Each January, our seminarians in their final year of formation and education encounter Christ in a new way. While walking in the footsteps of Jesus during the annual Holy Land Retreat and Pilgrimage, Scripture comes alive for the seminarian and he can never read or pray the same again. His everyday prayer and everyday preaching are more fruitful as he serves the people as a future parish priest.
What will each deacon gain during his pilgrimage? Enriched homilies as he has been afforded a deep personal connection with the events and mysteries of Jesus’ life – A deeper understanding of the ministry of Jesus Christ and his own call to serve – A keener sense of Christ’s healing sacrifice at Calvary present in the Mass – New insights in prayer as he envisions the events of the Bible in an entirely new manner – A sense of the living history of the Church, universal and true – Greater awareness of the inter-religious traditions in the Holy Land – A connection with the plight of the Christian people living in the Holy Land.
How Can I Help?
- Msgr. Williams Lyons Fund: A bequest from a beloved alumnus established a spiritual formation retreat fund as a reserve if sufficient funds for the pilgrimage are not received each year. If the pilgrimage is fully funded, the Lyons Fund may be used to support other retreats and formation programs. If you wish to leave a legacy like Msgr. Lyons, please consider making a planned gift.
- Convivium: Guests at the annual Convivium Dinner Auction have the opportunity to donate to the Holy Land Retreat and Pilgrimage during the Fund-A-Need.
- Sponsorships: Friends of the Seminary are invited to prayerfully consider providing a full or partial sponsorship for one of the deacons: click here or complete our Sponsorship Form and mail to: If you would like to sponsor a seminarian, please