Pilgrimages
Our study pilgrimages vary between 8 and 14 days, offering distinctive and transformative features that make them ideal for personal, parish and diocesan programs. This section includes descriptions and links to dates and fees for each Pilgrimage.

Footsteps of Jesus is a 10-day study pilgrimage focusing on the scriptures, sites, and landscapes associated with Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The course roughly follows a chronological arc of the life of Jesus.

Emphasizing the lived experience of pilgrimage as Christian formation, the course encounters the land of Jesus’ ministry, engaging the biblical narratives in their physical, historical, and archaeological contexts. The course includes a 3-day, 2-night excursion to the Galilee and has at least one free afternoon in Jerusalem. Alongside teachings and reflections in the field, occasional mini-lectures prepare course participants for site visits.

The course also engages the Living Stones of Israel and Palestine.

While Footsteps of Jesus has the same aims and objectives as the 14-day Palestine of Jesus course, the latter course provides a slightly more immersive experience with respect to the sites and scriptures of the life of Jesus and the contemporary realities of Israel and Palestine.

The aims of Footsteps of Jesus

  • To study the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, including the historical contexts and cultures of the land of Jesus’ ministry;
  • To explore the Holy Land as Christian pilgrims by integrating biblical and contextual studies with spiritual reflection;
  • To encounter the roots and traditions of the Christian faith as they were formed in the Holy Land;
  • To engage local Christian communities, Jewish and Muslim perspectives, and contemporary issues in Israel and Palestine, including its problems, struggles, hopes, and promises, and to share these experiences with people back home;
  • To return home renewed in faith.

Content of the Course

While iterations of Footsteps of Jesus vary depending on local circumstances, local holidays, and the season and days of the week as well as intentional variations of the program, the course draws upon the following places, narratives, and landscapes:

  • The Holy Sepulchre, the site of Jesus’ death and resurrection;
  • Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home and the site of the annunciation;
  • Bethlehem, the place of Jesus’ birth;
  • The Jordan River, the site of Jesus’ baptism (where there is an opportunity to renew baptismal vows)
  • The Judean Wilderness, where Jesus was tempted after his baptism
  • TheSea of Galilee, including Capernaum, Bethsaida,
  • Caesarea Philippi, where Peter answered Christ’s question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8.29)
  • A day in Nablus Ancient Shechem/Sychar, where Jesus encounters the woman of Samaria at the well (John 4.7-15)
  • The Mount of Olives, Bethphage, where Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph (Mark 11.1-10)
  • The Garden of Gethsemane(Mark 14.32–49)
  • The remains of the Temple Mount complex from Jesus’ day, including the Western Wall and excavations south and west of the Temple retaining wall
  • The Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque
  • The Way of the CrossGolgotha, and Jesus’ tomb
  • The Israel Museum, and Qumran, the area of their discovery
  • Emmaus, where Christ appeared after his resurrection (Luke 24.13-31)

Contemporary Context

  • Worship with a local Anglican congregation
  • Visit to a Palestinian Refugee Camp
  • Yad Vashem, the Museum of the Holocaust

    Resources and Readings

Dates and Fees