Emphasis is placed on:
– a study of the Bible through the text and excursions to explore the Land;
– a deeper understanding of Jesus and his heritage;
– Christian roots as found in Jewish traditions which shaped the religious experience of Jesus, and later, the church.
This program is sponsored by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion. Formal courses by highly qualified lecturers, co-ordinated field trips to major Biblical sites throughout the Land, time for reflection, prayer and sharing are all geared to help participants integrate their experience of the Word, the Land and the People.
In 1977, a small group of students met in the Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition for some courses and biblical excursions; the program was in French.
Several professors became the core of what was to be the Centre for Biblical Formation. The following year, the program in English was established.
As the Centre expanded, there was a need to become more structured in terms of budget, buildings and legal requirements. This was accomplished between 1982 and 1986. Since then, the Centre for Biblical Formation has come under the responsibility of the Sisters of Sion, in two sections: English speaking and French speaking. In 2001 the French Biblical Program Centre is co animated by the Sisters of Sion and the Chemin Neuf Community. In 2007, a Spanish section is open within the Centre for Biblical Formation. The offices of administration are also located at Ecce Homo.
But there was no French or English speaking centres that could offer a program of lectures and excursions for Christians – whether lay people, priests or religious (especially those who were able to take a sabbatical year) or those persons who wish to increase their knowledge of biblical texts, to deepen their understanding of the Jewish roots of Christianity, or to visit the Land with “Bible in hand”, following a program. This type of program includes these elements according to different duration of time.
The program introduces us to the reading of the Scriptures according to the Jewish tradition, and offers other courses, for example Islam, and promotes a better knowledge of the diversity of the Oriental Churches of yesterday and today.
The period of study, about 12 hours per week, is punctuated by biblical excursions. These excursions help us to discover the historical, archaeological, biblical and spiritual aspects of the peoples and the Land where the Word was born. Each semester, special longer excursions are offered (Sinai, Negev, and Galilee).
- BIBLICAL FORMATION CENTRE OF ECCE HOMO
- LE CENTRE DE FORMATION BIBLIQUE
Notre Dame de Sion -ECCE HOMO
- CENTRO DE FORMACIÓN BIBLICA
Notre Dame de Sion- ECCE HOMO, Programa ESPANHOL-PORTUGUES
CENTRUM FORMACJI BIBLIJNEJ (CBF) SIÓSTR NOTRE DAME DE SION,
Organizujemy w naszy domu ECCE HOMO znajdującym się przy via Dolorosa w Jerozolimie sesje biblijne nazywane “Pobyt w kraju Biblii”. Odbywają się one kilka razy do roku, w języku angielskim, francuskim, hiszpańskim oraz portugalskim.