Returned from the Holy Land Pilgirmage last night. It truly exceeded my expectations. The travel and accommodations were first rate especially at the newly renovated Casa Nova in Nazareth
I cannot understand why more US Pilgrims do not consider the Franciscan Pilgrimages before traveling to the Holy Land. The Franciscans have custody of most of the holy sites and shrines which allowed our group easy access for Masses and in-depth tours. As a group, we were welcomed with open arms throughout our stay. We never felt threatened and found this to be a very safe location despite the media hype.
Of course, I can't go anywhere without having some kind of issue. On day two we visited Mount Tabor and I lost my camera. It was found on the shuttle bus we took to the top of the Mount by the next group. The guide tried to find the owner, however, I was in the rest room and nobody from our group recognized the camera. Luckily I had my iPad. When we were discussing later on the bus on our way back to Nazareth I realized my camera was gone. Father Anthony called the Friar, but we never heard it it was turned in to lost and found.
I truly enjoyed the pilgrimage and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. This guided pilgrimage was well run and an excellent value. I am looking forward to Assisi at the end of May. Thank you and Peace. >>Ken K
St. Francis was ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. This twelve day pilgrimage celebrates the restoration of the importance of the deaconate by praying in Assisi and Rome. >>More
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