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Program of Spiritual Renewal for Priests in the Holy Land - January 19-February 7, 2015
Winter spiritual renewal course for priests in the Holy Land. Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center. January 19 - February 7, 2015.

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Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center
Program of Spiritual Renewal for Priests in the Holy Land

See what the Apostles saw! Revive your priesthood in the footsteps of Christ. This pilgrimage is a singular experience of Christ that will inflame your heart and soul with a love that cannot be contained, in order to return to ministry and pass on “what we have seen and heard, that which our hands have touched – the Word of Life.” (see 1 John 1)
Course brochure (subject to change)


Winter: Monday, January 19 - Saturday, February 7
Summer: Monday, July 13 - Saturday, August 1

DIRECTIVE COMMITTEE (subject to change)
Gabriel González, LC, Course director
Juan Solana, LC, LC: Chargé of Notre Dame Center
Alfonso Corona, LC, Course secretary

Spiritual Exercises
Three days of Ignatian Spiritual exercises to start off the renewal.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Sites
Quality time spent in each of the Holy Sites, as well as the cultural and historical explanation.

Priestly spirituality seminar
Conferences on the following themes of priestly spirituality.

“I no longer call you servants, but friends” (John 15:15):
Personal friendship with Christ

“Stay with us, Lord” (Luke 24:29):
The Eucharist, the center of a priest’s life

“Lord, teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1):
Prayer, school of priestly life

Pastoral workshops

SPECIAL GUESTS (subject to change)
His Beatitude Fouad Twal
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
“The Catholic Church and the Holy Land”

His Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto
Apostolic Nuncio for Israel and Cyprus
Apostolic Delegate for Jerusalem and Palestine
“The Catholic Church: Israel and Palestine” 

Rabbi David Rosen KCSG
International Director of Interreligious Affairs
American Jewish Committee
“The People of the Torah”

Mustafa Abu Sway
Director, Islamic Research Center, Al-Quds University
“Introduction to the muslim world”

Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM
Custos of the Holy Land
“The Franciscans in the
Holy Land

And others….

• Daily Eucharistic adoration
• Common liturgical prayer
• Renewal of baptismal and priestly promises
• Guided visits and Eucharistic concelebrations in the Holy Sites
• Jerusalem
• Bethlehem, Ain Karem, Emmaus and Jericho
• Maritime Caesarea
• Tabor, Beth Shean, Nazareth and Cana
• Capernaum, Tabgha and Lake of Tiberius
• Jordan River, Dead Sea and Mount of Temptations
• Ecumenical encounters
• Personal study of spirituality, the Church Fathers and Sacred Scripture

Calendar (subject to change)

Click here to see a sample itinerary from 2011.

SUMMARY (subject to change)

Day 1:   Arrival, introduction to Jerusalem
Day 2:   Bethlehem
Day 3:   Western Wall / Temple Mount / Pool of Bethesda
Day 4:   Spiritual Exercises
Day 5:   Spiritual Exercises
Day 6:   Spiritual Exercises
Day 7:   Jordan River / Jericho / Mount Tabor
Day 8:   Nazareth / Cana
Day 9:   Capernaum / Tabgha
Day 10: Sea of Galilee / Mount Carmel / Caesarea Maritima
Day 11: Mount of Olives / Mount Zion / Gethsemane
Day 12: Holy Sepulcher / Calvary / Mount Zion / Way of the Cross
Day 13: Holy Tomb / Holy Shroud Exhibition
Day 14: Visit to parishes
Day 15: Emmaus Shrine in Qubeibeh / Jacob´s Well
Day 16: Bethany / Masada / Dead Sea / Qumran
Day 17: Ain Karen / Workshop
Day 18: Mount of Olives / Shrine of the Pater Noster / Basilica of the Dormition / Workshop
Day 19: Free time in morning / Closing Ceremony / Farewell Dinner
Day 20: Departure

•€1,850 or equivalent in American Dollars (subject to change)

•Includes: room (double occupancy), visit to Jerusalem, four-day trip to Galilee, entrance fee and guides to historic places, conferences and classroom materials.

•Not included: airfare, insurance, medical expenses and visits on free days.

•Additional fee for individual room: €310 (subject to change)

English – Spanish – Italian
With simultaneous translation

For more information contact:

"The Spiritual Renewal for Priests Course in Jerusalem is summed up for me in a word, the word is ´joy´. Joy that we are one Faith, one Church and one Priesthood. It made no difference in the program what language we spoke, what country we came from or if we were recently ordained or a veteran priest. The ability to celebrate Mass in the locations where scriptural events took place, to relive the Triduum and the renewal our baptismal and priestly promises in the company of other priests in the locations where the sacraments originated was a moving experience. The program enabled me to understand the events of our faith on a far deeper and more personal level. The ability to interact with local Christians and show our unity and solidarity with them is an experience that helped me to understand not only matters of faith but current events. Experiences gained through the Spiritual Renewal Course for Priests will help me and the people to whom I minister for years to come."
-Fr. John Williams, Archdiocese of Hartford

“My experiences at the Priest Renewal Course in the Holy Land have really made a positive impact on my spiritual life and priestly ministry. First of all, simply spending time at table in conversation with 65 priests from 25 countries was to encounter priestly fraternity in a unique and invigorating manner and was a vivid reminder of the universality of Catholicism. Secondly, the theological lectures and opportunities for discussion and feedback served to feed an intellectual hunger that had arisen in my life as a parish priest. Finally, and most importantly, to walk in the footsteps of the High Priest Jesus Christ and to offer the Mass where the pivotal moments of His life and ministry occurred was an honor which defies explanation. To be in the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus in His land is an opportunity that no priest should pass by!”
-Rev. Michael Caridi, Diocese of
Pittsburg, PA

"My three weeks in the Holy Land continue to bring the Gospel alive and contributes greatly to my preaching on passages where I have actually been and seen for myself. I learned a lot from the excellent tour guides who accompanied us on our pilgrimage. But what I appreciate the most is not seeing the sites of our Lord´s life which have changed in 2000 years, but rather experiencing the culture of the Holy Land today and leaving with a better understanding of the issues the people deal with who live there. At first I was amazed at how peaceful it is and easy to travel around Israel given the negative impression by news reports of violence and conflict, but it is a security that Israel enjoys at a cost - the cost of disrupting lives of and angering further the Palestinian people who suffer through lack of employment and isolation from work by the new security wall. We spent a day in the Palestinian parish of Aboud and heard firsthand of what life is like for the Christians there. And when a Jewish rabbi gave us a conference at the Notre Dame Center, I realized how vital Christians are to the Holy Land, which the rabbi acknowledged as a sort of God-given responsibility for Christians to be instruments of peace and understanding for all peoples and religions of this region, God´s Holy Land. So much of world politics and interfaith relations centers on Jerusalem, and so much of the Bible centers on Jerusalem; every priest should take this opportunity to get to know Jerusalem. ´If I forget you Jerusalem, let my right hand wither...´"
-Rev. Daniel Vacca, Diocese of
Wichita, KS

Father Alex Yeung, LC
Director - Sacerdos Institute

Phone: (914) 749-3949
Toll free: (877) SACERDOS

Email: ny@legionaries.org

Fr Gonzague Monzon, LC
Istituto Sacerdos – Roma