Natalia Liviero is a volunteer with VIDES+USA serving in the Middle East. Originally from Argentina, she became a U.S. citizen after living in Miami for the last 15 years. She has a bachelor's degree in international business, a master's degree in global governance with two post-graduate certificates, one in national security and one in Middle Eastern studies, and she speaks Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Hebrew. While Natalia's professional experience is in global business development, her passion is about peace, interreligious dialogue, social justice, and human rights. For that reason, she left everything behind in the United States, including a longtime job with a wonderful company and the comfort of her home, to go to the Middle East for a year on a mission to serve others in need. Follow Natalia's year of service on her blog, A Dream of Peace in the Middle East.
Notes from the Field – I participated in four encounters held by the Union of Religious of the Holy Land. We analyzed a Vatican letter on the relationship between the church's hierarchial and charismatic gifts. Women and men religious from throughout the region shared their experience with the hierarchy, and discussed diversity and inclusion.
Notes from the Field - Christmastime in the Holy Land for me was special this year. It included singing in concerts in Arabic, visiting the sisters in Cremisan, Bethlehem, and going to midnight Mass at the Nativity Church of Bethlehem. It was so special to be there that it took me one hour to pray one rosary.
Notes from the Field - Cremisan was one of the possible destinations for my mission in the Holy Land, so I was curious to see the work of the Salesian Sisters in the valley of Beit Jala, Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Territories.
Notes from the Field - Every second Sunday of the month, the Salesian Sisters in Nazareth have a silent retreat. On one such Sunday, I was amazed by the guidance of the Holy Spirit that I received for the retreat.