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In the Footsteps of the Virgin Mary

Experience a spiritual journey of personal discovery and reaffirmation while tracing the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, within the Biblical landscape in which she lived, rejoiced and sorrowed.



​Experience a spiritual journey of personal discovery and reaffirmation while tracing the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, within the Biblical landscape in which she lived, rejoiced and sorrowed. 

Nazareth Stroll the streets and lanes of Nazareth, the town that was once a village where Jesus was raised. The Basilica of the Annunciation enshrines the grotto where, according to tradition, the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary (Luke1:26-35). The nearby Mary of Nazareth International Center preserves important, recently discovered remains of a family dwelling dating from the 1st-century period. A short distance away, the fountain atthe Spring of the Virgin Mary (Mary’s Well) most probably marks the place where Mary drew water for the Holy Family. 


Elsewhere in the Galilee According to one early-Church tradition, the ancient town of Sepphoris (Zippori), today a national archaeological park, was the birthplace of Mary – a tradition commemorated in the modern Franciscan Monastery of St. Anne and Joachim. Mary was present at the wedding feast at Cana, scene of the first miracle of Jesus, where he turned the water into wine (John 2:1-11). 


Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) The ancient fishing village of Capernaum, where Jesus lived during much of his ministry in the Galilee, is also important in the Marian pilgrimage, for it is related that the Virgin Mary accompanied her son to Capernaum.   (John 2:12). The Church of the House of St. Peter enshrines the remains of a one-room dwelling presumed to be the "House of Simon, called Peter" (Mark 1:29). The present church is built over the Insula Sacra to preserve the archeological finds. 


Haifa and Mount Carmel The Monastery of Stella Maris is dedicated to the Virgin Mary in her capacity as "Our Lady, Star of the Sea" (Stella Maris, in Latin).The nearby Elijah’s Cave has since Byzantine times been identified as a place where the Holy Family rested on its way back from Egypt.

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