USML | 3rd Year Seminarians Journey through the Holy Land


3rd Year Seminarians Journey through the Holy Land

3rd Year Seminarians Journey through the Holy Land

Thirty-two third year seminarians are in the Holy Land for their ten-week pilgrimage...

Please keep these men in your prayers as they travel and study in the Holy Land. Check in here for updates, and visit the Seminarians' Blog for more daily details.

January 18, 2014 | Blessed Arrival:
The 2014 Pilgrimage Group reaches the Land of Christ...

January 22-25, 2014 | The Beauty & Reality of The Holy Land:
The Group experiences the reality of their long-awaited arrival, travels to the sites of Masada and En Gedi, begins the “working” portion of our pilgrimage with classes.


January 30, 2014 | The Biblical Beauty 
The group travels to Neot Kedumin and experiences the beauty of the countryside as well as getting a glimpse into how the people in scripture lived on a daily basis.











February 1, 2014 | King Herod "The Builder"
The group travels to Herodium and see the greatness of a man made mountain and what remains of a palace.










February 2, 2014 | Bethlehem University 
The group journeys to the University of Bethlehem where a group of students guide them around campus.























February 4, 2014 | "With the Lord One Day is a Thousand Years" 
The group travels to Tel Arad and discover the ruins of the ancient biblical city. 











February 5, 2014 | "Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me..."  (Mk 9:48)
The group meets the Sisters of St. Elizabeth who run the Home of Peace Orphanage on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and the Home of Peace Orphanage in Bethlehem.













February 6, 2014  | "You Shall Go Ahead Of The Lord To Prepare His Ways..."
The group visits the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. 

February 10 - 11 | "This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am All Pleased" 
The Seminarians receive a team from Catholic Relief Services, celebrate the memory of St. Jerome, make visits to the Church of the Visitation and the Jordan River, and more.


February 13, 2014 | Visit to Ancient Times
The group journeys to Galilee, and stopped at Caesarea Maritima as well as the edge of Mount Carmel.



February 16, 2014 | On Mount Carmel
The Seminarians visit Mount Carmel which overlooks the town of Haifa. 


February 19, 2014 | Holy Sites by the Sea of  Galilee
The group celebrates Sunday Mass at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves near the Sea of Galilee. 


February 20, 2014 | Cesarea Philippi 
Cesarea Philippi is where Christ asked his followers "who do you say that I am?" They responded that He is the Son of God.


February 21, 2014 | On the Mount of Beatitudes
The group spends time at the Mount of Beatitutdes the place where Jesus delivered his groundbreaking sermon revolving around anger, love, and morality (Matthew 5-7).  


February 23, 2014 | Behold, We Go Up To Jerusalem 
The Seminarians visit Jerusalem and see many holy sites commemorating the Passion of our Lord including the Church of Holy Sepulcher, which contains the tomb of Jesus.



February 28, 2014 | Via Dolorosa-Stations of the Cross
On Fridays, the group has the opportunity to go with the Franciscans and join them in the Stations of the Cross. 


March 2, 2014 | The Holy Sepulcher
The group visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where they saw the Tomb of Jesus Christ. 



March 4, 2014 | The Dead Sea
The Seminarians traveled to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and then visit the Dead Sea.   


March 7, 2014 | The Church of St. Lazarus in Bethany
As lent begins, the group receive their ashes at the Church of St. Lazarus in Bethany and then visit the tomb of Lazarus.  


March 8, 2014 | Gethsemane
The Seminarians visit the Church of all nations which is situated amidst the garden of Gethsemane.  


March 11, 2014 | Visit to Nabi Samuel and Abu Gosh
The group visits the tomb of Samuel and then continued on to the village of Abu Gosh.

The place where Jesus appeared before two of his followers on the road to Emmaus after His Resurrection. 


March 13, 2014 | Holy Sepulcher Overnight
This last week, 12 members of the group spent the night at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. 


March 14, 2014 | The Temple Mount and The Dome of The Rock
The group travels to The Temple Mount a very holy place for Christianity, Judaism and Islam. 


March 16, 2014 | Hebrew Speaking Catholic Community
The group hear a talb by a  priest of the Hebrew speaking community who has also worked at the forefront of Jewish Christian relations.


March 18, 2014 | The Mount of Olives and Religious Orders
The seminarians visited the Mount of Olives where they saw three churches:  Bethpage, Pater Noster, and Dominus Flevit.


March 19, 2014 | Visit to Jaffa
The group visit the ancient port city of Joppa (now called Jaffa) where they visited Saint Peter's Catholic Church.



March 20, 2014 | Just a Few More Days
The Seminarians visit the Home of Peace Orphanage in Jerusalem. 


March 22, 2014 | Blessed Return Home
The group arrives home after their journey in the Holy Land.


Follow the Seminarians' Journey on their blog:


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