In the footsteps of Jesus
Six Religious Education teachers recently became pilgrims for three weeks in Jerusalem following in the footsteps of Jesus. This annual pilgrimage offers an in-depth experience of the Holy Land including time for study and prayer for pilgrims from around the world.
Centred at the Ecce Homo Institute run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion, this year’s program focused on the Gospel of Mark and was presented by Dr Michael Trainor, Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.
Ecce Homo is located in the Old City of Jerusalem between Damascus Gate and the Lion’s Gate with a view of Temple Mount, the Old City and the Mount of Olives. Being immersed in these sacred surrounds enriched the pilgrims’ knowledge and understanding of their Catholic roots.
Though the pilgrims spent much of their time studying, they also witnessed prayer at the Western Wall, floated in the Dead Sea and ventured along the bank of the River Jordan to Galilee where Jesus lived and preached.
The pilgrims describe the program as a mentally stimulating, physically challenging and spiritually renewing experience filled with many memories that will last a life time.
Much of what has been learned by the pilgrims will enhance their teaching of Religious Education to our students and further support their own formation as teachers of Religious Education.