Comments and Final Farewells from our Holy Land Pilgrimage

by Steve Ray on January 5, 2016

Good-bye and safe trips home. It was a marvelous pilgrimage with many friends made, spirituality increased along with love for Our Lord, Our Lady and the Catholic Church.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Regina T Abraham January 6, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Great to see, hear and follow the Footprints Holy Land trip through FB. God willing we pray in Jesus Holy Name, that in the future my family and I will come, learn and experience Jesus with you all.

Regina T Abraham January 6, 2016 at 10:47 PM

Love from Melbourne, Australia.

Tom Govern January 6, 2016 at 11:28 PM

Another great experience in the bag! Looks like all the pilgrims had a great and safe time! I especially liked the comments from the kids. What a great start to their lives. Everyone needs to go, and if they can, with Steve and Janet. God bless them in their efforts and leadership.

Glen January 10, 2016 at 3:12 PM

The icing on the cake were the comments by the pilgrims and I have desired and praying that my wife, 2 kids will make this trip soon with Steve. Till then be Christ’s, Glen from Dubai.

Jacki Cook January 10, 2016 at 11:10 PM

Having just returned from this Holy Land Pilgrimage with this amazing group of people and our incredible hosts Steve and Janet Ray, Amer, our brilliant guide, and Assam, our intrepid driver, I can say from personal experience that this was a visit that cannot be fully appreciated by anyone who has not been there with THIS tour. The choice of Footprints of God as hosts for this trip was the greatest decision I made. I really had no doubt, after seeing and hearing Steve’s many CDs and DVDs, that Footprints of God was going to be the only option there was for me for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Everyone other tour group I passed along the way in Israel got the same quiet reflection from me and the others: “they don’t even know what they are missing”. From the moment the adventure began in JFK when I was intimately connected with my two seatmates aboard the Boeing 747-400, and the many laughs we shared along the way, to the flight home with an similarly intimate scenario, it was non-stop fun, awe, reverence, and joy. Between the vast biblical knowledge of Steve and Janet, to the mind-boggling and deep knowledge of the local area by Amer, and his grasp of the political and social events that have shaped the Holy Land, our group got more than we paid for. Janet told us at the end of our pilgrimage that she had prayed God would pick the right people to come together for this first ever Vocation Boom! pilgrimage, organized by Jerry Usher and his team, and she said He answered that prayer! What a blessing for us all that He did. The fact that we had Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila as out chaplain, who celebrated daily mass for us at all the holy sites, and had several priests, transitional deacons, and young seminarians along just added to the magic. I have run out of superlatives for the entire experience. But I would like to say that if you are planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and you choose anyone other than Steve and Janet Ray to be your hosts, you are not getting full value for your money. This is a trip of a lifetime and Steve and Janet, and our guides and co-hosts, made it a true blessing. God bless all my fellow pilgrims and may we always remember one another with a smile.

Jacki Cook January 15, 2016 at 9:12 AM

I am so sorry and would be very remiss if I did not include Elizabeth Markey and Suzanne Parran of Corporate Travel, who handled all of our travel concerns, in my praise for this pilgrimage! They both were infinitely patient and efficient while answering all of my questions and inquiries during the many months leading up to my trip. All of their responses came immediately and they made planning for this exciting adventure a breeze. Thanks, Steve and Janet, for choosing this great company for the travel plans for us all! I made so many new friends and I desire to have them in my life always, as they, and you, will be in my prayers.

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