Holy Land Pilgrimages

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Upcoming Pilgrimages 2023

2023 Spiritual Exercises in the Holy Land - A Destination Retreat

Like a destination wedding, come to a destination retreat! You are invited to a unique and powerful encounter with Jesus Christ! Experience the Holy Land through the lens of Spiritual Exercises, as we retrace Jesus’ footsteps...praying where he prayed and seeing what he saw!

See below for more details.


10 Day Trip: Sep. 2-12, 2023: The Holy Land: A Pilgrimage Encounter with the Lord

The Holy Land: A Pilgrimage Encounter with the Lord

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  • Dates: September 2-12, 2023 (Deadline to book: 6-29-23)
  • Price Per Person (NOT including airfare)*:
    •  All-inclusive LAND price $3,465 per person on double occupancy basis. 
    • Single room supplement $950.
    • Registration deadline 60 days prior to departure and must be accompanied by a $700 deposit.* 
  • Hotels:
    • Galilee: Caesar's Hotel* pending availability at the Magdala Center Guest House.
    • Jerusalem: The Gloria Hotel* pending availability at Notre Dame of Jerusalem.
  • Included in the All Inclusive Land Price:
    • 9 night's accommodation and all meals (Bottled beverages at meals not included)
    • Personal accompaniment of two Legionary priests with optional Spiritual Direction
    • Farewell Dinner at the Wine and Cheese Restaurant Notre Dame Center
    • English speaking guide as per our program
    • Deluxe transportation
    • All entrance fees
    • Porterage fees at hotels
    • Tips for guide, driver, restaurant and hotel staff
    • Audio guiding system
    • 1 Airport Transfer upon arrival and departure only at the times of the recommended flights**.
    • Elite Travel's registration and processing fees.  Elite Travel is our US Travel Agent in conjunction with Via Emmaus Tours, Jerusalem.  
  • The above does NOT include:
    • Airfare (Contact Pilgrimage Coordinator for suggestions.)
    • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, bottled beverages, laundry, travel/medical insurance (required by the state of Israel).

For complete information, to register, or ask questions, contact Cris Tallent at [email protected] or call 301-365-0612.

*Minimum Participants 20  (*if less than 20 participants pilgrimage will still be offered with price adjusted to accommodate the smaller group).




A unique Christ-centered itinerary begins with...

The Infancy of Jesus: (Eim Karim, Bethlehem)

His Baptism and Temptations: (Jericho and Judean Desert and Mount of Temptations)

His Hidden Life: (Nazareth)

His Public (Galilean) Ministry (Cana, Magdala, Tabgha, Primacy, Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, Mount Tabor)

His Triumphant Entry Into Jerusalem, His Passion, Death and Resurrection: (Bethpage, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Holy Sepulcher, Temple Steps, Temple Mount, Western Wall and other underground 1st century places in Jerusalem).

Including exclusive walks in the Judean Desert and Galilean countryside, experiencing walking where He walked & praying where He prayed!

Daily Mass, Rosary, Guided Meditations, with ample time for private silent prayer at each of the pilgrimage sites.*

Spiritual Direction and Confessions are available as requested.  We have planned our days to begin early and end early in the evening to allow ample time for prayer and rest. 

*Determined by local conditions. This is a physically demanding pilgrimage.  Sites are not wheel chair accessible and many require extensive walking.  We truly walk where He walked!


2Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC: Retreat Master and Spiritual Directors 









Cris Holy Land HeadshotsCris Tallent: Itinerary Designer, Pilgrimage Escort and Coordinator

Cris, a member of Regnum Christi, is a history major, has lived and traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and China. She incorporates this rich travel experience in preparing this faith-based itinerary and accompanies the pilgrims as they set out on this spiritual journey. This is the 15th Pilgrimage that Cris has designed and the 12th time as pilgrimage escort & coordinator for Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and the 3rd pilgrimage with Fr. Peter Hopkins, LC.

Cris' itineraries are unique in that in addition to being totally Christ centered, they specialize in what Benedict XVI called the Fifth Gospel. What the natural and physical elements of the land itself tells us: Seeing what Jesus saw, walking where He walked and praying where He prayed! As well as incorporating the latest archeological finds that attest to what it is written in the Gospels.




For more information about the Pilgrimage and to book, please contact:

Cris Tallent, Pilgrimage Escort and Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 301-365-0612


SOLD OUT! 9 Day Trip: Jul. 1-10, 2023: Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr. Daniel Pajerski, LC

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr. Daniel Pajerski, LC


  • Dates: July 1-10, 2023
  • Price Per Person (NOT including airfare)*:
    • Double occupancy: $2,815 per person
    • Single occupancy: $3,395 per person
    • *A deposit of $500/person is required by March 15th, 2023 to be registered for the pilgrimage. Checks should be made payable to Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center.
  • The above rates include:
    •  8 nights accommodation and all meals (Beverages at meals not included).
    • English speaking guide as per your program.
    • Deluxe transportation as per your program.
    • All entrance fees as per your program.
    • Porterage fees at all hotels.
    • Audio guiding system.
    • Tips for guide, bus driver, hotels and restaurants.
    • Farewell dinner at the Wine & Cheese Restaurant at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

For more information, download the brochure.

Pajerski HeadshotFr. Daniel Pajerski, LC

A native of Raleigh, NC, Fr Daniel felt the call to become a priest early in high school but only decided to pursue the path while in college.  After graduating from NC State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, in June of 1994 he entered the Legionaries of Christ seminary in Cheshire, CT.  His formation took him to Connecticut, New York, Rome, São Paulo, Brazil, Dallas, and then back to Rome where he was ordained a priest on November 25, 2004.  In the summer of 2005, he was assigned to work at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy in Clarkston, MI where he oversaw the faith formation programs for the students, faculty, and parents.  God blessed him with over thirteen years of service there striving to help students and families to get to know Jesus Christ and their Catholic faith better. In his free time, Fr Daniel keeps in shape mainly through running and is a 7-time marathoner, including two Boston marathons.





For more information about the Pilgrimage and to book, please contact:

Fr. Daniel Pajerski, LC: [email protected]