Franciscan Holy Land Friars

Why are Holy Land Christians Called “Living Stones?”

2018-08-16T10:09:43+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

A Holy Land Christian artisan works with mother-of-pearl. Christians in the Holy Land are often referred to as “Living Stones.” This term was made popular over time since Palestinian Christians are the people who descend from the first Christians. Their ancestors were there when the Spirit fell during Pentecost, and [...]

The First American Catholic Pilgrimage to Palestine, 1889: Where They Went

2018-08-10T15:27:09+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

A Deeper Look Into An Historic Pilgrimage The First American Catholic Pilgrimage to Palestine, 1889 chronicles the first Catholic pilgrimage guided by the Holy Land Franciscans nearly 130 years ago.  The Franciscan Friars of the Holy Land guided pilgrim Reverend James Pfeiffer and his companions, and they continue to guide pilgrims through the [...]

8 Foods You Must Try in the Holy Land

2018-08-10T15:25:02+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

GF = gluten free Those who aren't used to traveling and those with less than adventurous palettes often ask about the food in the Holy Land. Is it good? What kinds of dishes will we be eating? What if I have dietary restrictions? Not only do pilgrims often rave about the food, but they [...]

A Pilgrim Tradition: Renewing Wedding Vows in Cana

2018-07-26T05:17:01+00:00 July 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

When talking with our pilgrims who’ve returned from the Holy Land, one of the many highlights they love to share is how moved they were by getting the opportunity to renew their wedding vows at the church that marks the site of the Wedding of Cana. This is, of course, the spot of Jesus’ [...]

5 Festive Activities You’ll Experience during Christmas in the Holy Land

2018-06-26T06:17:32+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Experience Christmas in the Holy Land Christmas in the Holy Land is unlike Christmas anywhere else in the world. Experiencing Christmas in the Holy Land includes very special opportunities such as a walk through the ancient streets of Jerusalem, taking part in traditional Christmas parades, attending Christmas Mass, or frolicking in the snow at [...]

The First American Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

2018-06-07T08:09:22+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

Chronicling an Historic Pilgrimage The First American Catholic Pilgrimage to Palestine, 1889 chronicles the first Catholic pilgrimage guided by the Holy Land Franciscans 129 years ago.  The Franciscan Friars of the Holy Land, who guided Rev. James Pfeiffer and his companions all those years ago, are still guiding pilgrims through the Holy Land today. [...]

Addressing Safe Travels in the Holy Land

2018-05-24T09:35:02+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

Have concerns about the safety of traveling to the Holy Land? Fear no more! This handy map and the wisdom of Fr. David Wathen, OFM, Director of the Franciscan Monastery Pilgrimage Office in Washington, D.C., will help reassure you of the safety of a Franciscan Holy Land pilgrimage. The image below illustrates the path [...]

5 Compelling Reasons to Pilgrimage

2018-03-31T09:53:36+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

Pope St. John Paul II: Pilgrimage Helps Us Remember Our Roots Stations of the Cross, Pasierbiec City, Poland "To go in a spirit of prayer from one place to another, from one city to another, in the area marked especially by God's intervention, helps us not only to live our life [...]

Jesus Present in the Landscape

2018-03-31T09:52:40+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , |

My 2017 pilgrimage to the Holy Land began more as an escape than a spiritual journey. A friar at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, who is a friend, told me he was leading a 10-day pilgrimage and asked me if I was interested. I’d heard his tales of biblical places that had [...]

A Pilgrim’s Perspective: The Pilgrimage of a Lifetime

2018-03-31T06:42:36+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Franciscan Holy Land Pilgrim, Anne McDonald, went on pilgrimage in September 2017, and graciously shared some of her photographs, offering some thoughts about her experience. A Pilgrimage of a Lifetime Every Catholic should have to make this pilgrimage as early as possible. It puts everything into perspective, especially the proximity of all the sites: [...]