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A drone gives an aerial view of the Monastery in the mountains near Petra. The doorway alone is several stories tall. Jeff Bruno photos

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ilgrimage. The word evokes visions of a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion. Take, for instance, longtime freelance Catholic photographer Jeffrey Bruno, who describes a physically – and spiritually – enervating experience during a recent trip to Jordan, above. But, in

God, all places are sacred, and devotion takes many forms. Whether it’s a day trip to a nearby shrine or a dream journey fulfilled, finding Christ is an everyday opportunity. The columns of the Citadel are seen in Jordan.

INSIDE: There’s no need to journey far for a great pilgrimage … S2 Vast desert leads to deeper reliance on faith … S3 Diocese plans trip to German Passion Play … S4 Pilgrimage to Jordan an exercise in body, soul … S6-7 Guatemala, El Salvador a walk with missionaries … S8-9 Rome sojourn subject of new book … S12


S2 Pilgrimage & Travel

The Monitor • MARCH 21, 2019

Close to Home

One doesn’t have to travel far to experience the grace of pilgrimage

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or many Catholics, the word pilgrimage calls to mind the extraordinary spiritual experience of walking in the footsteps of Christ in the Holy Land or traveling to Rome to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Such pilgrimages of great distances, however, many not be possible for everyone due to the conStory by straints of time, financial resources, and family or work obligations. The good news is that Catholics Mary Morrell, in the Diocese of Trenton are blessed to have an Contributing abundance of shrines, basilicas and cathedrals within a few hours’ distance that can serve as Editor pilgrimage destinations. Discussing one’s desire to go on pilgrimage, Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, said, “that journey, that walking, that not knowing what you are going to find, that is the value of pilgrimage. We travel in faith to find out something about ourselves and our relationship to God.” One such pilgrimage destination can be a shrine, which Pope Francis has referred to as “the most eloquent expression of the faith of God’s people.” A shrine, as defined by Canon Law, is a church or other sacred place that has the approval of the bishop, is visited by the faithful as pilgrims MARY’S MESSAGE • The National Blue Army and has some particular Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Warren focus of devotion. County is an easy day trip for those looking for a The Basilica of the pilgrimage destination. Photo courtesy of The National National Shrine of the Blue Army Shrine Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., is such an example. The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in North America and one of the 10 largest in the world. It Looking for more is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her opportunities to title of Immaculate Conception and as patroness of grow in faith? the nation. Check out the Shrine, cathedral and basilica websites are May 2 issue of The important resources for planning a pilgrimage, Monitor, which will providing information about Mass and Confesfeature a special sion schedules, virtual tours, parking information, section dedicated additional sites and opportunities for prayer and reflection, layouts of the buildings and grounds, to retreats and and hours of operation, cafeteria availability and shrines. information on the surrounding area. Many shrines offer tours, guided or self-guid-

BASILICA’S TREASURES • Inside the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton are the saint’s remains, which rest in a small copper casket enclosed in marble beneath the Altar of Relics in the Basilica. Photo courtesy of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

ed, which can be well-incorporated into a pilgrimage, but it is important that a pilgrimage does not become simply a tour and a stop in the gift shop, Msgr. Sirianni said. The many shrines that could be visited in a day or two by pilgrims from the Diocese of Trenton include:

is dedicated to three Jesuit missionaries martyred there, and to St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk/Algonguin woman born there. The shrine was named “Our Lady of the Martyrs” for Mary, who consoles those who give their lives for Jesus. Visit the shrine at 136 Shrine Road, Fultonville, N.Y., 518- 8533939, www.ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org.

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 The National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, located on 140 acres overlooking the Musconetcong Valley, is dedicated to the message of Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima. Visit the shrine at 674 Mountain View Road, Asbury, 908-689-1700, www.bluearmy.com.  The Shrine of St. Joseph is a sacred place of pilgrimage, renewal of faith and enhancing family life that holds up the model of St. Joseph as helpful to all families. Its pilgrim chapel includes the extraordinary Life of St. Joseph mosaic. Visit the shrine at 1050 Long Hill Road, Stirling; 908647-0208; www.shrineofsaintjoseph.com.

 The Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel, holds the tomb of the saint, canonized in 2000 and only the second saint born in America. Having come from a wealthy a family in Philadelphia, she gave up her life of privilege to serve the needs of racial minorities. Visit the shrine at 18th St. & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; 215-561-1313; http://cathedralphila.org.  The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, located on Beacon Hill, the highest elevation in Bucks County, and next to the Peace Valley Park, is focused on leading pilgrims to Jesus through his mother, Mary. Visit the shrine at 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown; 215-345-0600; www.czestochowa.us.

