Catholic Biblical Pilgrimages

in “The Year of Faith” 2013

We are a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal, the God who is at the core of all we desire and seek through this life.  We are all walking on the journey of life, some are just beginning, and some of us are near the end.

In declaring the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict invites every Christian to cross a threshold that allows God to enter (anew) into every welcoming heart. In a more specific sense the Pope reminds us that to enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a life time. What better image of this life long journey than that of the ancient custom of going on pilgrimage.

 We invite you, your family and friends to join us on one of our CBAC Pilgrimages.


September 02-13, 2013

Pilgrimage to France: Sacred Shrines & Art Treasures

Bonjour!  Bienvenue en France!     

A wealth of beauty and charm awaits you on your pilgrimage to France.  Explore regions which venerate Marian shrines, saints and medieval cathedrals; stand in awe at France’s most famous artists (some depicting Biblical scenes), marvel at the fantastic monuments and world-class museums and savour France’s finest wines and cuisine. “Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe”. Therese of Lisieux.


 Highlights:  Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, L’Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Shrine of Miraculous  Medal, home of St. Vincent de Paul; Claude Monet’s Gardens; Lisieux: St. Peter’s Cathedral; Lourdes: Grotto of Massabielle, Bureau of Miracles, Basilica of Immaculate Conception, Candlelight Procession; Carcassonne; Avignon; Aix en Provence; Cannes, Antibes; Monaco; St. Paul de Vance; Grasse.

When you register, you will receive:
1.    Full itinerary
2.    Terms and Conditions
3.    Maps/PowerPoints etc
4.    Flight/Hotel information


September 16-29, 2013



ece, Greek Isles, Turkey

Journey of Faith: Walking in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Yassou! Kallos irthatay steen Ellatha!

Welcome to Greece = Καλώς ήρθατε στην Ελλάδα.

We embark on an unforgettable journey over land and sea, through Greece and Turkey, to retrace the footsteps of Paul.  Experience the sights, sounds and feelings that he may have had as he established the early Church in these ancient lands. Visit some of the communities Paul established and served. Gain a greater understanding of the cultures that he encountered; writing letters of admonishment, encouragement and love, such as Ephesians and 1 and II Corinthians.  As we walk where Paul walked and sailed, we will be in awe at the beauty of these countries. Perhaps, we too, will have profound, life-changing experiences on the “roads of these ancient lands:

 Highlights:  Greece: Athens: Acropolis, Parthenon, Areopagus, sermon to “The Unknown God”; Corinth: ancient city, agora, Temple of Apollo and “Bema” where Paul preached; Dephi; Meteora, Monasteries atop towing stone monoliths;  Berea: Paul’s Bema where he and Silas preached to a Jewish settlement; Philippi; Thessaloniki: ancient Agora, Arch of Galerius. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar

4-day cruise: Greek Isles and Turkey: Mykonos; Patmos; Ephesus: Temple of Artemis, Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre; Rhodes; Crete; Santorini.

veniceOctober 02-11, 2013

Journey of Faith: Pilgrimage through the Heart of Italy

Buon giorno!  Benvenuto in Italia

Our pilgrimage to Italy and Rome takes us to the center of Roman Catholicism.  See the most amazing destinations in the Catholic world spanning thousands of years of history. Venture through the beautiful countryside and visit many sacred shrines.  Stand in awe at the many works of art.  Follow the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi through the “Heart of Italy” where he wrote the Monastic Rule, his canticles and created the first manger scene. Listen to Pope Francis speak in person during his weekly Papal Audience.  Enjoy Italian cuisine in the Tivoli Gardens and other spectacular restaurants.

Highlights:  Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge Palace, Bridge of “Sighs”; Padua: St. Anthony’s Basilica and relics; Florence: Cathedral, Giotto’s bell tower, Gates of Paradise, Galleria dell’Accademia, Piazza Della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio; Assisi: Santa Maria Degli Angeli, St. Clare church, Basilica of St. Francis; Rieti Valley: Greccio, Poggio Bustone; Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Tivoli Gardens; Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Paul Outside the Wall, Catacombs; Papal Audience with Pope Francis.

