A few months ago we announced that we would offer a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton. Bishop Sutton has traditionally led this bi-annual pilgrimage. The trip this spring would have been his final visit with Maryland pilgrims as Bishop Diocesan of Maryland. Because of the conflict in the Middle East at this time, that trip must be postponed. We continue to hold all of God’s people in prayer and to pray for peace in this season of hope and expectation, as we wait for a time when our siblings can live in safety and peace and when we can return to the Holy Land.
I am happy to announce an exciting pilgrimage to Greece and Ephesus, April 1-10, 2024, where we will reflect on the life and journeys of St. Paul. In Athens, Ephesus, and Corinth, we will consider his bold mission before cultures rich in history, science, the arts, politics, and religious practices. In Ephesus, we will pray at the “House of Mary.” On the island of Patmos, we will visit the site where St. John experienced an extraordinary vision in which he was directed to write down his experiences as the Book of Revelation.
We expect this pilgrimage to fill to capacity with a waiting list, so please register your interest by December 26. To do so, or if you have any questions, contact Sally Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sally and her husband, Tom, both members of St. John’s Ellicott City, will once again serve as our pilgrimage coordinators.
We will be joined by the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of Maryland and the Right Rev. Gayle E. Harris, assistant bishop of Virginia, on this unique pilgrimage of discovery, faith, reflection, and celebration. May the experiences of St. Paul, St. John, Mary, mother of Jesus, and all the early saints whose memories we will encounter fill our hearts with desire to bear witness to the presence of the risen Jesus in our world.
Blessings and peace,
The Right Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent
Bishop Coadjutor, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland