Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, President/CEO Silver Spring, MD
Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, the Founder, President & CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), was born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian parents.
He came to the United States in 1976 to further pursue his education. From 1981 to 1986, he was Director of Operations for British/Saudi corporation Saudi Support Services, Ltd. He later moved to Jordan, where he worked for his own company, Reem Support Services. In 1989, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked for Marriott Corp. and founded, managed and owned several businesses (Image Printing & Publishing, Inc. and Vison Management & Consulting, Inc.) Sir Rabie is co-founder and past national president of the Birzeit Society and co-founder, Vice President and Treasurer of the Institute for Health, Development and Research in Palestine. He is also a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulchre and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, founder and co-chair of the Holy Land Outreach Committee of the Knights of Columbus, Maryland State Council.
In 1998, he founded the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), with other Americans and Palestinians concerned about the presence of the Arab and Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land. HCEF is charitable 501(c)(3) faith-based development organization with over 20 programs and offices in Bethlehem and the Washington, DC area. In 2007, The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) selected Sir Rateb Rabie to receive the Faith and Tolerance Award. This award is given to individuals working with faith-based organizations to encourage cooperation and peacemaking in the Middle East.
Sir Rateb is committed to improving living conditions for Palestinians Christians in their homeland, preserving Palestine’s Christian heritage and strengthening the identity of Palestinian Christians in the worldwide diaspora. He pursues this mission under the motto “Let us work together to replace despair with hope, fear with human security and humiliation with dignity”. Sir Rateb advocates for peace and justice in Palestine.
Sir Rateb is married to his wife of 34 years Rocio, who he met in the United States. Together they have four grown daughters, whom they raised both in the Middle East and in America. They are also the proud grandparents of two young boys and are active longtime parishioners at the Shrine of the St. Jude in Rockville, Maryland.
Anne-Elisabeth Giuliani, Vice President Washington, D.C.
Anne-Elisabeth Giuliani currently serves as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University, while working as a research historian and as an interpreter in the field of international affairs. Before coming to the United States in 1990, she studied medicine and linguistics in France. At Georgetown, her past endeavors have included doctoral studies in American History, full-time ministry, and teaching posts.
Anne-Elisabeth received her formation in theology and spirituality at the Studium of Notre-Dame de Vie (Our Lady of Life) near Avignon, France. She continues to be involved with this international theological center rooted in the tradition of the great Carmelite saints and mystics which started in the Holy Land. Her ministry focuses on the spiritual formation of the laity in the context of the new evangelization, the spirituality of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and the developments of Christian spirituality since Vatican II. Over her years in Washington, she has led a variety of pastoral and liturgical programs, prayer groups, retreats, as well as interfaith and intercultural initiatives.
Donald A. Kruse, Vice President Emeritus Chicago, IL
Mr. Kruse is Vice President Emeritus of HCEF. He has a BA from Wheaton College, IL and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania. He entered the Western Foreign Service in 1957. He has been assigned to Toronto, Luxembourg, Paris, Brussels, the Sinai, Naples, London and Jerusalem. He was Western Consul in Jerusalem for four years. He currently serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and leads annual pilgrimages to the Holy Land. He is the author of numerous articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict and on the subject of the Palestinian people.
Dorothy Buck, Secretary Massachusetts
The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is honored to announce the newest member of its Board of Directors, Dorothy S. Buck, PhD. A lifelong devotee to the study of spirituality and psychology, Dr. Buck has used her doctorate in Religion and Literature from Boston University and an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Emmanuel College to publish works exploring all three Abrahamic religious traditions, and her time spent in service of HCEF’s mission make her a wonderful addition to the board.
As a longtime supporter of education for Palestinian Christian children in the Holy Land, Dr. Buck has, in the past, assisted with the Child Sponsorship Program and its restructuring to the Children’s Education Fund. In addition, she has led several HCEF pilgrimages to the Holy Land and served as an impassioned advocate for the Living Stones Pilgrimages. She also facilitated the HCEF Partner Parish Committee for St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge, MA with Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Beit Sahour, Palestine.
Andrew Griswold, Treasurer, Massachusetts
Andrew Griswold spent his first career in international logistics and air cargo, with a U.S. subsidiary of the Mitsui Group of companies in Japan. He began his private sector work after receiving his Master’s degree in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University. Following his reception into the Catholic Church, in 2002 Andrew joined the staff of his parish of Saint Paul, in Harvard Square, Cambridge, where he served as the Business Manager of the Parish, School, and the Harvard Catholic Center for twelve years. During this time, HCEF partnered with St. Paul Parish to organize two pilgrimages to the Holy Land, set up an annual Christmas Holy Land Gift Sale, and develop a partner parish relationship between St. Paul’s and Our Lady of Fatima Latin Parish in Beit Sahour, Palestine. Andrew made his first trip to Palestine in 2011, with the HCEF pilgrimage group from his parish. Like many other HCEF pilgrims, he discovered that a pilgrim visit to the Holy Land and the experience of meeting local Christians there is a deeply enriching encounter that changes your perspective forever.
Since 2015, Andrew has been serving the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation to develop its religious tourism programs and Living Stones Pilgrimages to the Holy Land. He also serves on the HCEF Board of Directors as Treasurer. Andrew and his wife Dierdre are long time singers in parish choirs, and are active as volunteers with a variety of social justice organizations in the Archdiocese of Boston. Andrew is excited by his expending role with HCEF, and believes strongly in the mission of HCEF to empower Arab Christians to remain in the Holy Land where they are a bridge for peace and a vital presence for the worldwide Christian church.
Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. Washington, D.C.
