013.

Faculties: Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Business and Finance, Architecture and Design, Languages and Communication

AUM Board of Trustees



President:                           Prof. Mamoun N. Akroush

                                         [email protected]

President assistant for academic  affaires:

                                         Prof. Wadie T. Abed

President assistant for administrative and executive affaires:

                                         Mr. Adnan Sahawneh

                                         [email protected]

Address:                             P.O.B. 2882

Amman 11821 Jordan

Tel: (05) 329 44 44; Fax: (05) 329 44 50

                                         Email: [email protected]

                                         Website: www.aum.edu.jo


Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University was founded,on the initiative of the hierarchy and those responsible for education in the diocese, at the College run by the Christian Brothers (Collège des Frères) in Bethlehem. Under the direction of three American Brothers, the University opened its doors on October 1, 1973.

Faculties & Institutes: Arts, Business Administration, Science, Education, Nursing & Health Sciences, Hotel Management & Tourism, Community Partnership

Address:                                  Frères Street

                                         P.O.B. 9 - Bethlehem

                                         Tel: (02) 274 12 41/2/3

                                         Fax: (02) 274 44 40

                                         Email: [email protected]

                                         Website: www.bethlehem.edu

Mailing Address:                    P.O.B. 11407 - 9111301 Jerusalem


Chancellor:              The Apostolic Delegate,

                                         H.E. Msgr. Adolfo Tito Yllana

Vice Chancellor:                    Bro. Peter Bray, F.S.C.

Vice President for Academic Affairs:

                                                Dr. Irene Hazou

Vice President for Finances:          

                                         Mr. Youil Anastas

Vice President forHuman Resources &Administrative Affairs:

                                         Bro. Stephen Touhy, F.S.C.


French Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem

L’École Biblique et Archéologique Françaisewasfounded as L’École Pratique d’Études Bibliques on November 15, 1890 by Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange, O.P. (1855-1938), within the Dominican Saint Stephen’s Monastery.It was the first graduate school for biblical and archaeological studies in the Holy Land. Conducted by the Dominicans,it was recognized, in 1920, by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of Paristhus becomingÉcoleBibliqueet ArchéologiqueFrançaise. it In 1983, the Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome granted l’ÉcoleBiblique the right to confer the degree of Doctor of Biblical Sciences.


Revue Biblique, a quarterly review of studies and research

Etudes Bibliques, scientificmonographs

Cahiers de la Revue Biblique, short scientificmonographs

Address:                                  83-85 Nablus Road/DerekhShekhem

                                                P.O.B. 19053 - 9119001 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 535 90 50; Fax: (02) 628 25 67

                                         Website: www.ebaf.edu


Director:                            Rev. Jean Jacques Pérennès, O.P.

                                         Ext: 237; Email: [email protected]

Vice-Director:                    Rev. Anthony Giambrone, O.P.

                                         Ext: 250;

Email: [email protected]

Secretary:                           Rev. Marc Leroy, O.P.

                                         Ext: 253; Email: [email protected]

Treasurer:                          Rev. Stanislaw Gurgul, O.P.

                                         Ext: 230/235;

Email: [email protected]

Librarian:                               Rev. Bernard D. NtamakSongué, O.P.

                                         Ext: 222/240; Email: [email protected]


German Academic Study Program – Dormition Abbey

The German Academic Study Program in Jerusalem is an Institute of Biblical and Theological Studies designed to serve students of various German-speaking Faculties of Theology in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is conducted in association with the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome with which it was affiliated by decree of the Congregation for Catholic Education on May 21, 1973.

Number of professors: 25-30

Dean of the Institute: Prof. Dr. Johanna Erzberger

Address:                             German Academic Study Program

                                         Dormition Abbey - Mount Zion

                                         P.O.B. 22- 9100001 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 565 53 00 (Secretary)

                                                (02) 565 53 01 (Dean)

                                                (02) 565 53 60 (Assistant)

                                         Fax: (02) 565 53 37 (Secretary)

                                         Email: [email protected]

                                         Websites: www.studienjahr.de



Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

«Polis - The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities» is an institution founded in 2011 to improve the learning of biblical languages and classical humanities in general. It was created in partnership with the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome, Italy).

