Diaconate Pilgrimage

Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher

The Franciscan Monastery of the United States and the Pontifical College Josephinum’s renowned Diaconate Institute invite you to accompany them on an extraordinary intellectual and spiritual experience.

On Holy Ground: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus and the First Deacons is a unique pilgrimage opportunity that has been customized specifically for Permanent Deacons, men in diaconate formation, and their wives. In addition to experiencing the holiest places in Christendom, this pilgrimage will include visits to the biblical/historical sites identified in the Acts of the Apostles associated with significant events in the lives of the first seven deacons, and more specifically, Saint Stephen the Protomartyr and Saint Philip the Deacon, two of the Early Church’s first evangelists.

Also making this pilgrimage unique is that it may be used to meet continuing education requirements, as an elective course for those enrolled in JDI programs – or simply for a stimulating educational and spiritual experience. (For those interested in educational credit, see the Catalog Listing)

Pilgrimage Itinerary: Click on the image to see the exciting itinerary for the On Holy Ground: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus and the First Deacons pilgrimage.
Brochure & Registration: Click on the image to open the Pilgrimage Brochure which contains all the details of the trip and the form to submit for registration.
Invitation to Pilgrimage: In this video, Fr. Russel Murray, OFM, a resident theologian of the Josephinum Diaconate Institute and pilgrimage guide, discusses the beauty and wonder of making a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus. Click on the image to see the video.
Our local tour guide, Fabricio Lomanto, created a wonderful video that provides an overview of Holy Land pilgrimages. Although the itinerary is not an exact match to our unique Diaconate Pilgrimage, it provides a beautiful glimpse at many places we will be visiting. Click on the image to see the video.