Join World Renowned Theologian, Author & Professor Dr. Scott Hahn
On a Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
In Celebration of the
Jubilee - Holy Year of Mercy! JANUARY 4 - 14, 2016 |ALL INCLUSIVE 5 star hotels from $4,999
Tel Aviv * Caesarea * Stella Maris * Nazareth * Cana * Tiberias * Sea of Galilee * Banias “Caesarea Philippi” * Mt. Tabor * Jericho * Jerusalem * Bethlehem * Qumran * Jordan River *
* Mt. Of Olives * Mt. Zion * Gethsemane * Via Dolorosa * Holy Sepulchre
Fr. Luke Fletcher Fr. Fletcher grew up in a small town in Indiana. Upon graduating from Franciscan University in 1996, he joined the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx. The friars live a radical life, concentrated in prayer, fraternity, hands on work with the poor, and new evangelization. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. He has served as Vocations Director, Postulant Director, and presently as Director of Priestly Studies. Father Luke leads retreats, is a community council member, and hosts a Youtube series called “The Faith Side”. He was Spiritual Director on Dr. Hahn’s last Holy Land pilgrimage, and he is returning once again to lead you all into Holiness.
Rev. John J. McCartney
Fr. McCartney was born in New York City and raised in Manhasset, N.Y. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School, and received his B.A. in political science from New York University in 1986, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1989. After practicing law for several years he entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, in Huntington, N.Y. He received an M.A. in Theology in 1998, and a Master of Divinity degree in 1999. Fr. McCartney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on June 12, 1999. Fr. McCartney is currently serving as pastor at St. Mary's Church, Roslyn. He has led a number of retreats for seminarians, and led on pilgrimages to Greece, Turkey, Italy, the Marian Shrines, and Israel.
Fr. Sebastian Kajko
Fr. Sebastian was born in Poland, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He had a conversion experience when he was 19 years old through the Charismatic Renewal. The renewal started in Toronto and soon ended up going to India to do missionary work (5 months). He started to pursue studies, in order to study theology, focusing on Sacred Scripture at York University. After almost getting engaged, he ended up continuing his discernment of religious life and priesthood which led him to the CFRs in NYC. He transferred from York University in Toronto to Franciscan University of Steubenville. He joined the CFRs in 2003 in the Bronx. He made his final vows in 2008 and was ordained to priesthood in May 2011 by Cardinal Dolan. Since then, he has lived in Bradford, England until his recent return to the Bronx. He has also had the privilege of participating in the Summer Biblical Institutes with Dr. Hahn over the last few years - from the start! This will be his second pilgrimage with Dr. Hahn as Spiritual Director.
Fr. Stanley Holland, TOR
Fr. Stan is currently the Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida, and has been serving that community for seven (7) years. Prior to that, he was a missionary in Jamaica, and before that, a lecturer at Franciscan University of Steubenville for twelve (12) years. During his time in Steubenville, Father was the Director of the Missionary Outreach Program. He was a prison chaplain for 8 years, as well as doing missionary work in Brazil. Ordained May 4, 1996 as a Franciscan TOR priest, he was drafted in 1969, and served in Vietnam for two (2) tours. Five years after the Army, he join the Peace Corps in the South Pacific.
Fr. Jose Maria
Fr. Jose Maria Castillo was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. After having discerned a calling to the priesthood he entered the Pre-theologate Program at Franciscan University (‘04). Afterwards, he moved to Peru to enter the religious community, Family of Jesus; a community dedicated to the healing of the family. He was ordained a priest in 2011 and now lives in the jungle region of Peru, Puerto Maldonado.
