10 Days

Trinitarian Pilgrimage to

the Holy Land

Spiritual Director: Fr. Jacques Philippe

Group Leader: Sr. Magdalit Bolduc

May 5 – 15, 2025

SM050224

Trinitarian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Spiritual Director: Fr. Jacques Philippe

Group Leader:

Sr. Magdalit Bolduc

May 5 – 15, 2025

SM050224

· Tel Aviv · Negev · Dead Sea · Ein Gedi · Jordan · Jericho · Nazareth · Mt. Tabor · Cana · Tabgha · Capernaum · Mt of Beatitudes · Magdala · Bethlehem · Jerusalem · Temple Mount · Mt. of Olives · Gallicantu · Via Dolorosa · Mt. Zion · Emmaus ·

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· Tel Aviv · Negev · Dead Sea · Ein Gedi · Jordan · Jericho · Nazareth · Mt. Tabor · Cana · Tabgha · Capernaum · Mt of Beatitudes · Magdala · Bethlehem · Jerusalem · Temple Mount · Mt. of Olives · Gallicantu · Via Dolorosa · Mt. Zion · Emmaus ·

Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed – your footsteps will become His. Celebrate Mass in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!

Fr. Jacques Philippe

Sr. Magdalit Bolduc

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About Fr. Jacques Philippe:

Father Jacques Philippe was born on March 12, 1947, in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. He joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes and became the first priest to be ordained in April 1985. Father Jacques spent his first years as a community member in Nazareth and Jerusalem. With a million of his books sold on topics such as: prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart; his writings have become classics of modern catholic spirituality. He preaches retreats regularly in Europe, the Americas and other countries. He has consolidated his main retreat themes into ten books on spirituality. Currently, his time is now mostly devoted to prayer, writing and touring worldwide. His preaching genuinely helps people to pray, find hope and peace.

About Sr. Magdalit Bolduc:

Sister Magdalit has served as a consecrated sister in the Community of the Beatitudes for 32 years and has earned a Masters in Theology from the University of Strasbourg. Having lived in Israel for 12 years, Sister is fluent in Hebrew, and she has been guiding pilgrimages to the Holy Land for over 22 years. In Denver, she serves as a Spiritual Director and teacher. She developed and teaches a program called “Hebrew Experience” in which she guides Catholics in understanding Jewish identity and the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. In April 2014, Sr. Magdalit was appointed the Liaison to the Jewish Community for the Archdiocese of Denver. In this role she enjoys meeting with members of the Jewish communities, helping them to understand the post-Vatican II Catholic teachings on Judaism. Part of her mission lies in working to root out antisemitism, helping others to see the beauty of Jewish faith and culture.

Your trip includes

Centrally located hotels or similar
Kfar Hanokdin
Arad, Israel
Ein Gedi Kibbutz Hotel
Ein Gedi, Israel
Legacy Hotel ַ& Convention Center Nazareth
Nazareth, Israel
Pilgerhaus Tabgha
Migdal, Israel
Foyer Mar Maroun
Jerusalem, Israel
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, May 5: Depart for the Holy Land

Make your way to your local Airport, where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.

Day 2 | Tuesday, May 6: Arrive in Tel Aviv

Arrive in Tel Aviv Upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, make your way to the baggage claim area to collect your luggage. From there, proceed through customs to the Arrivals Hall, where you be greeted by your tour guide and/-or driver. A luxury motor coach will transfer us to Negev. Dinner upon arrival and late Mass at the Bedouin camp ground.

Day 3 | Wednesday, May 7: Day of walk in the Negev: Walk in the desert, descent to the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi

After breakfast, we will head to the desert for an hour’s walk. Mass in the wilderness (open air). In the afternoon, the coach will drive us on the Arava side (Ez47:8-12). Drive along the Dead Sea to Nahal Arugot Ein Gedi (entrance included), a beautiful oasis in the region where King David hid while fleeing Saul (1Sm24:2). Time of teaching. Finish the day in the beauty of the desert, driving along the Dead Sea, and passing by Qumran (Jr32:14), the site where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Dinner and overnight at Ein Gedi Kibbutz, a few miles from Jericho.

Day 4 | Thursday, May 8: Jordan - Jericho - Dead Sea - Nazareth

After breakfast, we will travel beyond Jericho at the Jordan banks, we will continue to the Baptismal site (Jn1:29) on the Jordan River where Father will give a teaching and lead us, feet in the water, or immersed, to renew our baptismal vows. There will be a shift from ‘the Father to the Son’ in our Trinitarian journey. Mass. From the Jordan banks, drive to the old city of Jericho (Js6:1-20), “the city of Roses” (Si 24:14). We will celebrate the Eucharist at Jericho’s Parish. See a sycamore tree like the one of Zacchaeus the tax collector (Lk19:1- 10) Enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant nearby. After lunch, enjoy a time at the Dead Sea (entrance included), and continue along the Jordan Valley to Nazareth to our lodging.

