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