This important book chronicles the first Catholic pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the U.S. in 1889. Organized and led by the Holy Land Franciscans, Rev. James Pfeiffer chronicles the 112-day journey as he and fellow pilgrims traveled from New York to France, Italy, Egypt, and the Holy Land. Father Pfeiffer traces the footsteps of Jesus with captivating detail, including heart-rending accounts of experiences at such places as the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary, and a dinner in the very inn that rejected Mary and Joseph according to tradition.
A reproduction of a historical artifact, this book is recognized by scholars for being culturally valuable for the fascinating insight it offers into the earliest account of a formal pilgrimage from the United States to the holiest of sites in Jerusalem and beyond.
It’s a treasure for anyone who has been, or is thinking of going, on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
268 pages. Reprint published by Forgotten Books (2017).
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