Washington, D.C. Pilgrimage

Walking in the Footsteps of our Founders

October 19 - 22, 2017
Washington, D.C.

As a country founded and populated by immigrants, many came to America to worship freely and without persecution. The ideals of justice, equality and freedom are foundational both to our nation and to our Christian faith. Washington, D.C. is the home of many landmarks and institutions that lift up these ideals and illuminate their power in an ever-changing world. Join The Reverend Matt Holcombe to explore and deepen your faith as we walk in the footsteps of our founders. Don’t forget your walking shoes — this will be a walking tour to a variety of destinations highlighted below.



Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Episcopal Church which was founded in 1823 to educate men for the ministry of Christ’s Church.  With a rich history, today, it provides graduate theological education and serves as a theological resource for the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the wider church.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

The Franciscan Monastery is the U.S. home of the Holy Land Franciscans, who have cared for people and the shrines of the Holy Land for 800 years.  Originally founded in 1880 in New York City, ground was broken on the current site in 1898 in Washington, DC, where it is surrounded today by beautiful century-old gardens with replicas of the Holy Land.

St. John's Church (Church of the Presidents)

Organized in 1815, St. Johns Church was designed to serve Episcopalians in a growing residential community in the western end of Washington.  Beginning with James Madison, every president has attended a service there, thus it is known as “the Church of the Presidents”.  It is a National Historic Landmark.

Washington National Cathedral

Although ground was not broken until 1907, the dream of a “great church for national purposes” dates to 1791 when George Washington was president.  Today, the Cathedral is dedicated to serve as a house of prayer for all people and a spiritual home of the nation.  Adorned with 112 gargoyles and 215 stained glass windows, it is the 6th largest cathedral in the world, and the 2nd largest in the United States.


The Smithsonian offers 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall.  Pending availability of tickets, we will explore the new Museum of African American History & Culture, which is the only museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture.

Monuments and Memorials

Numerous monuments & memorials surround the National Mall.  We will tour several, and  discuss how each represents a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.

TRIP DATES: OCTOBER 19 - 22, 2017

Want to join us for this holy adventure? Our next trip is open to all adults. Cost of the trip is $1300, which includes airfare and accommodations at the beautiful Mayflower Hotel.