New York  The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, situated on 60 acres in the midHudson region of New York state, was founded to encourage and perpetuate devotion to Mary and her scapular under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Visit the shrine at 70 Carmelite Dr., Middletown, N.Y., 845-343-1879, www.ourladyofmtcarmelshrine.com.  Our Lady of the Martyrs Shrine is located in the hamlet of Auriesville, once the 17th century Mohawk village of Ossernenon. The shrine

Maryland  The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is dedicated to the life and mission of the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. The saint’s remains rest in a small copper casket enclosed in marble beneath the Altar of Relics in the Basilica. Visit the shrine at 339 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md.; 301-447-6606, https:// setonshrine.org.

Preparing for Pilgrimage Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, offers these tips:  Plan well, beginning with prayer, to understand why you are taking the journey. “Is it for the intentions of our family, for those who are ill or in need, for repentance or for our own spiritual benefit?”  Research the places that might serve your

pilgrimage intention and that fit into your available time and resources, especially if a destination requires an overnight stay.  In addition to prayer and reflection, necessary elements of a pilgrimage are Mass and Confession. These are regularly offered at shrine sites and should be included in a personal or family pilgrimage schedule.


Pilgrimage & Travel S3

MARCH 21, 2019 • TrentonMonitor.com

PEEK-A-BOO • A giraffe looks over the top of a tree in the Serengeti.

Learning to Trust Vastness of Serengeti a lesson in simplicity, humbleness

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t had been a long, wonderful but exhausting day, and another one lay ahead with an early wake-up call. Yet at 11:30 p.m., I was wide awake – too frightened to sleep. Story and photos by Dorothy K. LaMantia, Correspondent

Our guides … shared the secrets of this Eden, the interplay of species.

LION IN WAIT •

Witnessing creatures in their native habitat inspired LaMantia to appreciate the connectedness of God’s family.

My husband and I were fulfilling a dream to visit the Serengeti, to see the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra as they crossed the Mara River in Tanzania, and to see Africa’s Big Five – lions, leopards, hippopotamus, rhinoceros and giraffe – on their own turf. Earlier that evening, we arrived at the second of three campsites we would visit on our nine-day safari – and were unnerved to see we would be staying in a tent. At our first stop near the Ngorongoro Crater, our tent was cabin-like – crafted out of wood, steel and glass with doors and windows that locked. Known in the travel industry as glamour-camping, these state-of- the-art structures are called tents – which a hardy, old-fashioned camper would find laughable. This camp could have passed for the studio lot of the TV comedy “M*A*S*H*” with its canvas tents, fabric screens and zippers to separate inside from out. We did not expect this. Our hosts, members of the Maasai tribe who have made the Serengeti their home for centuries, explained the cardinal rules of camp – no leaving the tent without an escort after dark, call for an escort with the walkie-talkie, and for help in an emergency, use the foghorn. Our enthusiasm dampened as we scurried to cover all openings – we didn’t want our four-legged hosts to see us as they ambled about their nightly routine. We turned out the lights, but I could not turn off my imagination and its litany of “what- if ’s.”   Needing sleep badly and anticipating the day ahead without it, I reckoned that all I could do was

GRACIOUS HOSTS •

Native Massai people served as guide during the LaMantias’ tour of the African wilderness.

trust God to keep me calm and get me to sleep – a challenge for a worry-wart like me. I prayed for safety and for trust. Imagining Mary holding my hand, I breathed slowly and kept my focus on her hand in my own. Sleep came, then was interrupted by an argument among the baboons in a nearby tree. A return to my prayerful state of mind calmed me again to sleep.  By morning, I was refreshed. I felt like I passed a test and met the day with relief and gladness. The unzipping of the tent’s door revealed an unforgettably glorious sunrise. But the lessons had only begun.  On our morning drive, we became acquainted with the miles of grasses stippled in muted tones of yellow, brown and green against calm blue skies. The Massai gave the land the name “Serengeti,” meaning, “endless plains.” Photography from NASA help estimate the plains measure 12,000 square miles. Seated in the back of a Jeep, I felt small. When the Jeep stopped, the ears enjoyed a holiday from extraneous sound, broken only by the calls of birds.  But the silence teemed with vibration of all that is hidden in those grasses. Suddenly, birds of the most vibrant colors or tiny mammals showed up, evoking excitement that comes from experiencing something truly new. I imagined it was much like the newness of Creation. Not far from the plains is the Olduvai Gorge, where the oldest human remains were found in 1986. “We’re near Eden,” I thought. I found the place holy in its simplicity, and I was moved to pray.  I opened my breviary to the morning

Psalm: “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.” I smiled. Even the Universal Church was celebrating Creation with us that day. Our guides – all indigenous people – shared the secrets of this Eden, the interplay of species, like the mutuality of the African buffalo and the oxpecker, a bird that stands on the buffalo’s back and eats insects crawling there, keeping it safe from infections. When the bird flies off its back, the buffalo learns that a predator is near.  The nastysounding dung beetle eats the dung of other species – and keeps the environment clean and livable.  When a lion attacks a gazelle, a number of different species can eat and survive. I reflected on this lesson God provided all Creation: All living things are to live in community and have a role in its existence and a stake in others’ survival. I thought about the Maasai and the protection they showed us – escorting us to our tents after dark, appearing when something was amiss. Around the evening campfires they shared their stories, teaching us about their way of life and making us feel at home. Around their dinner tables we sat with other guests from around the world, and for that time, we enjoyed being part of God’s family. On our last drive through the park, I prayed the Psalm from my breviary, “You have gladdened me, O Lord, by your deeds; for the work of your hands I shout with joy. O Lord, how great are your works!” Just then, a dove hovered over the Jeep. Dorothy K. LaMantia is a parishioner of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat.


