Blest Art sells religious artwork to benefit Christians in Palestine

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June 3, 2015

Jeryes Qumseya, owner of Blest Arts religious goods company of Beloit, Wis., is pictured in a May 20 photo. Qumseya, a native of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, said he is proud of work that artisans from the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society produce and sell through his company. (CNS photo/Joseph O'Brien, The Catholic Times) See BLEST ART June 3, 2015.

Jeryes Qumseya, owner of Blest Arts religious goods company of Beloit, Wis., is pictured in a May 20 photo. Qumseya, a native of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, said he is proud of work that artisans from the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society produce and sell through his company. (CNS photo/Joseph O’Brien, The Catholic Times)

BELOIT, Wis. (CNS) — For parishioners and pastors in the Diocese of La Crosse, Jeryes Qumseya may not be a household name, but his products are doubtless in more than a few households in the diocese.

Even as the number of Christians living in the Middle East, and especially the Holy Land, continue to dwindle, Qumseya hopes to be able to get into even more households with religious artwork, including statues and other religious objects, hand-carved from olive wood and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, silver-faced icons and hand-made rosaries.

By selling these products to Catholics, he also hopes to help alleviate the plight of Holy Land Christians.

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