FRANCISCAN FAMILY CENTER
The Franciscan Family Center was established in Bethlehem in 2004 to provide professional counseling to those Christian families who have suffered psychological trauma from the armed conflict in Bethlehem as well as provide educational programs for both children and adults. The Center collaborates with the Franciscan Latin Parish (St. Catherine‘s) in Bethlehem to promote services and assistance for Christian families.
“FFC HAS ALSO CREATED PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYMENT
FOR THE BETHLEHEM COMMUNITY
AS WELL AS WORKING WITH THE MARGINALIZED CHRISTIAN FAMILIES
TO ASSIST IN UPGRADING THEIR RESIDENCES.”
The Center promotes the development of strong families and to restore the dignity of the family unit both spiritually and in their basic needs. This is achieved through education, faith sharing, and growing the sense of community through programs offered by the Center.
“YOUR KIND SUPPORT HAS BEEN CRUCIAL AND REWARDING.
IT HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF SO MANY FAMILIES
AND HAS CONTRIBUTED IMMEASURABLY
TO THEIR WELL-BEING AND HAPPINESS.”
Because religious education is a priority for Catholic families, the Center seeks to help defer costs and provide enriching faith formation opportunities. There are over 70 boys and girls from low income families receiving the religious education that they may not have otherwise if their only option was to attend government schools that follow Muslim curriculum. Lack of funding should never deprive Catholic families of meaningful faith formation for their children.
Meanwhile, the Franciscan Family Center is still providing counseling services on a daily basis for those looking for refuge and respite. Also the Women’s Meeting has assumed wider dimensions. The Marriage Preparation service is becoming increasingly in demand with the result that, like last year, the course had to be organized twice owing to the ever increasing demand of interested couples wanting to attend.