S4 Pilgrimage & Travel

The Monitor • MARCH 21, 2019

Diocesan Oberammergau pilgrimage a unique spiritual opportunity By Lois Rogers Correspondent

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alking directly into the last days of the life of Christ isn’t an everyday experience. But it does happen every 10 years in the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau when the entire population of 2,000 faithfully recreates the Savior’s Passion, Death and Resurrection and invites the world to join them in witness. That will happen in the spring and early summer of 2020 and faithful from around the Trenton Diocese and greater New Jersey will be able to share in it, said Msgr. Sam A. Sirianni, rector of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold. “Excitement is building about the chance to attend,” said Msgr. Sirianni, who will be among the diocesan priests leading a two-day pilgrimage to the town during a 10-day European trip made available through the Graycar Travel Agency, Hamilton, June 7–16. “It’s a very unique event with a very unique history,” said Msgr. Sirianni, who said he is looking forward to sharing the Oberammergau experience with faithful for the first time. “The town has been doing this play

SPIRITUAL WITNESS • Townspeople of Oberammergau, a tiny Bavarian village, has staged a Passion play every decade since the Middle Ages. A diocesan pilgrimage to the town has been slated for next June. Courtesy photos every 10 years since the late Middle Ages when it was spared the plague,” said Msgr. Sirianni. “In thanksgiving, the people promised that every 10 years they would put on the Passion Play,” which they have faithfully done except in decades when war was raging in Europe. The whole town is involved, and preparation, which includes much practical and spiritual focus, is well underway, he said. Attending the play is a rare opportunity, he added. “The people take it very seriously. Unlike a lot of things that began as spiritual

witness and grew more secular over time, this one continues to be a spiritual witness” Msgr. Sirianni noted. The spiritual essence of the Passion Play is what is drawing Msgr. Sirianni’s brother, Father Anthony Sirianni, pastor of St. Helena Parish, Edison, and Barbara Oberding, a catechist from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mountainside, back to Oberammergau in parish pilgrimages. Both Father Sirianni, who led a pilgrimage there in 2010, and Oberding, who attended in 1980, shared October warm recollec19 –

tions of Oberammergau towns-people who take on the monumental tasks of production, costuming, staging, acting the parts, performing the music and welcoming pilgrims into their homes for refreshment. “Ten years ago, it was amazing to be part of it,” said Father Sirianni, noting that the cast and crew welcome visitors into their homes when the lengthy production breaks for dinner. Since it’s traditional to cast people who most recall

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Parishes plan pilgrimages The following parishes have excursions set for 2019-2020:

BURLINGTON COUNTY  Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, Roebling • Oct. 4-15, 2020, pilgrimage to France, visiting Lisieux, Mont St. Michel, Normandy Beach, Paris, Lourdes, Montpellier, Provence, Nice; price $4,395 based on land and air; $3,595 land only; $945 solo travel. For more information call 1-800-842-4842 or visit http://mmotcp.org  Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown • Sept. 14-22, 2020, pilgrimage to the Alpine Wonders with

reserved seats to the Oberammergau Passion Play; price $4,098 per person includes tickets to the play. For more information call 609-654-2738 or visit www.olgcnj.org  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade • Oct. 2-12, 2019, pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain, visiting Fatima and Santiago de Compostela; price $3495 based on dual occupancy. For more information call 856-667-8850 or email frwilson@olphparish.com

MERCER COUNTY  St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown • April 6 and 7, 2019, overnight pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., visiting The National Shrine of St. John Paul II, the Bible Museum and the Holy Land of America; price $200 includes bus, hotel and tickets to Shrine/Museum. Cost of food is additional. For more information call 609-933-4321 or email info@ stanthonychurch.org

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Pilgrims pray around a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, BosniaHerzegovina. CNS photo/Paul Haring

 Nativity Parish, Fair Haven • June 21-July 4, 2019, 14 days to Medjugorje and Rome; price $4,099; June 21-29, 2019, nine days to Medjugorje-only, price $2,399; June 29-July 4, 2019, six days to Rome-only, price $2,899. For more information call 732-741-1714 or visit www.