Headquarters:                    Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

                                         Piazza Sant’Apollinare 49,

                                         00186 Roma, Italy


Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities

Director:                  Christophe Rico

Address:                      8 Ha Ayin Het Street - 9511208 Jerusalem

                               Tel: +972 (074) 701 10 48

                               Fax:  +972 (074) 702 19 31

                               Email: [email protected]

                               Website: www.polisjerusalem.org


Pontifical Biblical Institute (PBI)

The Jerusalem branch of the Pontifical Biblical Institute was inaugurated in July 1927.

Special programs are also offered to the Biblicum students by Hebrew University of Jerusalem andEcoleBiblique of Jerusalem, as well as a special course in biblical archaeology.

Director:                              Rev. Josef Briffa, S.J.

Address:                                  3 Paul Emile Botta Street

                                         P.O.B. 497 - 9100401 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 625 28 43

                                         Fax: (02) 624 12 03

                                         Email: [email protected]


Studium Theologicum Salesianum

Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS),

Faculty of Theology

As the Jerusalem Campus of the Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University, the STS was erected by decree of the Congregation for Catholic Education on 2nd February 2011. It has inherited the legacy of the Study Centre founded in1929.

The STS aims particularly at the theological formation of Salesian candidates to the priesthood. It is also open to students from other religious congregations, as well as to diocesan and lay students. In academic activities the medium of communication is English.

Degrees and Diplomas: Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Diploma in Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, Diploma in Biblical Geography and History.

Headquarters:                       Università Pontificia Salesiana

                                         Piazza Ateneo Salesiano, 1

                                         00139 Roma – Italy

Jerusalem:                       StudiumTheologicumSalesianum

Address:                             Salesian Monastery – Ratisbonne

                                         26 Rehov Shmuel Hanagid

                                         P.O.B. 7336

                                         9107202 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 625 91 71; (02) 625 70 68

                                         Fax: (02) 625 91 72

                                         Email: [email protected]

                                                    [email protected]

                                         Website: www.jerusalem.unisal.it

President:                Fr. Andrzej Toczyski

Mobile: 053 729 34 79

Email: [email protected]


Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF)

Established in 1924, the StudiumBiblicumFranciscanum (SBF) of Jerusalemis the Faculty of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology of the Pontifical «Antonianum» University in Rome. The SBF offers degree and non-degree programs of studies in biblical interpretation and in archaeology. Associated with the SBF is the Custody of the Holy Land’s School of Theology, the StudiumTheologicumJerosolymitanum (STJ: see the following section).


Liber Annuus, Annual journal of studies and research. Publishes biblical, linguistic and archaeological studies. It also includes preliminary reports on the excavationsconducted by the professors of the SBF and their collaborators

CollectioMaior, Final reports on archaeological excavations, historical-archaeological monographs, and miscellaneous works on biblical, patristic and archaeological studies.

Collectio Minor, Archaeological excavations, monuments and texts of early Christianity in the Middle East.

Analecta, Exegetical and patristic research, texts for studying biblical languages.

Museum, Monographs and studies concerning the SBF Museum.

Guides, Illustrations of archaeological sites.

Address:                                  4 Via Dolorosa

                                             P.O.B. 19424 - 9119301 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 627 04 44 (information)

                                                 (02) 627 04 85 (secretariat)

                                         Fax: (02) 626 45 19

                                         Email: [email protected]

                                         Website: www.sbf.custodia.org


Chancellor:                 Most Rev. Massimo Fusarelli, OFM

Rector:                    Rev. Agustín Hernández Vidales, OFM   

Dean:                       Rev. Br. Rosario Pierri, OFM

Secretary:                Rev. Alessandro Coniglio, OFM


Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies

Createdby Pope Paul VI, the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Jerusalem  opened in 1972 to foster a better understanding between Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestants. The Institute is under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and operates in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame in the United States.

Address:                   Tantur Ecumenical Institute

                               P.O.B. 11381 - 9111301 Jerusalem

                               Tel: (02) 542 29 00

                               Fax: (02) 676 09 14

                               Email: [email protected]

                               Website: www.tantur.org

Rector:                               Fr. John M. Paul, SJ

                               Email: [email protected]


Biblical Enrichment Centers & Institutes

Center for Biblical Formation

Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion, the Center for Biblical Formation aims to help students deepen their knowledge of the Bible, increase their understanding of the Jewish roots of Christianity, and gain a better knowledge of the land where the biblical events took place. It is open to all Christians, priests, religious or lay, who wish to live an authentic experience in the Holy Land in today’s context.

Programs are offered in English, French and Spanish.