Day 1, Monday, January 4 - Depart for Israel
Board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Day 2, Tuesday Jan 5: ARRIVE TEL AVIV
On arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met and transferred to the Dan Panorama hotel on the Mediterranean coast. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Mass: 5:30
Welcome Meeting after Mass
Dinner at 8:00 pm – Main Dining Room
Day 3, Wednesday Jan 6: NAZARETH, CANA Theme: The Annunciation
This morning after breakfast leave up the Mediterranean coast and then inland to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. There we will visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to can perform the renewal of their wedding vows. Continue to nearby Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). Visit the Church of the Annunciation to Mary (Luke 1:26-35), the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. View the site where Jesus was rejected (Matthew 13:54-58). End the day at your hotel in Tiberias. Mass: Basilica of Annunciation at 4:00 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Lecture with Dr. Hahn at 7:45 PM
Day 4, Thursday Jan 7: TIBERIAS: SEA OF GALILEE, MT BEATITUDES Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
The day starts with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). Visit Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17), and onto the site known as “Peter’s Primacy”. Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples (John 21) and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9]. A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry (Matthew 4); see the synagogue where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29) and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. End the day with a visit the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49). Return to Tiberias. Mass at the Church of St. Peter’s House at 11:00 AM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Lecture with Dr. Hahn at 7:45 PM
Day 5, Friday Jan 8: MT. TABOR / JORDAN VALLEY / JERICHO Theme: The Transfiguration
Today, after breakfast, start the day by then drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-50), with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Mass here will be at the Basilica. Then drive down the Jordan Valley down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, for lunch and to view the Mt of Temptation and see an example of a Sycamore Tree. Drive up to Jerusalem to check into your hotel for 5 nights. Mass at Basilica of the Transfiguration at 10:00 AM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Lecture with Dr. Hahn: 7:45 PM
Day 6, Saturday Jan 9: BETHLEHEM, EIN KAREM Theme: The Nativity and Visitation
Drive to Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Fields, (Luke 2:8). The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. Then up to Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity, that marks the spot of Jesus’ birth (Matthew 2:1-18). Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) After Mass at the Church of St. Catherine enjoy lunch in Bethlehem. A short drive takes us to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory (Luke 1:39-80). Pray the Mystery of the Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. Mass at St. Catherine’s (in Bethlehem) at 10:00 AM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Lecture with Dr. Hahn: TBD
Day 7, Sunday Jan 10: QUMRAN/ JORDAN RIVER / DEAD SEA Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem, the Wilderness & The Baptism
Start the day with Mass at St. James Convent. We will then drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist (Mark 1) lived and baptized Christ. Visit the Baptismal site on the River Jordan (Matthew 3: 13-17) then to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found In the afternoon enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea (Ezekiel 47:8-10) with time to experience the salty waters. Return to Jerusalem. Mass at St. James Convent at 8:15 AM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Day 8, Monday January 11: MT. OF OLIVES, GETHSEMANE, Mt ZION Theme: Palm Sunday, the Agony in the Garden
From the Mount of Olives, take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then walk down the Palm Sunday Road to stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. Then to Gethsemane, where we reflect on Jesus’ final night (Luke 22:29-53). The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the “Rock of Agony,” a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Mass at Gethsemane. We then enter the Old City to see the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-9), which supplied the water for the Temple and where Jesus healed the crippled man. On Mt Zion we visit the Church of Peter in Galilcantu, where Peter denied Christ ( Luke 22: 33 - 34) and the Upper Room ( Matthew 26:17 – 30 ). Mass at the Basilica in Gethsemane at 11:00 AM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Lecture with Dr. Hahn at 7:45 PM
Day 9, Tuesday Jan 12: CHURCH OF HOLY SEPULCHRE
Theme: The Crucifixion & The Resurrection
We leave the hotel at 5.00 am to walk the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross). At the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate (John 18:28 – 19:16). From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Luke 23:26-33). Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ (Luke 23:50-55), where we celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. This afternoon is free to explore the Old City. High Mass at the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at 6:30 AM
Farewell Lecture and Farewell Dinner: 7:00 PM (Main Ballroom)
Day 10, Wednesday Jan 13: ISRAEL MUSEUM, EMMAUS, Departure
Early morning start (7.30 AM) to WALK ON THE SACRED GROUND OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT. We remember the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple ( Luke 2: 22) and the confrontation with the money changers ( John 2: 13). After a late Breakfast we check out of hotel at 12 noon we make a visit to the Second Temple scale model for an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus and visit the Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then head to the site of Emmaus at Abou Ghosh, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection (Mark 16:12-13). Dinner and evening transfer to airport for departure. Mass at the Church of St. Saviour (in the Franciscan Monastery) at 3:00 PM
Early Dinner: 5:00 PM
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About The Holy Land - In the footsteps of Jesus:
If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. 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 206 Tours pilgrimage.