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Young Adult Pilgrimage: Constantinople, Ephesus, Smyrna, and Cappadocia

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The National Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is pleased to announce the sixth annual National Young Adult Pilgrimage. This year’s Pilgrimage to the Constantinople, Ephesus, Smyrna, and Cappadocia will take place from May 27-June 5, 2011, over Memorial Day weekend. Once again, His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas, the Director of Church, Society and Culture for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will lead young adults through sites of great historical and spiritual significance for all Orthodox Christians.

The journey will begin in Constantinople, where participants will visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the great Cathedral of Hagia Sophia, the Church of Christ at Chora, the Monastery of the Zoodogos Pigi (the Life-Giving Spring), the site of the celebrated shrine of the Panaghia at Blachernae, Topkapi Palace, as well as the great covered Bazaar. In Cappadocia, we will be visiting some of the 3,500 rock churches identified in the area, along with amazing rock formations and an underground city, Kaymakli.  We will also be traveling to the ancient city of Ephesus, where St. Paul founded the Church in 53-56 AD, and where he wrote letters to the Galatians, Philippians and to the Corinthians.

“We have been offering these Pilgrimages over the past few years to give young adults the opportunity to not only grow in their Faith, but have a first-hand experience with our historic Church,” stated Fr. Mark Leondis, the Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

Full details and registration for will be available soon.  Space is limited to 30 young adults and is on a first-come, first-served basis.