David Neuhaus was born to a Jewish family in Johannesburg (South Africa) on April 25, 1962. When his parents sent their teenage Jewish son to Israel, they never imagined that he would return determined to become a Christian! Through the influence of an Orthodox nun, David was baptised and entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), making Religious profession in the Society on August 20, 1994. He completed BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Political Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and degrees in Theology at the in Paris and Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in Jerusalem on September 8, 2000.
Fr. Neuhaus was appointed Patriarchal Vicar (the Church’s emissary to Israel’s Hebrew-speaking Catholics) by Patriarch Fouad Twal on March 15, 2009. He is also Coordinator of the Pastoral Care for migrant workers and asylum seekers. He teaches Scriptures at the the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Seminary and in the Religious Studies Department at Bethlehem University.
Fr. Neuhaus’ South African roots and experience prove to him time and time again that change are possible, and his Christian belief imbues him with the hope for an unanticipated divine intervention that would facilitate change. In the meantime, he has great love for the Holy Land.