Peterborough Diocesan Pilgrimage

There are still places available on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 17 and 25 September 2022.

For Bishop Donald this will be a particularly special pilgrimage as it will the last he will lead as Diocesan Bishop. Introducing the trip he said; 'A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a very special experience. My testimony, shared by many who have travelled with me before, is that the Bible comes to life in remarkable ways. In addition, today’s situation in Israel and Palestine, inseparable from the very complex history, is seen and experienced quite starkly. I hope you can join me: I confidently expect that it will be exhilarating, exhausting and faith-building'.

The nine day trip starts with Jersualem and the south, finishing with Galilee and the north taking in Hebron, Bethany and the Mount of Olives before begining to trace Jesus' Palm Sunday journey to the Garden of Gethsemane. Continuing to follow in the footsteps of Jesus visiting sites associated wtih the Last Supper and Pentecost, the pilgrimage then travels through Jerusalem to Palestine visiting the birthplace of John the Baptist. There will be the opportunity to renew baptism vows at the baptismal site on the River Jordan and visit Jacobs well before staying on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Day seven of the pilgrimage explores the sites associated with Jesus' ministry including the call of the first disciples, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and the teaching of the Sermon on the mount and the village of Capernaum. The final two days include visits to the Basilica of the Transfiguration and the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima where Peter baptised the first Gentile. 

For those who have been on a Diocesan Pilgrimage with Bishop Donald before, this pilgrimage will be different:
• fuller, longer days with more activities
• two bases instead of three
• starting with Jerusalem and the south, finishing with Galilee and the north

For those who have not been on such a pilgrimage, please note:
• this is a Christian pilgrimage, and we will worship together, singing, praying, reading the Bible, and celebrating Holy Communion most days
• you need to be physically fit, able to negotiate moderate hill walking, uneven surfaces, and many steps at a reasonable pace, as well as cope with fairly hot weather
• we will be well fed with lovely Mediterranean / Middle Eastern food, but we cannot always guarantee to provide special diets.

We will of course abide fully by any public health restrictions that are in place as we travel.

We are limited to fifty pilgrims, so get your booking in quickly. Once you have booked, please let Bishop Donald's PA know by ringing 01733 562 492 or preferably emailing her at joanne.gibson@peterborough-diocese.org.uk. Please also reserve the morning of Saturday 20th August to attend a pre-pilgrimage briefing meeting at which I look forward to meeting you.

For a full itinerary and information on prices and how to book download the brochure or visit the Lightline website.