En route to the Jordan Valley were stops at the natural fortress of Massada, Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and Saint George’s Monastery built into the side of the cliffs at Wadi Qelt. Around the Sea of Galilee the group visited the Mount of the Beatitudes, Peter’s house and the ancient synagogue of Caphernaum, Tabgha, (the site of the loaves and fishes miracle), and Jesus’s hometown of Nazareth.
In Jordan, the group visited Amman, the country’s capital, Madaba, to see the famous Byzantine–era mosaic map of the Christian world and Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land and was buried. A highpoint for most was the day spent in Petra—one of the ancient world’s wonders and home to the Nabateans—the people of Jordan who settled there from 37-100 A.D. After a dip in the Dead Sea, the group traveled to the River Jordan where John the Baptist christened his cousin, Jesus.
Each year, Fr. Columba leads a group of HMML Millennium Club and Legacy Society members on an adventure to a HMML fieldwork location and its surrounding localities. Watch the HMML website and Illuminations for news of HMML’s 2013 trip.
View an online slide show of the trip.*Millennium Club members contribute $1,000 or more to HMML annually. Legacy Society members have made provision for HMML in their estate plans.