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The Right Rev. Jon J. Bruno

Bishop of the

Diocese of Los Angeles


         "Iyad Qumri is an Arab, A Palestinian, and a Christian." He initially began to learn his profession under the tutelage of The Rev. Canon John Peterson, at that time the Dean of St. George's College (Jerusalem); and he became licensed as a Guide by the State of Israel's Ministry of Tourism in 1997. He is fluent in Arabic, English and Hebrew; and by all accounts, he has become one of the most knowledgeable guides in the Holy Land.


        Over and above all of this, he is the only Licensed Guide we know of who is an Episcopalian; and having spent most of his life in and around St. George’s Cathedral and College, he is thoroughly familiar with the diocesan parishes and institutions in Israel and the West Bank. In fact, as the direct result of guiding close to 300 Pilgrims from Southern California over the last five years and introducing them to his Palestinian Episcopalian brothers and sisters, I recently had the privilege to make him a Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Everyone who has traveled with him knows how deserving he is of this recognition, but without exception they also will say that his wife Simone and sons Sami and Rami contribute mightily to his ministry and should share in this recognition. I wholeheartedly agree, and I state unequivocally that there is no one in the Holy Land better equipped to assist in planning and constructing a Pilgrimage tailored to any Pilgrim’s specific objectives and needs."


The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno

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The Right Rev.

Edward J. Konieczny

Bishop of Oklahoma


"Iyad has the ability to weave historical, cultural and Biblical facts into our Christian story that enhances the spititual nature of the pilgrimages he leads. Working with Iyad to plan our Journeys to the Holy Land is always a joy! His knowledge and attention to detail has made every trip a huge success."


        "There are many guides in Israel, but none who possess the commitment, character, and professionalism seen in Iyad. Through his extensive experience, knowledge of the Holy Land, and professional relationships, Iyad is able to guide so journers into a life changing and spiritually enriching pilgrimage. There is no other guide I would consider for any of my trips to the Holy Land."


The Right Rev. Edward J. Konieczny

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        "I have worked with Iyad to design pilgrimages since 1999, and the groups always express deep appreciation for his thoughtful attention to minimizing wasted time standing in lines, and creating unique opportunities for prayer and reflection at many of the Holy Places we visit."


The Very Rev. David Duplantier 

The Very Rev.

David Duplantier

Dean Christ Church Cathedral

New Orleans, Louisiana

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The Rev. Canon

John L. Peterson

Hendersonville, North Carolina

"For the last 33 years I have been working closely with Iyad Qumri at St. George's College, Jerusalem, and now with Qumri Pilgrimages.  Over these three decades I have seen Iyad grow into one of the best, if not the best, tour guide, licensed under the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, leading church groups on Pilgrimages in the Holy Land.  Because Iyad is a faithful Palestinian Christian Anglican in the Diocese of Jerusalem, he understands the culture and traditions of pilgrims.


          Today the staff of Qumri Pilgrimages offers a high quality pilgrimage for parishes, cathedrals and dioceses.  No one can be on a Qumri Pilgrimage without having their understanding of the Scripture deepened and their faith strengthened.  Qumri Pilgrimages always open new windows into the Bible, the land, the historic churches in Jerusalem, and the peoples of the land for all pilgrims."


The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson 

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The SJJE Brothers

Cambridge, MA

"The leadership provided by our longtime friend Iyad Qumri for the 30 members of our “Fellowship of St. John” and four SSJE Brothers was inspired and inspiring. Iyad’s melding of historical, biblical, and political insight; his attention to countless details for us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” in this land of promise and conflict; his gentle humor and sometimes-hard questions made for a transformative experience for all of us pilgrims."


-Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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The Reverend Andrew T.P. Merrow

The Reverend Beth Phillips

The Reverend Brenda G. Husson

The Reverend Canon Anne Tumilty

The Reverend Canon Deborah G. Tammearu

The Reverend Canon Denis O’Pray

The Reverend Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce

The Reverend Canon Howard Anderson

The Reverend Canon John H. Taylor

The Reverend Canon John L. Peterson

The Reverend Canon Susan C. Harriss

The Reverend Carol Anderson

The Reverend Carol Arney

The Reverend D. Wallace Adams–Riley

The Reverend Daniel Simons

The Reverend Deacon Nancy R. Crawford

The Reverend Dennis Gibbs

The Reverend Dr.  Anders Bergquist

The Reverend Dr. David Jackson

The Reverend Dr. Deborah Dresser

The Reverend Dr. Jane Patterson

The Reverend Dr. John G. Lewis

The Reverend Dr. Kathleen Galvin

The Reverend Dr. Luk De Volder

The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon

The Reverend Dr. Samuel T. Lloyd III

The Reverend Dwight Dela Torre

The Reverend Donald L. Hamer

The Reverend Doyt L. Conn

The Reverend Eliza R. Ragsdale

The Reverend Gary Bradley

The Reverend Gena Davis

The Reverend Hannah E. Atkins

The Reverend Jodene Hawkins

The Reverend Jonathan B. Coffey, Jr.

The Reverend John D. Badders, Jr.

The Reverend Keith G. Owen

The Reverend Keith Yamamoto

The Reverend Lane Hensley

The Reverend Mark D. Wilkinson

The Reverend Matthew Moretz

The Reverend Meredith Holt

The Reverend Nigel J. Taber- Hamilton

The Reverend Pamela L. Werntz

The Reverend Pat McCaughan

The Reverend Paul Lillie

The Reverend Peter Haynes

The Reverend Peter F. Walsh

The Reverend Ripp Hardaway

The Reverend Robert L. Sessum

The Reverend Robert G. Trache

The Reverend Roy A. Cole

The Reverend Scott J. Brown

The Reverend Stephen Huber

The Reverend Susan Thon

The Reverend Thomas J. Brown

The Reverend Thomason L. Newcomb

The Reverend Whitney Edwards


The Right Rev. Dr. Douglas John Fisher

The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche

The Right Reverend Artemio M. Zabala

The Right Reverend Bob Gordon Jones

The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe

The Right Reverend Don Edward Johnson 

The Right Reverend Dr. Edward J. Konieczny

The Right Reverend Eugene T. Sutton

The Right Reverend Gary Lillibridge

The Right Reverend Gayle E. Harris

The Right Reverend George E. Councell

The Right Reverend Gordon P. Scruton

The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno

The Right Reverend Joe G. Burnett

The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane

The Right Reverend Laura J. Ahrens

The Right Reverend M. Thomas Shaw

The Right Reverend Mary D. Glasspool

The Right Reverend Michael J. Hanley

The Right Reverend Morris K. Thompson

The Right Reverend Sean W. Rowe

The Right Reverend Sergio Carranza-Gomez

The Right Reverend Stacy F. Sauls

The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely


The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates

The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle

The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez

The Rt. Rev. Jeff W. Fisher

The Rt. Rev. Jose A. McLoughlin

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas


The Very Reverend Melissa McCarthy

The Very Reverend Troy Mendez

The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori

(In no particular order)
BISHOPS.. Clergy
& Other group leaders
We at Qumri Pilgrimages are grateful for these bishops, clergy, and other group leaders with whom we have had the joy of collaborating…and for our abiding friendship!

            Lord Jesus Christ, you were a pilgrim in this Holy Land. Now you lead and guide us on our pilgrimage. As we follow in your steps, we ask the grace to keep our eyes on you. Open our hearts that we may find you not only in ancient stones, but in your people and in each other. Let your words be a fire burning within us. Write your Gospel upon our hearts. Give us a spirit of prayer that we may return full of grace and love – and not return full of facts only. Lord, Teach us to pray in the very land where you taught your disciples. 

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