Friday, June 23, 2006

In Galilee

by Steve Ray on June 23, 2006

Pilgerhaus2.jpgTechnology is so amazing! What would Peter, Andrew, James, and John think if they knew I was sitting here looking out over their favorite fishing spot, right where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes using a laptop with a wireless connection, posting a blog that is read around the world. They would probably think it is just a big fish story 

We are now at the Pilgerhaus Hotel on the shore of Galilee. The pilgrims arrived safely — though a bit tired — and full of excitement. We drove north past Tel Aviv (ancient Joppa) and through central Israel past Nazareth, Meggido (Armegeddon of the book of Revelation) and many other places on our way to the Sea of Galilee and our hotel.

Pilgerhaus.jpgWe had a wonderful dinner overlooking the Sea, the Mount of Beatitudes and Tiberias, celebrated Mass for the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and then, everyone scattered — some to catch up on sleep and others to explore along the shores of the sea in the dark. Nick Russell was even out catching crabs that were scrambling around on the rocks. Eveyone seems very happy and pleased so far and they LOVE this location.

We have a great group of 50 pilgrims who are devout, excited, educated and full of fun and enthusiasm. For the vast majority it is their first time to Israel so this is GREAT fun for Janet and I to introduce them to this holy and sacramental land. Even though they were all tired from flying for over 24 hours and even though it was hot in the chapel overlooking the sea, all of them came to Mass and loved it. Fr. Gerald is wonderful and already endearing himself to the group.

More soon!


They are Landing!

by Steve Ray on June 23, 2006

It is Friday morning and we're making last minute preparations and will soon be on our Mercedes bus heading from our hotel in Jerusalem to the Ben Gurion airport to pick up the pilgrims. They will soon be landing!

In the meantime, they are still high above Europe and the Mediterranea Sea in a Lufthansa jet heading from Frankfurt Germany to the Tel Aviv airport. We will pick them up in the bus and head straightaway for Galilee — about 2-3 hours depending on traffic. Everyone will be exhausted from the long flights from the USA.

We will have a quick welcome dinner at our gorgeous Pilgerhaus Hotel on the shores of Galilee. Everyone will be to bed early and ready to leave in the morning for Cana, the Mount of Transfiguration and Nazareth. We are all very excited!

I will try to keep the blog updated as we go along, not only with news of our trip, but also with other interesting things and newsworthy items. If you have interesting things I should post on my blog, please feel free to send it to me at