October 24, 2018

Today we made our way over to the Temple Mount to visit the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Dome of the Rock is the golden dome most people associate with the image of Jerusalem.

According to Jewish tradition, the rock is the site where God first gathered dust...

October 24, 2018

Jerusalem, our destiny! After a week and a half of traveling, we finally made it and began our journey at the Mount of Olives with one of the Church of the Ascensions. We saw a rock where supposedly Jesus

stood before ascending into heaven. We then went to the Church of...

October 22, 2018

We began our day with a trip over to a nearby Settlement, Efrat, to meet with an American settler from Chicago named Ardie. Ardie toured us around his settlement and very passionately talked to us about why he believed he should live in a settlement. The group was happ...

October 21, 2018

We began our day with Mass in a chapel off the Church of the Nativity. We sang Christmas hymns, read the Christmas Eve readings, and Father Kelly delivered a beautiful homily which prepared us well for what we would see today. It was important to the group that we trav...

October 20, 2018

Today we left Jericho and drove along the Dead Sea coast to Masada, an ancient Jewish fortress and the 

 site of Herod the Great’s palaces. It is also the site of of a mass suite by 960 Jewish rebels and their families when the Roman troops were overtaking the city. The...

October 19, 2018

Today we departed Amman and descended down the mountains to the Jordan River. Our archaeologist tour guide, Waleed, was able to explain how recent excavations prove the Jordan River was once flowing in what is now Jordan. A church was excavated there by his professor (...

October 18, 2018

As a group we decided to wake up before the rest of the tourists so that we could have Petra to ourselves. It was the smartest decision we made! Our hotel was at the entrance of the park so no need for buses; we just walked on down to the entrance! Well... some of us w...

October 17, 2018

We said goodbye to Nazareth bright and ... no, wait... dark and early. To beat Nazareth traffic (oh, there is such a thing!) we needed to leave the Sisters' guesthouse around 6am. A long bus ride brought us to the Sheikh Hussein Border between Israel and Jordan. We unl...

October 16, 2018

Before we left the United States, our group read the book "Blood Brothers" by Father Elias Chacour. As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. He was proud of his ancient Christian heritage and lived at peace with his Jewish neighbors. B...

October 15, 2018

We started our very busy day off with Mass at 9am in an outdoor chapel in Tabgha, the location of Jesus' appearance to his disciples after his resurrection, forgiving Peter for his denial and asking three times, "Do you love me? Feed my sheep." Steps lead up to a churc...

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