the pentecost hall
The Pentecost Hall is an immersive 360° work of art that represents the Jewish Feast of Shavuot and the first Christian Pentecost at the Cenacle at Mt. Zion. Such a gathering for Shavuot would be the norm as Jewish people traveled to Jerusalem for centuries to give thanks for the harvest first fruits, and the law.
Here too, at the Cenacle on Mt. Zion, Jesus and His Apostles gathered for the Last Supper before His resurrection and again after His Ascension to wait for the gift He promised. This gift, to their surprise, was the Holy Spirit who descended upon them with power, wind, and the fire of His love!
The painting is in the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center. It spans 217 m2 around four walls in a second- floor gathering space. The panorama is near completion. Hand-painting of the ceiling comes next.
The Pentecost Hall was conceived in 2016 after a group of Christian pilgrims visited the site and were unable to hold a long-awaited prayer session due to the high foot traffic and religious sensitivity. One day, upon leaving, a seasoned pilgrim mentioned the need to have larger communal spaces available in the Holy Land where pilgrims could gather to pray.
Aware of the privileged location that the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center enjoys, as well as its mission to be a welcome place of fruitful spirituality, the Center identified the need to develop a project which would allow large groups to have a strong visual and personal experience during their pilgrimage.
Thus, the Pentecost Hall Project was born.
The Pentecost Hall Project is intended to welcome pilgrims into immersive art as they come to pray, learn, and experience the Holy Spirit.
Additionally, the Pentecost Hall Project will:
Help develop and preserve Christian art in the Holy Land by inspiring locals to continue producing religious art in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Allow pilgrims in the Holy Land to better understand the Holy Spirit’s presence within the Apostles and to help bring to life the Pentecost experience.
Foster unity, respect, and understanding between faiths highlighting Christianity’s Jewish roots and portraying the coming of the Holy Spirit when all Christians were united.
Provide a safe and peaceful space available for prayer, worship, and other events as requested.
Famous Chilean artist, Daniel Cariola, also author of the famous “Encounter” painting in Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene, is the maestro behind this immersive artwork. Mr. Cariola’s experience expands over more than 30 years in fine art painting. He has been preparing himself to undertake this project since 2016, researching, praying and reflecting on the events of Pentecost to help bring them to life.
The Legionaries of Christ
The Legionaries of Christ, are a Christ centered religious community who have been entrusted by the Vatican to steward and preserve the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, the Holy See’s international pilgrim center in Jerusalem. The Legionaries welcome pilgrims arriving to the Center ensuring that the facilities on site are optimal and conducive to a positive, comfortable and enjoyable pilgrimage experience. Pentecost Hall will be a gift from the Legionaries of Christ to Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center that will remain at the site. Pentecost Hall will be a gift from the Legionaries of Christ to Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center that will remain at the site.
Initial idea is conceived.
First drafts are drawn. The project is originally intended to span one mural.
The project’s uniqueness is identified, and the project moves to include a full hall. Drafts are reviewed and plans to kick off the project begin.
Daniel Cariola, arrives in the fall to begin initial preparation works for the project.
January – The project begins.
April – The first mural is completed.
September – The second mural is completed.
The third mural is completed and fourth is sketched. In the meantime, the hall undergoes preparations to host the paintings.
The fourth mural is currently being painted.
The ceiling will begin to be painted.
Expected Completion & Inauguration.
"Jesus promised we would never be alone. In the painting, I was not alone. I was closer to Jesus than ever before, surrounded by others filling with the Holy Spirit too.
Finding myself in living art, for sure. Finding Jesus alive in my heart, forever!
Finding myself in living art."
Peg Tichacek – Kansas, USA
I will always be grateful for the time Daniel Cariola shared his Pentecost project with us. As tears flowed, I was immediately drawn into the room.
Nancy T. Williams – Missouri, USA
Before the Resurrection of Jesus: And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever.
Before the Ascension of Jesus: Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
The Gifts of the Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
notre dame heritage society
Community of one heart and mind filled with the Holy Spirit who with boldness wish through their means, deeds, or words share the beauty of the word of God through the preservation and support of projects established in Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, the Holy See’s international pilgrimage center in the Holy Land. Acts 4:31
We invite you to support the completion of the Pentecost Hall and the ongoing ministry of Notre Dame with your prayers and gifts. We also invite you to enroll as a Patron of Notre Dame of Jerusalem. Like the community of believers filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 4:31, the Patrons share boldly their prayers and support for projects in Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center. They join with one heart and mind the mission of the Holy See to welcome and serve all pilgrims in the Holy Land.
(NGTPF) is an independent, U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. NGTPF is exclusively for charitable purposes as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, for the promotion of the cultural, historical, and religious heritage of the Holy Land. Donations to Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, made through NGTPF, reach Notre Dame of Jerusalem in full.
We are thankful for every one of our supporters!
For more information please contact:
Fr. David Steffy, L.C.
Mr. David Delgado