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Please note: Applications for volunteer service will not be accepted for the remainder of 2013.
Currently, all placements within the various services are filled as well as housing for volunteers.
We will keep you informed when we are ready to accept applications.
The Custodial Secretariat
Voluntary service in the Sanctuaries of the Custody
Voluntary service in the Custody of the Holy Land is part of Christian voluntary service as a whole, but it is unique because its field of activity is the Holy Land.
In addition to the typical characteristics of voluntary service in a sanctuary, which revolve around welcoming pilgrims and performing the different services concerning the sanctuary, the volunteer in the Holy Land is at the disposal of the Place where the Word “became Flesh”.
Christian voluntary service has its foundations in the Word of the Gospel and has as its example the Good Samaritan because “ every time you did something to one of these least ones, you did it to me”. Therefore, wanting to serve Jesus is one of the main reasons on which operative charity of the Christian volunteer is based.
The Holy Land and the Sanctuaries are the “Fifth Gospel”, and those who go there experience the “place where he was laid”, they want to set up their tents there because “it is lovely being here” and feel the need to go and announce to their brothers that “Jesus is not here, he is Risen!”.
The volunteer for the Holy Land is spurred to go home after having had a direct experience with Christ the Saviour: he goes out into the streets as a pilgrim to explain to you the scriptures on the way and comes up to you to ask you “What are you seeking?”
These are the foundations of voluntary service in the Holy Land and in the Sanctified Places, a strong and living experience of the Gospel of Jesus who became “alive in our midst”.
Volunteers of the Custody offer their free contribution to the Franciscan friars for the many activities supported by the Custody, both for the care of the Holy Places and for different work, such as teaching, assistance at the orphanages or the homes for the elderly, but also taking part in the numerous activities in support of the historical and cultural heritage of the Holy Land.
Volunteers, serving the land of Jesus and the people who live there, are indirectly missionaries, because through their actions Good News conveyed by the Place itself is understood and spread.
Why be a volunteer in the Holy Land?
Because by living in the Holy Place and working with the Franciscan friars, Custodians of the Holy Land, others can join you in proclaiming the world over “what your eyes have seen and what your hands have touched: Jesus Christ, the Risen is the Saviour of the World”.