Nativity Cathedral
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte Street • Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-865-0727

Pilgrimage Ministry

Pilgrimage Ministry "To take time to be apart, which I consciously give to myself as something positive, creative, is not a luxury, it is essential. The gift of space for oneself seems so simple, and in a way it is; but it is so surprisingly difficult to do without some form of external encouragement. If we fail to find the time to stand back, to give ourselves a break, a breathing space, we are in danger of failing to be fully alive, or to enjoy that fullness of life for which we were created.

We are surrounded by noise, a constant battering of sound, threats of pollution and natural disaster, international crises at all levels. Stopping to take time to look at the pattern of my life, and to think and pray about it, will almost inevitably mean that I not only learn more about God, but I discover more about myself. As I change, so must my relationship with God."
Esther DeWaal, Lost in Wonder.

The first pilgrimage of nativity took place in the Spring of 2013. A group of 16 souls embarked on a Celtic discovery to Wales. There we immersed ourselves in the Celtic world-view and experience, visited ancient places of prayer, were fortunate to have renowned author, Esther DeWaal, meet and guide us, and make our way to Bardsey Island, the place of 20,000 Saints. Other experiences has taken us to Rome to pray for and work with refugees at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center located at St. Paul’s within the Walls Episcopal Church.

The spirit of pilgrimage is to invite one into an experience set apart daily and worldly demands, and journey with one hope- to discover the holy voice that is within all of us. Pilgrimage should never be confused with touring, for it is holy work to be done on pilgrimage, and it offers a cup that overflows with grace.

May 3-12, 2020 A Celtic Discovery of Wonder to Wales and Ireland, accompanied by the writings of John O’Donahue
(Note: this pilgrimage is fully subscribed)

Nativity Cathedral
321 Wyandotte Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-865-0727
Fax: 610-865-0447