The Institute of Catholic Culture is dedicated to a holistic Catholic education that not only feeds the mind of the person, but also the heart and soul. ICC pilgrimages provide a unique opportunity for people to dive deeper into the Catholic faith intellectually, spiritually, and culturally. They include both domestic and international opportunities for pilgrims to experience authentic Catholic culture through friendships with fellow pilgrims as well as immersive experiences at the Holy sites being visited.
“And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man
whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree
that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the
garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Gen. 2: 8 – 9)
Joining the Institute of Catholic Culture for our journey to the Holy Land is a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our Lord, to discover the sacred places of the Bible and on-site Bible studies with Father Hezekias (Sabatino) Carnazzo.
A pilgrim is quite different from a tourist trip. We will not simply be visiting the holy sites to see them, or learn their basic history, but hopefully to experience metanoia – that change of heart which comes from conversion. We are traveling, not only to the Holy Land, but also, ideally, towards God. Any difficulties we experience along the way will be transformed into sources of blessing and opportunities to grow in our walk with the Lord. We will seek to detach ourselves, during this time, from our normal world, and “seek first the kingdom of God.”
After the pilgrimage, you will read the Bible with all your senses – you will know the scents (good and bad!) of Jerusalem, the feel of the stones beneath your feet at the Sea of Galilee, and be able to hear the wind whistling on the top of Mt. Tabor. You will be able to see Jesus’ face in the faces of the Arab Christians, when you visit his childhood home and the homes of his friends and family, climb the mountains he climbed, and walk the same paths he took, and enter and leave the same tomb where he was buried and rose again!