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Tropical Visit

Topographical Visit to Peter in Gallicantu: After an introductory class at 8.30, we began to walk toward the old city through the Jaffa gate. The first place we visited was the pillar on which was inscribed the name of Marcus the Officer of the Byzantine period which still stands in the old city. We proceeded further to the Cathedral of St. James which belongs to the Armenians, which is toward the south of the old city. ..read more

   
Bouwen

THE CHURCHES OF THE EAST IN DIALOGUE:We the Staff and students of STS gathered at 3:00 pm in the Don Bosco Hall for the conference delivered by Rev. Fr. Frans Bouwen M. Afr. We began with the introduction given by Bro. Hervé Tougma M. Afr.  in which he introduced the Belgian born Fr Bouwen. He is the editor of Prôche-Orient Chrétien and member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and of the Middle East Council of Churches ..read more

   
Dies Academicus

DIES ACADEMICUS: On the occasion of its Annual Day, DIES ACADEMICUS, 20 November 2014, the Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University (STS) hosted His Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, who delivered a Lectio Magistralison THE IMPORTANCE OF THE UNITY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUAL (SUI IURI) CHURCHES WITHIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. ..read more

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Negev

The second Archeological Excursion to Negev: Jerusalem, November 13,2014. We started our second educational trip to the Negev region at 7.45 am. Our visit this time began with Beer Sheva, a city in southern Israel, southwest of Jerusalem. In biblical times, it marked the southern boundary of Palestine. ..read more

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STS The STS Annual Day 2014-2015, the DIES ACADEMICUS comes, as it were, at the height of this year's focus lectures on the Eastern Churches by the institute. This Lectio Magistralis slated for 20 November 2014 at 9:00 a.m., will be delivered by His Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, ..read more
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SYRO-CATHOLIC CHURCH

CONFERENCE ON THE SYRO-CATHOLIC CHURCH: Reverend Bishop Grégoire Boutros Melki, began by explaining to us the historical background of the Syro-Catholic Church which belongs to the See of Antioch, established by St. Peter by stating historical and biblical references. For instance, as mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles that the followers of Jesus are called Christians for the first time (Acts 11:26). ..read more

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Israel Museum

VISIT TO ISRAEL MUSEUM: The first year students of STS assembled at 1:30 pm in the hall for the short introductory session given by Fr. Joan Vernet SDB. The group was blessed to be guided and accompanied by him...read more

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Interfaith Conference FAITH AND ECOLOGY CONFERENCE: On October 22nd, the Studium Theologicum Salesianum in collaboration with The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Jerusalem organized a conference on Faith and Ecology at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Conference Center, Jerusalem...read more
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AVDAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCURSION TO AVDAT, EN AVDAT & MAKTESH RAMON: Israel, 23 October 2014. We the students and some staff members of Studium Theologicum Salesianum started our archaeological excursion under the guidance of Fr Karol Kulpa and FrJoan Vernet. Both of them gave a brief introduction about En Avdat and the Nabateans life style. ..read more
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Steve Ray STEVE RAY AT THE STS: Jerusalem, 15 October 2014. There was great joy in the Don Bosco Hall of the STS in Jerusalem due to a wonderful presentation given by Steve Ray on “Crossing the Tiber”. The welcoming remarks were given by Deacon George Phiri. Steve is a best-selling author and international speaker, pilgrimage guide to Israel and Biblical Lands....read more
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PILGRIMAGE CUM STUDY TRIP TO GALILEE

PILGRIMAGE CUM STUDY TRIP TO GALILE: An enriching pilgrimage cum study trip to Galilee was organized by the Studium Theologicum Salesianum (STS) from 9th to 11th October 2014. The pilgrimage, consisting of 20 members -15 first year students and 5 Priests, began at 7.05 a.m. from Ratisbonne under the experienced guidance of Fr. Vernet Joan M. SDB and Fr. Kulpa Karol SDB. ...read more

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Melkite

THE GREEK MELKITE CATHOLIC CHURCH The staff and students of the STS had a journey through the Greek Catholic Melkite Church. We had the privilege of being accompanied by the Patriarchal Vicar, Most Reverend Archbishop Joseph Jules Zerey.
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Mass of the Holy Spirit

MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT SAINT SAVIOUR CHURCH: Jerusalem 6 October, 2014. The staff and students of Studium Theologicum Salesianum joined others, from various ecclesiastical institutes in Jerusalem, for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on 6 October, 2014 to mark the opening of the academic year. ...read more

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Tower of David

VISIT TO THE TOWER OF DAVID

Jerusalem, 2 October 2014. Today, the 1st Year students of the STS visited the upper pool and Jerusalem’s Citadel, known as the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem. ...read more
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A walk through the neighbourhood

A WALK THROUGH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Sometimes, when we start our experience of living in different places and cultures, we find ourselves shocked or surprised because of what we see. That is natural – we need time to get used to something that seems to be strange and unusual, but at the end of the day it occurs to be just new and unknown....read more

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Panoramic View

PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE ORIENTAL CHURCHES: The staff and students of STS had an orientation talk on the topic PanoramicView of the Oriental Churches delivered by Rev. Dr. Pier Giorgio Gianazza, author of a number of books on the topic. Firstly, Dr Gianazza briefly stated to the assembly the origin and division of Oriental Orthodox Churches; secondly, he proposed ...read more

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Assembly of the Teaching Staff

ASSEMBLY OF THE TEACHING STAFF: The first Teaching Staff Meeting was held on 16th September 2014. In addition to the usual business at the beginning of the year, this year the first Assembly of the Teaching Staff was also an opportunity to welcome new faculty members....read more

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Mass in the Holy Tomb

MASS IN THE HOLY TOMB: On 17th September, the new students of the STS had the singular opportunity to begin their studies in the Holy Land with a Mass celebrated in the Holy Tomb from where Jesus rose to life. For every pilgrim visiting the Holy Land the opportunity to enter and pray at the Holy Tomb is of utmost importance....read more

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Trip to Mount Olives The Topographical Visit to Mount (Mt) of Olives began with a brief orientation of the historical and geographical situation of the place in the early and modern times. The resource person to guide us through this trip was Rev. Fr Joan Maria Vernet SDB, a professor of Biblical History and Archaeology and has been guiding groups in the Holy Land for 30 years.
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Opening of Academic Year The Opening of the Academic Year 2014-2015 began with the celebration of the Word of God, presided by Fr Andrew Wong SDB, the Rector of the Salesian Monastery Ratisbonne Community, Jerusalem. The Liturgy and the Music Ministry was well animated and coordinated by Frs. Karol Kulpa SDB and Wanjala Mosses SDB respectively.
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Topographical visit

TOPOGRAPHICAL VISIT:On the second day of the academic induction programme, the new students joining the Salesian University’s Jerusalem Campus were led by Fr. Joan Maria Vernet on a visit of the city of Jerusalem. The day began with an hour of introduction to the history and topography of Jerusalem with particular attention to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher....read more

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Induction

INDUCTION PROGRAMME FOR NEW STUDENTS 2014-2015: The new academic year begins in the Studium Theologicum Salesianum in Jerusalem with an induction programme for the new students. Most of the new students were present for the three days of induction. ...read more

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Jean Bosco Nibigira obtains Pontifical Bachelor Degree in Theology

The Baccalaureate Exam of Jean Bosco Nibigera, M.Afr., was held and attended by faculty and fellow students at the Studium Theologicum Salesianum beginning 11:00 A.M. Saturday 6 September, 2014 ...read more
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STS Newsletter
Bachelor of Theology Exams 2013-2014
STS

CLOSING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014The final assembly for the Academic Year 2013-2014 was held Wednesday morning June 3.  Special guest, Rev. Father Munir El Rai, Provincial of the Middle East Province of the Salesians, presented the final transcripts of marks ..read more

