Travel with the Franciscans 2017-11-09T13:44:09+00:00

Holy Land Franciscan Pilgrimages in Office of the Custody of the Holy Land

The Holy Land Franciscans have been in the Holy Land for 800 years. That’s a lot of experience!

It is the express duty of the Holy Land Franciscans to maintain a Christian presence, and to care for the Holy Land, especially the people who live there. We care for the shrines, serve the pilgrims, and minister to the local Christian community. The Holy Land is our home.

When pilgrims travel with us, we are ready to welcome them to our home. We know the places to be: the hotels you want to be in, the holy sites you want to visit, and all with Franciscan access to the shrines, many of which are under the sole responsibility of the Holy Land Franciscans.  When you travel with us, you can also be sure that your pilgrimage benefits the Christians who live in the Holy Land by supporting their crafts and businesses.

Father David Wathen, OFM, accompanies most of the pilgrimages operated by the Franciscan Monastery Pilgrimage Office. As a certified Franciscan guide and as someone who’s lived in the Holy Land, Fr. David offers pilgrims a genuine experience of the Holy Land.

We can customize your pilgrimage to fit your needs. If you’re a Priest, we’d love to have you! Do you have a group who would like to travel to the Holy Land, but you’re unsure how to set up a well executed trip? Or maybe you want to bring a group, but you are daunted by the huge undertaking of planning a group trip, not to mention the hassle of international travel. We can take care of meals, schedules, transportation, and worship, but give your group some options personalized options.