Pilgrimage

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Our last day here in Israel was packed with events including free time. The climax of our trip was the Via Dolorosa and touching the top of Calvary where the blood of Jesus flowed. After that we had a tour of the church of the Holy Sepulchre before we had Mass with the Franciscans at the Tomb. Jesus came out of the Tomb again for us this morning!

We also went to the Western Wall on Bar Mitzvah Thursday and lunch at Rossini’s before free time in the afternoon. We then regathered for dinner and dancing in Bethlehem and all of our farewells and hugs goodbye.

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In summary, today was surrounding the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion. We started with Mass at Gethsemane which for many people is the most moving site on the trip (homily here). Up to the Paternoster where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father and Ascended into Heaven.

Upper Room and Church of Dormition where Mary fell asleep and much more. Enjoy the movie!

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

May 14, 2019

This is more of a fun day.  We had Mass to start the day at the Notre Dame chapel (homily here).  We visit the Israel museum to see the city of Jerusalem on a small scale from the time of Christ. We also see the Dead Sea Scrolls before descending down into the Judean wilderness […]

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Day 5: Bethlehem all day AND Solemn Entry into Tomb

May 13, 2019

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem and had Mass in a cave. Again the homily was exceptional. We visited the Church of the Nativity to touch the Birthplace of Christ and spent time shopping and supporting the local Christians. We drove to the Promenade where I told my “Story of Salvation History from Adam […]

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Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, Eating St.Peters Fish, Visitation & Arrival in Jerusalem!

May 12, 2019

Today is the big transition from a Galilee to Jerusalem. We only move once during our pilgrimages for the convenience of the people. This morning was all about the Sea of Galilee where we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood.” The readings were from John chapter 6 – […]

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Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Syrian Border, Galilee & Gastronomic Heaven

May 11, 2019

On our third day here in the Holy Land we spent the day in the north. Mass at Beatitudes (homily here). One of the highlights was visiting Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said “You Are Peter and on This Rock I Will Build My Church…” Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock & Keys.” We  stopped […]

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Excellent Journal of all Aspects of our Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

May 11, 2019

If you want to read an excellent journal and recap of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages, you will love reading these insightful well-written entries covering all aspects of the trip. Glenn Juday is a scientist, scholar and writer. He covers things from safety to biblical understandings, from the people he met to sites we […]

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(Video fixed) Day 3: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

May 11, 2019

No sense in me writing a whole lot here in black-and-white when you can watch the video and see it in living color. But a quick summary: we started the day early in the crisp morning air heading to Mount Tabor where we celebrated the Transfiguration Mass at the top of the mountain (homily here). […]

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Excited Pilgrims Arrive in Holy Land Anticipating God’s Blessings!

May 9, 2019

Everyone arrived in good order and in good time. They’re a bit tired; everyone is excited to arrive on the shores of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and a moonlight Mass (homily here), their first in the Holy Land! See you tomorrow for a busy day at the Mount of Transfiguration, renewal of wedding […]

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Israel Independence Day May 9 – Interesting Facts & Population Figures

May 8, 2019

We just arrived in Jerusalem last evening (Wednesday, May 8) and we pick up our sold-out group of excited pilgrims at the airport in Tel Aviv tomorrow which is Israel’s Independence Day. Celebrations have already begun. These are a tough bunch of people and I consider their existence and regaining of their land (Genesis 17) […]

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Safety Concerns in Holy Land for our May Pilgrims

May 7, 2019

People are seeing in the news that missiles are flying out of Garza into Israel. It would stand to reason that any pilgrims coming to the Holy Land in the near future would be concerned. [Update: Sunday afternoon around 4:00 PM Eastern time it has been reported that a ceasefire has been reached.] [Update: As […]

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Walk and Mass: Sunday Morning in Rome

May 5, 2019

Janet and I wanted to see the newly restored and uncovered marble steps at the Scala Sancta Church so we took an Uber car there this morning. We then walked around Rome, had Mass at San Clemente in front of the bones of my two favorite Apostolic Fathers, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Clement […]

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Steve’s 2nd Interview with Al Kresta on Poland and Modern Saints

May 4, 2019

Poland is an amazingly Catholic country, even after having passed through the oppression of Nazism and Communism. It is vibrant, friendly, rich in culture and Catholic faith. It is also the land of modern saints. Join me and Al Kresta for a discussion of this incredible country. Al and I also invite you to join […]

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Check Our Popular Family Christmas Holy Land Pilgrimage

April 26, 2019

Our Family Christmas Holy Land Pilgrimage has become very popular!  You are home for Christmas day and in Jerusalem during Christmas break! It is amazing to watch the kids interact over these eight days and the impact on their spirituality is tremendous. Check out our trip this year! Convenient to have the dates over Christmas […]

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Pilgrimages Compared to Car Dealerships

April 22, 2019

There are two big issues people struggle with before going to Israel: safety and price. We will deal with safety later, but let’s deal first with price. You’ll notice that my prices are typically $500 – $1000 more than other pilgrimages. If you compare prices on the website you’ll find this to be true. I […]

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