Fr. Keenan in the Holy Land

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.

A Pilgrimage with the Jesuits: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jordan

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Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land. Over the last week, pilgrimage travelers braved the heat throughout the Holy Land, getting a first-hand glimpse of some of the … Continue reading

A Pilgrimage with the Jesuits: More Photos from the Holy Land

Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land.

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Day Three pilgrimage stops included the Church of the Nativity, Nazareth and Lake Galilee.

On our second day we first travelled to Madaba and Mount Nebo, from where Moses saw the Promised Land. After a brief stop in Jericho, we crossed the Allenby Bridge to go from Jordan to the occupied territory. These are the only crossing points where Palestinians can go to the West Bank. We experienced what many Palestinians go through on a regular basis. A short drive that should last less than 30 minutes lasted more than four hours. We went through four check points and experienced the frustration of many people. In the end, Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, offered a prayer for those who live this every day – just to go to work or to meet their families.

On day three, we visited the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Lake Galilee. Because of the delays at customs we still have not reached Jerusalem yet. Tomorrow we will head north to Jerusalem and after spending most of the day there, we will head back to Jordan through the Allenby bridge.

­-Gabriele Delmonaco

Click here to view photos and more from the first portion of the trip, including the Papal Mass.

Click here to view photos and more from the final portion of the trip, including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jordan.

A Pilgrimage with the Jesuits: Mass with the Pope

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Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land. Throughout the last two days, pilgrimage travelers have had a whirlwind of travel but arrived safely in Amman. The photos in … Continue reading

A Pilgrimage with the Jesuits

Jerusalem City

Jerusalem will be one of several sites visited by the pilgrims during their journey.

During the next six days, a group of benefactors and friends of the Jesuits will be traveling throughout the Holy Land to visit Jesuit works in that region, attend Pope Francis’ Mass in Amman, Jordan, on May 24 and tour the historic and religious sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth and elsewhere.

Travelers will include V. Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province, Gabriele Delmonaco, vice president for advancement and communications for the New England and New York Provinces; and five benefactors from California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York. The group will be led by Fr. Michael Linden, SJ, superior of the Jesuit community in Jordan. Continue reading