Fuheis lies in the middle of Jordan near the capital, Amman. It is 100km from Jerusalem and 250km from Damascus, the capital of Syria.
Fuheis is a little town of 12 thousand inhabitants, most of them Christians: 1/3 catholic, 2/3 orthodox. Most of its population works in trade, agriculture (especially olive trees), cement industry and civil or office jobs. Christians in Fuheis, Arab Christians were there long ago before Islam, and they have remained during the subsequent centuries.
The Latin Parish of Fuheis belongs to the Jerusalem Latin Patriarchate, centered in Jerusalem. The “Latin Church” is the common name of the Catholic Church in the Middle East. The Latin Patriarchate includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Cyprus, and its Head is His Beatitude Mgr. Michel Sabbah. His Beatitude General Vicar in Amman is His Excellency Mgr. Salim Sayegh.
Latin Parish of Fuheis:
The Latin Parish of Fuheis was established in 1874 during the Ottoman era (Turkish), which ruled Jordan from 1516~1918. That was the age of Ignorance, poverty and illness, and the church was a pioneer in education. The parishes of the Latin Patriarchate prospered since the establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1921. So the country has gradually stepped into the age of modernization and development, but the people of Fuheis have not abandoned their authentic qualities that go back to the Bedouin roots, and their old spirit that goes back to the early dawn of Christianity.
The number of families of the Parish in Fuheis is 600 and two parish priests serve the two churches of the Parish, Fr Hanna Kildani and Fr. Ziad Naffa. Masses are held on Sundays in both churches. The church has many spiritual and social activities, which enable every member of the society to participate and share the faith and experience. Beginning from little children, the young are represented in scouts groups for both boys and girls and Christian Youth of varying ages, also we have the Parish Synod Committees and the Christian Ladies Associations. All these activities include more than 300 people. The Latin parish in Fuheis is considered one of the most active parishes in voluntary work. You can find in Fuheis many associations that help to protect the local environment and spread cultural consciousness.
His Majesty King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, receiving Ala Abeid, a Top Ten of Jordan in Twajihi (High School) Latin High School of Fuheis.Ministry of Education Exam.
The Latin Patriarchate School:
The idea of establishing a Latin school in Fuhais began in 1885 when the first priests opened some classes in order to teach the children Arabic, Religion and Math during the Ottoman period. This school was, like the other Latin Patriarchate schools in the nineteenth century and during the Ottoman period, the light in the darkness.
This school started to develop under the supervision of the Patriarchs of the Apostolic See. It arrived to the summit during the time of the Patriarch Michael Sabaah, especially after building the new school in the convent in the town.
Todays, our schools consist of three stages: the kindergarten, the elementary school, the primary and secondary school. It is a complete school from kindergarten until Tawjihi and it is mixed. It has 1040 students and seventy employees. Its secondary stage students greatly succeeded in their exams. One of its female students has got the first degree in the kingdom. She is now studying at the Jordanian University and she got a scholarship from the school.
We trust in our schools in Fuhais and we believe in the necessity of a modern administration; to encourage the dialogue between the students, the administration and the teachers; to give the scholar activities a bigger role to promote the student’s personality and to develop his talents in order to be a good citizen and a committed Christian; to discover his role in the society. Therefore, our school graduates formed a committee to support the relationships with the school. Despite of their graduation, they stay related to us because we are like a family under the protection of the church that cares everybody.
Our students are concerned of enlarging Al-Alali school. Each class will contribute of one square meter that costs 100 JD. They gather this amount by saving part of their pocket money in order to share with others to enlarge and develop their school.
Fuheis Al-Alali: Our Lady of Grace
Pastor:Rev. Farah Hijazin
Parochial Vicar:: Rev. Ala’ Musharbash
Address: Balad P.O.B. 33
Tel: (06) 472 99 31
Fax: (06) 471 01 60
Mobile: (07) 9 555 86 04