Every year on Good Friday, Catholics around the world stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land through the Pontifical Good Friday Collection to support the work of the Franciscans working in the Holy Land. 100% of donations taken up by the Good Friday Collection support Christians in the Holy Land.
Your donation helps maintain the holiest of Christian shrines and provides charitable activities for the poorest of people in that area. Holy Land Franciscans also provide education to children, run parishes and provide liturgical, ecumenical and communications programs.
How your donation helps
- Faith, Memory & Culture – The Holy PlacesHoly Land Franciscans staff and maintain the Holy places and shrines. This enables those who live in the Holy Land and those who visit to deepen their faith and their spiritual and cultural connection to Salvation history.
- Social & Charitable Activities – In order to assist Christians to remain in the Holy Land, including the poor and young couples, the Custody builds thousands of residential units. Additionally, they build senior care facilities. Medical assistance is provided for the needy.
- Educational & Scientific Activities – The Franciscans operate and support schools open to all, regardless of religion or nationality. They provide scholarships for students to prepare them to get jobs and remain in the Holy Land as part of living Catholic communities. Funds are distributed to young men studying to become Franciscan priests or brothers. Finally, Franciscan archaeologists pursue ongoing research at the Holy Places discovering historical artifacts.
- Pastoral Activities – The Franciscans provide pastoral care in 29 parishes in the Holy Land offering Worship, Christian Formation, youth and family programs.
- Liturgical, Ecumenical and Communications Programs – The Franciscan Media Center tells the story of the Holy Land through multimedia distributed throughout the world in more than seven languages. The friars organize Liturgical Celebrations for the local Christians and Pilgrims and share with other Christian communities in the Holy Land in ongoing Ecumenical cooperation.