A full last day. The Via Dolorosa to Calvary, from Calvary we took a tour of the Holy Sepulcher and Mass in the Crusaders Chapel (homily here). Back for breakfast and a visit to the Western Wall before Lunch at Rossini’s. Everyone always enjoys a free afternoon to go see what they wanna see, take a rest, pray or whatever is on their heart. We visited the Shroud of Turin Exhibit then had dinner on the roof of Jerusalem. Enjoy!


Exciting fun day! Camels and Dead Sea are enough to make it a fun day.

Homily at Notre Dame here. See Jerusalem in miniature. Feet in Jordan River and floating in Dead Sea.

These Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre are having a great time and the best Catholic experience possible in the Holy Land. Enjoy!


Our Equestrian Order Group with Bishop of Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on October 17, 2018

We had a meeting in the Latin Patriarchate and this is our group after our audience with the bishop.  All of the Knights and Ladies received their Pilgrimage Shells at the hands of the bishop.



Wow! What a Day! Mass at Gethsemane, Equestrian Oder meets Jerusalem Bishop, Solemn Entry into Tomb…

October 16, 2018

There’s no way to capsulate all that we did today. And, we did it at a time when Israel is more crowded than we’ve ever seen it in 20 years. Buses everywhere people, people everywhere, not one room is available in any hotel in Jerusalem. But we did what we came to do. We had […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

October 15, 2018

What a great day, all day, in Bethlehem! The Church of Nativity, buying olive wood carvings, supporting the local Christians, visiting a Catholic school, Mass in Shepherds Field (Fr.Richard’s homily), authentic food from Bethlehem, and dinner and dancing. Enjoy the day as you join us!

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Day 4: Capernaum, Sailing on Galilee, Ancient Boat, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation, to Jerusalem

October 14, 2018

Wonderful day. Enjoy!

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Pilgrimage Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea, Golan Heights, Overlooking Syria back to Galilee

October 13, 2018

Great day in the North. Mass at Beatitudes (see homily here). We then drove to the northern tip of Israel at the base of Mount Hermon to Caesarea Philippi where I have my talk “Peter the Rock and Keys.” Lunch at Druze Restaurant, discussed the dad Middleeastern situation while looking over Syria. Back to See […]

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Equestrian Order in Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Renewing Wedding Vows in Cana & Incarnation in Nazareth

October 12, 2018

We had a great first day tying the Old and New Testaments together at the Mountain of Transfiguration. You can see/hear Fr. Michael’s homily here.  Then to Cana of Galilee to renew our wedding vows before lunch at a local family restaurant in Nazareth. If standing in front of the cave where the Angel Gabriel […]

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Arrival in Israel…Pilgrimage Begins!

October 11, 2018

The first day is always the toughest after a long airline flight. But everyone arrive in good shape, no luggage was lost and we arrived up in Tiberias in time for dinner. It was a late dinner, but dinner nonetheless. Everyone is tucked into their beautiful rooms— all of them with a balcony seaside view […]

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Delightful, Fast-paced, Creatively Artistic, 14-minute Video of our Holy Land Pilgrimage

October 6, 2018

Enjoy this beautiful video of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages. This was created by videographer Michael Hess. Janet and I couldn’t break away. Enjoy!!

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Grateful Pilgrims Comment on September Holy Land Pilgrimage

October 3, 2018

Grateful pilgrims write: Steve & Janet, This “Thank You” is very belated because we are still processing all we learned on this fantastic trip! It no way reflects any negative feelings, because all we felt about the trip is very positive.  You both gave us a lot of information and experiences that keeps popping up […]

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Mexico: Why NOT to Go and Why TO Go

September 25, 2018

Montezuma’s Revenge, drug cartels, filthy country, not safe… These are some of the perceived reasons not to go. Understood. It is a common perception from listening to the mainstream news. They don’t tell you the good things, only the sensational.  Even in the United States, which is a very safe country to visit, there are […]

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Pilgrimage Journal of our Pilgrimage to Ireland: Beautiful Write-up by Mike Sweeney

September 22, 2018

This is a remarkable journal of our recent pilgrimage to Ireland following the Heritage of the Emerald Isles. You can read it here.

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Farewells & Comments at Close of Pilgrimage

September 20, 2018

Enjoy the fun and camaraderie as everyone prepares to leave for home. Lots of fun, nice comments and endorsements.

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Israel Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass in Aramaic, Holy Shroud Exhibit, Ceremonial Entrance into Tomb

September 19, 2018

We started the day by leaving the hotel at 5 AM in the morning to walk the Via Dolorosa in peace and quiet after which we did a tour of the Holy Sepulchre  and touched the top of Calvary where the cross once stood. We then had Mass. Fr. Badway’s excellent final homily here.   His […]

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Israel Day 7: Gethsemane, Paternoster, Ascension, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Upper Room, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem

September 18, 2018

A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray […]

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