From Dec. 22 through 29, Fr. James Keenan, SJ, director of donor relations for the USA Northeast Province made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where he was able to visit cities including Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. He made the pilgrimage with his cousin and his cousin’s daughter.
Below is a photo gallery detailing some of the highlights from his trip as well as an audio clip of Fr. Keenan talking about the people he met and how the experience changed how he prays.
The view from the top of Mount Carmel.
Pictured in one of the old sections of Jerusalem, from left to right: Fr. James Keenan, SJ, his cousin Patrick Birde and their tour guide.
The Western Wall is part of the old temple which was destroyed in the first century.
The pilgrims stopped and prayed at the Garden Gethsemane, which was where Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion.
An image from inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is built atop where Jesus was crucified.
The Stone of Anointing inside the Church of Holy Sepulchre is said to be where Jesus was anointed before his burial.
A close up shot of Fr. Keenan praying at the Western Wall. All are welcome but a yarmulke is required to cover one’s head.
A baptismal site on the river Jordan. According to tradition, this is where John the Baptist did most of his preaching.
A view of Jerusalem, the city where the pilgrims started their week-long tour.
Fr. Keenan poses with his walking stick in front of the old market section in Jerusalem.