THE REV. Robert Herzog of Mount Airy is looking forward to his spring sabbatical as more than a vacation. To him, it is a chance to travel an "apostolic journey."
After months of planning and researching every stop on the itinerary, Mr. Herzog departs April 11 on the first leg of his sabbatical.
The rector at St. James Episcopal Church describes the 18-day journey that will include stops in Greece, Turkey and islands in the Aegean Sea as a "dream come true for me."
He sees this opportunity to visit the places he studied in seminary in a context larger than a mere vacation. "It's an amazing phenomena to actually go to the places where the word was written and the speakers spoke," Mr. Herzog said.
For the past 20 years, the Episcopal Church has made a provision for its priests to dedicate time for a sabbatical during their seventh year of service with the church. The time spent during the sabbatical is what the individual feels he or she needs to achieve a temporary separation from daily work, while providing an opportunity to return to spiritual roots.
Mr. Herzog, who has been planning the trip since the fall, will be traveling with a group of Christian scholars. The group hopes to be able to get past traders and amusements, and have a chance to "feel, see and touch the space," said Mr. Herzog.
The idea for this trip, what Mr. Herzog has named "In the Footsteps of St. Paul," came about when his longtime friend and mentor decided to make the journey. It fit perfectly with the Mount Airy priest's sabbatical, so he decided to join the group.
Mr. Herzog is looking forward to visiting his favorite apostolic community of Ephesus in Greece.
"Not only is it a time to re-energize, but an experience to share with the congregation," Mr. Herzog said. He plans to use his photographic talents to capture the journey. The balance of the rector's sabbatical time will be spent at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. His plans include independent study and a chance to organize his impressions of the trip. "I want to put what I learned into bite-size pieces for the congregation to be able to digest," Mr. Herzog said.
Breakfast with mayor
In honor of the 30th birthday of National School Breakfast Week, Mount Airy Mayor Jerry Johnson joined Mount Airy Elementary students in the cafeteria for breakfast last week.
The breakfast program is in its second year at the school.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County Edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 3/08/96