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Lebanon

Journey with Beatitudes Missions to encounter Christ in the Middle East!

For years, the community in Lebanon has hosted pilgrimages and service immersions for young Europeans. This year, as borders are open, we've begun sending young Americans! 

The Beatitudes in Lebanon

The Community of the Beatitudes was founded in Lebanon in the early '80s. The community built its residence, a retreat center, and a church overlooking the Mediterranean, one hour from Beirut. The three priests, one religious sister, and two consecrated lay sisters collaborate with a movement of young lay associates in ministries of evangelization, formation, healing, garden chores, and disaster relief. Most members and friends know English, however among themselves, the members pray in and speak Arabic and French. 

A Typical Week

 

Days will involve liturgies, meals and talks with the community and an hour of adoration. Fr. Joseph Karam, director of the mission, will guide several excursions for pilgrimage, manual service, recreation, and encounters with people and culture.

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Dates

3 week mission:

  • June 16 - June 20: Preparation in Denver

  • June 20 - July 12: Lebanon pilgrimage and service

  • (July 12 - July 30: extension)

   More details here!

3 Month Immersion

  • August-October, 2021

  • February-April, 2022

  • with possible preparation month in France

   More details here!

Cost

 

$2900 for 3 week mission trip

$4500 for 3 month Immersion

 

This includes travel insurance and overseas airfare, and does not include your round-trip to Denver.

Security and Safety

Community members or friends will pick up the young Americans at the airport and take them directly to the community. Day-to-day security risks in Lebanon are probably not worse than in Europe, despite the history of warfare and the difficult economic situation. However, the U.S. Embassy reports the following:  

 

Reconsider travel Lebanon due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, armed conflict, civil unrest and Embassy Beirut’s limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Lebanon due to COVID-19.  

 

Lebanon has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations ) and business operations. Other improved conditions have been reported within Lebanon. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Lebanon. On June 15, 2020, the Department of State ended its ordered departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and eligible family members which had been in effect since March 18. 

 

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COVID-19 Restrictions

  • Travelers must show a negative PCR test taken 96 hours prior to arrival, then quarantine three days in a hotel.

  • Despite restricted movement around the country, our winter missionaries have still managed outings three times per week to shrines, for volunteering, etc.  

  • Travelers arriving in Lebanon must first undergo a PCR test in their home country and show a negative result upon check-in for their trip with the results no more than 96 hours old upon arrival in Lebanon, and upon arrival either take another PCR test no more than 72 hours after arriving or stay in home or hotel quarantine for ten days. All travelers to Lebanon must complete a medical form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health before boarding their flight; this form can be found at https://arcg.is/0GaDnG.  

  • COVID tests will be given to all arriving travelers at a cost of USD 50 per test, to be paid by the traveler and collected by the airline.

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

  • Masks are required at all times outdoors and in public spaces

 

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