Holy Land Pilgrimage 2023

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2023

Come join Fr. Odo Recker, O.S.B., and Fr. Timothy Kalange, O.S.B., on a 12-day pilgrimage, May 7–20, to Israel and Palestine! Immerse yourself in the places of the Holy Land where the Son of God first preached the Father’s love, performed miracles and healings, suffered and died on the cross, and rose again for our salvation. Begin the experience in Galilee, visit the Mount of Beatitudes and stand where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes. Feel the joy of the Wedding Feast at Cana and continue the pilgrimage all the way to Jerusalem. While still in the liturgical season of Easter, visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, walk the Via Dolorosa, and see the tomb of Christ.

Sponsored by The Mount Angel Institute of Mount Angel Abbey (MAI), this pilgrimage travels the lands the Church Fathers and recent popes have called “the fifth Gospel.”

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2023 Itinerary

Galilee – 4 nights (2 meals daily)
Jerusalem – 8 nights (2 meals daily)

Day 1: Sunday, May 7
• Departure for Israel

Day 2: Monday, May 8
• Portland – Tel Aviv – Galilee
• Afternoon arrival

Day 3: Tuesday, May 9
• Mount of Beatitudes
• Tabgha
• Peter’s Primacy
• Banias

Day 4: Wednesday, May 10
• Capernaum
• Kursi
• Sea of Galilee boat
• Nof Ginosar
• Magdala Center

Day 5: Thursday, May 11
• Nazareth
• Mount Tabor

Day 6: Friday, May 12
• Travel to Jerusalem
• Haifa and Mediterranean Coast
• Bahai Garden
• Stella Maris
• St. Elijah Carmelite Monastery
• Jerusalem
• Holy Sepulcher

Day 7: Saturday, May 13
• Ascension Mosque
• Pater Noster
• Dominus Flevit
• Garden of Olives, Rock of Agony
• Mary’s tomb

Day 8: Sunday, May 14
• Church of St. Anne
• Bethesda
• Ecce Homo
• Via Dolorosa
• Holy Sepulcher

Day 9: Monday, May 15
• Dormition Abbey
• Upper Room
• House of Caiaphas

Day 10: Tuesday, May 16
• Western Wall
• Temple Mount
• Temple South Excavations
• Temple Tunnel
• Muslim Quarter
• Jewish Quarter
• Cardo
• Shroud Exhibit

Day 11: Wednesday, May 17
• Church of the Nativity
• St. Catherine’s Church and Crypt
• St. Jerome’s Cell
• Nissan Factory/Store
• Mar Saba Monastery
• Shepherd’s Field

Day 12: Thursday, May 18
• Tombs of the Patriarchs – Hebron
• Oak of Mamre
• Visit with Palestinians

Day 13: Friday, May 19
• Jericho – Zacchaeus Sycamore
• Mount of Temptation
• Baptism Site
• Dead Sea
• Qumran

Day 14: Saturday, May 20
• Return to Portland (or your home destination)

Inclusions & Exclusions

Pilgrimage fees cover:
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • English speaking guide
  • Deluxe transportation
  • All entrance fees
  • Porterage fees at all hotels and borders
  • Smile Service on arrival at the Ben Gurion Airport
  • Official pilgrim certificates issued by the Custody of the Franciscan Order
Not covered:
  • Airfare to or from Tel Aviv
  • Daily lunches at local restaurants
  • Gratuity for guide, bus driver, hotels, or restaurants
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, beverages, laundry, and medical insurance
  • Travel insurance or protection
  • Items not specified
Register soon | Space is limited!

$2,995.00 – Land package only, double occupancy. (For single occupancy, add $880.00.)

Air travel will be arranged separately.

Final payment is due not later than April 7.
Please check upon registration for notice of any additional fees or travel requirements.

Make check out to Mount Angel Abbey and mail to:

Fr. Odo Recker, O.S.B.
MAI Holy Land Pilgrimage
1 Abbey Drive
Saint Benedict, OR 97373

For more information or to sign up for the pilgrimage, contact:
Fr. Odo Recker, O.S.B.
1 Abbey Drive, Saint Benedict, OR 97373
Or, email Fr. Odo directly for more information.