10 July 2018

The Beit Jamal Monastery: between prayer and work

The monastic Family of Bethlehem, of the Assumption of the Virgin and of Saint Bruno between prayer and craftsmanship

Christians in the Holy Land

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The monastic family of Bethlehem of the Assumption of the Virgin and St Bruno is present in the area and lives its vocation in the Monastery of Beit Jamal, located 30 km northwest of Jerusalem. In addition to prayer, it stands out in the production of pottery, jams, juices and oils extracted from the local indigenous plants.
The vocation of these sisters adds work to the prayer, and they reserve specific hours during the week to prepare their simple products, using modest tools. The beauty and the high quality of the products on sale at the Monastery are a proof of their unique abilities.
The congregation was founded in 1950, and it consists today of 600 sisters worldwide, in particular in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. The monastery of Beit Jamal is home to thirty sisters dedicated to prayer, deeds and love for God. 

The Holy Virgin is an example of their vocation destined to spread light and love on Earth. St Bruno is the source of the wisdom that guides their steps.