|Fr Kelly with Everest Academy students.|
By Kelly Luttinen
Clarkston, Michigan, May 21, 2010 – Fr. Eamon
Kelly wants to encourage everyone to visit the Holy Land.
Calling the place the “5th Gospel,” Fr. Kelly said, “In
our age it is hard to hand down our heritage,
to help people understand the facts about Revelation. But we
are called to a new evangelization, and the Holy Land
is a superb resource. It offers a gentle revelation. There
the stones talk.”
He believes there is good reason God chose
the Holy Land as the place to bring about man’s
salvation. “An ancient map of the world shows that the
Holy Land’s location between Asia, Europe and Africa was considered
‘the center of the world,’” he said.
Kelly has been
a Legionary for 36 years and serves as Vice Chargé
of Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center in Jerusalem, Israel. The
center is property of the Vatican and is run by
the Legionaries of Christ since 2005. It provides lodging for
pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, a school for students studying
hospitality, and a meeting ground for ecumenical, interreligious, and diplomatic
meetings. Fr. Kelly discussed his experience at the Jerusalem Center
with parents and students at Everest Academy in Clarkston, Michigan,
on May 21, 2010. Some Everest families and friends will
be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr.
Daniel Pajerski LC in April 2011. (For more information, see
|The Everest visit was part of an intensive US tour by Fr. Kelly ending in early June.|
The Everest visit was part of an intensive US tour
by Fr. Kelly ending in early June. Other stops on
the tour include Connecticut, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver, Washington
and Atlanta. He presented at various venues such as LEGATUS
and LUMEN Chapters, Schools, several Catholic churches, a synagogue and
even a Presbyterian church.
Living at the Jerusalem Center brings the
full experience of the Holy Land, Fr. Kelly said. “We
are located just 200 yards from the Church of the
Holy Sepulcher. We can see the Mount of Olives from
our window, and we are not far (11 minutes of
walking) from the location of the Upper Room (the site
of the Last Supper).”
Fr. Kelly has given more than 1,000
tours at the Notre Dame Center featuring the “The Man
in the Shroud” display at the center’s Museum, about the
Shroud of Turin. Fr. Kelly discussed some stunning features of
this “icon written in blood” as Pope Benedict commented on
May 2, 2010 after venerating the image in Turin, Italy.
|The Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center|
Kelly told students that an Israeli botanist has discovered images
on the shroud of flowers that grow only in the
Jerusalem area. He also said that shroud’s image has characteristics
which allow the development of a three-dimensional light image, a
hologram. “Who could make such an image?” he asked the
children. He did not give an answer, saying that he
always leaves such conclusions to his audience.
Also during this presentation,
he discussed the September 2009 discovery of a first century
synagogue, (reported by CNN last summer -click link)
considered to be the oldest synagogue in northern Israel, on
the property where the Notre Dame of Galilee Center is
being developed. The synagogue is located in the former town
of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Fr. Kelly told his audience that ceramic and coin evidence
shows the synagogue had not been used since the year
67 AD, when historical records show Magdala was destroyed by
the Romans. He also showed his audience a slide of
a large limestone rock the size of a small altar,
including a carving of a 7 branched menorah, or candelabra,
thought to be the oldest such depiction of the ancient
Jewish religious symbol.
For more information about the “Man in the
Shroud” Museum, the Jerusalem Center or the Galilee Center go
to www.notredamecenter.org or and www.magdalacenter.com.
Those interested in details
about the Everest Academy family pilgrimage to the Holy Land
from April 22-May 1, 2011, can contact Fr. Daniel at
248-620-3390, extension 9323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.