Tuesday, October 1, 2019

J2A Pilgrimage to Croatia

June 16 - 24, 2019


Country in the Balkans


Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. Wikipedia

The J2A Pilgrims from St. Martin's

The names of the Pilgrims are:

Sam Alexander
Aidan Chen
Alex Norris
Benjamin Nordstrom
Rachel Smith
Kate Granata
Caroline Serifillipi
Grant Gaffney
William Fenstamacher
William Stovall
Fitts Henderson
Annie Guest
William McLaren
Mac Thrasher
Jack Fry

These pilgrims are members of our Journey to Adulthood Program

J2A usually begins in the 8th grade and is the next stage of our youth’s journey to adulthood. In this two year class, our youth will learn the importance of relationships and community as they work towards a spiritual pilgrimage to Croatia that will take place in the summer of 2019. By raising funds for their pilgrimage and becoming active in our Parish and community, our youth will learn skills they need to carry on into their adulthood. With the guidance of four inspired adults, this group will experience life changing events that will shape their relationship with both God and their peers.

Photos from their presentation at St Martins

Click here to see the photos from their presentation 

Please see below detailed descriptions of each day:

(more photos to come)

St. Martin Episcopal Church - Croatia - June 16 - 24, 2019

SUNDAY: The St. Martin pilgrims have started there once in a lifetime journey to Croatia, one of Europe’s
hidden treasures. After a long airplane ride your team will travel from the airport to the thriving city of Split
and your seaside home in Croatia. We will meet in this historic land, starting our journey through a time of
dialogue, prayer. A hearty meal a swim in the sea and a good night rest will prepare our team for the
upcoming voyage. Are you ready for a real adventure? Croatia is our adventure for the next several days.
Theme: The ocean said – Be quiet and listen!

MONDAY: Marjan Hill Park sits on the outskirts of Split. These hills and their forests are the soul of the
bustling city and the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the region you will be exploring. We will hike
the Pilgrims path were believers would go to escape the city and pray. We will be following the trail of
historic churches and stop for reflection at the Church of St Nicholas the Traveler. In the afternoon, we
will take a walking tour/ Scavenger hunt of Split, where you will get to know the ins and outs of this
special city. This is the perfect introduction to our pilgrimage week. Theme: Between now & Not yet!
Living in the present.

TUESDAY: Our day begins with a visit to Salona, the ancient capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
Many a Christian was killed in Salona for their faith in Christ. We ponder their martyrdom and the power of
Rome in those ancient days. Next, we travel to the Adriatic city of Trogir a UNESCO World Cultural
Heritage site. Here the team has time to explore, walking through 2300 years of tradition. Its rich culture is
a product of influence from the Ancient Greeks, the Romans, and the Venetians. Trogir is a rich
concentration of palaces, churches, and towers. A fortress on a small island deserves its nickname "The
Stone Beauty". After a good swim in the sea we set off to Split for dinner. Theme: What do you want to
live for -Looking for Legacy

WEDNESDAY: Today we visit Krka National Park. It is one of Croatia’s treasured national parks. Our day
will be filled with natural wonders. We will hike, swim near waterfalls and visit an ancient Franciscan
monastery (Visovac Monastery) on a tiny island. Your day of Croatian creation will be soothing to the
body and soul. Dinner on our way home will be a cultural experience in a proper Konabar located in a
small village. Theme: Adversity in our lives. Dying to our illusionary self.

THURSDAY: Giving back to the communities we visit is a vital part of pilgrimage. We will give of
ourselves in the morning as we serve the Good News Church of Split in creative ways. In the afternoon,
we are on to new adventures as we head south down the coast to visit the city of Makarska and walk
amongst the Croatian (Holy Shrine at Vepric) and the Stations of the Cross) The landscape, covered hills,
caves, greenery and roaring river resembles the Lourdes in France. Throughout the year, this place of
pilgrimage is visited by travelers and pilgrims from all over the world who come to admire the spiritual and
natural phenomenon. Theme: Serving - Jesus came near

FRIDAY: One of the brightest reminders of God’s love and creativity is His creation. We will enjoy a
beautiful journey on the open sea sailing to the Blue Lagoon and visiting an Island. We will enjoy the
power and awe-inspiring beauty of God’s creation. Back in Split we grab dinner before we return back to
Podstrana our home on the sea. Theme: A Day of Wonder - What had you hope for?

SATURDAY: Today we learn about the great Diocletian palace. Split is situated on the shores of the
Adriatic Sea. From the 5th to the 2nd century BC, Greek colonists settled the mainland. Later, the
Romans followed in particular the Emperor Diocletian, who, being of Dalmatian origin, elected to build a
huge palace near the sea. This palace is today the heart of the inner city of Split where the most
important historical buildings can be found. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around
Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The importance of
Diocletian's Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation, stretching from
Roman times onward. After our tour the team will have lunch, shop for souvenirs and have time to
explore. Theme: Hospitality - Welcoming the stranger

SUNDAY: On our last full day in Croatia we will worship together with our Croatian sisters and brothers in
Christ at the Good News Church in Split. In the afternoon, we’ll let you enjoy lazy beach time before an
evening where we will enjoy a special Croatian celebration meal up on the mountain behind the Pension
where we stayed. A lamb prepared for you. Theme: A fresh fire - What makes your heart burn?

MONDAY: You have had an incredible week exploring Europe’s hidden jewel, the Adriatic paradise of
Croatia. The food has been rich, the spiritual exploration deep, the exploration intriguing and the
friendships enriching. Our prayer at Wonder Voyage is that as you leave this pilgrimage you remember
that your life continues on pilgrimage as long as your heart longs after the Lord.  Blagoslov iz Hrvatske
(Blessing from Croatia).