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Holy Land Retreat 2017

Two weeks in the Holy Land, May 14-27

Holy Land Retreat 2016. Photo by group member long phi, SVD

Holy Land Retreat
May 14-27, 2017

For two weeks each spring, the Holy Land Retreat provides an opportunity to reflect prayerfully on the scriptures while you travel in Israel. A portion of each day is spent visiting biblical sites for reflection and prayer. Retreat conferences with CTU faculty develop the religious impact of the biblical and archaeological sites visited. Begin near the Sea of Galilee; visit Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Capernaum, and other holy sites. Then head south to Jerusalem and visit the Mount of Olives, the Holy Sepulchre, Gethsemane, Bethlehem, the Judean desert, and beyond.

The 2017 Holy Land Retreat will be led by Leslie Hoppe, OFM, and Barbara Reid, OP.


Depart: May 14, 2017

Arrive: Tel Aviv May 15, 2017 (no later than 4 PM)
Depart: Tel Aviv May 27, 2017 (very late on May 26 or very early on May 27)

Itinerary for CTU’s Holy Land Retreat   2017


Sunday, May 14:   

  • Departure

Monday, May 15:  


  • Arrival in Israel  

  • Evening orientation,  prayer to begin retreat                                 

  • O/N   Ron Beach Hotel


Tuesday, May 16:  


  • Nazareth  (Eucharist)

  • Sepphoris

  • Mt. Tabor   

  • O/N  Ron Beach Hotel



Wednesday, May 17:


  • Bethsaida

  • Chorazin

  • Capernaum

  • O/N   Ron Beach Hotel


Thursday, May 18:


  • Magdala   

  • (***Eucharist in one of the small chapels at 10am)

  • Ginosar  (1st C. Boat)

  • Boat Ride and Fish Lunch at Ein Gev

  • Kursi

  • Hamat  Tiberias

  • O/N  Ron Beach Hotel


Friday, May 19:  


  • Primacy of Peter

  • Tabgha;  Church of Multiplication of Loaves

  • Mt. of Beatitudes    (Eucharist)

  • O/N Ron Beach Hotel


Saturday, May 20:  


  • Check out of Ron Beach Hotel

  • “New Baptismal Site”

  • Jericho, lunch

  • Swim in the Dead Sea

  • Overnight at OASIS DEAD SEA HOTEL


Sunday, May 21:  


  • Masada

  • Qumran

  • Inn of the Good Samaritan

  • Overnight at THE NOTRE DAME CENTER   

  • (Eucharist before supper)


Monday, May 22:   


  • Ein Kerem   

  • (***Eucharist in Upper Church at 10am)

  • Israel Museum

  • Jerusalem:  Old City


Tuesday, May 23:   


  • Shepherd’s Field  (***Eucharist at 10am)

  • Bethlehem,   lunch at Casa Nova—just pasta

  • Bethlehem University visit


Wednesday, May 24:   


  • Mt. of Olives Panorama

  • Dominus Flevit  

  • (***Eucharist at 10am)

  • Garden of Gethsemane

  • Church of All Nations

  • St. Peter in Gallicantu



Thursday, May 25:  


  • bus to Herod’s gate

  • Via Dolorosa

  • ***  Eucharist at Franciscan Chapel of Resurrection at noon

  • Cenacle

  • Dormition Abbey


Friday, May 26:  


  • Western Wall

  • Southern Wall—Davidson Center

  • Afternoon free time

  • Closing Prayer Service


Depart from Notre Dame Center after supper for Ben Gurion Airport


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For information, contact:

Sallie Latkovich, C.S.J.
Director of Biblical Study and Travel
Phone: 773.371.5436
Fax: 773.324.4360
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