A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Pray for first responders
at Blue Mass
on Oct. 6

Red Cross honors Catholic chaplain
as first responder

Blessing of the animals, 2017


Walk with St. Paul
on pilgrim journey
in Greece, Turkey

Latinos to gather
at V Encuentro

Presentation Sisters close Los Gatos
center after 60 years

CSU Catholics
meet Sept. 24
in Hayward

Newman Hall fetes
50 years

New collaboration offers cathedral
music offerings

High School
Information Guide

Diocese's newest
high school seeking
its founding class

Schools help hurricane survivors

Moreau Catholic Students incubate social justice ideas

life-long learning:
De La Salle's new
Learning Center

Summer Academy
hits the mark at
Bishop O'Dowd

SJND students
make friends, serve
in Chiloquin, Oregon

placeholder September 18, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

A panoramic view of the Greek island of Santorini in the evening.
Courtesy photo


At left, the moon is seen behind the ancient temple of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. At right, attendees to the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 were able to see this mosaic of St. Paul from the Vatican museums.

Walk with St. Paul on pilgrim journey in Greece, Turkey

"Always remember this: life is a journey. It is a path, a journey to meet Jesus. At the end, and forever. A journey in which we do not encounter Jesus is not a Christian journey."

Pope Francis

We are invited on such a journey described to us by Pope Francis. We will accompany St. Paul on his journey through Greece and Turkey. We will walk in his steps and stand in the very places where he preached the Gospel.

Rev. Neal Clemens

We will enter monasteries and churches and walk among the ancient ruins.

Joining you on a pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey is an answer to a personal prayer of mine for I have traveled many times through the Holy Land; lived in the historical city of Ur of the Chaldeans in Iraq; and journeyed with Saints Peter and Paul in Rome; and now we have the privilege to walk with St. Paul in Greece and Turkey.

As we begin our journey it is good to recall that St. Paul's journey began with an encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Damascus. It was there that Paul realized that the Church is the living body of Christ.

At that, St. Paul constantly uses the phrase "in Christ" to express that the Church is the mystical body of Christ.

On our pilgrim journey through Greece and Turkey; through village and town, church and temples, ruins and modern structures, monasteries and shrines, we journey as that mystical body which St. Paul so boldly proclaimed.

(Father Neal Clemens is pastor at Queen of All Saints Parish in Concord.)

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2017 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.