ARCHBISHOP ELIAS CHACOUR of The Melkite Greek Catholic Church


The author of Blood Brothers- which is the unforgettable story of a Palestinian Christian who has been working for peace in Israel for as many years as he has been in the Priesthood, came to Berea College this week. He was the honored guest for the International Focus sponsored by the International Center of Berea College.

Besides speaking to the students at a campus wide convocation yesterday, he also spoke a number of other times as well. Imagine my great delight when I was able to attend a luncheon today for area ministers, watch a video showing the remarkable achievement God has allowed him to bring into existence in Israel, and then have the privilege of talking informally with him for over an hour. My special thanks to Richard Cahill, the Director of International Education, for the invitation extended to the Ministers.

I read the 1984 edition of Father Chacour’s book some years ago and was greatly encouraged to learn of his life work as another of God’s peacemakers working in the midst of conflict. In the foreword to the recent 2003 edition, former U.S.Secretary of State James Baker writes,

From my perspective, both as a believer and as a diplomat, I take hope and comfort in knowing that amid all the hatred, destruction and death, Father Chacour continues his patient work, softening one heart at a time.

There are many things we can learn from this humble man including that not all Palestinians are “terrorists”, many are christians and citizens of Israel. But for the “great hearts” around the world which are working for peace, he provides a model that will instruct and inspire all. The schools that he has founded are the only ones in Israel where Jews, Muslims, and Christians can study together. see Mar-Elias Schools

Read his profile on wikipedia 

Buy the book, Blood Brothers