Passion Play to be staged in 2020 Continued from • S4

their character in looks and personality, it was so very special to meet the woman who played Mary. “She had been in the Passion Play since childhood. As a baby, she was carried in her mother’s arms into the play,” said Father Sirianni. “You meet so many people who grew up doing this. They tell you it is their way of honoring the Lord.” Oberding’s memories of the Passion Play are so wonderful, she said, that at 82, she wanted to return and is leading a group of 18. “I thought, I want to see it one more

time before I die. Those who are in it are so dedicated, so devoted – you could see how seriously they take it. They are so connected. It is so rewarding.” “I’ve seen other movies or stage presentations, but you don’t become as involved in the feeling of what our religion is all about. It is so emotionally rewarding,” Oberding said. The diocesan trip includes the twoday visit to Oberammergau and a six night, classic Danube River Cruise. For information and pricing, contact Graycar Travel at 609587-7057.

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pilgrimages.com/grogan  St. Anselm Parish, Wayside • May 29-June 6, 2019, pilgrimage to Italy, visiting Rome, Assisi, Florence, Padua and Venice; price $3,785 per person/double occupancy. For more information call Sandy, 732-493-4411 x102 or email www.stanselm. com  St. Mary Parish, Middletown • March 9-17, 2020, pilgrimage to Israel, The Baptistery of St. John, right, and the Duomo, the Cavisiting Nazareth, Cana, Sea of thedral of St. Maria del Fiore, are among the many reasons faithful flock to Florence, Italy. CNS photo/Paul Haring Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulpilgrimage to Switzerland and Germany, chre, Via Dolorosa; price $3,499. For more highlights include the Oberammergau Pasinformation call Francesca, 732-539-4971 sion Play, Weis Church, Neuschwanstein or email Frankrich3@gmail.com Castle, the Black Forest region, Chateau de Chillon, Zermatt, Matterhorn Museum, OCEAN COUNTY Grimsel Pass and Lucerne; price $5,499  Epiphany Parish, Brick • Nov. per person double, includes round trip air 4-14, 2019, pilgrimage to Italy, visitfrom Newark. For more information call ing Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome; price Nancy at 609-597-5100 or email home$2,999 per person from Newark. For more towntravel@comcast.net information call 732-458-0220 or visit www.churchofepiphany.org For updates to the Parish-based  St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Long Pilgrimages Roundup, visit www.trentonBeach Township • Sept. 22-30, 2020, monitor.com.

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dozen thrill-seekers on a three-hour trek in wild water streaming through a narrow canyon. “A crack in these gigantic cliffs fills with waters fed by waterfalls,” he explained. “You have to go through tremendous obstacles to get to the waterfall. It’s part climbing and part swimming through fast current.  We were from around the world and helped each other get through.”

Local photojournalist encourages travelers to combine faith, adventure

Living Faith

HAVE DRONE, WILL TRAVEL • A drone used by Catholic photojournalist Jeff Bruno captures a photo of the Citadel’s columns in Jordan. Bruno, a longtime freelance photographer for The Monitor, bought his first drone for the pilgrimage, which he called a “Catholic adventure.”

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eff Bruno foresees the need for a new genre of pilgrimage, which he calls “Catholic adventure.” And as a longtime Catholic photojournalist, he should know. “Anything that takes you out of your comfort zone can be an adventure,” he says. “You create adventure by pushing beyond the familiar.”

Story by Dorothy K. LaMantia, Correspondent Photos by Jeff Bruno

GOING TO GREAT DEPTHS • Bruno

dives in the Gulf of Aqaba, located near the northern point of the Red Sea, with dreams “of finding where Moses crossed.”

Bruno, a freelance photographer for The Monitor and former art director of global imaging for Aleteia, a daily online Catholic news and information website, spent nine days in Amman, Jordan, to photograph the country’s religious sites. The trip was co-sponsored by Aleteia and the Jordanian Tourism Bureau, which anticipated a boost to tourism after Bruno suggested to Aleteia that it should develop a resource column to encourage and provide necessary information for those interested in traveling to holy sites. Bruno said he chose Jordan because, “You can go unsupervised. It’s unregulated, less restricted.  It

gives you freedom to wander, explore and be. It’s an undiscovered Holy Land … like it was 1,000 years ago.  You get a real sense of history.”

Off the Beaten Path Last fall, Bruno and Anna Favale, director of video at Aleteia, flew to Amman – his second trip to Jordan since 2015. He bought his first drone and looked forward to his expansion into aerial photography. The duo’s first adventure FIRST PERSON • Bruno poses for a quick photo with his camera started at the airport, when inspecwhile riding in the back of a truck through the Jordanian desert. tors discovered the drone. “We were held up for three hours,” said border in Israel.” Bruno, a member of St. Mary Parish, Accompanied by a driver, a guide, and a Barnegat. “A representative from JTB [ Jordanian representative from Jordanian Tourism, Bruno and Tourism Bureau] represented us to the military Favale “combined a Catholic off-the-beaten-path and took care of everything.  We were able to pilgrimage with Indiana Jones thrown in.” use the drone in our work, even at the site where They explored the holy sites, among them Jesus was baptized, a mere 20 feet across the the world’s oldest church in Aqaba; Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial site; and Madaba, where mosaics in 19 Byzantine churches reveal the first maps of the mid-East and icons of early saints. Bruno said he found special meaning at Mukawir, the site of Herod’s Castle, where Bruno’s patron, St. John the Baptist, met his death.   “Scripture comes alive here,” he said. [Visiting] is essential for people of faith.” Bruno’s appetite for adventure was sated camping in the Jordanian desert, which was reached using three modes of transportation:  ATV, camel and Jeep over rugged terrain. “As the sun set, it got cold,” he said.  “The desert is so dark and silent, and seeing every star … made me feel so small, but so much part of the universe.  It enhanced my awe of God.” The adventure became challenging at the cliffs near the Dead Sea, where Bruno joined a See Travel • S7

