The spirit moved them

The Pilgrim Spirituality Center in the North was built around a rare first-century synagogue.

October 13, 2014 15:24
Magdala Synagogue

Father Juan Solana at the first-century Magdala Synagogue.. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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Who can tell what the future holds, or where our lives will lead us? Father Juan Solana has been running the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem for the Legionaries of Christ religious order for the past 10 years. But in 2004, when the Vatican informed him that he was being sent to Israel, the young, Mexican- born Catholic priest found the prospect daunting and even a bit frightening. Not only was Israel in the middle of a violent intifada, but Father Juan didn’t know the language.

Besides, there were problems at Notre Dame that he felt he didn’t have the experience to solve. Simply put, he was afraid he wasn’t quite up to the task.


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