This Wednesday, November 12, I will depart with 20 other pilgrims on a journey to the Holy Land. In the coming days, we will read Scripture and pray at all of the major sites of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, plus many other places where the apostles, prophets, and Saints lived and walked. This will be my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and I look forward to being able to share our experiences through this blog (as wifi is available!). And know that we will keep you and your intentions in our prayers throughout the pilgrimage. If there are particular intentions that you would like me to remember, feel free to e-mail them to me at prior to our departure on Wednesday afternoon.

Holy LandHere is an overview of our itinerary (subject to change):

Wednesday, November 12 – Travel from the USA to Tel Aviv, Israel

Thursday, November 13 – Caesarea Maritime, Mt. Carmel; Mass in the Stella Maris Chapel on Mt. Carmel

Friday, November 14 – Nazareth, Cana, Mt. Tabor, Jordan River; Mass in the Church of St. Joseph in Nazareth

Saturday, November 15 – Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; Mass at the Primacy of St. Peter in Galilee

Sunday, November 16 – Caesarea Philippi, Bethsaida, Chorazin; Mass on the Mt. of Beatitudes in Galilee

Monday, November 17 – Bet Shean, Jericho, Mt. of Temptation; Mass in Good Shepherd Church in Jericho

Tuesday, November 18 – Ein Karem, Bethlehem, Mt. Zion, Bethany; Mass in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Wednesday, November 19 – Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea; Mass at the Cenacle in Jerusalem

Thursday, November 20 – Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane; Mass at the Holy Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Friday, November 21 – Old City of Jerusalem, Western Wall, Shrine of the Book; Mass at the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu in Jerusalem

Saturday, November 22 – Return to USA