God is Near
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
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My personal greeting to anyone reading this introduction for a trip to the Holy Land. By way of background, I’m the “senior” priest and an associate pastor at Holy Cross Parish, South Bend. Having visited the Holy Land several times and having lived for five months in Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem, I’m pleased to lead a group of pilgrims to the land where Jesus walked with his disciples, gave his life on the Cross for our salvation, and rose from the dead. Although our pilgrimage is a short one, only 10 days, we’ll try not to run where Jesus walked. We’ll spend time in those places we have read about in the bible, praying together, sharing meals with one another, and coming to enjoy just being with each other as well as the Lord, confident that he’ll be in our company as well. God bless you with peace on your journey.
In Holy Cross, Fr. Tom Zurcher, CSC
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Package Cost (without savings)
Early bird (available through July 30)
Single room supplement (limited availability)
Price calculated during registration*
Petra, Jordan extension (January 5-7, 2024)
Extension single room supplement
“As low as” price includes savings for early bird and pay balance by check.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.
*Travel protection price is calculated based on a variety of factors and optional plans are provided by Travel Insured International.
Rates assume a minimum of 30 full-paying pilgrims.
Group Flight Information
December 27 – Flight to Tel Aviv
January 5 – Flight to Chicago
Designated arrival and departures times for land-only pilgrims
Want to arrive or depart outside of the designated times?
Want help arranging your flights?
Need to get around? Private transfers
Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options
Petra, Jordan Extension
January 5-7, 2024 (3 days / 2 nights)
Price: $1,511/person in double occupancy room
Rates assume a minimum of 4 full-paying pilgrims.
Single room supplement: $270/person
Petra: Old Village Hotel or similar
Extension does not include:
Curious how this extension will affect your flight arrangements?
Need to get around? Private transfers
Deposit due upon registration – $500/person
Final balance due 120 days prior to departure – Final balance
Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.
Final package price is estimated. Pricing is based on currency exchange rates as of August 2022. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates may impact final pricing. If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.
Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.
*Free cancellation (if deposit is made more than 180 days prior to departure)
Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.
The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, but if you are one of the first 20 pilgrims to register you will receive the early bird discount. Also, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 180 days or more prior to departure). So let’s say you register for a pilgrimage, but then realize you can no longer attend, as long as you cancel your pilgrimage within 14-days of registering and registered more than 180s days prior to the departure, then we will fully refund your deposit no questions asked. Just send us a written confirmation of your cancellation and we will take care of the rest. Plus, the sooner you register the sooner your journey begins. Register today!
There is no risk! Your deposit will be fully refunded as long as you cancel within 14-days of registering and you have registered more than 180 days or more prior to departure. With no risk, why wait? Get registered today!
Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.
We highly recommend that all pilgrims buy travel protection. Travel protection is not only for peace of mind, but helps protect you and those you are traveling with from unforeseen emergencies, which always seem to happen at the worst possible time. In the event of emergencies, both before and during your travels, as well other circumstances, like travel delay, lost baggage, missed connection(s), and much more, travel protection can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel protection quotation. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call the issuing company. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 574-383-9396. We are happy to help!
Including optional add-ons with your pilgrimage can really add to your experience whether it is one of the optional extension or arranging an extra night stay beforehand so you are rested when the pilgrimage begins. If you would to add on any optional arrangements, as listed above, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 574-383-9396.
A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.
At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.
We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.