Fr. Jorge Antonio Bedoya, Chaplain
Father Jorge Antonio Bedoya is a priest of the Diocese of Trenton and works as a parochial vicar at Saint Joan of Arc Parish in Marlton, NJ. He studied at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Master’s in Divinity.
Before entering the Seminary, Fr. Jorge studied at University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and minors in Journalism.
Fr. Jorge was born on December 1, 1978, in Medellin, Colombia to David Bedoya and Lucia Marin. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Day 1. Saturday, October 17: Transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv
Day 2. Sunday, October 18: Tel Aviv – Bethlehem
Upon arrival into Tel Aviv, meet your tour escort and drive to Bethlehem. Visit the birthplace of Our Savior before your welcome dinner in Bethlehem. (WD)
Day 3. Monday, October 19: Bethlehem: Excursion to Ein Karem and Shepherds’ Field
This morning travel into the “hill country of Judea” to the city of Ein Karem, visiting the Church of the Visitation, and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Continue to “Boaz’s Field,” to visit the Cave of the Shepherds, where the angels appeared and announced the birth of Christ. Return to Bethlehem, the royal city of David for an in-depth sightseeing of the Cave of the Nativity, the chapel of the Holy Innocents, and the chapel of St. Jerome. Continue for a visit to the Milk Grotto, where according to tradition the Holy Family stopped to feed the Child Jesus on their way to Egypt. Afterwards, visit a wood workshop run by Christians for optional shopping. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem. (BB, D)
Day 4. Tuesday, October 20: Bethlehem – Caesarea Maritima – Nazareth – Cana – Sea of Galilee
Journey to Caesarea Maritima, where St. Peter established the church in which he baptized the centurion Cornelius. St. Paul often sojourned there and was imprisoned for two years before being taken to Rome. Then, drive to Nazareth to visit the site of the Annunciation, followed by a visit to the Church of St. Joseph built above his workshop. Before leaving Nazareth, visit Mount Precipice the traditional site of the cliff that an angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off. Finally, in Cana visit the church built on the site where Our Lord performed His first miracle at the wedding feast. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (BB, D)
Day 5. Wednesday, October 21: Sea of Galilee: Mt. Arbel – Valley of Doves – Magdala – Capharnaum – Mount of Beatitudes
Start the day with a visit of Mt. Arbel for a view of the Sea of Galilee and the Valley of the Doves; this valley is the route Jesus would have taken from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. Next, visit the town of Magdala and its discovered synagogue where Our Lord would have preached. Continue to explore the ruins of Capharnaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Afterwards, visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (BB, D)
Day 6. Thursday, October 22: Galilee: Boat ride – Church of the Multiplication – Mensa Christi Church – Mount Tabor
This morning start with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Afterwards, visit the Boat Museum that displays a boat like the ones used at Our Lord’s time. Continue for a visit to the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and next to it visit the Church of Mensa Christi where Christ appeared to the Apostles following the Resurrection. Enjoy lunch with the typical “St. Peter’s fish”. Then, travel to Mount Tabor to enjoy beautiful views of the Plain of Esdraelon. Mount Tabor is the site of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, during which He began to radiate light and was seen conversing with Moses and Elias. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)
Day 7. Friday, October 23: Galilee – Baptismal site – Jericho – Qumran – Dead Sea – Judean Desert views – Jerusalem
Journey south following the Jordan River to visit the ancient baptismal site of the Lord. Nearby is Jericho, the city where Joshua and the Israelites began their conquest of the Promised Land; a cable car takes you to the Mountain of the Temptation for spectacular views. In Jericho, Our Lord healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, and dined with Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector. Continue to Qumran to visit the museum that explains how the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Stop at the Dead Sea for a dip into its salty waters. On the way to Jerusalem, stop nearby St. George Monastery for views of the Judean Desert. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8. Saturday, October 24: Jerusalem: Excursion to Bethany – Ascension Chapel – Pater Noster Church – Dominus Flevit – Gethsemane – Caiphas’ Palace – Way of Christ’s Passion
Today leave Jerusalem and drive through the Jordan Valley to Bethany, the place of Lazarus’ tomb and his raising from the dead. Back in Jerusalem, walking the Palm Sunday road, visit the Ascension Chapel where Our Lord ascended into Heaven; nearby visit the cave of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Then the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Continuing down the Mount of Olives into the Kidron Valley, make your way to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Our Lord began the way of His Passion. From Gethsemane, continue to Mount Zion to visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and the place of Our Lord’s imprisonment in the palace of Caiaphas. From here, walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher following the path of Our Lord would have taken. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)
Day 9. Sunday, October 25: Jerusalem: Temple Mount – St. Anne – Pool of Bethesda – Ecce Homo Church – Flagellation Church
Begin the morning with a visit to the Temple Mount, traditionally the Temple of Salomon, and since 691 AD an Islamic site. Also, this is the site where Our Lord preached frequently and expelled the merchants and money traders. Nearby, visit the Church of St. Anne, erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of the Virgin Mary. Adjacent to the church are the Pool of Bethesda excavations, identified as the scene of the healing of the paralytic. Then, visit the Flagellation Church that enshrines the spot where Our Lord was flogged. Next is the Ecce Homo Church that commemorates the place where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the hostile Jewish crowd. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)
Day 10. Monday, October 26: Jerusalem: Stations of the Cross – Holy Sepulcher – Upper Room – Dormition Church – Tel Aviv – USA
Early this morning, carry the cross and follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, and end inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Then, enjoy an in-depth tour of this church, including a visit to the tomb of our forefather Adam and the tombs of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, as well as a tour of the Holy Sepulcher chapels. In Mount Zion, see the Last Supper Room, where Our Lord shared the Last Supper with His Apostles and the Church of the Dormition, where tradition reveals that the Mother of God was laid in the tomb before her body was assumed into heaven. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the end of a blessed pilgrimage. Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for your overnight flight to the USA. (BB, FD)
Day 11. Tuesday, October 27: Arrival in the USA
Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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