Holy Land Pilgrimage

That they may be one

March 9, 2019

One of the many blessings we have had thus far in this pilgrimage is that of encountering different people. One of such encounters is the fraternity we shared with our Armenian seminarian brothers in Jerusalem – a continuation of a beautiful standing relationship. It was an afternoon/evening of tours, soccer, and a light dinner. We began our tour from the Armenian Cathedral of St. James, where we had visited during their prayers earlier in the week, followed by a tour into the huge Armenian quarters, wherein we finally got to the green enclosed turf. It was soccer time. We had a wonderful free-scoring game, where we exhibited great teamwork, skills, and resilience to dominate and win the game: 14 – 9 (Hurray!!). After the game, we had dinner and an amazing time of interaction. As I stood by the water station all tired but enjoying the fraternity and joy shared in engaging conversations by different small groups of Armenian seminarians and my brothers, what kept resonating in my heart was Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21: “That they may all be one…”

Special thanks to our videographer: Robain Lamba (Diocese of San Jose), who also exhibited great defensive grit when he subbed.

Enjoy some highlights of the game…


Angelbert Chikere
Diocese of San Jose

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