The Project’s Impact
“From the day the ark came to rest in Kiriath Yearim a long time -twenty years- elapsed”
(1 Samuel 7, 2).
In Kiriath Yearim (present day Abu Gosh), the same location where the Ark of the Covenant dwelt, the Association for Cultural Interchange in collaboration with Saxum Foundation is developing a two-fold project:
Saxum Conference Center:
A place for spiritual retreats and conferences inspired by the teachings of Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, where faithful from all over the world who desire a renewed encounter with Jesus Christ and the Gospels can experience a new conversion and deepen their desire for holiness and evangelization.
Saxum Multimedia Resource Center:
This is an orientation and information center for tour guides and visitors to the Holy Land. The center will offer interactive and multimedia resources that will highlight the Christian heritage and the Jewish roots of the faith. Its aim is to provide to people of different religions a good foundation for visiting and understanding the holy sites.
Facing west from Kiriath-Yearim (meaning “forest town”), the view from Saxum opens down to a valley full of trees with the Mediterranean Sea in the horizon creating a peaceful atmosphere that fosters prayer and meditation. Located only 18 km from Jerusalem, Saxum will also provide guests and pilgrims easy access to the main holy sites in Jerusalem and its surrounding areas.
“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”
John Paul II, 29-VI-99