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.



 Dr. 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.




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.



 Osama Kishek
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.

 Hugh M. Dempsey, D.Ed., KmOb, Bethlehem Museum Consultant
Dr. Hugh Dempsey is a Knight in Obedience to the Order of Malta, the Former Vice President of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, and a founding consultant to the Bethlehem Museum in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Dr. Dempsey’s service in the Church is deep and far-reaching. He is the Former USA Representative of the Vatican Museums, the Former Executive Deputy Director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, and currently serves as Board Member of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, as well as Chair of multiple committees for the Order of Malta. Dr. Dempsey also holds membership in the Archdiocese Holy Land Committee, the Annunciation School Board of Advisors, and the Cosmos Club. Dr. Dempsey currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Ruey C. Dempsey.