Since returning home, Bruno discussed how the Aleteia adventure guide – consisting of 10 articles and seven videos – will entice readers with the beauty, adventure, and spiritual richness of the trip and become the go-to for how-to information. “Unrestricted travel comes with dangers. No waivers were signed in Jordan,” he said.  “Aleteia’s site will be where people will learn what to bring and how to do this safely.” Anticipating a market for the faith adventure, Bruno said, “We are targeting youth who want a rewarding experience of life and faith.  It has an evangelical outreach.” From his early teens, Bruno, too, developed a passion for adventure and pushing

boundaries. “I grew up on, and always was in, the Hudson River, swimming, boating, exploring, digging around. I lived on a tugboat for four years.  My daughter learned to walk while we lived there,” said Bruno, who has been married to his wife, Alicia, for 27 years. They are the parents of two children. For Bruno, his work is more than a job. “My work is evangelization. I pray daily that whatever we produce will touch and inspire someone.”

ALONG FOR THE RIDE • Fellow travelers hitch a ride on camels as they cross the desert.

LOCAL FLAVOR • A merchant offers Bruno a bulb of garlic during Bruno’s walk through a Jordan market.

A NEW DAY • Bruno catches a photo of the sun rising over the Wadi Rum valley in southern Jordan.

UNCOVERING HISTORY • Sand is swept away, revealing a

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dozen thrill-seekers on a three-hour trek in wild water streaming through a narrow canyon. “A crack in these gigantic cliffs fills with waters fed by waterfalls,” he explained. “You have to go through tremendous obstacles to get to the waterfall. It’s part climbing and part swimming through fast current.  We were from around the world and helped each other get through.”

Local photojournalist encourages travelers to combine faith, adventure

Living Faith

HAVE DRONE, WILL TRAVEL • A drone used by Catholic photojournalist Jeff Bruno captures a photo of the Citadel’s columns in Jordan. Bruno, a longtime freelance photographer for The Monitor, bought his first drone for the pilgrimage, which he called a “Catholic adventure.”

J

eff Bruno foresees the need for a new genre of pilgrimage, which he calls “Catholic adventure.” And as a longtime Catholic photojournalist, he should know. “Anything that takes you out of your comfort zone can be an adventure,” he says. “You create adventure by pushing beyond the familiar.”

Story by Dorothy K. LaMantia, Correspondent Photos by Jeff Bruno

GOING TO GREAT DEPTHS • Bruno

dives in the Gulf of Aqaba, located near the northern point of the Red Sea, with dreams “of finding where Moses crossed.”

Bruno, a freelance photographer for The Monitor and former art director of global imaging for Aleteia, a daily online Catholic news and information website, spent nine days in Amman, Jordan, to photograph the country’s religious sites. The trip was co-sponsored by Aleteia and the Jordanian Tourism Bureau, which anticipated a boost to tourism after Bruno suggested to Aleteia that it should develop a resource column to encourage and provide necessary information for those interested in traveling to holy sites. Bruno said he chose Jordan because, “You can go unsupervised. It’s unregulated, less restricted.  It

gives you freedom to wander, explore and be. It’s an undiscovered Holy Land … like it was 1,000 years ago.  You get a real sense of history.”

Off the Beaten Path Last fall, Bruno and Anna Favale, director of video at Aleteia, flew to Amman – his second trip to Jordan since 2015. He bought his first drone and looked forward to his expansion into aerial photography. The duo’s first adventure FIRST PERSON • Bruno poses for a quick photo with his camera started at the airport, when inspecwhile riding in the back of a truck through the Jordanian desert. tors discovered the drone. “We were held up for three hours,” said border in Israel.” Bruno, a member of St. Mary Parish, Accompanied by a driver, a guide, and a Barnegat. “A representative from JTB [ Jordanian representative from Jordanian Tourism, Bruno and Tourism Bureau] represented us to the military Favale “combined a Catholic off-the-beaten-path and took care of everything.  We were able to pilgrimage with Indiana Jones thrown in.” use the drone in our work, even at the site where They explored the holy sites, among them Jesus was baptized, a mere 20 feet across the the world’s oldest church in Aqaba; Mount Nebo, Moses’ burial site; and Madaba, where mosaics in 19 Byzantine churches reveal the first maps of the mid-East and icons of early saints. Bruno said he found special meaning at Mukawir, the site of Herod’s Castle, where Bruno’s patron, St. John the Baptist, met his death.   “Scripture comes alive here,” he said. [Visiting] is essential for people of faith.” Bruno’s appetite for adventure was sated camping in the Jordanian desert, which was reached using three modes of transportation:  ATV, camel and Jeep over rugged terrain. “As the sun set, it got cold,” he said.  “The desert is so dark and silent, and seeing every star … made me feel so small, but so much part of the universe.  It enhanced my awe of God.” The adventure became challenging at the cliffs near the Dead Sea, where Bruno joined a See Travel • S7

