Last week, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel and Emly opened a new four classroom school extension at Mafraq Latin Parish in Jordan. Archbishop O’Reilly opened this vital school extension while leading the 2022 Holy Land Pilgrimage for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
The school in Mafraq is one of a number of projects that the supported by the Equestrian Order. Mafraq has a Christian community of only 500, in a city of 75,000 population. The extension of the school serves the needs of the Latin Parish, as it ensures the continuation of a Christian presence in this part of the Holy Land.
Without this school and the ongoing support given by the Equestrian Order, the Christian population of Mafraq would decline as families would be forced to consider moving away from the area.