Dallas Deacon Headed to Holy Land

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Tekton Ministries announces that Deacon Ken Reisor from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas will be taking 28 pilgrims to the Holy Land from February 3-14, 2014. They will visit the holy sites in both Jerusalem and the area around the Sea of Galilee.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

They will have concrete experiences of being at the places that before were just words on a page...

Deacon Ken Reisor couldn’t be more excited. He is going to the land where Jesus was born, lived, died and rose from the dead - again. This will be his third time visiting the Holy Land.

Deacon Ken, a permanent deacon from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas and 28 other pilgrims will be putting their feet on the sacred soil at roughly 5 p.m. on February 4, 2014. The group will be on pilgrimage for twelve days.

During their trip, Deacon Ken and his fellow pilgrims will be praying at some of the most ancient Christian sites the Holy Land has to offer. After driving along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, once a majestic city where St. Peter preached and St. Paul was imprisoned, the group will visit cities mentioned often in the New Testament, such as Cana, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes and Nazareth.

Organized and provided by Tekton Ministries, a firm that has a special relationship with the Franciscans in charge of the holy places (serving as the manager of public relations for the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land), the pilgrims will spend their first days near the Sea of Galilee. After that they will go “up” to Jerusalem, just as Jesus did.

The trip to Jerusalem took days to complete for pilgrims in the time of Jesus. For Deacon Ken, it will only take hours. On the way he and the others will stop at the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized. Next will be Jericho, where the “walls came tumbling down”. Jericho is one of the oldest populated cities on earth. It is also one of the lowest cities on earth, as it is located close to the Dead Sea.

Jerusalem never disappoints. When the pilgrims reach Jerusalem they will spend the rest of their days there experiencing some of the most intense days of Jesus’ life. From the Mount of Olives they will look across the Kidron Valley through which Jesus walked many times. In the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, they will pray on Calvary, site of the crucifixion. They will silently process past the tomb of Christ, left empty by his Resurrection. They will walk the Way of the Cross. And they will see, too, the chapel that marks the place of his Ascension into heaven.

So much can be seen in Jerusalem that it would take two pages just to fill in the details. One thing is sure. When Deacon Ken and his group return on February 14, they will never read the Bible the same again. They will have concrete experiences of being at the places that before were just words on a page or images in their thoughts. Now they will have memories of the encounters they had with Christ at each holy site.

If you are interested in joining a future pilgrimage, please contact Tekton Ministries at info(at)tektonministries(dot)org or visit their webpage at http://www.tektonministries.org.

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