Holy Week in Jerusalem has filled everyone at the college with the  joyous celebration of the Easter message.  Our course during Holy week brought together pilgrims from all walks of life and spanned from Canada to Australia.  Upon reflection, a student wrote, “ Each day was a gift to savour  for which I will be forever thankful.  I came here very weary from the road less traveled. After this experience, I leave refreshed and hopeful again.”
The dark night of  Maundy Thursday spent sitting in the old olive grove up the hill from the Garden of Gethsemane, looking over to the ancient city gates where Jesus would have entered, filled all of us with the divine Holy Spirit.  Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, reflected about his time in this short video; https://vimeo.com/213885724?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

Our standard courses, Palestine of Jesus and Footsteps of Jesus, are already starting to fill for 2018, and we added an additional Footsteps of Jesus Course for October 17-26, 2017.

As April closes and May begins, we look forward to a visit from The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd and Rt. Hon.  Justin Welby, the Patron of St. George’s College.  Along with 40  pilgrims arriving at our doorstep this week filling the Introduction to Bible Lands and  Palestine of Jesus Course, we are poised to have a community filled with those who seek to experience in this land the Holy Spirit by following the path of Jesus. As the psalmist so perfectly describes;

Happy are the people whose strength is in you! whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.

On behalf of all the college staff, my prayer is that you keep the joy of Easter in your heart to direct your everyday now and always.


Associate Dean
St. George’s College Jerusalem