November 06-15, 2013        

November 20-29, 2013

Journey of Faith to the Holy Land: Walking with Jesus and Witnessing to Christ

Shalom!   baroch  haba  leyisrael

= ברוכים הבאים לישראל

If you could only make one Pilgrimage, be sure to see the…Holy Land

The Holy Land today remains a goal of pilgrimage for the Christian people, a place of prayer and penance, as was testified to in antiquity by authors like Saint Jerome.[Verbum Domini 309] The more we turn our eyes and our hearts to the earthly Jerusalem, the more will our yearning be kindled for the heavenly Jerusalem, the true goal of every pilgrimage, along with our eager desire that the name of Jesus, the one name which brings salvation, may be acknowledged by all (cf. Acts 4:12).temple mount

 Highlights:  Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Cana, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee. Renew Baptismal Promises in Jordan River; Float in the Dead Sea, visit Qumran, and encounter the sorrow of Masada Jerusalem: Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Garden of Gethsemane, Holy Sepulchre; Yad Vashem, Ein Kerem: Visitation and John the Baptist Churches.  NEW!  Evening PowerPoint presentations to prepare pilgrims for sites to be visited the following day.   Mass, liturgies, Bible reading and study will never be the same

For further information, please contact Sr. Jocelyn Monette, nds.

Tel: 905 272 3374   Email:     SKYPE: jocmon44

sister   Sr. Jocelyn Monette, nds is a member of the Sisters of Sion, an international group of women religious who are called to witness to God’s faithful love for the Jewish people. They are committed, to build a world of justice and peace. Sister lived in Rome for three years and in Jerusalem for six years. Jocelyn organizes pilgrimages to the Biblical lands, is editor of the CBAC Journal, the Word is Life, and facilitates retreats and Parish Missions. She has been the Executive Director of the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada since 1985.


1. What is a pilgrimage?

It is an acknowledgement that this journey about to be undertaken is a microcosm of life’s pilgrimage with the Bible as map.  It means setting out in the spirit of Abraham to go where God is leading; it means living the Exodus experience of the journey from bondage to the liberty of the children of God.

To go on a pilgrimage, though, is much more than a journey into the past.  It is rather a making present, a living experience of God acting in our lives today.  Just as God acted in the lives of the patriarchs, so too, God is speaking to us now, not only through our contact with the places where past events took place, but through the life that is being lived in that same land today.  In Jewish terms, the whole of the people’s history in encapsulated in this generation; in Christian terminology, the mystery of the Incarnation of Christ is being lived today.

The essential is that a pilgrimage to the Holy Land can only have lasting value if it is seen within the context and as symbol of our whole pilgrimage through life to God.

2. Who organizes the CBAC groups?

In 1972, the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada (CBAC) was founded in response to a request from the Bishops of Ontario to return to the Scriptures as a main source of spiritual nourishment and growth.  CBAC has a special mission and privilege: to foster the knowledge of and reverence for the Bible.  In our faith journey we encounter God and God’s saving message in a variety of times and places, but most particularly in the prayer, pain, joy and quest which have found expression in our Bible.

CBAC offers a wide spectrum of services: Bible Study Programs and Resources, Sale of Bibles, “The Word is Life” Journal, Lectures and Pilgrimages to biblical lands.  For further information, please call 905 568 4393 or visit our Website:

Sr. Jocelyn Monette has been the Executive Director of the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada since 1985. She is a Sister of Sion who lived in Rome, Italy for three years and in Jerusalem for six years.  Prior to this, she taught High School in Saskatoon and Calgary.

Jocelyn is an experienced pilgrim leader making the journey a prayerful and fascinating experience.  She has organized and facilitated over 100 groups to the Biblical Lands (Israel, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Europe – and Russia!).

For Jocelyn, the land of Israel is the best classroom for teaching the Bible.  The Bible makes the land come alive and the land makes the Bible come alive.  The setting of the Bible had a great effect upon the teachings found in the scriptures, for the land was the classroom of the Savior and his prophets.  Their illustrations and many of the symbols they used to explain spiritual concepts came from their surroundings.  In 1992 Bargil Pixner, OSB, a Benedictine monk who lived in Holy Land for 25 years wrote, “… Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call holy. Read the “fifth gospel” and the world of the four will open to you.”

