Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Reu C. Galoy, OFM

  • Departure Date:

    April 29, 2019

  • Countries:

    Holy Land

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Turkish Airlines
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 4-star class hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner)
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Tours with entrances as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a local tour guide in Israel
  • Services of a Filipino Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels

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St. Jerome called the Holy Land pilgrimage the “fifth gospel.” Five gospels record the life of Jesus- four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call holy. Experience the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you. Join a 10-day Franciscan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Rey C. Galoy, OFM leaving on April 29, 2019.

Your pilgrimage begins in Nazareth, the cradle of Christianity, and hometown of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Visit the awe inspiring Basilica of the Annunciation, which stands over the cave where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would become the Mother of God.  Travel onwards to Capernaum, the place where Jesus made His first disciples from among the humble local fishermen. Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Peter, built over the ruins of the house of St. Peter. Head for the Church of the Transfiguration in Mount Tabor, considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the Holy Land.

Renew your baptismal vows at the Jordan River and your marriage vows in Cana, the site of the first miracle of Jesus. Touch the rock, also known as Mensa Christi (Latin for Table of Christ), where Jesus prepared a meal for His disciples after His resurrection at the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter in Tabgha.  Soak in the serene atmosphere and imagine our Lord, Jesus, preaching the Sermon on the Mount while standing on the Mount of Beatitudes. Enjoy a pleasurable boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed numerous miracles and walked on the water.

Next stop is Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Touch the silver star that marks the exact place where Jesus was born at the Grotto of the Nativity. Visit Shepherd’s Field, the fields identified since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity.

A high point of the pilgrimage is a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, you will relive the passion of Jesus while praying the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), which ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The charming picturesque village of Ein Karem is the home town of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, and the place of the Visitation. You will be greeted by one of the Church’s most beloved hymns, Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), which she prayed when she met Elizabeth, now written in no less than 47 languages on the wall facing the church.

If you have ever considered making a pilgrimage to the land where Jesus lived, you are invited now to “Come… and you will see.”(John 1:39) Join a Franciscan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Rey C. Galoy, OFM leaving on April 29, 2019. On pilgrimage, may you experience an encounter with Christ that will change your life forever.

Things We Love

  • The Basilica of Nativity is entered through a very low doorway, the “Door of Humility,” a stark reminder of who we are before Jesus.
  • Lavish buffet breakfast and hefty servings for lunch and dinner, already included in the pilgrimage package cost.
  • Carry a cross and recall Jesus’ profound love for mankind (including you) at the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) marked by the 14 Stations of the Cross.
  • Experience life as it was in biblical times on your visit to the Genesis Land.
  • Immerse yourself in mud and water from the Dead Sea, well known to do wonders for the skin.

Things To Do

  • VOWS.

    Renew your baptismal vows at the River Jordan and marriage vows in Cana.

  • TOUCH.

    Touch the Stone of Anointing inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a slab of reddish stone reputed to be the place where Jesus was laid when he was being prepared for burial.

  • DIP.

    Take a dip in the Dead Sea with co-pilgrims. Find out for yourself how easy it is to float without really trying.

  • SEARCH.

    Look for the Filipino translations of the “Our Father” at the Pater Noster church in Tagalog, Pampango, Cebuano and Ilonggo.

  • BRING.

    Bring with you prayer petitions of your family and friends written on pieces of papers which you will pray for and burn at the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Why Join Us?

Spiritually focused journeys
Friendly and bonded groups
Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca Pilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec Cabusora

Leclec Cabusora

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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Visa Requirements

No Visa is required for PH, US or EU citizens going to the Holy Land.
A Passport with 6-month validity is required.

Booking Conditions

1) US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a recent passport-size photo, photocopy of passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than one month before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
>60 days before departure date – US$ 300.00
>45 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
>30 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.

Terms and Conditions

BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Visa fees and documentation expenses, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation, drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, tips for drivers, guides, tour escorts, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various contractors. Executive Resources, Inc., its employees or its subagents therefore only act as agents for the contractors providing the various services described in the tour and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure”. All tours and arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

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