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Holy Land Pilgrimage

October 2019

Oct 28

Cana & Nazareth

As we move closer to the end of our time in the Holy Land, we have two more important stops in Galilee. We leave the area of the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum, where Jesus spent most of His public ministry, and we head to Lower Galilee where Jesus spent most of childhood and rearing.  Cana  We first visit Cana, the city Jesus,...
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Oct 27


Picture: A boat on the Sea of Galilee near where much of Jesus' public ministry took place. The Sea of Galilee The largest body of water in Israel is Lake Tiberias, also called the Lake of Gennesaret, otherwise known as the Sea of Galilee. The lake is 14 miles long and 7 miles wide and 150 feet deep at its deepest point. Surrounded...
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Oct 26

Judea to Galilee

Today we are leaving the Judea region where Jerusalem, Bethany, and Bethlehem are located, and we are journeying to the region of Galilee in the northern part of Israel not far from modern day Haifa and Mount Carmel.  Judean Desert There are two ways to get to Galilee from Judea in Jesus' time: 1) the cooler, shorter way through the...
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Oct 25


We leave Jerusalem and travel 5.5 miles to Bethlehem, the city of David. In Hebrew, Bethlehem means "House of Bread." In Arabic, Bethlehem means "House of Flesh." These two translations add layers of meaning to Christ's birth in Bethlehem and give us insight into God's intricate and beautiful plan for our salvation. ...
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Oct 24


We have arrived in the Holy Land! Today we are traveling to Jerusalem, the “City of Peace.” About 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem, we pass Elah Valley where the young shepherd boy David killed the giant Philistine Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  When we are about seven miles from Jerusalem, we see the town of Emmaus where two...
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Oct 23

Stormy Seas

Today we are sailing the Mediterranean Sea on our way to the Holy Land — Israel. We are experiencing an evening storm, with some wind and lightning in the distance. I am sitting on the deck watching the storm imagining how Jonah and his ship companions must have felt out in the open on a seemingly endless sea caught in a storm that...
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Oct 22


Picture: Hadrian’s Arch which separated “the ancient city of Theseus” from the new city of Roman Emperor Hadrian (117–138AD). Behind you can see the Acropolis.  Today we are in the great city of Athens surrounded by remnants of the Greek Classical Period (c. 480BC—323BC). This is the time of the Greek-Persian...
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Oct 21

Welcome to Greece!

Kalimare! Good morning from Katakolo, Greece! We are in the small port town of Katakolo, the closest seaport to Ancient Olympia, only an hour’s drive away. We don’t think St. Paul ever visited this area of Greece, but he did visit ports similar to Katakolo during his journeys between 47-62 AD.    Pictures: The...
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Oct 20

Journey to the Mediterranean Sea

Today we are traveling down the coast of Italy through the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Strait of Messina. We will be at sea all day and will dock in the morning in the small port town of Katakolo, Greece, just an hour’s drive from Olympia.  In the morning while sailing in the Tyrrhenian Sea, we pass an island with an active volcano:...
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Oct 19

“I came, I saw, I took pictures”

Today we have our first glimpses of Italy: small cars, farms and countryside, vineyards, and towns on the coast. We are driving to the port town of Civitavecchia to board our ship for the next 14 days. Picture: Vineyard on the side of the Italian highway Italy is known for its beauty, style, food, and rich history. As we pass through...
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Oct 15

Getting Ready for Pilgrimage!

As St. Theresa the Little Flower reminds us, we are all pilgrims in this world, making our way to our true home -- Heaven, in union with the Triune, living God. Before we reach our heavenly home, we may have opportunities to visit holy sites around the world to encounter in a new and profound way the life of Christ and the...
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Follow Msgr. Lofton's group pilgrimage to the Holy Land: October 19th - November 4th.


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