Information meeting on Diocesan Pilgrimage to Holy Land

Friday June 8th 2012

Beside the Sea of Galilee.Prospective pilgrims interested in travelling with the Diocese of Connor to the Holy Land next year are invited to an information meeting on Thursday July 5.

The 11–day pilgrimage, taking place from November 12 to November 22 2013, will be led by the Very Rev John Mann, Dean of Belfast, and the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy. It will be arranged by McCabe’s Pilgrimages.

Bishop Alan states: “This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the places as well as the texts of the Bible and so to encounter and relate to Jesus in a new and thrilling way.

“We shall find the gospel made strikingly contemporary for us in the lives of the faithful Israelis and Palestinians whom we shall meet and who will guide us through their beautiful and troubled land.”

Bishop Alan continues: “The variety of sites and situations will speak to us all differently, but we shall all be united on a journey together, thirsting for holiness, forgiveness, peace and justice. The journey will also be full of laughter and joy, with profound worship and cherishing fellowship.”

The first two days of the pilgrimage are spent in Jerusalem, followed by an optional trip to Masada and the Dead Sea. There will be a visit to Mount Zion and to Bethlehem.

The pilgrims then move via Caesarea, Haifa and Acre to Tiberias, and the second part of the pilgrimage takes in Jesus’s lakeside ministry, Nazareth and Northern Galilee.

The cost of the tour is £1,745 sharing a twin bedded room. Brochures and booking forms are available from Dean Mann at Belfast Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2HB; telephone 028 9032 8332 or email A brochure can be downloaded here.

In March 2011, Dean Mann led a group of 85 people from Connor on the first diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Images from that very successful pilgrimage will be shown during the information meeting which takes place in the Halls at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on Thursday July 5, beginning at 7.30pm. Please feel free to come along and find out more.

An album of photographs from the 2011 pilgrimage can be viewed here.

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