Address:                                  Ecce Homo Convent

                                         41 Via Dolorosa

                                         P.O.B. 67597 - 9119001 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 627 72 92

                                         Fax: (02) 627 67 97

                                         Email: [email protected]

                               Website: www.biblicalformationcenter.com


Director:                                 Sr. Margaret Zdunich, NDS

                                         Email: [email protected]

Sectretary:                          Ms Rima Hallak

                                         Email: [email protected]

Registrar:                                Mrs Anne Ben Сhachar

                                         Email: [email protected]


Institute Saint-Pierre de Sion – Ratisbonne: Bat Kol Christian Center for Jewish Studies

Founded in 1970 by the Brothers of Sion in the spirit of Nostra Aetate, the now called ‘Bat KolChristian Center for Jewish Studies’ aims to offer Christians a place to studyJudaism in contact with the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. The emphasis is on discoveringJewish sources by studying the fundamental texts of Jewish Tradition and their interpretation.

Programs are offered in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Address:                             Saint-Pierre de Sion – Ratisbonne

                                         26 Shmuel Hanagid

                                         P.O.B. 768 - 9426904 Jerusalem

                                         Website: www.ratisbonne.org.il


Director:                            Br. Elio Passeto, nds

                                         Email: [email protected]

Secretary:                           Br. NayonNigel Melo Cezar, nds

                                         Email: [email protected]



Latin Patriarchal Seminary of Jerusalem

Established in Jerusalem in 1852 by Patriarch Valerga, the Seminary formes diocesan priests for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem who principally serve in Palestine, Jordan, Israel and Cyprus. It is also open to students from otherCatholic Institutions / Orders, as well as from Sister Churches, who wish to have their formation in the Holy Land in the Arabic language. The curriculum is comprised of an introductory year of spirituality, two years of philosophy, a year abroad, followed by four years of theology, a year of pastoral experience in one of the parishes, plus a year in the seminary to complete the final thesis and comprehensive exams before ordination to the priesthood. The Seminary is affiliated to thePontifical Lateran University in Rome, which enables the students to receivethe degree of Bachelor of Philosophy and Theology. Courses are taught in Arabicwith course material largely in French and English. Since its opening in 1852 until now, 295 seminarians have been ordained priests, 15 of them became bishops and three of them patriarchs.

Address:                                  c/o Latin Patriarchate

                                         P.O.B. 14152 - 9114101 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 274 26 12; 277 77 44/5/6

                               Fax: (02) 274 28 85 ; (02) 277 77 47 (rector)

                                         Email: [email protected]

                                         Website: www.slpj.org

Administration and Staff

Rector& Animator of the Major Seminary:

                                                Rev. Bernard Poggi

                                                Mobile: 054 970 64 90

                                                Email: [email protected]

                                                     [email protected]

Vice Rector & Animator of the Minor Seminary:

                                         Rev. Butrus Al Hijazin

                                         Mobile: 052 327 01 66

                                         Email: [email protected]

Treasurer:                               Rev. Tony Hain

                                         Mobile: 054 696 80 55

                                         Email: [email protected]

Animator of the Spirituality Year & Vocations Director:

                                         Rev. Khaled Gammoh

                                         Mobile: 054 970 64 13

                                         Email: [email protected]

Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology:

                                         Rev. Iyad Twal

                                         Mobile: 054 970 65 51

                                         Email: [email protected]

Director of Studies:   Rev. Davide Meli

                                         Mobile: 054 970 64 44

Administrative Assistant & Secretary:           Mr. Nicholas Hodali

                                         Email: [email protected]

Librarian:                           Mr. Khalil Handal

                                         Email: [email protected]


Studium Theologicum Jerosolymitanum (STJ)

The StudiumTheologicumJerosolymitanum was founded at St. Saviour’s Monastery in 1866 by the Custody of the Holy Land as a Grand Seminary in order to form its own candidates to priesthood.

Affiliated in 1971 with the PontificioAteneoAntonianum of Rome (PontificiaUniversitàAntonianum) , STJ has the faculty to confer a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology (STB).

From 1982, the STJ became an integral part (undergraduate) of the StudiumBiblicumFrancescanum (SBF), Jerusalem section of the Faculty of Theology of the PUA. With the addition in 1987 of the two year study of Philosophy based at Bethlehem’s St. Catherine’s Convent, transferred in Jerusalem in 2004, the STJ includes the entire undergraduate level of the Faculty of Theology.

As a university institution of the Church, the STJ also welcomes, besides the Franciscan seminarians, other religious and lay people – men and women that have the necessary requirements.

