Caritas Jerusalem Board

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem - Caritas President

In 1995 he was responsible for the publication of the Roman Missal in Hebrew, and translated various liturgical texts in Hebrew for the Catholic Communities in Israel.
He was also the Vicar General of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for the pastoral care of Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel.
Since 2008 he has been a Consultor in the Commission for relations with Judaism of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity among Christians.
Mgr Pierbattista Pizzaballa was Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years (05/05/2004 – 20/05/2016).

He began his service as Custos of the Holy Land on June 2, 2004.
On May 2010 he was reappointed, by the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, for another three-year term and, on June 2013, for a further three years.

Nomination as Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and then Patriarch
On June 24, 2016, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Very Reverend Pierbattista Pizzaballa as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, until the appointment of a new Patriarch.
The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Pizzaballa took place in September 2016, in Bergamo, Italy.
On May 31, 2017, Archbishop Pizzaballa was appointed member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches by the Holy Father Francis.
Appointment as Jerusalem Patriarch for the Latins
On October 24, 2020, Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa as the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem after his service as Apostolic Administrator for a period of four years.
On October 28, 2020, Pope Francis bestowed the pallium on H. B. Pierbattista Pizzaballa at Santa Marta Chapel.
On September 30, 2023, Pope Francis elevated Patriarch Pierbattista to the rank of cardinal.

H.E Msgr. Bishop Ephrim Semman

BoD Vice President - ExCom Chairperson

H.E Msgr. Musa Al Haj

Board Member

H.E Msgr. Bishop Yasser Ayyash

Board Member

Fr. Francesco Patton ofm

Board Member


Executive Committee

Fr. Amjad Sabbara ofm

Chaplain & Executive Board Member

Mr. Andrae Batarseh

Executive Board Member - Treasurer

Yousef Barakat

Executive Board Member

Adv. Raffoul Rofa

Executive Board Member – ExCom Secretary

Our Team

Anton Asfar

The Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem

A recognized specialist in guiding organizations through financial transition and restructuring, Anton
Asfar is differentiated by his exceptional financial management expertise, combined with financial,
strategic and tactical planning.


Anton Asfar, a Terra-Sancta College and Bir-Zeit University graduate, is a leader in social entrepreneurship, advocating human rights, and promoting children's welfare. With extensive experience in finance and non-profit leadership, he's chaired boards and served on international committees. As the Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem, he's driving change and restructuring efforts, all while actively engaging in charitable endeavors and enjoying time with his family.


Nisreen Awwad

Head of Social Department

Social Department focuses on family, children, disabilities, elderly, women empowerment, youth engagement, and volunteering

Harout Bedrossian

Resource Development Manager

this department oversees the fundraising, proposal writing, communications, compliance and reporting

Ramez Razzouk

Head of Health & Emergency Department.

As the Head of Health & Emergency Department, I am responsible for the implementation of health and emergency response interventions in the West Bank and Gaza strip

Raneen Qumsieh

Head of Community Development Dep.

Community Development: food security, women/youth empowerment, local tourism, job creation, social cohesion, rural resilience projects

Shadi Kort

Head of Finance

The Finance team plays a crucial role within Caritas Jerusalem in overseeing all financial activities, ensuring compliance with regulations, and providing strategic financial guidance to support the mission.