PGC Gene Loose
1999 Holy Land Pilgrimage
Gene Loose, Past Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Ohio, led
the 1999 Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage. Sir Knight Loose led
33 ministers and priests to Israel on March 1-11. Created more than
20 years ago by Knights Templar, the national program's goal is to
provide men and women of the clergy-most of them with only a few
years in the profession-a first time work-study experience in the
part of the world where Jesus lived, taught and performed miracles.
Knights Templar picks up the tab, including air transportation and
accomodations. Spending money is the responsibility of each pilgrim.
The group was assigned a Jewish guide, Ezra, who led them to
dozens of ancient sites where the prophets of Christianity, Judaism
and Islam roamed. "You're there and you look down and see where
Jesus did this and Jesus did that," said Loose. The
group feasted on roasted fish on the banks of the sea of
Galilee. The tour included stops at the Mount of the Beatitudes, the
River Jordan and the Garden of Gethsemane. "Jerusalem was probably
the most exciting place to visit,"said Loose. "You always dream of
what it would have been like, especially during Holy Week when Jesus
arrived in the city, died and was resurrected."
SK Loose says a woman on the trip said it best,"It's like
opening a Christmas gift and finding box after box after box after
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