The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the

Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic

Nazareth, Capharneum:, Judah Desert, Qasr el Yahoud, Jerusalem, Bethlehem


September 15-24, 2019





The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

This pilgrimage to the Holy Land has the intention to slow down our inner and outer pace. We will visit selected sites during the day, insuring more time for personal reflection, prayers and group interactions. Our main focus will be the quality of time.

Sitting quietly on the Mount of the Beatitudes, watching the Sea of Galilee, perceiving there the voice of our Lord preaching; entering the Holy Sepulcher with an open heart to contemplate the mystery of Salvation. Simple moments like these will make our journey different.

Wherever you come from and whatever has been your experience in the Holy Land, come embark on a real journey of the spirit in the footsteps of Jesus, intentionally set at a different pace to perceive our true nature as creatures of God and to enter, by the help of Grace, Kairos, the time of God.

We will be visiting:

Nazareth: The city of Mary connected to the years before the public life of Jesus. These are the places where the Holy Family lived together. In Nazareth we need to connect and seriously ponder the meaning of the marriage and the reality of the family.

Capharneum: During His public life Jesus spent a long time near Galilee Lake. This is the place where He called the first Apostles. Here is the place where we can reconnect to our vocation of being Christian or where youth can pray for discernment.

Judah Desert: This is the site where we can  reconnect with the penitential liturgy: the 40 years spent by the Israelis in the desert and the 40 days spent by Jesus after His baptism. The desert is the place of prayer and meeting with the Father.

Qasr el Yahoud: The place where Jesus was baptized invites us to reflect on this Sacrament and how it is connected to faith.

Jerusalem: Jerusalem offers a great richness of holy places: the Last Supper and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There is no sacrament of Eucharist without the Church and vice versa. The connection is essential. In order to enter into the mystery of passion, death and resurrection of Christ, Jerusalem helps us to retrace these moments by experiencing the Via Crucis and the entrance to the Holy Sepulcher.

Bethlehem: place of birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and final destination of the pilgrimages of the Three Magi, who came from the Far East to homage the Savior of the world: this connection is significant for remembering and deepening the meaning of the universality of the church as catholic.


Overnight flight to Tel Aviv

Days 1-5:       Nazareth

Days 6-10:    Jerusalem



US$ 3,350 per person in double.
Single supplement: US$ 590

Based on a minimum of 40 participants. In case of a smaller number of participants price will be subject to change.


The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

Full Itinerary

Day 1   •  Departure

Departure to Tel Aviv with EL AL from Toronto or Boston. Connection from Pittsburgh may be via bus to Toronto or via flight to Boston, to be confirmed in March.

Day 2   •  Nazareth

Arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport in the afternoon. Travel to Galilee, the most beautiful and fertile region of the Holy Land. Arrival at Nazareth in the evening, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3  •  Nazareth

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit the Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor, stop at Cana, site of the wedding feast. In the afternoon, visit to the Shrine of the Annunciation and to the Church of St. Joseph, built where the Holy Family lived. Time to visit the Greek Catholic “Synagogue” Church and the Greek Catholic Parish Church. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth

Day 4   •  Nazareth

After breakfast, departure to the region of Lake Tiberias: we will take a beautiful boat ride, during which we will stop and connect with the Gospel readings regarding Jesus crossing the lake. Visit Capernaum (synagogue and Peter’s home where Jesus stayed) and to the two shrines at Tabgha (site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes and site of the Primacy of Peter), ascent to the Mount of Beatitudes. Quality time here. Stop in Magdala before heading back to Nazareth, the village of Mary of Magdala where a 1st century synagogue has been recently found. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 5  •  Nazareth

Breakfast at the hotel. Descend through the Valley of the River Jordan, renewal of the Baptismal Promises in Qasr El Yahud. We then proceed towards the Dead Sea to experience the healing waters of the lowest geological point of the world. After that stop in Jericho. View of the Mount of Temptation and view of an old sycamore tree that reminds us of Zaccheus’ encounter with Jesus. Lunch in Jericho. Celebration of the Mass at Good Shepherd Church. Stop in the Judean desert for a quiet, prayerful experience before arriving in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 6  •  Jerusalem

After breakfast, visit of Jerusalem, the “City of God.”  Stop at the Western Wall, and view the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Herod where there is now the Muslim Mosque called “Dome of the Rock”. Walk through the Jewish neighborhood and discover the ruins of the ancient roman street “Cardo Maximus”. Visit Mount Zion: the room of the Last Supper and the Cenotaph of King David, the Church of the Dormition, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu where St. Peter denied Jesus. Free time to walk in the Old City. Today we will visit the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 7   •  Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, departure to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto of St. Jerome, the Roum Catholic Melkite Church, the Shepherd’s Field. In the afternoon, visit the village of Ein Kerem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist and place of the visit of Mary to St. Elisabeth.  Possible free time in Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight at hotel..

Day 8  •  Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day dedicated to the visit of the city sacred to the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The visit includes Mount of Olives: the Ascension chapel, the Church of the Pater Noster, the church where Jesus wept (Dominus Flevit), the Garden of Gethsemane with the Basilica of the Agony, the Virgin’s Tomb. In the afternoon time for our first visit to the Holy Sepulcher. Dinner and overnight. (Possibility for a few people to spend a quiet night inside the Holy Sepulcher when the church is closed to the public.)

Day 9  •  Jerusalem

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit to St. Anne’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation and Via Crucis along the Via Dolorosa, entry to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, containing the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Free time for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10  •  Jerusalem

After breakfast, departure to Tel Aviv airport, flight back home. If option flights via Boston are confirmed in March, the flight from Tel Aviv will take off after midnight Sept.24 and we will not spend the night in the hotel.


US$ 3,350 per person in double.

Single supplement: US$ 590

Based on a minimum of 40 participants. In case of a smaller number of participants price will be subject to change.


The price includes:

Airfare round trip ( (bus+flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv and back or via flight only from Pittsburgh to Boston and Boston-Tel Aviv and back. Full flight combination Pittsburgh-Boston-Tel Aviv-Boston-Pittsburgh  to be confirmed in March with possible small price adjustment).

Airport assistance at arrival

Accommodation in double room,

3/4 star hotels (such as Hotel Rimonim in Nazareth and Hotel Christmas in Jerusalem or similar)

Half board (breakfast and dinner)

Entrance fees and tips

Private coach as per itinerary

Qualified ORP Holy Land Catholic guide


The price does not include:

Any insurance. However we are happy to provide a medical group insurance once the group is determined

Individual travel and medical insurance available upon request.

Beverages & Extras

Anything not in Price Includes section


Deposit and Registration

Deposit deadline: $500 by January 15: NOT REFUNDABLE

Second deposit: US$ 1,500 by April 15, 2019: 50% refundable until July 1, 2019

Balance: due July 1, 2019, NO REFUND OF ANY KIND AT THIS POINT



To register or for more information please contact:


Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh

66 Riverview Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15214-2253