As anyone who has ever accompanied Fr. Rich on a tour can tell you, you couldn’t have a better experience than to travel with him. Here is your opportunity to go on pilgrimage to the sites where our faith began.
Other than Rome, my favorite place to visit is Israel. Every four to five years I host a tour of the Holy Land, because I think it is an important opportunity for people to visit the places our Savior lived and died.
My love affair with the Holy Land grew out of my time in the seminary when I spent six months in Israel studying the scriptures. I am embarrassed to say that before that experience my scripture classes were about my least favorite subject to take in seminary. After the time I spent in Israel the opposite was true. Studying the Scriptures came to life and I took as many classes as I possibly could.
Once again on February 13-23, I will be bringing a group of people to the Holy Land. This trip will be open to the public and will be advertised widely, but here in our parishes first. I am deliberately choosing February, because that is when the prices are lowest. and also because it is right before we enter into the season of Lent, which is a great way to start that sacred season.
The single most misunderstood aspect of visiting the Holy Land is that people think it is dangerous; the opposite is true. In fact, I would say it is safer to travel to Israel than it is to just about anywhere because the security is over the top. I would feel much more secure in Israel than I would walking downtown on First Street. So if security reasons have prevented you in the past from going to the Holy Land, you can honestly put that to rest. It is as safe as any place you will visit because of the immense security.
If going to the Holy Land has been on your bucket list, contact the office for a brochure. I would love to have as many parishioners as possible.—Father Rich
Here is a link to more information about the Holy Land from FR James Martin, author of FR Rich’s latest favorite book, Jesus, A Pilgrimage: