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

by Steve Ray on September 20, 2018

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


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 whole consecration in Aramaic is also on the homily video. Make sure to also hear him sing the consecration in Aramaic, the language of our Lord Jesus. Beautiful! Be sure to listen to Deacon Jim’s inspiring reflections here.

Holy Shroud Exhibit — remarkable and very moving. Lunch at Rossini’s Christian Restaurant. Free time and then…

…a Solemn Entry into the Tomb with Franciscan accompaniment.


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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Israel Day 6: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Riding Camels

September 17, 2018

We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here. We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we […]

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Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day – including Dancing!

September 16, 2018

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus. Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in […]

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

September 15, 2018

Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.” Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. […]

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Israel Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Tabgha, Primacy & Magdelena

September 14, 2018

We started our day at the Mount of Beatitudes and had Mass at the same place Jesus gave his sermon. You can watch Fr. Gavin Badway’s homily here. Then up to Banias which in the Bible is called Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock the Keys in the Chair.“ We drove […]

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Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

September 13, 2018

Mass at Mount of Transfiguration (Fr. Gavin’s excellent homily here), renewal of wedding vows in Cana and all kinds of amazing things in Nazareth. Enjoy today’s video!

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2nd Half of our Group Arrive in Israel

September 12, 2018

The second half of our group, those who did not join us in Jordan, have arrived in good shape. We picked them up at the airport in Tel Aviv and brought them up to Tiberias where they arrived on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We had a great dinner and Mass and they […]

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Jordan Day 5: Baptism Site and Crossing into Israel

September 12, 2018

We left Madaba Jordan and went down to the lowest place on the face of the earth for a Mass  on the shore of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. For Fr. Gavin‘s family, click here. We spent the morning learning and investigating the site and then drove north along the Jordan River and […]

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Jordan Day 4: Petra! Cooking Class and more

September 11, 2018

One of the  Seven Wonders of the World and a site related to biblical history with both Moses and St. Paul, today we toured Petra! This is one of those sites that seems to be on everyone’s Bucket List. We left our beautiful Marriott Hotel and entered the massive  and colorful sandstone corridors leading up […]

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Jordan 3: Biblical Sites of Nebo and Machareus; Madaba and drive to Petra

September 10, 2018

Always great to visit these biblical sites in Jordan. We started the day with Mass at Mount Nebo where Moses looked out over the Promised Land and died. Father Gavin gave another excellent family which you can listen to here. I gave my talk there at the end of Moses’ life which you can see/watch […]

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Jordan Day : Mass at Our Lady of The Mountains, Birthplace of Elijah, Roman Jerash, Jabbok River

September 9, 2018

Great first day! We left early and drove north up into the mountains of Jordan just 20 miles south of the Sea of Galilee for Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains where a miracle took place. You can hear Fr. Gavin‘s homily here which was one of the finest opening homilies for a pilgrimage […]

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Our Group Arrives in Amman Jordan

September 8, 2018

Happy to say that everyone arrived safely and in good order. Only one glitch with a few folks from Florida (Fr. Gavin and Janine among them) who got diverted but they arrived at 2 AM. The Queen Alia International Airport in Amman Jordan is an amazingly beautiful modern airport.  Jordan is one of the safest, […]

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$500 Discount for October 2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage – once only opportunity

September 6, 2018

Due to some last minute cancellations, we are offering $500 off per person to fill the bus. An offer like this has never been made in our history and will not be made again.
Download the brochure here.
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