MAGNIFICAT MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Cultivating Understanding Through Music
For the past 10 years, FFHL has been providing musical scholarships to our young Christians attending the Magnificat Institute, a humanitarian arm of the Franciscan Custody.
The Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem was founded in 1995, thanks to the work of musician and composer, Fr. Armando Pierucci. Currently, the Magnificat Institute in the Holy City of Jerusalem counts among its ranks 200 Muslim, Christian, and Jewish students, mainly children, who are studying various disciplines. The musical activities outside of school provide great opportunities and hope for the children throughout the Holy Land and for their families.
“MUSIC IS THE ART THAT UNITES,
BRINGS US TOGETHER,
OVERCOMES DIFFERENCES, AND
CHALLENGES STANDARD WAYS OF THINKING,
EVEN THOSE MOST COMMON IN THE HOLY LAND.”
The Institute has over 20 teachers and 3 choirs, who also fulfill the liturgical requirements of the Custody of the Holy Land for the most important celebrations and it is currently housed in the complex of St. Savior in Jerusalem.
The school also has to its credit publications, recordings of musical CDs, foreign tours, concerts and the organization of competitions. The reputation of the Magnificat is continually growing thanks to the great professionalism of the teachers and the new possibilities that have opened up to the school to award academic diplomas which are also recognized in the European Union following the agreement made with the “Pedrollo” Conservatoire of Vicenza, which guarantees and supervises the standards of quality to be observed.
“I TRUST THAT THE HARMONY OF MUSIC
IS A CONSTANT INVITATION TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL
TO SEEK TOGETHER THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF LOVE
THAT MAKES THEM CAPABLE OF BUILDING A WORLD
OF JUSTICE AND SOLIDARITY,
OF HOPE AND PEACE.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
The Magnificat Institute in the Holy City of Jerusalem has as its goal the promoting of knowledge about music with particular attention to the cultural heritage of various local communities in the Holy Land. The target goals at the heart of the Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem are as follows:
- Prepare teachers capable of teaching and transmitting love for music in schools in the Holy Land
- Sing and play in the shrines and parishes of the Holy Land, in particular the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, the Holy City
- Create opportunities, both choral and instrumental, to break down the cultural, religious and linguistic barriers and promote peaceful and friendly relationships in the Holy Land between children of different backgrounds, and in particular in the Holy City of Jerusalem
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Given the critical social context in which the Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem finds itself, only some of the students are able to pay the tuition to attend the Institute.
That is the reason for outside support for the musical scholarships.