Jocelyn leads Morning Prayer, plays the guitar at daily liturgies and animates the evening with PowerPoint presentations and faith sharing.


Joanne Cothran is one of Canada’s foremost experts on Exclusive Customized Group Travel. She is a knowledgeable professional with over twenty five years of experience and in particular, is an authority on group travel to the Holy Land.

Joanne says…Exclusive Customized Group Travel is a symphony of organization where every detail must be fine-tuned and tailored to the needs of a special interest group.  Exclusive Customized Group Programs have limitless possibilities constrained only by one’s imagination.

“There is nothing like a carefully executed customized program that bonds people together. At the end of their journey, baggage of course would have grown, as is usually the case on such trips, however, the biggest item to be taken back home are memories, and these weigh nothing, pass easily through customs and can be enjoyed for a long time. ‘Life time friendships are forged’”.

All CBAC travel arrangements are made with:

Joanne Cothran


Tel:     416 849 6629

Toll Free: 1 866 296 3345

Fax:    416 391 0986



3.  Travel: Practical Resources

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade  

Information for leisure and business travelers including passport and consular services, visa requirements, government travel reports and publications, Canadian representatives overseas, and obtaining emergency assistance while abroad.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Information about vaccinations and info on preventing illnesses – a government agency and leading authority on travel health around the world.


Time Zones


TimeTicker – International Time Converter

Explore time zones around the world and even set your computer’s time clock

Flight Tracking

Links to the flight status facilities of major global airlines as well as many regionals.

 Currency Conversion

XE – The World’s Favorite Currency Site

Weather Worldwide

This site not only give you the current weather forecast, but also the average weather year around for anywhere in the world.

Climate in Israel

Table of average temperatures in major cities in Israel

Temperatures can vary widely so just pack for the “right” weather and you’ll be fine. Seasons overlap of course, but general guidelines are:

 SUMMER (Jun/Jul/Aug/early Sep): Temperatures in the high 80º’s, 90º’s. Tel Aviv, and Tiberias will be hot and humid (like New York or Miami). Jerusalem is dryer and cooler, particularly at night. Masada and Eilat are extremely hot (110º+!)…but dry. There won’t be a drop of rain.

 SHOULDER (late Mar/Apr/May/late Sep/Oct/Nov): Daytime temperatures will be very pleasant: 60º-70º-ish in most of the country (still hot, though, at the Red and Dead Seas). Jerusalem will be in the 40º’s, 50º’s in the evening. There’ll be some rain – nothing torrential.

 WINTER (Dec/Jan/Feb/early Mar): Winter weather can fluctuate. Some winters are mild and sunny, some severe and overcast. There’s often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow sometimes. It’ll probably be in the 50º’s, 60º’s most places, but in the forties in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills – and very cold at night.

 Embassy of Canada to Israel in Tel Aviv     

The Embassy of Canada in Tel Aviv represents Canadian interests in Israel and serves Canadians who are travelling or doing business in the area.

Address, phone, fax, email

Street Address:

3/5 Nirim Street
Tel Aviv, 67060   Israel

Postal Address:

The Embassy of Canada
P.O. Box 9442
Tel-Aviv, 67060   Israel

Tel: (011 972 3) 636-3300
Fax: (011 972 3) 636-3380

 Israel wired for wireless

Thanks to these hotspots all over Israel, you can continue to check in with your family, church, ministry, or workplace while you’re in Israel. You don’t have to worry about not being able to respond when something comes up that needs your attention. With our Wi-Fi, you can always feel connected.

Plus, you can also share memories, photos, and even video footage of your life-changing trip with family and friends around the world. If you are hosting a group tour, you can post regular updates on a blog or via email, along with digital photos and videos, so that the rest of your congregation or constituents can experience Israel with you and perhaps be inspired to join you on your next tour of the Holy Land!


Don’t look where you fell, but where you slipped!

The World is a Book.

Those who do not travel read only one page.  St. Augustine