"We are not condemned to live together, we are rather privileged to live together -- to accept each other and to become a sign of hope for our local people, for the Middle East and for all those thousands who visit the Holy Places." –Archbishop Elias Chacour

Pilgrims of Ibillin

THE VISION of Pilgrims of Ibillin is to foster peace and justice in Israel-Palestine through education.

Abuna Elias Chacour

A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Elias Chacour retired in January 2014 from serving as Archbishop of the Melkite Catholic Church for Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and all Galilee. He founded the Mar Elias Educational Institutions over 30 years ago.
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Join us on a “Living Stones” Pilgrimage!

Both 2015 pilgrimages were great experiences! Read the live blog from our last 4 trips at LivingStonesPilgrimage.org.

Registration is now open for the first 2016 pilgrimage: May 20-June 2, 2016. For the best airline prices, sign up early. If you're interested in a tour focused on meeting today's peace-makers in Israel/Palestine, please contact Joan Deming at 608-241-9281 or joan@pilgrimsofibillin.org. Click the button below for full itinerary for our next trip and registration info.

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Building Peace on Desktops

Near Galilee, in Northern Israel, students of all religions gather together on a daily basis in the classrooms of Mar Elias Educational Institutions not only to get a superior education but also to work together to promote peace, justice, and reconciliation in the Middle East. MEEI has become a shining beacon of hope for all people of the Holy Land - and around the world.

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Executive Director:
The Rev. Joan Deming
608-241-9281 office/home
608-235-1046 mobile

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To donate by check, make payable to Pilgrims of Ibillin and mail: Pilgrims of Ibillin, 1541 Comanche Glen, Madison, WI 53704-1012. Pilgrims of Ibillin is a 501c3 nonprofit and donations are deductible under US tax law. Our tax # is 38-3243253.
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