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
Dr. Scott Hahn Holy Land Pilgrimage Group - 2014
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 USA
Board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Day 2: Tuesday – January 5 - Arrive Tel Aviv
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, you will make your way to baggage claim where you will collect your luggage and then continue on to the Arrival’s Hall (look for 206 Tours Signs.) It is there that you will be met by your 206 Tours representative, and the then transfer to your Hotel in the Tel Aviv area. Dinner will be served at your Hotel Welcome Meeting: TBA
Day 3: Wednesday – January 6 - Caesarea - Stella Maris - Nazareth – Cana - Tiberias Theme: The Annunciation
This morning after breakfast, we will leave for Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. Here you view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. It was at Caesarea that Peter came to understand that the Good News was not for Jews only, but for the whole world. Here he baptized the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. It was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the World. Continue north to Haifa to visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Mt Carmel, and located over the cave where Elijah lived. After enjoying the view of the bay of Acco, drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child (Matthew 2:23). In Nazareth, we will visit the Church of the Annunciation to Mary (Luke 1:26-35), Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. View the site where Jesus was rejected (Matthew 13: 54-58). Continue to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. Here visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to may renew their wedding vows. We will end the day with a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20 – 49). We will then make our way to Tiberias to check – in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight. Lecture: TBA
Day 4: Thursday – January 7 - Tiberias: Sea of Galilee – Banias “Caesarea Philippi” Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
After breakfast we start with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). After this, see the remains of a boat that dates back to the time of Jesus, found buried in mud. Nearby is 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 which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter’s home, and where Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-29). In the afternoon, we will go to Banias, also as “Caesarea Philippi, the site of Peter’s great confession (Mark 8:27) acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah. It was here that Christ designated Peter’s confession as the rock upon which the Church would be built (Matt 16:13). Nearby is the site of Tel Dan, which was the home of the Tribe of Dan. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. Lecture: TBA
Day 5: Friday – January 8 - Mt. Tabor – Jericho – Jerusalem Theme: The Transfiguration
Today, after breakfast, 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, at the Basilica, will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Drive down south to Samaria, a land rich in Old Testament history, passing Jenin, whre Jesus healed the ten lepers (Luke 17: 11 – 19). Enjoy lunch in Sebastia, ancient Shechem (Genesis 12:6), and rebuild by Herod as the capital region. Then we see the twin peaks of Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal, known in the Old Testament as Mt. Blessing and Mt. Cursing (Joshua 8: 30 – 35). Mt. Gerizim is today the home of the few remaining Samaritans. We stop at Jacob’s Well, hewn out of solid rock over 100 feet deep. As it manually dug out, it is most certainly the same well mentioned in the Gospel of John. The water at the bottom of the well is fed by flowing water which is why ancients gave it the name of “living water”. It is at this well that Jesus met the Samaritan woman, and said to her: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) Many pilgrims today like to drink from the well. Continue on to Jerusalem through the beautiful Levonah Valley, referred to in Judges (21: 19) as the Valley of the Dancers and passing Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept (Joshua 18:1). While on the drive, we will see examples of ancient watchtowers (Mark 12: 1 – 12). Check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Lecture: TBA
Day 6: Saturday – January 9 - Bethlehem Theme: The Visitation and Nativity
Begin the day with a visit to the Second Temple scale model for an overview of Jerusalem as it was at the time of Jesus. 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. In the afternoon visit Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field (Luke 2:8). The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at 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 which 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 we will return to the hotel in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight. Lecture: TBA
Day 7: Sunday – January 10 - Qumran – Jordan River - Dead Sea Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness
This morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Then to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world (Joshua 6: 12 – 25), where we view the Mt. Temptation (Luke 4:1) and the Symcamore Tree (Luke 19: 1 – 10). Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is this area that John the Baptist (Mark 1) lived and baptized Christ. After lunch, visit the Baptismal site on the River Jordan (Matthew 3: 13 – 17), and continue to the Dead Sea (Ezekial 47: 8 – 10) with time for a dip in the Dead Sea for those who want to experience the salty waters. Then make our way back to Jerusalem to celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight. Lecture: TBA
Day 8: Monday – January – 11 - Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Mt. Zion Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden
From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. We 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. At the foot of Mt. Zion is the Pool of Siloam, which is fed by the Gihon spring and where Jesus healed the blind man on the Sabbath (John 9: 13 – 14). 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) where we have Mass. Dinner and overnight. Lecture: TBA
Day 9: Tuesday – January 12 - Jerusalem: Gethsemane
Early morning start 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) Then make our way to Gethsemane to 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. Visit the Western Wall, to see all that remains of the Temple compound that dates to the time of Jesus.The remainder of the day will be free to explore the Old City. Lecture: TBA
Day 10: Wednesday – January 13 - Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
This morning we start 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 Sepulchre (Luke 23: 26 – 33). Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ (Luke 23: 50 – 55). Mass will be in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Return to the Hotel for breakfast, and then check out of the Hotel at noon. Board the coach bus and head to the site of Emmaus, where Christ appeared to the two disciples and gave the first Eucharist after the Resurrection (Mark 16: 12 – 13). Return to the hotel for a light Cocktail Reception. We will bid farewell to our new friends and family, and a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come.
Around 8:30 P.M, we leave for the airport for the return flight home.
(Some Flights depart at 11:45 P.M. on January 13th or at 12:40 A.M. on January 14th ) Mass: TBA
Day 11: Thursday – January 14 – Arrive home
At this time registrations will be confirmed pending on air availability
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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.