HOLYLAND & TURKEY
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TO THE HOLYLAND & TURKEY
WITH FR. MAX GATELA, OP OF AS PILGRIMAGE CHAPLAIN
TRAVEL DATE: DEC. 27,2019 – JAN. 15, 2020
Make your way through the HolyLand to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed – your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!
Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord’s homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage. It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join our pilgrimage.
After visiting the Holyland, for nine days you will follow the footsteps of St. Paul and experience beautiful sites throughout Turkey. Known as Saul, St. Paul was born in Tarsus, in what is modern-day Turkey. After his conversion on the road to Damascus, he became one of the most notable Christian missionaries. He first converted Jews, then Gentiles on three journeys throughout Turkey and Greece between about AD 47 and 57. The apostle’s letters to the Ephesians, Corinthians, and others are a prominent source of information about the early Christian church and a significant influence on Christian thinking to this day. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus in Turkey where she lived until her Assumption according to Catholic Doctrine.
Travel with our bible-oriented guides down timeless roads; take time to pray and rejoice in the ancient biblical sites; visit thousand-year-old churches and temples; and encounter a unique spiritual experience that will help you to better understand “The Steps of Paul” selecting bible-oriented guides, incorporating lectures and providing printed material, for people to achieve a deeper understanding of the Apostle Paul and his work.
Our experienced Tour Leader and wonderful chaplain will help you make memories of a life time. During the trip we will look after your welfare, you will gain new friends, exchange stories, laugh a lot and strengthen your faith. We look forward seeing you on board and visit these wonderful places.