Academic Pilgrimage, Jerusalem German version
The academic community “Terra Santa”, committed to the
Christian faith and the pursuit of knowledge, is to be founded
The members of "Terra Santa" draw their strength from the Gospel. They stick to the words of Pope Francis:
(Gaudium Evangelii, 244)
Terra Santa will make a lasting bond of friendship
between theologically and scientifically committed Christians
who are studying in
1 Name and Membership
The "Terra Santa Academic Pilgrimage,
2 Purpose of the Association
The term "pilgrimage" is a programme. Theologically and existentially, we - as humans - are on a lifelong pilgrimage - or, as Augustine says, "our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O God."
"Pilgrimage" also means a bond with the city of
Terra Santa is based on the principles of RELIGIO, PAX,
SCIENTIA and AMICITIA. Terra Santa is committed to the
Christian faith, to the peaceful coexistence of all peoples, especially in
A guiding principle is the commandment of love in the
Old Testament (Lev 19:18) which was repeated by Jesus of
Nazareth (Mark 12:31), whose spirit and succession Terra Santa
sets out to emulate. This implies a willingness to promote
ecumenicalism both in principle and practice, as well as
dialogue with the other religious communities in the
We are thinking of a local anchoring of Terra Santa at
the Austrian Hospice in
Acknowledging that a number of characteristics and
habits of (Catholic) Student Fraternities are proven as community-forming, some
elements from the students' tradition can be adopted, but
these forms must be adapted to the particular situation in the
4.1 Exterior Features
The members wear a gold, white and purple coloured ribbon. Gold and white stand for the church, the dark purple colour is reminiscent of the blood of Christ and the blood that was shed in so many wars.
4.2 Colloquial Language and Motto
With regard to the international objectives of the Association, German and English shall be equally used as common languages. Members must speak at least one of the two languages.
The members give themselves the Latin motto:
Ut omnes unum sint (John 17:21)
4.3. Coat of arms
A coat of arms in the colours of Terra Santa is suggested with four fields symbolising the principles of the association:
Under a pilgrim's staff and a pilgrim hat:
RELIGIO: Or, the early Christian "Fish Symbol"
PAX: Argent, an olive branch, the symbol of peace, over a bridge, the symbol of dialogue.
SCIENTIA: Argent, an oil lamp above an open book. The book shows the phrase: "Scientia nubes terrentur”.
AMICITIA: Purple, a chalice surrounded by a garland of flowers as the symbol of lasting fraternal friendship.
4.4 Statutes, Rules of Procedure
The Terra Santa pilgrimage shall minimize the "legalities" of its activities.
4.5. Officers of the Association,
Chairperson, Deputy, Secretary, and Treasurer.
4.6. Club Life
Formal meetings and informative events shall be called "convents". There will be both denominational and ecumenical services. The traditional student beer ceremony shall be replaced by a civilised "Convivium".
4.6. Official Insiginia
As a sign for the office of the chairperson a pilgrim's
staff is proposed, decorated with the colours
4.7. Probation and Membership Ceremony
As evidence of an earnest desire for membership, a maximum probationary period of one year will be required.
After the probationary period, the new member is received in a brief ceremony as part of a Convent.
4.8 Cooperation with other Organisations
Terra Santa aims to work with the representatives of Christian Churches in Jerusalem, the local Christian universities and all organisations with similar objectives: religious orders, orders of knighthood, companies like the "Friends of the Holy Land" as well as with like-minded associations in Austria and elsewhere in Europe.
Terra Santa intends to approach Christian students,
academics, clerics and university professors, who live in
1 While Christian
Student Fraternities have long taken root in
non-German-speaking countries (there are Catholic fraternities in Rome, Prague,
Bratislava, Tokyo, etc.), the idea of creating a Christian
academic community in
2 Due to practical considerations such an association
must be based on an organisational
model sui generis… This is the basis of the idea to create an "academic
3 Given the multi-denominational circumstances of
4 The realisation of the principle "Religio" shall be interpreted in such a way that the phrase "ut omnes unum sint" (Jn 17:21) is recognized not only as a theological principle, but viewed as a challenge in day-to-day practice - as commended in the Decree on Ecumenism "Unitatis redintegratio" of the Second Vatican Council (Chapter 5, Nov. 1964):
of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and
shepherds alike. This concern extends to everyone, according
to his talent, whether it be exercised in his daily
Christian life or in his theological and historical
5 The principle of "Patria" in the case of Terra Santa takes the meaning of "Pax" - as a peacemaking function in the Holy Land and beyond, as the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:9) commends us adhere to.
6 As regards the principle "Scientia", the
7 "Amicitia" means the will to engage in lasting
fraternal friendship, which is a not-to-be-underestimated
challenge. This principle requires mutual respect and
cooperative behaviour between men and women, but also between
Western and Eastern Christians. The members of Terra Santa are
ready to face these challenges.
8 The constitution of the "Academic Pilgrimage Terra
Santa" lies halfway between
a traditional student fraternity and a mere academic reading
9 To discuss the implementation of the concept of "Terra Santa" we are in touch with representatives of religious and secular organizations. Diverse kinds of academic institutions will be approached too.
Archbishop Christoph Schönborn, Cardinal of Vienna, the patron of the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem, is invited to become “Patron of the Academic Pilgrimage Terra Santa". Rector MMag. Markus Stephan Bugnyar (CpR) who runs the hospice is responsible to him. Together with his colleague, Vice Rector Sr. Bernadette Schwarz, we ask for their advice in creating the pilgrimage Terra Santa whose objectives are identical to the spiritual ambitions of the Austrian Hospice.
In late autumn 2014, presumably on 30th October, discussions about concrete steps towards establishing the "Terra Santa" will take place in Vienna. All interested individuals are now invited to state their willingness to participate. Please send an email to: email@example.com