During Christmas break, thirty-one 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 Fr. Timothy Whelan, rector of St. Vincent’s Seminary, Latrobe, PA. After departing on December 28, the men traveled to the Pilgerhaus Retreat Center in Galilee which served as their base camp while making day trip to various sites such as Mount Carmel. Next, they had a five day canonical retreat in anticipation of the reception of Holy Orders at the conclusion of the spring semester. Their retreat was led by Fr. Eamon Kelly, L.C. at the Pilgerhaus Retreat Center. At the retreat’s conclusion, the men traveled to Jerusalem, spending the final week of the trip touring the sites of the ancient city so prominent in the history of the Judeo-Christian tradition. The men returned to the United States on January 14, ready to begin their final semester in the seminary. Of the numerous highlights of the pilgrimage, all of the men agreed that the Holy Hour at the Garden of Gethsemane and the boat trip on the Sea of Galilee were among their favorites. The trip marked the second consecutive year the deacon class has had the opportunity to make their canonical retreat in the Holy Land, and walk in the footsteps of Christ Himself.
On Mary’s Mountain
The Daily Life of The Seminary Community