Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage Montage

One of the most important duties of Members of the Order is to make pilgrimages to the Holy Land. In some Lieutenancies, having made such a pilgrimage has been a prerequisite for promotion for some time, and this Lieutenancy has now officially made it a prerequisite for all promotions beyond the rank of Knight or Lady Commander.

The Lieutenancy's 2017 Pilgrimage took place from March 1-12, 2017, and was again very much appreciated by all those who participated.

Our Pilgrim Master, Fr. James McIlhone, chooses the beginning of Lent as the time for these pilgrimages. He has found that departing for the Holy Land on Ash Wednesday and spending the first 10-12 days of Lent visiting the sacred places is a most meaningful way to begin that Holy Season. Then, on returning, the remainder of the season of Lent can be a wonderful time to process the experience, and the Triduum at the end of Lent takes on a meaning that is much more profound having walked the Via Dolorosa, prayed and celebrated Mass in the Holy Sepulchre, and visited and prayed in the Room of the Last Supper.

The details of our 2018 pilgrimage have now been finalized. It will again be taking place at the beginning of Lent, from February 14 through 27, 2018. Please click on the link to view or download a PDF brochure with a detailed itinerary and booking information.

Pilgrims and potential pilgrims may also be interested in viewing and/or downloading Being with our Lord, a devotional booklet, centered on walking the Via Dolorosa, that accompanied the Jerusalem Cross (the Order's recently issued Annual Report for 2016).

Please contact the for more information about this and future pilgrimages.