Jenin is in northern Palestine, in the area where Jesus restored ten lepers, in the village of Burquin. Like the majority of Palestinian cities, Jenin faces three challenges: 1) Occupation, which makes the general movement of the people very difficult, with many check points on the roads. 2) Dire economic conditions resulting in unemployment for the most of the young generation. 3) Moving to other parts of the country or outside of Palestine for the same afore- mentioned reasons. Jenin, including camp Jenin, has a population of 50,000, the majority is Muslim. There are 300,000 residents in the 82 villages around Jenin. The Arab American University and Al-Quds Open University are located in Jenin, and the Haddad Tourist Village, the largest in the Middle East.
Infrastructures of the Latin Patriarchate
Jenin’s foundation was in the past century. The small Christian community is about 150 people, all Catholic. The Italian Congregation of the Daughters of St. Anne came to serve at the end of the 20th century during the time of Father Samama who served Jenin from Nazareth. The buildings of the Jenin mission were built between 1950 and 1963 during the time of Father Zakaria Shomali, the kindergarten built in the time of Father Alphonse Salah. Christian and Muslim (about 80-90) children attend the kindergarten, which is run by an administration team of a Christian lady, two Muslim and two Christian teachers.
Latin Christians: 150
LPJ Kindergarten students: 75 Christians