St. Mark's Episcopal Church

124 North Sylvia Street - Montesano, WA, 98563

Holy Lands Trip

Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

Holy Land Pilgrimage

September 9 to 22, 2008


Jim and The Rev. Bonnie Campbell, Mary Venske, and Yoneimi Creamer joined 25 others from around the Diocese to make this wonderful trip to Israel. The pilgrimage covered all of the main religious (especially Christian) sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Galilee. We followed the narrative of Jesus’ life laid out in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke from his birth to his resurrection.


We also met with members of our companion diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, including Bishop Suhail Dawani, and heard from speakers from Jewish and Palestinian perspectives.


Our guide and teacher was Mr. Iyad Qumri, an Anglican, a member of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, and a staff member of St. George’s College. Iyad was taught by the Rev. Canon John Peterson who was dean of St. George’s College for ten years before becoming Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.


We stayed at St. George’s College Guest House in Jerusalem and the Convent of the Sisters of Nazareth in Nazareth.

To see the full itinerary and details about the places visited on the trip, click here.


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