Priestly renewal course in the Holy Land

****Important notice****

The Gaza war is far from over. Thousands of innocent people continue to suffer and die. We continue to implore God for the gift of peace and healing only He can bestow. At the same time, we observe a cautious return of pilgrims to the Holy Land. Our local partners inform us that Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and most of the Holy Sites have remained untouched by the war and can be visited without safety concerns. Furthermore, the return of pilgrims to the Holy Sites brings much needed relief to guides, tour operators, artisans, gift shop and restaurant owners, most of whom belong to the already fragile and small community of Christian Arabs.
Considering these factors, we are currently planning to carry out the Priestly Renewal Program scheduled for July 8-27, 2024, and accepting applications. The program will be held under the conditions that a minimum number of participants is reached and that the safety of all participants and local partners can be guaranteed as is currently the case. Should insufficient enrollment or changed safety conditions force us to cancel the course, applicants will be fully reimbursed. Admitted applicants will receive periodic updates via email

The course takes place in Jerusalem at the Pontifical Institute of Notre Dame and is achieved through an organized program of guided tours, lectures, spiritual retreats based on the renewal of baptismal and priestly promises, daily Eucharistic adoration, ecumenical encounters and the opportunity to visit the places of Christ’s life.

The course is aimed at helping each priest renew the sense and purpose of his priesthood by following the steps and mysteries of Our Lord’s life.

The course, organized twice a year, lasts three weeks and includes a stay in Jerusalem and Galilee with day excursions to the other significant areas of Christ’s life. Precise and spiritual explanations of each place, and the historical background to the Holy Land, are given by experienced priests, authorized by the Episcopal Commission of Christian Pilgrimages.

The participating priests come from all over the world; India, New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Austria, England, Ireland, the United States, Mexico and South American countries.


General description of itinerary:

  • Jerusalem: Visit to the Temple
  • Bethlehem: Visit to the location of the Lord’s birth. First retreat day
  • Travel North: Visit Jordan river and Jericho with mass on Mount Tabor before arriving in Galilee
  • Galilee: visit to the locations of Our Lord’s home and ministry: Capernaum, Bethsaida, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Magdala, Nazareth and Cana.
  • Visit to Magdala and second retreat day
  • Visit to Mount Carmel and Muhraqa on the journey back to Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem: Continue reflections with the ‘Desert Day’ and visit to the Dead Sea
  • Jerusalem: pilgrimage to the Mount of Olives and the places of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Additionally we will visit the birth-place of St. John the Baptist, Samaria, Mount Gerizim and Jacob’s Well.
  • Jerusalem: culmination of the priestly renewal with final retreat in the Franciscan Cenacle Church.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our benefactors, we have a “Perpetual Succour Scholarship Fund” offering scholarships for this course. If you desire to request a scholarship, please download the document with instructions: Scholarship for Priestly Renewal in The Holy Land Course.


Guest Speakers
  • His Eminence Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Patriarch of Jerusalem
  • Fr. Artemio Vitores, OFM (Guardian of the Nativity in Bethlehem)

The course in brief



July 8th – July 27th (departure) Spanish and English



Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

3, Paratroopers Road 9120502 – Jerusalem

In which language??

English and Spanish

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Membership requirements

  • filling in the contact form
  • a copy of Bishop Recommendation letter;
  • a copy of electronic scan of passport (image and personal information) *the passport must be valid through 6 months after the end of the course;
  • a copy of Curriculum Vitae.




Enrollment for the July 2024 course: open until June 8th 2024



€ 2,850.00*

*valid for the year 2024


Single room supplement

€ 500.00


  • shared room
  • medical insurance during the course

Does not include

  • extra days
  • laundry service
  • airplane tickets
  • personal medical expenses and tips*.


*It’s part of the local custom to give a tip in restaurants and hotels. For this reason each participant will contribute with an amount of € 50.00 and the tips will be payed as a group.


Our course is based in the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

3, Paratroopers Road

9120502 – Jerusalem

Tel. (+972) 262.79.111


It is located just outside the walls of the Old City and just minutes away from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.