A Spiritual Renewal
with Archbishop Beltran
Fall - 2008

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Over the next few weeks and months, I hope to turn this site into a comprehensive and permanent record of our wondertul pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan. I hope to organize and include hundreds of photos, biblical references, archealogical history, etc., about the places and people we visited. For now though, you will find below, links to almost 1000 photos that I took over these past two weeks. They are arranged in chronological order. Just click on any photo and you will see the photo in its full size form. Then, click the back button to return to the previous page.

If there are any photos which you would like to download from this site, please feel free to do so. The procedure for that would be to simply click on the photo you wish to download. When it comes up on the new page in its full size form, just use the right mouse button and click on the larger photo. A new menu of options should appear which will include - Save Picture As - or - Save Photo As. Just left click on that option and you will be prompted as to where you want to save the photo on your own computer. If you have any problems at all with this procedure, just email me at jim-payne@utulsa.edu or call me and I will be happy to try to help. Or, if you would prefer, just email me and ask me to send you specific photos. I will attach them in a reply to your emailed request. Be sure to include the photo numbers you want me to send.

Also, for those of you that are interested in doing so, I will also be creating a process where you can contribute and share your own photos and thoughts and journal entries about our shared and blessed experiences in the land of our Lord. Just email me if you are interested in participating in such a process and I will provide more details.

May God bless each of us, each and every day.

Jim and Claudia


Photos - click on date to see photos

Sep-07 Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mass at Mount of the Beatitudes, School in Ibillin, Jordan River baptisms.
Sep-08 Mount Tabor - Site of the Transfiguration, Mass in The Basilica of the Annunciation - Mary's Home in Nazareth, Stella Maris Convent and Visit with Archbishop Shakur in Haifa, Israel
Sep-09 Mass in the hotel in Tiberias, and then cross the border into Jordan at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge across the Jordan River, visit Jerash and Roman ruins from 300 B.C. They are the most complete Greco-Roman ruins in the world, then on to Amman, Jordan and check in at the Cham Palace Hotel
Sep-10 Drive from hotel in Amman, Jordan to Madaba - Site of Mount Nebo, Mass at Mount Nebo then drive further south to Petra and check into hotel at about sunset - Crown Plaza of Petra.
Sep-11 Mass in the hotel at Petra then visit the amazing archealogical site at Petra - home of the Nabatean Society - then drive back to Amman for our last night in Jordan.
Sep-12 Leave Jordan via the Allenby Bridge across the Jordan River across from Jericho, Visit Jericho and then drive UP TO JERSULEM from the Jordan valley (pass many Bedouin camps along the way, check-in to the Notre Dame Center just across the street from the New Gate into the Old City, Mass in the beautiful Notre Dame Chapel
Sep-13 Short drive to Bethelem for Mass at the Basilica of the Nativity in Saint Jerome's Chapel (just a few yards from the birthplace of Christ), then visit Shepherd's Fields (possible Christmas Cards!), the Church of the Visitation of Mary with Elizabeth, and then the Church of Saint John the Baptist.
Sep-14 Walk of Sorrows - The Via Dolorosa from Saint Stephen's Gate - Queen Anne's Church, the Ecco Homo Arch, . . . to Calvary and the Tomb in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, then on to the Garden of Gethsemane and Mass in the Church of All Nations - Rock of Betrayal of Jesus, then Vistas of the old city from the Mount of Olives, and a short visit to the Shrine of Sorrows.
Sep-15 Visit and Pray at the Western Wall, Mass at the Dormition Abbey Church which commenorates the Assumption of Mary, visit the Upper Room, then Saint Peters in Gallicantu (where Peter denied knowing Jesus - (approximate site of the home of Caiaphas the High Priest), visit the Jerusalem Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls), then travel to Abu-Ghosh, Kyriat Yearim (Ark of the Covenant location) and finally, celebrate vespers at the French Monastery.
Sep-16 Begin this day with Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - we were literally celebrating Mass on the rock where Christ was crucified and died. After mass, while the group went on to visit Masada and the Dead Sea, Claudia and I spent some time in the old city, did some shopping, and in rested. Since we had visited Masada and the Dead Sea on an earlier trip, we decided to not take the risk of Claudia over-heating and getting sick.
Sep-17 Mass at the Church of the Latin Patriarch in the old city followed by the awarding of pilgrim shells by His Beatitude Archbishop Fouad Twal to those members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem that had not received their shells for earlier pilgrimages. We were then free for the remainder of the day for last minute shopping or return visits to the holy sites in the old city of Jerusalem.
Sep-18 Mass in the chapel at Notre Dame Center, then off to Tel-Aviv, a visit in the church and area around Old Jaffa, vistas of the Mediterranean Sea and the Tel-Aviv coastline and beaches, and then a farewell dinner overlooking the sea. Then off to the airport in Tel-Aviv and a very long trip home.