Diocese of Portsmouth

    Curates head for Holy Land

    Beyond our diocese
    8 Jan. 2018

    Bishop Christopher leading a similar pilgrimage for curates in 2015

    CURATES from around our diocese will head for the Holy Land for a pilgrimage led by Bishop Christopher.

    They’ll spend time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Gallilee between January 10-17, walking where Jesus walked and learning more about Biblical history, geography and culture.

    It’s the second time the bishop has led a pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine for curates as part of their training and preparation for future ministry. The last set of curates travelled there in 2015.

    They will fly to Jerusalem and spend the first four days there, visiting the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa. There is a chance to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and the tomb of Lazarus.

    The clergy will cross into Palestinian territory to visit Bethlehem, seeing Manger Square and the Grotto of the Nativity. They’ll join with worship on the Sunday in St George’s Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem.

    The final three days will be in the north, visiting Nazareth, the Sea of Gallilee and Caesarea.

    The bishop said: “As well as giving some excellent insights into Biblical scholarship, church history and contemporary life in the Holy Land, we trust the pilgrimage will prove to be a profound spiritual experience that enhances our ministerial formation.”

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