Day 5 | Friday, May 9: Nazareth - Tiberias

Today, let’s let Mary guide us to Jesus. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation which is built over the remains of the House where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce that she was to become the Mother of God (Lk1:26). Teaching from Father. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica. Visit St Joseph Church. Lunch at the Dames of Nazareth. In the afternoon, visit a very special site: the Tomb of the Just (entrance included). Ponder on the Holy Family, the ordinary life of this special family. Its value. Ask for the intercession of St Joseph. Drive to our guesthouse by the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Saturday, May 10: Mt. Tabor - Cana - Magdala, the city of Mary Magdalene - Tiberias

In the morning, we will proceed to Mt. Tabor in the Jezreel Valley (Zc12:11), 11 miles west of the Sea of Galilee (taxi included). According to Origen, St Jerome, and St Cyril of Jerusalem, this is the site of the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1). Also, the site – in the first covenant, in the mid-12th century BCE of the battle between Barak and Sisera, under the leadership of Deborah the Israelite Judge of that time (Jg4:5). Some may ascend Mount Tabor by foot in silence (1,886 feet). After praying and contemplating the Moso-Arab Church, a jewel of art, Father will celebrate the Eucharist in this magnificent place. Drive to Cana where Christ performed his first miracle (Jn2:1-11), at the request of His mother. Lunch. Visit the site. Take time to ponder on the miracle of Cana, pray and those who wish to can perform the renewal of their wedding vows. En route for the Lake of Galilee called also the Sea of Kinnereth (Nb34:11). Drive to Magdala. Visit this unique site (entrance included). An ancient Synagogue of the village of the port of Galilee at the time of Jesus. The place where Mary Magdalene and so many met Jesus personally. Dinner and overnight at Pilgerhaus. Adoration in the evening at Tabgha.

Day 7 | Sunday, May 11: Tabgha - Capernaum - Mt of Beatitudes - Jerusalem

After breakfast, we walk to Tabgha the site of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish (Mt14). Visit the Church and its famous mosaics. Afterward, we will visit the Primacy of Peter. The bus will drive us to Ginosar. We will embark on a Boat ride (included) to Capernaum. Capernaum is now in ruins but was once a thriving town where Peter lived and hosted Jesus (Mt 4:13) (entrance included). In this Synagogue Jesus gave the discourse on the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35-70). Celebrate Mass. After lunch, Drive to the Mount of the Beatitudes. Visit the Church that commemorates where Christ taught the Eight Beatitudes to his Disciples (Mt 5). Walk down the Mount and celebrate Mass outdoors, closest to the place where the crowds were sitting, listening to Jesus. In the late afternoon make the ascent to Jerusalem while reading the Psalms of Ascent. Enter Jerusalem, the Holy City. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8 | Monday, May 12: Bethlehem

Bethlehem Drive to Bet Sahour and celebrate Mass at the Shepherds field, recalling the “great throng of the heavenly hosts” that appeared to the Shepherds announcing to them the birth of the Savior (Lk2:8). Lunch. After lunch, we continue to Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built over the site of the birthplace of Jesus, born amongst the Jewish people. Visit the Cave where Christ was born. We will then visit the Chapel of St. Jerome, who lived here for many years translating the Bible into Latin. The nearby Church of St. Catherine is the venue for the midnight Mass which is broadcast all over the World from Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. In the evening make our way to the private Garden of Gethsemane for a special Holy Hour of Adoration.

Day 9 | Tuesday, May 13: Mt. of Olives - Gallicantu - Via Dolorosa

Start the day early, walking through the Old City, towards the Holy Sepulcher. We will celebrate in this Holy place the Eucharist. Time of prayer at the Tomb of Jesus. Back to the Hotel for breakfast. After, we will drive to the Mount of Olives (Mt21). Visit the Dominus Flevit Church, where Christ wept over Jerusalem (Mt23:37). The Eucharist will be held there, in front of this incredible view on the ramparts. Onwards in the descent of Mount of Olives, by foot, reliving the Palm Sunday. Arrival at the Gethsemane Church, called the Church of the Nations. We will view the ancient Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt26:36) and visit the Church of All Nations which houses the Rock of the Agony of Christ on Holy Thursday. In this Church is a beautiful mosaic donated by the United States. The coach will drive above the Kidron Valley and bring us to lunch. After lunch, we will head towards the house of the High Priest Caiaphas (Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu) (entrance included). This Church commemorates where Jesus was examined and eventually imprisoned before the Council in Jerusalem. It also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ (John 18:15-18), Peters’ repentance, and Jesus’ forgiveness of Peter. We will take a time of prayer in the cistern that served as prison. Late afternoon, the bus will drive us to the Lion Gate, for the Way of the Cross. Relive the way of the Cross. We will start at the site of the Ecce Homo (entrance included) where some stones of the historical Via Dolorosa were found. – and ending at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Our Lord. Return to our accommodation for dinner. After dinner, teaching on the Holy Sepulcher.

Day 10 | Wednesday, May 14: Mt. Zion - Emmaus

The day starts with driving to Mount Zion. We will ask for a renewal of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room on Mt. Zion. The Upper Room is where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-30), and where they were together on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell upon them. If the Lord permits, Fr. Jacques will pray over each one. Drive down the mountain of Jerusalem towards the North for the celebration of the Eucharist in the Holy site of Emmaus Nicopolis where the Risen Jesus met the disciples on the road to Emmaus and was recognized through the breaking of the bread (Lk 24) (entrance included). We will have lunch served at the Monastery of the Beatitude’s Community, the Community to which Sister and Fr. Jacques belong. After lunch, we will have a time of fraternal sharing in their Chapel and visit this moving site. We will end our pilgrimage with a thanksgiving Mass in the antic outdoor Basilica. Return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 | Thursday, May 15: Jerusalem — USA

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for return flights home.

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About The Holy Land – In the footsteps of Jesus:

If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord’s homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join 206 Tours pilgrimage.

About Jordan:

On this special tour of the Holy Land begin in Jordan visiting Amman and Petra, located amongst rugged desert, canyons, and mountains. Discover the site of ancient cities like Kerak, Medaba, and Jerash. If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord’s homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join a 206 Tours Pilgrimage.

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About your trip

About The Holy Land – In the footsteps of Jesus:

If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord’s homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join 206 Tours pilgrimage.

About Jordan:

On this special tour of the Holy Land begin in Jordan visiting Amman and Petra, located amongst rugged desert, canyons, and mountains. Discover the site of ancient cities like Kerak, Medaba, and Jerash. If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord’s homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that: If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim. If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join a 206 Tours Pilgrimage.

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