Biblelands: an 18-day pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan

May 13-30, 2013

Led by Fr. Odo Recker, OSB, and LaVern Hayworth, associate oblate director.

The pilgrimages are on their way - here are the first pictures coming in from a participant.

Fruit juice refreshment welcome from the Sisters of Nazareth Hospice in Galilee to our Abbey Pilgrims from America!

First dinner as a group in Israel at the Sisters of Nazareth Hospice in Galilee

Pilgrims: (left to right) Don Koenigs from Alaska - Full time volunteer for the Missionaries of the Poor, Bud Reeves from Oregon- Algebra teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Portland, Deacon Patrick Brosamer from Alaska. Patrick will be ordained as a Catholic priest on June 7th. He is a recent graduate from Mount Angel Seminary.

Itinerary synopsis

ISRAEL—4 Nights on the shores of the lovely Sea of Galilee


Comprehensive sightseeing and prayerful pilgrimage to all sites: Sea of Galilee, boat trip, Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Tabor, Nazareth, Cana


JORDAN—2 Nights at a Dead Sea Resort & 2 nights at Petra


Cross from Galilee into Jordan visiting the fascinating ruins of Jerash, the modern day capital of Amman, relax and maybe float on the Dead Sea, visit Mount Nebo (Moses site), Madaba (Jerusalem mosaic) and Bethany Across the Jordan (Jesus’ Baptism)


Continue to Petra. Visit the "Siq", a long winding fissure between two walls of overhanging cliffs, the "Khazneh" (Treasury) the Street of Facades, the Court House and the Amphitheater


ISRAEL—2 Nights at Eilat Red Sea Resort & 6 Nights in Jerusalem


Return to Israel to the Red Sea Resort of Eilat for 2 nights of rest and relaxation, (Optional Excursion to Mount Sinai will be offered), Hebron, Wilderness of Judea, Qumran, Mount of Temptation; Jerusalem Old City, Mount of Olives