Carmel of The Pater
Urgent Needs

Phase I - Overall Analysis of Monastery

After-effects of the 1927 earthquake
After-effects of the 1927 earthquake
Antonio MARCELLINO, architect from Canatania in Italy, in 2000, carried out a preliminary study of the monastery. This was not based on a scientific structural examination, as he reiterated in his 2000 Project Report. It was, instead, an overall analysis of the monastery, localizing and defining the problems. It was during this time that Mr. Marcellino brought to our attention the exiting danger posed by an overload of cement on the roof and the problems resuling from poor repairs made after the 1927 Jerusalem earthquake, which caused considerable damage to the monastery.

He did not present a solution to these difficulties. He localized the existing dangers and recommended a structural study in order to find and adequate and soundly based solution.

Phase I has been completed

PHASE II - Structural Project Study

OUR IMMEDIATE AND URGENT NEED

  • Examination of the State of Stucture
  • Analysis of the Findings
  • Soundly Planned Solution
The objective of this scientific study, using precision instruments, is to determine the structural load and equilibrium of working forces in the monastery regarding weight of roof, the pitch of roof and the various and complex technical aspects as a whole. This phase will take into account the Project/Cost Report and the Project/Concrete Benefit Report. The goal is to find the most feasible solution offering durability and security to the nuns. This study might take at least four months.

PHASE III - Construction

PHASE III is the final stage and the actual carrying out of work to be done for a successful restoration of the Carmel. It is twofold, dealing with structural problems and those posed by humidity.

STRUCTURAL

  • Roof
  • Ceiling of the nun's wing
  • Cracks in the bell tower
  • Cracks in various vaults

HUMIDITY

  • Humidity in the basement
  • Humidity in part of the roof
The workmen in the construction team will be local, thus offering work to a Jerusalem community presently suffering under the burden of financial difficulties. As much as possible, supplies will be purchased locally. The longstanding crisis in the Holy Land has cut into the heart of the economy and all have been affected.

Finacing

In normal times, the monastery survives on the revenue from its gift shop and contributions received from benefactors. Because of the present conflict, there are very few pilgrims in the Holy Land, meaning very little, if any, revenue from the gift shop. The monastery has no other sources of revenue at the present time. It must therefore appeal to and count on the generosity of benefactors from around the world.

Please make DONATIONS to help with these urgent needs.


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