Our parallel ‘Jerusalem – Fiat Lux’ Congress (for accompanying persons)

‘Jerusalem Fiat Lux’

~ Let there be light ~

A conference on the history and mystery of Jerusalem, medical missions in the Holy Land, and the wider work of St John across the world.

September 5th – 7th, 2018, Notre Dame Conference Centre, Jerusalem

In parallel with our medical congress, the SOA is hosting an independent conference, also in the Notre Dame Conference Centre, called ‘Jerusalem – Fiat Lux’ (Let there be light). This broadens the appeal of the conference to partners of those attending the scientific congress, and to all with an interest in medical missions in Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land.

Registration for this parallel 3-day program is either £115 (to include both educational excursions: Old City on Wednesday and Hebron & Bethlehem on Thursday), or £80 (to include the Old City excursion on Wednesday ONLY). This program is non-profit, and available here. Please note, tickets for the 3 social events will need to be purchased separately on the same page.

If you have previously registered as an accompanying (non-medical) ‘other delegate’ and would like to join this program,  you do not need to register again. Instead, please simply make a donation of £30 or more to upgrade (donation option on the registration page), and inform us on info@SOA.global for our records.

Accommodation suggestions are given here.

Tues 4th September:

Evening (6pm):
Music, Movement and Harmony’
Our opening reception in the Muristan Gardens of St John

Weds 5th September:

Symposia: ‘History and Mystery of Jerusalem: Eclectic city’

Lunch at the Notre Dame with main congress

An educational excursion in the Old City, led by our own clergy

Dinner on the roof-top of the Notre Dame Conference Centre (all delegates)

Thursday 6th September:

Symposia: ‘Healing Hands – Medical missions in the Holy Land’
(To include the Archbishop of Jerusalem)

Lunch at the Notre Dame with main congress

Second educational excursion: Hebron and Bethlehem

Tour of the St John Eye Hospital, followed by:

Reception in the courtyard of St John Eye Hospital, and Gala Dinner in the gardens (with all delegates)

Friday 7th September:

St John – the wider family’: The Hospitallers of St John
Represented by: The UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Greater London, and the Johanniter Order.

Final combined SOA session and departing words: The Grand Auditorium,

A service of rededication to the work of St John: ‘Jerusalem – Healing City’
(Led by The Most Revd. Suheil Dawani, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem)
Followed or preceded by a reception in the Cathedral gardens (details tba).


Hosted by The St John Ophthalmic Association in partnership with Jerusalem Peacebuilders


Non-profit registration fee of £80 via https://www.soa.global/2018-meeting-registration/

NB: Social events (welcome reception & dinners) are booked separately on the same page

Registration for the Jerusalem – Fiat Lux

Below is the booking page provided by “billetto”. This is a separate booking service used for meeting registration. When you click on “Get tickets” you’ll be transferred to the billetto.co.uk website to finalise the purchase (you may need to create an account there to purchase).

For further information please contact Mr D H Verity, FRCOphth, on info@SOA.global

NB: If you are experiencing any problems in registering, or are timed out, please register separately in 2 applications: one for the congress, and then again for the social events. You will not be charged twice, and in some instances (particularly non-UK residents) this may prove quicker. Thank you.