Dates of Study Tour: 16 May - 7 June, 2017
Offering more than a typical tour, the Saint John's Holy Land Program sets study of the biblical sources of our faith within the unique combination of study, pilgrimage, and prayer. Students venture to biblical and early Christian holy sites in Israel, and Palestine, places frequented by Christian pilgrims for over 1,700 years.
In order to ensure affordability and to foster an authentic encounter with the Church in the Holy Land, the group will stay in monasteries and religious houses whenever possible. Space in the study tour group is limited to a minimum of 7 participants and a maximum of 15, so we encourage early application.
Your instructor and guide will be New Testament specialist Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, professor at Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary. His course expands the Biblical text by emphasizing the culture, geography, history, archaeology, and people of the Holy Land. Through his instruction, students and pilgrims will experience the world of Sacred Scripture in the lands which gave birth to the Bible. This course, Biblical and Archaeological Sites, can be taken for credit or audit. All students participate fully in the readings, site visits, and discussions.
Holy Land Study Tour Pilgrimage Overview
The travel to the Holy Land consists of two components:
1.) The Churches of Revelation and 2.) The biblical and historical sites in Israel and Palestine.
The study tour is from mid-May to mid-June each year.
Below are the anticipated prices for this experience:
Graduate student, double occupancy, $3,551
Graduate student, single occupancy, $4,016
Undergraduate, double occupancy, $3,151
Undergraduate, single occupancy, $3,616
(Variable rate depends on single or double occupancy, graduate or undergraduate program, currency fluctuations, unforeseen fuel surcharge, and number of participants.)
May 17-18 (1 night) Haifa
May 18-23 (5 nights) Tiberias
May 23-25 (2 nights) Bethlehem
May 25-June 6 (13 nights) Jerusalem
Questions about the itinerary and program itself, please contact:
Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, Holy Land Study Tour Coordinator
Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary
P.O. Box 7288, Collegeville, MN 56321
*with a non-refundable application fee of $25.
* For clergy and religious: One recommendation must come from the bishop or major superior
Online Recommendation Form (Email this link to those writing recommendations for you.)