Benedictine Monastery of Tabgha
Tabgha Monastery is a dependent priory of Dormition Abbey – located in the old city of Jerusalem. Tabgha is located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The mission of the monastery is to be caretakers of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes and run the retreat house Beit Noah. Roughly five thousand pilgrims visit Tabgha every day during peak season, and overnight guests are welcome to stay in the retreat compound and pray with the monastic community.
The retreat house is open to all visitors, and actively promotes the idea of peaceful coexistence. Visitors of all creeds, colors, and religions are welcome with the notion of peace towards your neighbor.
The monastery is home to six monks as well as German civilian volunteers. Daily prayer and Mass are in German. There is also a group of Filipino sisters who live at a nearby convent, work at the Church, and pray with the community.
Work of the SJBVC
The SJBVC volunteers work for the retreat initiative – Beit Noah which services handicapped Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children from throughout the Holy Land. The retreat complex includes a thirty-three bed house, four canvas tents, bathhouse, separate kitchen, natural pool, garden, and various animals. The work of the volunteers includes cleaning, repair work and maintenance, gardening, cooking for the community, and construction projects for the retreat house, monastery, and church. SJBVC volunteers will have the opportunity to visit sites in the Holy Land and traveling on weekend trips with the monks.