Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

A Spiritual Journey to Turkey

In the Footsteps of St. Paul and the Early Christian Community
May 28-June 14, 2008


Experience firsthand the richness of early Christian life, art, and history on a journey through Turkey with faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology. Professor of Sacred Scripture, Rev. John Endres, S.J.; Professor of American Religious History, Rev. Thomas Buckley, S.J.; and Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion, Dr. Mia Mochizuki, are leading "A Spiritual Journey to Turkey," from May 28 through June 14, 2008. The trip will follow "the footsteps of St. Paul and the early Christian community," through many places of historical and spiritual interest, incorporating some inter-religious learning experiences of Judaism and Islam.

The itinerary includes visits to many of the sites connected with St. Paul in Asia Minor (e.g. Tarsus, Antioch, Ephesus, Miletus, Iconium, and Antioch in Pisidia). The group will travel to Cappadocia and its beautiful cave churches, Nicea, Myra (the birthplace of St. Nicholas), several cities mentioned in the Book of Revelation and important to the early Church, and the exotic city of Constantinople (Istanbul). This unique opportunity blends the spiritual, cultural and academic into one inspiring trip. John Endres, S.J. comments, "The great experience of the hospitality of Turkey and the Turkish people will be a gift to those who join us on this journey." He adds, "It is an opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about the Bible and the early church." Physical proximity to where the church fathers lived and ministered offers a new perspective for understanding the Bible and appreciating the growth of the early church.

The trip is limited to 30 travelers. For further information and to reserve your spot on this adventure, please visit

The leaders may be reached via email at:;; or or by phone (510) 549-5000.

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