Holy Land Pilgrimage

In the Steps of Christ

February 11, 2020


“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.” – Luke 4:14-15


Recently my classmates and I visited the site at the Jordan River, where our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized by St John the Baptist. This marked the beginning of a new phase in his life. It signified the transition from his life as a carpenter in Nazareth to his ministry. We as pilgrims here in the Holy Land are also entering a new phase of our pilgrimage where we will focus more intently on the ministry of Christ leading up to his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. This pilgrimage and our literal following in the footsteps of Christ is timed perfectly. Soon we will begin our canonical retreat in preparation for our upcoming ordination to the diaconate.


The time we are spending in the Holy Land is the perfect preparation for us soon-to-be deacons. Here we can grow closer to Christ by following his life closely and praying more intently by being able to see with our own eyes what these places described in scripture look like. We will soon be charged with proclaiming and preaching the Gospel to the peach of God. We will seek to gain more disciples for Christ. This next phase of this pilgrimage, which will mirror the next phase of our lives as we enter the ordained ministry, will bring us closer to Christ by intentionally conforming our lives to his.

So far, this has been a blessed experience for us all and we are thankful to have this unique opportunity. I think we will be better priests because of it. You all should know of our prayers for our supporters and benefactors back home who made this trip of a lifetime possible.


Colm Mitchell
Archdiocese of Chicago

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