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Garus Jacek Garus Jacek, from Poland,obtained the Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus of the Salesian Pontifical University on 2ndJune, 2014, by defending his Theological Synthesis on "The Mystery of the Person in the light of the Paschal Mystery." The examining Commission was formed of the Principal, Rev. Dr. Biju Michael,...read more
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Villeneuve Andre Villeneuve André earned his Pontifical Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University’s Jerusalem campus on 2 June 2014. Andre is already teaching Theology in the United States, with his doctorate earned from the Hebrew University. In the oral examination, he expounded on the primacy of Christ ...read more
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Bisonga Dennis Dennis from Kenya earned his Pontifical Bachelor Degree of Theology through oral comprehensive examination on 2nd May 2014. The exam consisted a written exam for five hours and then a one hour oral exam. ...read more
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Mabunga Emmanuel Mubanga Emmanuel Chisanga, a Missionaries of Africa from Zambia obtained his Pontifical Bachelor Degree of Theology. He had the comprehensive exam for 5 hours, which was held on 27th of May and on 2nd of Junehe presented his answers to three themes orally which were chosen by lot. ...read more
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Kyerezi Vincent Kyererezi Vincent comes from Uganda. He defended his theological synthesis on 30th May, 2014 from 9.00am to 10.00am on the topic,“The paschal mystery of Jesus: a documented historical event, a mystery of faith and the core of the proclamation of the church and of Christian life” ...read more
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Awano Tedele Awano Tedele from Ethiopia presented his synthesis on 30th may 2014 from 1015hrs to 1115hrs. He wrote on the topic Christians are children in the Son: “when the completion of the time came, God sent his Son born of a woman, born a subject of the law...read more
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Limo Fredrich Limo Fredrich N’getich from Kenya obtained his Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus of the Salesian Pontifical University on 28th  May 2014. ...read more
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Pedro Sachitula Pedro Sachitula is from Angola and is a Salesian missionary working in Philippines. Today (28th May 2014) Pedro has successfully completed and defended his thesis and obtained his Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, ...read more
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Rooney John Rooney John Undar from Philippines obtained his Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus of the Salesian Pontifical University on 27 May 2014....read more
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Colney Gabriel On 27th May, 2014, Colney Gabriel Lalremtluanga, a Salesian from India(Mizoram)obtained the Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus of the Salesian Pontifical University ...read more
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Tekle Mariam TEKLE MARIAM MAKORE comes from Ethiopia, in fact his name “Tekle-Mariam” means ‘the plant of Mary,’and today 27th June 2014, he has completed his studies and obtained his Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus ...read more
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Emanuele De Maria

Emanuele De Maria sdb, Italian, obtained his Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus of the Salesian Pontifical University on 27 May 2014. ...read more

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Cultural

ALPHONSE MARIE RATISBONNE: A Monumental Legacy: The celebration of the Bi-Centenary of his birth and the 130 years since the death of Fr. Alphonse Marie Ratisbonne, brought together the Fathers, Sisters, Brothers and lay members of the Religious of Our Lady of Sion,the students and faculty of STS ...read more

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footbal

STS becomes part of the 1000 balls for Brazil initiative: Football enthusiasts of the STS gathered together to join a creative fund-raiser programme of Don Bosco Mondo, Germany on 30th April. It is part of the 1000 balls for Brazil initiative....read more

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Love of God

BOOK PRESENTATION ON “THE TREATISE ON THE LOVE OF GOD”: Brother Paul Chu, SDB made a presentation of the book entitled, The treatise on the Love of God, written by Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Founder, and Doctor of the Church.  Paul initiated his address with information about the life of St. Francis de Sales. ....read more

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The Priest THE PRIEST IS NOT HIS OWN:   Br.DieunelJean Paul Victor, SDBreviewed the book "The Priest in not his Own" by Fulton Sheen with the students and faculty of STS. Bro. Dieuneltaught the group some expressions in Creole, his native language, ...read more
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sts

Genesis of Human Stewardship of the Earth: On the 26th of March, 2014 in the Don Bosco Hall of Studium Theologicum Salesianum, the staff and students were fortunate to take noteof this talk by Rabbi Yonatan Asher Neril,...read more

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City of David

Visit to the City of David: On a narrow, southeast ridge of Jerusalem is a hilltop called the City of David.  This historical site was the destination of a Topographical Visit of the first year students at STS....read more

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Turkey

Study Trip to Turkey:The STS study trip began on April 1.  We left Tel Aviv airport for the city of Istanbul.There, two magnificent monuments gave us a warm welcome: ...read more

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Desert Fathers

A Glimpse of the Desert Fathers: The Christian Church in the fourth century, regarded as the golden age period, has been continually producing ripples of expansion in different corners of the world....read more

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STS

Archaeological Excursion to Tel Arad and MasadaThe archeological visit on 20-03-2014 was first to the National Park in Tel Arad, in the eastern part of the desert Negev. The National Park covers an area of 52 hectares.  ....read more

