While the students and teachers travelled to Italy prior to World Youth Day in Kraków, my pilgrimage took me to the Holy Land.
It's one thing to learn about Jesus' life and mission but to see it with your own eyes is indescribable. My pilgrimage group were blessed to touch Jesus' birthplace in Bethlehem, sail on the Sea of Galilee, visit the places he performed his miracles and trace the steps where he carried his cross.
The Holy Land truly is a beautiful place, loyal to its history and multi-faith culture. Witnessing the foundations of the Catholic tradition has spurred on my personal faith.
city of Jerusalem from Mt. Olives
Jesus' very birthplace. Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
sailing on the Sea of Galilee
Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth