During Christmas break, sixteen fourth year men spent seventeen days in the Holy Land on pilgrimage and retreat along with seminary rector Msgr. Steven Rohlfs, scripture professor Dr. Steven Smith, and John Williams, the seminary’s coordinator of pastoral activity. After departing on December 28, the men spent the first week of the trip in Nazareth, touring various sites throughout Galilee while also traveling to Mount Carmel. Next, the group made their way to the Sea of Galilee where they had a five day canonical retreat in anticipation of the reception of Holy Orders in the Spring. Their retreat was led by Fr. Eamon Kelly, L.C. at the Pilgerhaus Retreat Center. At the retreat’s conclusion, the men next traveled to Jerusalem where they spent the last week of the trip before returning to the United States on January 14. Of the numerous highlights of the pilgrimage, all of the men agreed that the night spent in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was one of the most memorable and grace-filled experiences of the journey. The trip marked the first time the deacon class has had the opportunity to make their canonical retreat in the Holy Land, and the seminary is hoping that it will soon become a tradition to which each class may look forward as they approach Holy Orders.
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