Upcoming parish pilgrimage opportunities to Holy Land, England open to all

The November 2015 pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Gayle E. Harris and Bishop Alan M. Gates is now fully booked. Those seeking pilgrimage opportunities may be interested in two upcoming trips organized by parishes in the diocese. 

A spring 2016 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, “Israel-Palestine: A Sacred Journey,” is being organized by parishioners and clergy of St. Michael's Church in Milton, in conjunction with parishioners from St. Christopher's Church in Chatham and the Rev. Whitney Burr. All are welcome to join St. Michael's and St. Christopher's on this journey. 

"Israel-Palestine: A Sacred Journey" is scheduled for March 29 to April 9, 2016, with an optional extension into Petra from April 9 to 12. Participants will take part in a number of dynamic lectures and conversations on the Holocaust, archaeology, Bedouin culture and the possibilities for lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The pilgrimage will include time for worship, prayer, reflection, sightseeing and learning, and provide a deeper understanding of the culture and religion of the many people who live in Israel and Palestine. 

St. Michael’s parishioner and Milton resident Heather Putnam designed this trip in conjunction with MEJDI Tours, the sole tour operator to Israel for National Geographic tours. The tour company's Web site for the trip provides detailed information here.

There will be an informational meeting at St. Michael's Church on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.  Anyone interested in joining the trip may attend, or call the church office at 617-698-1813 for more information. 

Additionally, the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Duxbury is organizing a tour of England, scheduled to depart May 17, 2016, and return on May 25.  During the nine-day tour, visits to the English cities of Manchester, York, Bath, Yorkshire, Canterbury and London will be included.

“Although we will be visiting several cathedrals while in England, the tour is designed to encounter the rich history and culture of Great Britain," said the Rev. Roy Tripp, who will lead the group. “The pace of the tour leaves ample free time for people to explore on their own,” he said.  “This tour will appeal to anyone interested in discovering England for the first time as well as those who have been and wish to return.  We’ll explore the English countryside and the cosmopolitan flavor of London.”

Round-trip air from Boston, ground transportation and four-star accommodations are included in the cost of the trip, as well as breakfast and dinner each day. Individuals who book by Oct. 30 will receive a $250 discount per ticket.  A portion of each tour package will support the ministries at St. John’s.

For more information contact the Rev. Roy Tripp at stjrevroytripp@verizon.com.