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A year in Israel

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CathleenGuest Blogger Cathleen Chopra-McGowan is a Fulbright fellow in biblical studies and a recent graduate of Boston College. She will be blogging about her experience as a young adult Catholic studying in Israel for the My Generation blog.


September 10, 2010: A vocation for bridging cultures
How did a young Catholic decide to go to Israel after graduation? Cathleen Chopra-McGowan introduces herself in the first of what will be a series of posts over her year-long adventure studying in Jerusalem.

October 4, 2010: Nothing to worry about? On the way to Israel
As Cathleen Chopra-McGowan packs her bags for Israel, she prepares herself for ordinary life in the midst of violence.

October 26, 2010: A wall runs through it: Jerusalem and the West Bank
Our guest blogger living in Israel has settled in, but the view of the wall separating Jerusalem and the West Bank unsettles her. 

November 24, 2010: In search of Mass in Israel
Mass in the Holy Land is comforting to both regulars and travelers who find themselves far from home.

December 20, 2010: Quiet Christmas in the Holy Land
Though life continues like normal in the Holy Land at this time of year, our blogger has found plenty of Christmas spirit in Israel.

January 29, 2011: Seeking good neighbors in Israel
Cathleen Chopra-McGowan reports on the tensions near her home in Israel.

March 26, 2011: No complaints about or during Lent
What is there to complain about in Israel? Nothing this Lent.

April 6, 2011: Bombs in Israel
Violence hits very close to home for our guest blogger in Israel.