Pilgrimage for Diocesan Seminarians, June 30 -July 30, 2018

Pilgrimage for Diocesan Seminarians, June 30 -July 30, 2018


June 30 – July 30, 2018

Cultural, Academic and Spiritual Pilgrimage for Diocesan Seminarians

This pilgrimage is open to seminarians only.


Overview of Program

June 30-July 5: Guided Retreat at Mount Tabor

July 6-July 8: Nazareth, site visits in Galilee

July 8-July 29: Bethany, classes and site visits in Jerusalem area

July 30: Departure

Typical Daily Schedule

7:00 am: Morning Prayer

7:15 am: Holy Mass

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am: Site visits with expert guide

12:45 pm: Daytime Prayer

1:00 pm: Lunch

3:30 pm: Class

6:15 pm: Evening Prayer and Meditation

7:00 pm: Dinner

9:00 pm: Night Prayer (optional)

*Saturdays during the Jerusalem portion of the program are free for optional site visits with a friar guide, including the Dead Sea/Qumran, Tel Aviv/Jaffa, or other sites.

*Sundays are largely free for seminarians to experience the liturgical richness of the churches in the Jerusalem area.


Most of the program will be spent at the Comboni Spirituality Centre in Bethany. The Comboni Sisters’ facility includes:

Beautiful chapel,

First-rate English library

Peaceful gardens and terraces

Proximity to the Old City

The Centre abuts the security barrier and guests can see over the wall from the Centre’s rooftop terrace; this location is absolutely safe but allows guests to tangibly experience a divided neighborhood as an aspect of daily life in the Holy Land.


Some classes will be held at the Comboni Centre and others at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in the Old City, where seminarians will also have access to the SBF’s internationally renowned library.

All SBF faculty who teach and guide for this program are actively involved in archeological and/or textual research full-time in the Holy Land, including Eugenio Alliata OFM, Alessandro Coniglio OFM, and Gregor Geiger OFM. Seminarians will also hear from friars in leadership in the Custody of the Holy Land, as well as hear Jewish and Muslim representatives describe and reflect upon their experience of these sacred places.



Cost includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation within Israel
  • Full board
  • Honorarium fees for instructors and guides
  • Entrance fees into museums and historical sites
  • Offerings at shrines on behalf of the group

*Optional Saturday excursions are not included within the program cost.

*Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Tel Aviv. The itinerary expects participants to arrive June 30 and depart July 30, 2018.


Fr. Jason Welle OFM

The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies

Viale di Trastevere 89

00153 Roma

(U.S.): (773) 272-6851

(Italy): +39 (06) 58392611


Fr. Jason is a Franciscan friar of the Assumption B.V.M. Province (U.S.A.) and has ministered for several years as a pilgrim guide in the Holy Land. Born and raised in Minnesota, he currently resides in Rome, where he teaches at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.



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