Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For Undergrads: Holy Land Lenten Pilgrimage

During Spring Break 2011, Notre Dame’s Department of Theology and Office of Campus Ministry will be co-leading a HOLY LAND LENTEN PILGRIMAGE for a small group of undergraduate students, and we hope you will consider applying!  The dates for the pilgrimage will be Friday-Sunday, March 11-20, and pilgrimage sites will include:

·         Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane, the Upper Room, the Way of the Cross, & Temple Mount

·         Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity & the Shepherds' Fields

·         The Galilee: Nazareth, Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, the Mount of Transfiguration, & the Sea of Galilee

Students will be hosted by Notre Dame at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies, which is located just outside of Jerusalem.  More information on Tantur can be found at http://tantur.org.

The coordinators of this pilgrimage will be Layla Karst (Rector, Lewis Hall), Brett Perkins (Campus Ministry), and Hannah Hemphill (Theology).

We hope you consider this unique opportunity to visit the places where Our Lord walked as we prepare now to celebrate with great joy the sacred time of His Birth!

In Christ and Notre Dame,
Layla Karst, Brett Perkins, & Hannah Hemphill

(See below for more information)


Applications are required for interested students, and students will be informed of their selection by the end of January. Selected students will receive one course credit in Theology and will be required to attend four preparatory sessions before departure. The preparatory sessions will be hosted on four consecutive Wednesday evenings from February 9 to March 2, from 5:00-7:00pm.  Before applying, please make sure these dates would fit in your schedule.


The estimated cost of the pilgrimage will be no higher than $2100, which includes airfare and ground transportation, lodging, and two meals per day (but which is not inclusive of spending money nor of funds for midday meals.)  We are currently working to identify resources to help subsidize this amount so as to make the trip more affordable.  Other avenues for financial assistance and/or grants may be available to students (e.g., “Learning Beyond the Classroom” grants) that might also help make this pilgrimage a reality for you.


We understand that safety may be a concern for you and your family as you consider applying for this pilgrimage.  You can be confident that every effort will be made to ensure the safety and security of our trip.  Safety is our top priority, and we will continue to work closely with local staff at Tantur as well as University officials here at Notre Dame to ensure the security of this pilgrimage.  Depending on these as well as U.S. State Department recommendations, portions of the trip may be subject to change depending on daily assessments of the situation on the ground in the various areas where we would be visiting.  For more information regarding safety in the Holy Land and at Tantur, please visit http://tantur.org/about/safety.


Applications are now available and can be accessed from the Campus Ministry homepage at http://campusministry.nd.edu.

The deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 20, 2011, and applications must be turned in to the Office of Campus Ministry (114 Coleman-Morse) by 5:00 pm on that day.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Layla Karst (Karst.1@nd.edu) or Brett Perkins (Perkins.26@nd.edu).

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