Since returning home, Bruno discussed how the Aleteia adventure guide – consisting of 10 articles and seven videos – will entice readers with the beauty, adventure, and spiritual richness of the trip and become the go-to for how-to information. “Unrestricted travel comes with dangers. No waivers were signed in Jordan,” he said.  “Aleteia’s site will be where people will learn what to bring and how to do this safely.” Anticipating a market for the faith adventure, Bruno said, “We are targeting youth who want a rewarding experience of life and faith.  It has an evangelical outreach.” From his early teens, Bruno, too, developed a passion for adventure and pushing

boundaries. “I grew up on, and always was in, the Hudson River, swimming, boating, exploring, digging around. I lived on a tugboat for four years.  My daughter learned to walk while we lived there,” said Bruno, who has been married to his wife, Alicia, for 27 years. They are the parents of two children. For Bruno, his work is more than a job. “My work is evangelization. I pray daily that whatever we produce will touch and inspire someone.”

ALONG FOR THE RIDE • Fellow travelers hitch a ride on camels as they cross the desert.

LOCAL FLAVOR • A merchant offers Bruno a bulb of garlic during Bruno’s walk through a Jordan market.

A NEW DAY • Bruno catches a photo of the sun rising over the Wadi Rum valley in southern Jordan.

UNCOVERING HISTORY • Sand is swept away, revealing a

mosaic at an archaeological site.


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On the Heels of Heroes El Salvador, Guatemala pilgrimage sheds light on lives of missionaries Story by David Karas, Correspondent

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hen you ask Father Peter James Alindogan about his recent pilgrimage in El Salvador and Guatemala, he is quick to share about the experience being transformative.

“There is a lot of risk in spreading the Good News.”

“It is very overwhelming, considering we are talking about lives being lost for the sake of our faith,” he said. “It is a real story, the story of our heroes.” Father Alindogan, pastor in Our Lady of Hope Parish, West Long Branch, spent 12 days participating in a pilgrimage organized by the Maryknoll fathers and brothers. In all, there were 27 in the group, including parish Deacon Lou Jakub, 24 priests, one brother and one history professor. The pilgrimage included several stops, including the sites where St. Oscar Romero and Blessed Father Stanley Rother were killed for their beliefs and outreach. The time the pilgrims spent in both countries underlined the dangers facing missionaries and the turmoil in the region – which, historically, has ranged from civil unrest, socioeconomic inequality and religious violence. “The fact that most houses have barbed wires and tall fences, that is already one part of the story,” said Father Alindogan, who noted that the journey from Guatemala to El Salvador also illustrated the risk. “We had armed guards with us with longbarrel guns, before and after our bus.” He added, “That is what awakened me from the comforts that I have here, especially safety and security. I was also able to experience the fear that

WARM WELCOME • Father Peter James Alindogan of Our Lady of Hope Parish, West Long Branch, greets parishioners before Mass in Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala. Photos courtesy of Father Alindogan was present.” In spending time with the missionaries and experiencing their daily lives in sharing the faith, Father Alindogan said that he was moved by their devotion. “The reflections I had are more than enough to appreciate the value of my priesthood, and also what these missionaries are doing, the risks they take every day … all the adverse situations they encounter in terms of language, culture, food [and] interference by the government,” he said. He said missionaries in the region, and elsewhere, can sometimes be seen as taking the side of the poor and supporting the cause of the poor, which in some cultures could lead to danger. “When you side with the poor like what happened to [St.] Romero and Father Rother, the two notable saints or martyrs we encountered there, you could be branded a communist, and that could really

get you in trouble,” he said. When the pilgrimage began, the group was encouraged to “come and see,” Father Alindogan said. At the close of the experience, they were asked to “go and tell” about their experiences. “Hearing the Good News is not just talking about it at the pulpit; sometimes you have to risk your life, your vocation, and your mission,” Father Alindogan said about the missionaries they encountered. “There is a lot of risk in spreading the Good News.” He added that he would encourage his parishioners to consider a pilgrimage experience in the future, so that they might also have such a transformative faith experience. “I would love for my parishioners to feel that one day,” he said.

SACRED SPACE • Father

Alindogan, right, and a group of faithful gather for a prayer service at the site in Guatemala where Blessed Father Stanley Rother was killed in 1981. Father Rother was a priest from Oklahoma.

