Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB

  • Departure Date:

    February 7, 2020

  • Countries:

    Holy Land

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip airport transfers as specifically scheduled
  • First 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 Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the pilgrimage
  • Tip Fund (for guides, coach drivers, restaurants, etc.)
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels

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Painting by pilgrim Ludwig Braun, at the Garden of Gethsemane, during the contemplative Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, January 2019.

“Leading the contemplative pilgrimage to the Holy Land earlier this year deepened my sense of pilgrimage as a way of prayer. It deepens faith and strengthens the interior journey – especially through the fellowship among the pilgrims. We become friends as our sense of the sacred is awakened in the holy places of the Gospel. Jesus becomes more humanly present and the world itself shows how the divine has penetrated through all creation and all time.

The Gospels come alive and the historical Jesus becomes one with the Risen Christ.

Our times of silence, worship and common reflection on the Scriptures at the actual places described there is an unforgettable experience. The pilgrims’ ongoing sharing shows how enriching pilgrimage can be both at the time and for long after.

I am happy to be returning early next year – with the organisers’ same management expertise. We will also be visiting sites we couldn’t go to last time.

So, I look forward to the 2020 WCCM pilgrimage which will reflect this year’s community theme of ‘Contemplative Christianity’.”
~ Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation

Meditate and pray in the land of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection.  Join Fr. Laurence Freemen, OSB on an 8-day Contemplative Journey to the Holy Land leaving on February 7, 2020.

Note: This contemplative pilgrimage is open to pilgrims from all over the world who would like to experience this unique, meditative journey.  We will assist you in arranging the right flight schedule for the journey.

Read the sharings of the pilgrims of the previous Contemplative Pilgrimage at the WCCM website here.

Read a recap of the Contemplative Pilgrimage at our blog here.

Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB is the director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), described as a “monastery without walls.” Join him on a Contemplative Journey to the Holy Land leaving on February 7, 2020. “Love,” Fr. Freeman says,  “is the giving of oneself to another in (terms of) attention, which is selfless. In meditation, we practice taking the attention off ourselves. This then plays out in all aspects of our lives.”

Things We Love

  • Listen to the reflections by Fr. Laurence Freeman, who will lead you in contemplative prayer and meditation while on pilgrimage.
  • Meditate while walking the streets where Jesus lived. From here on, praying and reading the Bible will have a whole new meaning.
  • The Basilica of Nativity is entered through a very low doorway, the “Door of Humility,” a stark reminder of who we are before Jesus.
  • Knowledgeable tour guides that discuss the historical and biblical significance of every place visited.
  • Bond with new found friends during the pilgrimage.

Things To Do

  • MEDITATE.

    Spend daily meditations led by Fr. Laurence Freeman.

  • DIP.

    Take a dip in the Dead Sea with co-pilgrims. Relax in its healing waters and find out for yourself how easy it is to float without even trying.

  • 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.

  • VOWS.

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

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Why are our Pilgrimages different?

Spiritually focused journeys
Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Quality accomodation
Expertly-crafted itineraries
Friendly and bonded groups
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

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

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout. - Ann Arguelles Cortes

Ann Arguelles Cortes

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

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 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 the departure date.

CANCELLATIONS:
All cancellations must be done in writing. The following 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: Airline Taxes, 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, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various 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 pilgrimage and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure”. All pilgrimage arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

*** RATES AND SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. ***

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