Drew Christiansen, S.J. has been editor-in-chief of the national Jesuit weekly America since 2005. From 1991 to 1998, he headed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace, and from 1998-2004 he continued to serve as counselor for international affairs to the USCCB. At the request of the Holy See, he organized and staffed a coalition of bishops’ conferences working in support of the church in the Holy Land.
He has served as the lead staff person in the drafting of the bishops’ 1993 peace pastoral, The Harvest of Justice Is Sown In Peace, which provided the basis for USCCB’s post-Cold War policy. He is co-author of Forgiveness in Conflict Resolution (2004), and co-editor of Peacemaking: Moral and Policy Challenges for the 90s (1994) and of Michel Sabbah, Faithful Witness: On Reconciliation and Peace in the Holy Land (New City. 2009). Father Christiansen was also the U.S. bishops’ principal advisor for their 1991 pastoral statement on the environment, Renewing the Earth, and he organized and supervised the bishops’ environmental justice program, which sparked parish, diocesan and regional environmental activities. He is co-editor of And God Saw It Was Good”: Catholic Theology and the Environment (USCCB, 1996).
In 1996, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem invested Father Christiansen as a Canon of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem) for his work for the Church in the Holy Land. Pope John Paul II appointed Christiansen as expert for the 1997 Synod of America, and he served as a member of the Holy See Observer Delegation to the November, 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle. The same year he served as an expert at the First Congress of Patriarchs and Bishops of the Middle East at Fatqa, Lebanon. In 2003, he received the Manhattan College Peace Studies Award.
Father Christiansen served a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity for the Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue and is a consultant to the Holy See Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. He is a participant in the official (USCCB) national Jewish-Catholic dialogues and is a member of the current round of the U.S. Methodist-Catholic dialogue.
Father Christiansen was ordained a priest in 1972 and received his doctorate in religious social ethics from Yale University in 1982. He has twice been a fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, Washington, D.C. (1977-1980, 1998-2002), serving as the center’s acting director in 2002. He has been an associate professor of theology and staff fellow of the Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (1986-1990); assistant professor of social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union (1981-86); and director, Center for Ethics and Social Policy, Berkeley (1982-86).
Recent articles include “Metaphysics and Society: A Commentary on Caritas in Veritate” (Theological Studies, March 2010) and “The Ethics of Peacemaking,” (Journal of Ecumenical Studies, forthcoming). Other recent articles have appeared in Civilta Cattolica and Popoli (Italy), Projet and Christus (France), Razon y Fe (Spain), Mensaje (Chile), Faith in International Affairs, Ecumenical Trends and Seminary Journal (USA) as well as America Magazine. Fr. Drew is one of the original co-founders of HCEF.
Dr. Hanna Hanania Woodbridge, VA
Dr. Hanania is a family dentist. In 2002, he graduated from the MISCH International Implant Institute (MISCH) and was awarded a fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Since graduation, Dr. Hanania has been in step with the latest advances in the dental field by completing over 200 continuing education credit hours in less than 4 years. In 2001, he graduated from University of Maryland with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and in 1997 he completed his BS, majoring in Biochemistry and Political Science. Dr. Hanania is a member in the American Dental Society and its local branch organizations: Virginia Dental Society, Northern Virginia Dental Society and the Woodbridge Dental Society. He has been involved in several community service projects. In 2000, he dedicated six weeks to crafting a free denture program for Native Indians in New Mexico. In 2007, he spent three weeks providing much-needed free dental services to patients in Jerusalem. When Dr. Hanania is not practicing dentistry, he dedicates his time to important causes. He is a board member of a human rights organization called Imagine-life and the founder of the Network of Arab-American Professionals (http://www.naaponline.org/). He is also a previous Chairman of Al-Awda and Arab-American Leadership Council in Virginia. As the founder and Chairman of the UASA, Dr. Hanania has enabled local and national schools to shed a positive light on Arab-American identity and take stronger initiatives to address issues pertinent to Arab-Americans in everyday life.
Mr. Kishek was born in Jerusalem. He came to the United States in 1979 and completed his BA in Economics at the University of California-Irvine. He earned an MBA from UCLA in Finance and Marketing, specializing in the futures and options markets. He joined the family jewelry business in Amman, Jordan in 1986, where he helped promote the jewelry export sector. With the cooperation of the Jordanian Ministry of Finance, he introduced new legislation permitting jewelry manufacturers to import gold bars duty-free for the purpose of manufacturing and re-exporting. The law is still in effect to this day. With his expertise in manufacturing, wholesaling and trading in gold bullion and gold jewelry, he established a new corporation in Costa Mesa, California in 1990. Kishek International, Inc., a fine jewelry wholesale corporation, carries a long legacy of the Kishek family jewelry business that spans almost a hundred years and four generations, preserving the ideals of quality, integrity, value and the hallmark of plumb gold.
Mr. Kishek promoted the concept of High Karat Jewelry for the first time in America, with emphasis on traditional jewelry designs from Palestinian and Middle Eastern heritages. He marketed the concept in major trade shows and industry journals, thus establishing an important presence in the U.S. jewelry marketplace.
Mr. Kishek is also an avid music lover. He produced with his wife, Rula, three albums of hymns and liturgical music celebrating Christmas, Easter and Our Lady the Virgin Mary. He currently resides in California with his wife and three children.
Rev. William Joseph Turner, Ph.D., KCHS
Father Turner has served as Pastor of Saint Mary Church in Chelsea, Michigan since 1998. Along with his pastoral duties in Chelsea, with a parish encompassing more than 1150 families, Father Turner earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Father Turner continues to promote the cause of peace and understanding for the Holy Land Christians and among the people of the Holy Land, through annual pilgrimages to visit the people there and by supporting the ministry and other programs of the Patriarch.