BODY OF CHRIST • Homebound folks in Santiago, Atitlan, welcome a visit from Father Alindogan, who brought Holy Communion and spent time praying and getting to know the Guatemalan people.


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Deacon reflects on evangelization of history By Deacon Lou Jakub, Special Contributor

were not simply tour guides. Five of the six had made a gift of their lives, each spending about four decades in missionary work in Central America. The fifth had a missionary history in Africa. Their lives are currently gifts to others. Their witness to us was their personal knowledge of those they personally knew, worked with, prayed with, broke bread with and shared in the struggles of these martyrs of Central America. While we certainly revere the history of our Church and of the saints and martyrs of prior centuries, this journey grounded me in the activities of today’s missionary Church in our current history through the presence of these men. We know the quote “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” In Guatemala City at the rectory garage, site of the martyrdom of Bishop Gerardi, there is a beautiful multi-wall mural graphically displaying the history of St. Oscar Romero, Father Rother, the four religious women, Bishop Gerardi and others in a difficult period in this country’s history. After studying this mural, I noticed the following wall depicts something different, almost inconspicuous – seeds. The Maryknollers on this pilgrimage challenged us not only to “come and see” but also to “go and tell.” I guess they challenged us to help spread the seeds. Deacon Lou Jakub serves in Our Lady of Hope Parish, West Long Branch.

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his past January, I was fortunate to participate in a 12-day pilgrimage sponsored and led by Maryknoll missionaries to Guatemala and El Salvador. While there, we visited the sites and shrines of many modern-day Central American martyrs. These included St. Oscar Romero, fourth archbishop of San Salvador who was canonized in Rome in October 2018; Blessed Father Stanley Rother, the first declared American martyr who was beatified in Oklahoma City in 2017; the site of the martyrdom of four religious women, including two Maryknoll sisters in 1980; the site at the University of Central America where six Jesuits and their companions were killed, and the site of the martyrdom of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera, who was killed in 1998. At these sites where these men and women lived and died, we prayed, celebrated Mass, sang verses from the song “Holy Ground” and shared our own experiences. We heard the stories of their individual histories, not only of their activities in service to the poor but also of the struggles they had in their own lives. In a sense, these men and women were everyday people – but people responding to their own unique call to holiness. The backdrop for all these sites and shrines was the awareness of the thousands of unrecognized or little-known catechists, and religious and laymen and laywomen from these places who also gave their lives in seeking, through hardships, to follow the truths of their faith and love for the other. What really brought this pilgrimage alive and will continue to do so, I pray, was the presence of the five Maryknoll priests and one brother who journeyed with us. These men

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Worn marble steps of Holy Stairs to be uncovered for public to climb By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY • For the first time in 300 years, the marble steps of the Holy Stairs will be free from the thick wooden panels installed in 1723 to protect the stairs and left uncovered for the public. For at least 40 days, people will be able to touch and climb the bare stones that, according to tradition, are the ones Jesus climbed when Pontius Pilate brought him before the crowd and handed him over to be crucified.

“It’s an extraordinary occasion to touch the same steps as Jesus.” The soon-to-be cleaned steps and newly restored frescoed stairway will be unveiled April 11, the week before Holy Week, during a special blessing ceremony at the Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs. The marble steps were going to be left open to the public temporarily before the original

and restored wooden panels would be put back on. The decision was made during one of the final phases of the sanctuary’s restoration – a 20-year-long project overseen by the Vatican Museums and funded with the help of private donors, foundations and the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. Paolo Violini, the Vatican Museums’ head fresco restorer, and his team were so astonished and moved when they saw the degree to which the stone steps had been worn away, he felt this hidden testimony of faith had to be seen and experienced – even just temporarily – by today’s faithful. “It’s an extraordinary occasion to touch the same steps as Jesus and witness the faith of all the other people who came before us,” said the sanctuary’s rector, Passionist Father Francesco Guerra. “And it is a concrete way to become linked with those who came before us in history and the faith, who passed on the faith to us,” he said.

Faith-Worn Tradition holds that St. Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine, brought the stairs to Rome from Jerusalem in 326 A.D. The sanctuary, the walls and ceilings

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of Perth, Australia, touches the Holy Stairs where Jesus is believed to have fallen, during restoration work at the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs in Rome. Pilgrims will have the opportunity to climb the bare marble stairs for at least a month after an April 11 unveiling of the renovated sanctuary. CNS photo/Paul Haring

of which are covered with newly restored decorative paintings and frescoes depicting Christ’s passion and events of the Old Testament, was built specifically for the stairs to be venerated by the public in the late 1580s, by order of Pope Sixtus V. Since then, millions of people climbed the steps on their knees, slowly and unintentionally digging deep undulating ruts and furrows into the soft stone. One of the

28 steps was so worn away by people’s shoe tips, a hole had been bored straight through the thick slab of stone. That happened, Violini said, because that was the step where pilgrims lingered longer, to lean down and kiss “the most important step” above, which is cracked down the middle and adorned with a metal cross and a raised metal grate. According to

