Message from the The Rev Canon Matthew TL Corkern:

As a witness and companion, I can attest that PILGRIMAGE is more than a trip, more than visiting old buildings or famous sites. I believe each journey of faith is about finding a deeper relationship with God in the midst of the community built along the way. Generation after generation of pilgrims stretching across the centuries, have not only traveled together for security and company, but mostly to enrich their lives in Jesus Christ supported by those sharing the journey. Each pilgrimage is a faith journey carefully crafted to encompass the people met as much if not more than the spiritual sites visited, cultural events attended, and Anglican liturgies witnessed. Moving from ancient to modern times, our community of pilgrims surrounded by a cloud of witnesses from every generation, encounters the kings, clerics, politicians, poets, scholars and saints who established and shaped the Christian Church in England, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, the Holy Land and other realms throughout the world. As I read about the disciples going out on their pilgrimages I realize how many meanings, but the same message that the word pilgrimage has – and what a glorious time of awakening it is. As the prophet Jeremiah proclaims:

Stand at the crossroads and look, Ask for the ancient paths, Ask where the good way is, And walk in it, And you will find rest for your souls.

Santiago de Compostela

2nd & 3rd Journeys of Paul- Mediterranean Cruise

September 13-24, 2021

Guest Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Chuck Robertson

“The Long Road to Heaven” – the annual PILGRIMAGE to the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela has taken place for over a thousand years. In the great cathedral of Santiago are said to lay the bones of St James the Great, cousin to Jesus Christ – an original disciple and later ‘resurrected’ as the legendary slayer of the Moors. From the Middle Ages onwards, this most evocative of Christian shrines has attracted at least half-a-million pilgrims per year, who flocked from all over Europe. A network of routes leads to this holy shrine from Barcelona, across the Pyrenees and through the arid uplands of northern Spain. Our 14-day adventure begins in Barcelona and ends in Santiago. We will visit Vic, Montserrat, Poblet, and the cathedrals of Barcelona. We then begin our journey crossing the Vall de Boi and visit San Juan de la Pena (legendary site of the Holy Grail) as we make our way to Pamplona. We side-step into the Basque region to view Bilbao, Geurnica, Santuario de Loiola, and San Sebastian. We progress…Roncesvalles, Puente la Reina, Najera, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, San Juan de Ortega, Burgos, Fromista, Sahagun, Leon, Astorga, Ponferrada, Villafranca del Bierzo, O Cebreiro, Ligonde, Vilat de Donas, and Santiago. This will be a most marvelous pilgrimage experience for all of us as a community!

Music, Art, Literature & Gardens on the Welsh-English Borders

July 10-21, 2020
For twelve days, you are invited to discover and embrace the concept of PILGRIMAGE through an enchanted land. Centered around a journey that builds toward a specific place, this itinerary explores a number of the places that have built the character of the Welsh people in their native Celtic land and along the Borders held by English cousins. We immerse ourselves in the legacy and reality of Christian pilgrimages through the centuries in Wales – tracing life and faith from ancient to modern times. Our adventure suggests country-homes and gardens: Buscot Park & Faringdon Collection, Madresfield Court, Althorp House, Spetchley Park, Powis Castle, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Attingham Park, Caernarfon Castle, and Kiftsgate Court Gardens. We will go to evensongs and eucharists at St. Melangell’s Shrine, Hereford Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, and Shrewsbury Abbey – as well as Rug Chapel, Montgomery Church, Shobdon Church, Eardisley Church along with the pilgrim churches of the Llyn Peninsula. We will also visit St. Deiniol’s Library, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Holst Museum, Elgar Museum, and the Llanberis-Snowdon Mountain Railway. We will stay at Ellenborough Park (5), Portmeirion Hotel (2), and The Chester Grosvenor (3).
Caernarfon_castle_interior
Caernarfon_castle_interior

Music, Art, Literature & Gardens on the Welsh-English Borders

July 10-21, 2020
For twelve days, you are invited to discover and embrace the concept of PILGRIMAGE through an enchanted land. Centered around a journey that builds toward a specific place, this itinerary explores a number of the places that have built the character of the Welsh people in their native Celtic land and along the Borders held by English cousins. We immerse ourselves in the legacy and reality of Christian pilgrimages through the centuries in Wales – tracing life and faith from ancient to modern times. Our adventure suggests country-homes and gardens: Buscot Park & Faringdon Collection, Madresfield Court, Althorp House, Spetchley Park, Powis Castle, Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Attingham Park, Caernarfon Castle, and Kiftsgate Court Gardens. We will go to evensongs and eucharists at St. Melangell’s Shrine, Hereford Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, and Shrewsbury Abbey – as well as Rug Chapel, Montgomery Church, Shobdon Church, Eardisley Church along with the pilgrim churches of the Llyn Peninsula. We will also visit St. Deiniol’s Library, Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Holst Museum, Elgar Museum, and the Llanberis-Snowdon Mountain Railway. We will stay at Ellenborough Park (5), Portmeirion Hotel (2), and The Chester Grosvenor (3).
Caernarfon_castle_interior

A Journey to Santiago de Compostela

May 10-23, 2020
Enrich your faith and deepen your understanding of the Bible as walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Athens, Corinth, and Ephesus on this 12- day cruise. In addition to these Biblical sites, you will explore cultural, historical, and church heritage sites in other ports in Italy and Greece. Our host, Educational Opportunities Tours, includes excursions in 4 ports. These are some of the sites scheduled for your excursions: Ephesus – Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Terrace Houses; Athens & Corinth – Acropolis, Mars Hill, Bema; Chania, Crete – Arkadi Monastery, town of Rethymnon; Corfu – Achilleion Palace, Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin. You will be able to explore, Katakolon, Santorini, and Mykonos on your own. Our friend Chuck Robertson, a Pauline scholar, will enhance your time with lectures, Q&A time, and a surprise or two. Your home for this trip will be the Celebrity Constellation. Even though you will visit 7 different ports in 3 countries, you will have the same luxury accommodations and services the entire trip on the Constellation. You will enjoy the fine dining that is included or you can choose specialty dining options for an additional cost. Great entertainment plus a variety of amenities for relaxation and recreation are also included on the ship for you to enjoy. Moving from ancient to modern times, our community of pilgrims surrounded by a cloud of witnesses from every generation, encounters the kings, clerics, politicians, poets, scholars and saints who established and shaped the Christian Church in England, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, the Holy Land and other realms throughout the world.