In the Footsteps of Jesus
Iowa Catholic Radio Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!
Special 12 day extended edition!
January 24th to February 4th, 2019!
Day 1 - Leave Thursday
We begin our journey as we depart for our flight to Israel. Shalom!
Day 2 - Friday
Welcome to Israel! We are greeted at the airport by our guide then board the bus that will take us to our hotel in Netanya on the shore of the Mediterranean for dinner and a much-needed night’s sleep!
Day 3 - Saturday
We begin the day at the ancient Roman seaport of Ceasarea,where Paul was imprisoned before going to Rome. We ascend Mt. Carmel, where Elijah fought with the prophets of Ba’al, overlooking the Valley of Armageddon. From there we will go to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus, to see the Church of the Annunciation, and Mary and Joseph’s house. We will celebrate a beautiful Mass at the Church of the Annunciation.
We will end our day at Cana, where Jesus turned the water into wine, and those that wish can renew their wedding vows. We continue to Tiberius on the shores of Galilee where we check into our hotel that will be home for the next few days.
Day 4 - Sunday
After a great Israeli breakfast, we begin the day with Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. We drive on to Caesarea Phillipi, where St. Peter declared that Jesus was the Christ! On our way back to the Sea of Galilee, we stop at Bethsaida, and Capernaum, where we see the home of Peter and the headquarters of Jesus’ ministry, where so many miracles were performed. We continue to the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, then to the place where Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” We stop at Yardenit to dip into the waters of the Jordan River before returning to our hotel.
Day 5 - Monday
After another great Israeli breakfast, we begin our day with a drive up the winding road up Mount Tabor with its spectacular view of the Galilee region, and where Jesus was transfigured before his disciples. From there we continue to Nain, where Jesus raised the widow’s son!
We will then tour the 1st century “Jesus boat” on display at Ginosar and enjoy a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we will sing and read scripture. From there we will enjoy a lunch of St. Peter's fish. We end the day at Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, to tour the recently excavated synagogue where Jesus preached, and then we will celebrate Mass.
Day 6 - Tuesday
We drive south through the Jordan Valley, along the Jordan River, and the border of the Jordan to Jericho, where we will view the wilderness where Elijah, John the Baptist, and Jesus spent so much time, and where Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Jesus. We will view the Mount of Temptation and see where the ancient walls of Jericho fell. After lunch in Jericho, we visit the caves of Qumran and enjoy a swim in the Dead Sea. We arrive in Jerusalem, the City of the Great King, stopping first for Mass at the Church of Pater Noster, remembering how Jesus taught His disciples to pray on the Mount of Olives.
Day 7 - Wednesday
After breakfast, we ascend the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of the Holy City of Jerusalem. We walk to the Chapel of the Ascension and continue down the Hosanna Road from the Mount of Olives to the Church of Dominus Flevit, also known as Tear Drop Church, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
We proceed to the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane for a time of prayer where Jesus endured his agony and was arrested. From there, we cross the Kidron Valley and continue to Mount Zion, outside the city walls to St Peter in Gallicantu, the home of the High Priest, St. Peter in Gallicantu, where Jesus was imprisoned, and where Peter denied the Lord.
We walk to the Upper Room, where the Holy Spirit descended! And then on to King David’s tomb.
Day 8 - Thursday
We begin our day with early Mass at Dormition Abbey. We continue with a visit to the Jewish quarter of the Old City, see the ancient Roman cardo, visit the Davidson archeological park, and the Western Wall, all part of the wall of Solomon’s Temple, where you may write your prayers on a slip of paper to insert into the stones. After lunch in the Old City, we descend from Jerusalem to the Judean Desert, stopping at Eretz Bereshit. Late afternoon, we return to Jerusalem and visit Yad Vashem, the museum dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust.
Day 9 - Friday
We begin our day early at the Israel Museum to view the model of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period. We continue to the Dead Sea, past Qumran and down to the Jordan Valley to Masada, where Herod built his magnificent fortress and the Jewish Zealots took their last stand after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. Time permitting, we stop at Ein Gedi and return to Jerusalem for Mass at Notre Dame, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10 - Saturday
We walk down the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus took to the cross, for the Stations of the Cross followed by Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, site of Calvary and the empty tomb. We breakfast at the hotel before returning to the Old City of Jerusalem, starting our walking tour to the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church (the birthplace of Mary), the Chapel of Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo as we walk down the Via Dolorosa. We’ll enjoy a beautiful rooftop lunch in the Old City Jerusalem.
Day 11 - Sunday
We check out and travel to the West Bank into Bethlehem, where God became flesh, and on to Shepherd’s Field and the Church of the Nativity, where St. Jerome and St. Catherine are buried. We celebrate Mass at the Bethlehem Basilica, take lunch at the Grotto, and end with a visit to Ein Karem and the Church of the St. John the Baptist.
Day 12 - Monday Return
(Schedule subject to change)