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NAZARETH – Sister Noriko and Luc and Marie-Christine Lagabrielle concluded their missions in Nazareth during a Thanksgiving Mass in the Chemin Neuf community chapel.  It was also an opportunity to welcome three new French members, Sister Claire, Jean-Charles and Pascale Paté, who will continue the ongoing projects.

It was during the Mass presided by Bishop Marcuzzo, former Vicar in Israel who is now Vicar in Palestine, in the presence of Father Hanna Kildani, the new Vicar in Israel, that Luc and Marie-Christine Lagabrielle – and Sister Noriko – completed their mission in Nazareth.  Luc and Marie-Christine served the Chemin Neuf community at the International Center of Mary of Nazareth and pilgrims for more than seven years.   Sister Noriko, leaves for another mission in Lebanon.

“Come and see”: with these words from St. John, Bishop Marcuzzo invited everyone to be active throughout their lives.  “We are the apostles of our world, we are the apostles of our time,” he continued, explaining the importance of our actions and our testimony before personally thanking Sister Noriko, Marie-Christine and Luc for “services rendered to the community. The latter expressed their gratitude to the whole community that welcomed them and to the faithful who worked with them. The Mass ended with beautiful Japanese songs sung by Sister Noriko.

The past seven years were an opportunity for each of them to serve the pilgrims. One of the concrete projects carried out was the production of a one-hour video.  “A great deal of work has been done to offer pilgrims a special place, in addition to the holy places, where they can sit, pray, and above all to have resources that help them enter more deeply into an understanding of the deeper mystery of salvation, the mystery of Nazareth,” explains Marie-Christine.

Among the many projects carried out, some of which are still in progress, such as the auditorium that has yet to be completed and the archaeological excavations inside the center. where a first century house has just been discovered. “This should allow the pilgrims to better understand the life of Jesus in Nazareth,” stated the French couple. These projects will now be carried out by Sister Claire, Jean-Charles and Pascale Paté who will take over as they add their own brick to the building in the Holy Land.

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