Our Pilgrimages

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British Saints

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The Holy Land

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Rome

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Fatima

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The Compostela Coach-Trip

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In the Footsteps of the Saints

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Organised Pilgrimages

The SimplePilgrim goes to the Holy Land

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I first visited the Holy Land some 8 years ago, and was astounded when the older Priest who accompanied our group, commented that he wished he had visited years ago. “It would have totally transformed my Ministry!”, he said. This very experienced Priest celebrated his 80th birthday when we were staying in Bethlehem. His remark made me realise how important it is for all of us, and especially our Clergy, to make this journey if we are able. Despite understandable anxieties about the journey, I have not met one pilgrim who has not been transformed by the experience.

Dom Leo Maidlow Davis, Prior of Downside Abbey, after leading a group of 33 pilgrims to the Holy Land in June 2016, said of the experience, “Everyone on the pilgrimage felt that it was an experience that would change them in some important way, although how will take time to discern. We were taken into the world of the Gospels and to Jesus; the events of two thousand years ago seem close in the Holy Land.”

Plans are already in place for a group of 18 to 30 year olds to make their own pilgrimage there. Below is their Itinerary, but it may give you ideas as to where you would like to visit!

Sample Itinerary: Holy Land Pilgrimage 21 – 30 July 2017

Day 1: Travel, Mass at Shepherd's Field in Bethlehem in the Evening.

Day 2: Mass at the Church of the Nativity - Grotto, Walking tour of Bethelehem, visit the Archaeological site of Herodian, visit the School of Joy.

Day 3: Jerusalem - Mount of Olives, Pater Noster Church, Ascension Chapel, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemene, Church of All Nations. City of David, including Hezekiah's Tunnel.

Day 4: Jerusalem - Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Western Wall, Western Wall Tunnels, and the Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock), walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross).

Day 5: Jerusalem - Mass at Bethany Church, Lazarus' Tomb, Israel Museum.

Day 6: Dead Sea, passing through Jericho to visit the Baptismal Site of Qasr Al-Yahud, and the Caves of Qumran. Overnight stay in a Bedouin Camp.

Day 7: Sunrise at Masada - site of the last Jewish resistence against the Romans. Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes. Overnight stay in Nazareth.

Day 8: Mount Tabor, Mass at the Basilica of Transfiguration. Sea of Galilee - Capernaum, Primacy of Peter Church, Multiplication Church. Swimming and Boating on the Sea of Galilee. Walking Tour of Nazareth including the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph's Chapel and Mary's Well.

Day 9: Tiberias/Banias. Mass at Mount Beatitudes Church. Archaological site at Bethsaida. Visit Banias, Caesarea Philippi, including the Herman Springs and waterfall. Kayaking.

Day 10: Mass at the Wedding Church at Cana, Magdala if there is time. Evening flight home.

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