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STS

THE STORY OF A SOUL-A Biography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: On Tuesday 18thMarch, 2014, The STS had the privilege of “getting in touch with” the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Nun and Doctor of the Church, through the presentation of her biography ....read more

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Dimensions of Shia IslamLecture byArchbishop Michael Fitzgerald, M.Afr. The students and staff of the STS were fortunate to,once again,have Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, M.Afr.,an expert in fostering the dialogue between Christianity and Islam,augment their appreciation ofMuslim culture and religion....read more

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Zechariah and interfaith dialogue: A redaction criticism of the Gospel’s and Quran’s accounts of the annunciation to Zechariah: On 18th of February, a student of STS, Sandy Habib, delivered an article presentation entitled: "Zechariah and interfaith dialogue: ...read more

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CHUR UNIVERSITY

Student Presentation: Chur University, ChurSwitzerland: On Tuesday 4th of March 2014, the students and faculty of STS attended a memorable presentation by the students of Chur University.  Fredy, Olivia and Denny, the trio from the Theology Faculty ...read more

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SABA

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCURSION TO MAR SABA & HERODION: Thursday, 27 February, 2014, the STS students and faculty had an Archaeological Excursion to Mar Saba Monastery &Herodion National Parkled by Fr. Vernet. We spent time in the bus travelling toward the direction of South-East Jerusalem....read more

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AL-AQSA

ANOTHER VISTIT TO THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE AND THE DOME OF THE ROCK IN JERUSALEM: The Dome of the Rock has a beauty that catches the eye of anyone who comes to Jerusalem. From all directions one can see the beautiful golden dome, ...read more

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“MISQUOTING JESUS”: The third book presentation of the second semester was on Tuesday February 25, 2014.   Br. Arcadius Puwein presented to the STS students and staff, a book written by Bart.D Ehrman titledMisquoting Jesus. ...read more

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Archbishop

CHRISTIAN APPROACH TO READING THE KORAN (QURAN): Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, one of the foremost experts in the field of dialogue between Christianity and Islam delivered a lecture at the STS on “Christian Approach to Reading the Koran”.
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Edith Stein

A Book Presentation on the Biography of Edith Stein Given by Minh Dang: The first book presentation of the second semester was on Tuesday February 11, 2014.   Br. Minh Dang presented a book to the STS students and staff in Jerusalem on Edith Stein. ...read more

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Al-Aqsa

A VISIT TO THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE AND THE DOME OF THE ROCK IN JERUSALEM: On the morning of the 12th of February, 2014, a visit to one of the holiest places of Muslim believers in Jerusalem was our destination.  ...read more

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Opening Ceremony

OPENING OF THE SECOND SEMESTER 2013-2014: The second semester of the academic year 2013-2014 was opened on 1st February. The Semester will end in June. Various events marked the ceremony. ...read more

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Student Leader

ELECTION OF STUDENT LEADERS: A new student representative who functions as advisor to the Academic Council of the STS was elected during the Student Assembly held at the end of the opening ceremony of the 2nd Semester. ...read more

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Film Release RELEASE OF NEW FILM: On 1st February 2014, a film, Diakonikon Stephanou Protomartyros, created and produced by the Don Bosco Communications (DBC) Of Jerusalem, was screened. This is the third docu-drama production by the students and staff of the STS. ...read more
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Studio Blessing

BLESSING OF THE DON BOSCO COMMUNICATIONS STUDIO: Father Pier Giorgio Gianazza, Vice Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco and Professor of the STS, in the presence of the staff and students of the STS blessed the Don Bosco Communications Studio in Jerusalem....read more

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Digital Journal

INAUGURATION OF DIGITAL JOURNAL ACCESS AT THE STS LIBRARY: On the occasion of the opening of the second semester of the current academic year, Fr. Gianni Caputa, the Chief Librarian of the STS announced the new service of access to digital journals for the STS academic community.  ...read more

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Release of Books

TWO NEW BOOKS RELEASED: The 1st of February 2014 marked the beginning of the second semester of the scholastic year for STS. During the inaugural program two new books were released. ...read more

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Scott Hahn

DR. SCOTT HAHN’S LECTURE IN JERUSALEM:Renowned speaker and author of best-selling books (The Lamb’s Supper, Signs of Life), Dr Scott Hahn enthralled a packed audience in the John Paul II Conference Center at Notre Dame of Jerusalem. ...read more

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