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tradition, Jesus fell at the 11th step, cracking it with his knee. The cross marks the point of impact, Violini said, and the open grate covers what was said to have been a spatter of his blood. During construction March 15, a worker stuck his finger through the grate to scoop out some debris and show just how much stone had been rubbed away by centuries of people touching the spot. A cross also marks another step at the top of the staircase, indicating where, tradition said, had been another drop of blood. Up until now, people had only been able to see – not touch – these areas through small glass panels in the wooden treads. A few steps were still being uncovered, and two workers chipped away some pieces of brick along the staircase walls to free the rusty metal hooks securing the 300-year-old walnut wood treads in place. Handwritten notes, holy cards, colored

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photographs, small coins, buttons and mounds of black dust spilled out from under the heavy plank, which was peppered with woodworm holes and stuck with wisps of spider silk. Workers carefully bagged the written prayer requests and mementos, which had been stuck into the open slats in the stair risers. They were to be given to the Passionist Fathers in charge of the sanctuary for cataloging and study. The objects date back to no earlier than the 1950s, Violini said, which has led the restorers to believe the stairs had probably been cleaned for the Jubilee Year of 1950.

Art & History Mei Wen, a member of the Vatican Museums’ Patrons of the Arts, came from her home in Perth, Australia, to see the steps being revealed. She said she became a major donor to the stairs’ restoration after she and her husband first climbed them in 2013. “That year what we prayed for and reflected on sort of came true so, because of that, I made a commitment that I should donate to the restoration of this project, for the faithful who want to climb the stairs

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Roman ‘holiday’ a journey through history, art, faith Story by Jennifer Mauro, Managing Editor

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nyone who’s ever thought of changing lanes smack-dab in the middle of the busyness of life, take heart: You can veer off the road quite successfully.

In fact, it may lead you on a journey – both physical and spiritual – across the globe. “Trastevere is sort of like the Greenwich Village of Rome, old and quaint with winding cobblestone streets and lots of nightlife and restaurants,” Luanne D. Zurlo writes early in her book, “Piazzas, Popes &

only a 25-minute walk from the Vatican. In her book, published by Marian Press, Zurlo explains how she traded an established career on Wall Street for that of a nonprofit in the aftermath of 9/11. After founding the organization – Worldfund, which helps improve education in Latin America – she stepped down and decided to take a four-month sabbatical, studying at the Angelicum Pontifical University in Rome. In detail that experienced travelers “Rome impacted me will appreciate, Zurlo describes the “deon a more personal lights” of travel – everything from lugging overweight bags through airports and tiny level by providing streets to learning the lessons of the road while driving for the first time in a major quiet time.” foreign city. What is especially charming is watching her stumble across culinary gems tucked Pasta: Notes from a Rome Sojourn.” into tiny streets or lesser-known statues by “Thankfully, despite the bustle on the famous artists in piazzas or small churches. streets below, my small apartment is quiet,” 15 “One of the2019 best things about touring blind – 25, StOctober Mary's Church presents… continues Zurlo, whose new residence is – just following one’s nose and not reading

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Cava de Tirreni. Be introduced to the Benedictine Abbey of Santissima Trinita, founded in the 11th century by a local saint. After a guided visit to the abbey you will have the option of celebrating Mass. (B, D)

visit the Vatican Museum** where you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s restored mural of the Last Judgment. Then it’s on to the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter was martyred. Known as the grandest of the world’s churches, St. Peter’s is unsurpassed in beauty. (B)

ahead – is being totally surprised by something that touches your senses without any forewarning or expectation.” One of those unexpected occurrences happens after attending Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s. Emerging from the Basilica, she is met by a crowd gathering in the square. The Pope appears in his high window to pray the Angelus. (This early account of the Pope will be only the first of many surprising

stories of the pontiff.) Faith experiences in the book are many, including lessons learned in Zurlo’s studies at the Angelicum and those gleaned from priests, theologians and others she meets. She also shares about how to live as an Italian versus a tourist, discusses economical differences and explains the learning curve involved in recycling in another country. Family is a strong theme throughout. Eating in Naples, for example, becomes especially moving as Zurlo and her parents, who are visiting, share a meal with relatives, descendants of her great-grandfather. “It became obvious seeing the Neapolitan Zurlos that we are blessed with a nogray-hair gene,” she writes with tenderness. The book concludes on an introspective note and Zurlo discerning choices for her life going forward, both personal and educational, as Zurlo taught at The Catholic University of America, Washington, before joining Seton Education Partners, where she currently works. “Rome impacted me on a more personal level by providing quiet time,” she writes. So for those still in the fast lane who can’t get to Rome just yet, calm the noise with “Piazzas, Popes & Pasta.”

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Trenton Monitor special Pilgrimage & Travel Section March 21, 2019  

12 page supplement featuring pilgrimage and travel destinations and insights.

Trenton Monitor special Pilgrimage & Travel Section March 21, 2019  

12 page supplement featuring pilgrimage and travel destinations and insights.