Address:                   1 Saint Francis Street - Old City

                               P.O.B. 186 - 9100101 Jerusalem

                               Tel: (02) 626 67 87

Email: [email protected] (Office/Admissions)

                                         [email protected] (Moderator)

Administration and faculty

Dean:                      Rev. Rosario Pierri, OFM

Moderator:                         Rev. Nicolás Márquez, OFM

Secretary:                           Rev.Jakub Waszkowiak, OFM


Seminarium Theologicum Salesianum»

Saints Peter and Paul» - Ratisbonne

Founded in Bethlehem in 1929 as an international seminary, the SeminariumTheologicumSalesianum in the Holy Landwas successively transferred to Tantur (1949), to Cremisan (1957), and lately to the premises of the «Salesian Monastery Ratisbonne» in Jerusalem (2004) together with the StudiumTheologicumSalesianum (STS).

Address:                             SeminariumTheologicumSalesianum

                                         Salesian Monastery – Ratisbonne

                                         26 Rehov Shmuel Hanagid

                                         P.O.B. 7336 - 9107202 Jerusalem

                                         Tel: (02) 625 91 71; 625 70 68

                                         Fax: (02) 625 91 72

                                         Email: [email protected] (Rector)


Religious Superior (‘Rector’):

                                         Rev. Stanislaus Swamikannu, sdb

Vice Rector:             Rev. Samuel Obu, sdb

Administrator:           Rev. Matteo Balla,sdb

Principal:                 Rev. Andrzej Toczyski,sdb

Spiritual Director and Confessor:     Rev. Joan Maria VernetMateu, sdb


Seminary «Redemptoris Mater»

Studium Teologicum Galilaeae

Opened in Korazim (Galilee) in 2009 by the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal with the support of the Ordinaries of the Archeparchies for Melkite and Maronite Church, and committed to the care of the Neocatechumenal Way,the Seminary was founded to train local young people and as well foreigner ones to diocesan priesthood preparing themselves for the service of the Church in the Holy Land or in other countries as priests fidei donum.

Since 2011 the «StudiumTheologicum Galilaeae» of the Seminary «Redemptoris Mater» is affiliated with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome as a section of the Patriarchal Latin Seminary of Beit Jala. This affiliation enables the students to receive the degree of Bachelor of Theology.

Address:                     Monastery Domus Galilaeae

                                  Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Galilee

                                  POB 2470    1412401 TIBERIAS (Israel)

                                  Tel: (04) 680 91 00; Fax: (04) 680 91 11

                                  Email: [email protected]

Rector:                                   Rev. Juan Manuel Silva Lopez 

Vice-Rector:                           Rev. Javier Martínez Alcalà

Director for studies:               Rev. Germano Lori

Spiritual father:                     Rev. Juan Pablo Díez Llamazares



Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center – Hospitality Education

& Training Section (HETS)

                               The School Hostel – Jerusalem

                               Tel:  (02) 627 91 79 ; Fax: (02) 627 91 35

                               Email: [email protected]



National Offices for Catholic Schools

The Bishops of the Holy Land are directly responsible for organizing Christian education and pastoral ministry in the schools. To be closer to the diverse realities in which the Catholic schools must operate, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land established three National Offices for Catholic Schools, each one having its own statutes.

Episcopal Committee for Schools


Members:                    Rev. Yacoub Rafidi, sec. gen. for Jerusalem & Palestine

                               Rev. Abdel MasihFahim, OFM, secretary general for Israel

                               Rev. Rashid Mistrih, OFM, secretary general for Jordan


Director:                            Rev. Yacoub Rafidi

                     Secretary General for Christian Educational Institutions

Address:                             c/o Latin Patriarchate Complex



                     Rev. Abdel Masih Fahim, O.F.M

                     Secretary General for Catholic Schools in Israel;

                     Representative of the Custody on the Commission

                                         of Catholic Schools of the Holy Land

Address:                   c/o Latin Parish

                               1 Bialik Street - P.O.B. 19


                               Tel: (08) 912 72 00

                               Fax: (08) 924 04 80

                               Mobile: 050 537 64 81

                               Email: [email protected]


                     Rev. Rashid Mistrih, OFM

                     Secretary Gen. for Christ. Educational Institutions

Address:                   Jebel Luweibdeh / Al-Salam Bldg 111

                               P.O.B. 9114 - 11191 Amman

                               Tel. & Fax: + 962 6  462 53 00


                               Email: [email protected]