Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs


Franciscan Pilgrimage To The Holy Land

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A Franciscan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is one journey that addresses a new dimension to Christian faith.  Through an integration of prayer, reflection and relaxation, you will feel a spiritual awakening touch your hearts.  As you follow in the footsteps of Christ, you will see the stories of the Bible come to life.  Picture yourself in Bethlehem as you pray inside a cave and wonder at the mystery of Christ’s birth.  Think about crossing the Sea of Galilee, climbing the Mount of Beatitudes, celebrating Eucharist while overlooking the Sea.  Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, and listen for the sounds of yesteryear along the narrow streets of Old Jerusalem.

This 4:28 minute video of Fr. Chircop, OFM may help you in your decision to become a pilgrim to the holiest place on earth.
Franciscan Pillgrimage Programs offers two additional pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
Holy Land and Jordan

April 27 - May 8, 2015
October 20 - 31, 2015


September 22 - 30
New York $3600
Chicago $3700
Land Only $2700
Single Room $350

Tentative Schedule for Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

Day One

  • Departure for Israel

Day Two

  • Arrival in Israel
  • Pilgrims arrive at Ben Gurrion Airport (Tel Aviv)
  • Visit Mount Carmel ; Opening Eucharist on Mount Carmel
  • Arrival at Casa Nova Nazareth
  • Orientation
  • Dinner at Casa Nova

Day Three

  • Mass at Nazareth
  • Visit of Nazareth
  • Kunch in Nazareth
  • Transfer to Mount Tabor
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Return to Nazareth
  • Dinner

Day Four

  • Transfer to Capharnaum for celebration of Mass
  • Tabgha
  • Beatitudes
  • Boat ride across Sea of Galilee
  • Lunch at Ain Gev
  • Transfer to Yardenit Baptismal Site
  • Cana
  • Nazareth
  • Dinner

Day Five

  • Leave Nazareth through Jordan Valley
  • Jericho
  • Temptation Mount
  • Dead Sea
  • Visit and Lunch at Qumran
  • Transfer to Bethany, Eucharist
  • Transfer to Hotel in Bethlehem
  • Dinner

Day Six

  • Morning in Bethlehem
  • Eucharist
  • Lunch
  • Shepherd's Fields
  • Ain Karem
  • Visit Yad Vashem Memorial
  • Transfer to Hotel in Bethlehem for dinner

Day Seven

  • Transfer to Mount of Olives
  • Bethpage
  • Ascnesion
  • Pater Noster
  • Dominus Fevit
  • Tomb of Mary
  • Gethsemene
  • Transfer to Hotel for Lunch
  • Transfer to Mount Sion for visit
  • Eucharist at the chapel at the Cenacolino
  • Visit Jewish Quarter
  • Transfer to Hotel for Dinner
  • Transfer to Gethsemene for Holy Hour at Basilica
  • Transfer back to hotel in Jerusalem

Day Eight

  • Jerusalem, visit Holy Sepulchre, Eucharist
  • St. Anne's
  • Flagellation
  • Via Dolorosa
  • Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Transfer to Hotel in Jerusalem
  • Dinner

Day Nine

  • Departure
  • Depart on foot for New Gate
  • Coach leaves New Gate for Ben Gurion Airport

Pilgrims say ...

"Originally conceived as a gift for my wife, the program became a gift for myself! It has been a gift of spiritual education and insight that I cannot see ending." Dennis F. - New Hampshire