Looking over the Sea of Galilee from the Mount of Beatitudes. Photo: Marge Fenelon

   Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 11-21, 2016

Praying for peace in our hearts,

our homes, and our world

11 Grace-filled Days!

Join host Marge Fenelon and Lion and the Lamb Journeys on a pilgrimage through the Holy Land to pray for peace in our hearts, homes, and in the world.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ request that we pray for peace in the world, especially in the Holy Land, we’ll make a living novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots – one of Pope Francis’ favorite Marian devotions. With daily Mass, reflections, and confession, we’ll petition Our Lady to undo the knots that are obstacles to real peace. not only in the world, but also in our personal lives. Both a spiritual and physical journey, we’ll follow Jesus and Mary through Bethlehem, Nazareth, Ein Karem, Capernaum, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Mediterranean Sea and more.

All of us — especially those placed at the service of their respective peoples — have the duty to become instruments and artisans of peace, especially by our prayers. Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. ~Pope Francis, Holy Mass, Bethlehem’s Manger Square, May 25. 2014

Join us in answering the Holy Father’s call to become instruments of peace, a peace that begins in our own hearts and homes and extends into the world.

Our pilgrimage includes round-trip air from Chicago to Modern Tel Aviv, Israel; deluxe motor-coach per itinerary; professional guide throughout; 8 nights accommodations with private bath; all breakfasts & dinners; all entry fees per itinerary; boat ride on the Sea of Galilee; float on the Dead Sea; Mass daily at holy sites and opportunities for Sacrament of
Reconciliation with our Catholic priest chaplain.


Meet our host, Marge Fenelon

Marge Fenelon Author, journalist, speaker

Marge Fenelon
Author, journalist, speaker

 Marge Fenelon is a Catholic blogger, speaker, and journalist whose writing has appeared in dozens of media outlets, including Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic News Service. She is a columnist for Aleteia.org and the Milwaukee Catholic Herald. Marge is the author of several books on Marian devotion and Catholic family life, including Imitating Mary. She is a frequent guest on national Catholic radio programs.

Her next book, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: Living the Novena (A Guided Meditation from the Holy Land) is the impetus for this pilgrimage and will be released by Ave Maria Press in Fall 2015. It’s based on her reflections and experiences during her journey to the Holy Land with the Catholic Press Association as part of Pope Francis’ pilgrimage there in May, 2014.


Schoenstatt Father Chrisitan Christensen

Meet our chaplain, Fr. Christian Christensen, ISP

Fr. Christian was born in Santiago de Chile and ordained a priest in 1971 after studying theology in Brazil and in Germany. He is a Schoenstatt Father and has worked with youth, mothers and families in Chile, Ecuador and the USA. He lives in Austin, Texas where he works with the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt and assists at St. Paul Catholic Church. Fr. Christian speaks English, Spanish, German and Portuguese. On the pilgrimage he will offer Mass and opportunities for Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Rosemary Speaker

Rosemary Speaker Lion and the Lamb Tours


Meet our tour agent, Rosemary Speaker: Rosemary’s background is in education and religious studies. She started Lion and the Lamb Journeys and has been organizing and leading pilgrimages to destinations in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East since 1992. Contact Rosemary at rspeaker@lion-lamb.com

Why make a pilgrimage? 

A pilgrimage is a journey of faith to a place that is spiritually significant in order to be cleansed of all that keeps us from drawing closer to Christ. Pilgrimages “evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2691) Making a pilgrimage not only benefits the individual, but also the entire Church as the Body of Christ.

To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art, or history.

To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.

Above all, Christians go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to the places associated with the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.”

–Benedict XVI (Nov. 6, 2010)

You’re invited to accompany us in this living novena in the Holy Land, to pray for peace in the world, our homes, and our hearts. Exact dates and itinerary will be announced soon. Want to know more? Enter your email to receive Holy Land Pilgrimage Updates for news about our pilgrimage plans, the places we’ll visit, and interesting things going on in the Holy Land.  [wysija_form id=”2″] Questions? Email me at marge@margefenelon.com.

For the complete itinerary, fee schedule, travel information, and to register, download our pilgrimage flyer:

Catholic Holy Land January 2016 Fr Christensen Marge Fenelon.pub

      Early Bird Registration ends June 1, 2015!


1 Comment

Lynda DeLaune · April 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

I have been on 2 Pilgrimages to Rome. I promised I would make one to the Holy Land, with our Lord’s Blessings of course. I’m so glad I came upon this post. Please send me information. Every time I bring the subject up, someone discourages me. How Blessed to travel where Jesus was and a living Novena to top it off. Please Pray for me to make this a reality+++

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