Holy Land Pilgrimage at Weber Center: An Experiential Journey

June 5-10, 2017
Monday, 3:30 p.m. – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

Unable to travel in person to the Holy Land? This is an opportunity for you to experience a journey and place without leaving the country. 

 “…when I least expected it, the Spirit rushed in, (and I was) surprised by tears, surprised by joy. The pilgrimage was life-changing in ways I could not have guessed, and the gifts continue to be revealed nearly every day.”  

Thus, one student pilgrim in 2009 summed up her experience of the Holy Land Pilgrimage with words travelers have used for over 1,600 years –  “once we meet Jesus in the land he called home; our relationship with him is forever transformed.”

As we become acquainted with the religious, cultural and sociopolitical realities that were the Judaism of Jesus’ day, lived under Roman occupation, we will read the Gospel narratives with a new and deepened grasp of how Jesus experienced his world and how he struggled to effect God's reign within it, a struggle that continues to this day in his homeland and in every land.

The Holy Land Pilgrimage at Weber Center has been designed with the hope that each pilgrim will experience the Jesus of ancient Palestine and the Jesus of today with an immediacy that gives us access anew to his living presence among us.

Our pilgrimage will start at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba, Jordan, where pilgrims since Byzantium gathered to “map” the holy sites. From there we will travel to Nazareth, the Judean desert, Capernaum, throughout Galilee and then on to Bethlehem and Jerusalem where we will conclude our pilgrimage with Liturgy on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Pilgrimage Guides:

Carol Johannes, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction. She has conducted workshops, addressed groups exploring issues of spirituality, provided days of prayer and directed retreats throughout the US and beyond. In 2008, Carol joined the group from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago who journeyed to Israel to make the Holy Land Retreat.

Cheryl Liske, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, has spent the last 20+ years as a community organizer with the Gamaliel Network, working with the Interfaith Community in the urban areas of Michigan. Cheryl has traveled twice to the Holy Land with a group led by Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos (Couchell), special consultant to Archbishop Dimitrios of America, on Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs.

Anneliese Sinnott, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian. She is currently a professor of systematic theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. Anneliese participated in two trips to the Holy Land, in 2009 and in 2010.
 

Roland Calvert, OSFS, is a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He taught for 22 years and served as chaplain at the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse for 22 years. In 2008, he spent an extended period of study at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. Roland has visited every part of the Holy Land.

Helena of Constantinople started life as an inn-keeper on the edges of the Roman Empire and, over time, became the mother of Emperor Constantine and Co-regent of the Empire. She traveled to the Holy Land in 327 when she was nearly 80 years old and is said to have discovered the site of the tomb of Christ and the true cross. Helena is recognized as a saint in both the eastern and western churches. 

 

Single Occupancy: $425
Double Occupancy: $325 (per person)
Commuter: $225
ADS: $170
Deposit: $25 (non-refundable)

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Click here to register online.
If you prefer, you may download the
registration form or call (517) 266-4000.

A non-refundable deposit
in the amount indicated for each event
must accompany registration.

Please make checks payable to:
Weber Retreat and Conference Center
1257 East Siena Heights Drive
Adrian, Michigan 49221-1793

 

 

 

 

 


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