“In June alone, 310,200 tourists entered Israel – an increase of about 2% compared with June of last year.
(PICTURE: Our full bus of pilgrims in June 2018. One of 8 trips this year to the Holy Land.)
“For the first time, Israel crossed the threshold of 2 million tourist arrivals by the end of June… [I]n the first half of the year, there was an increase of 19% in overall tourist entries compared to the same period last year.“

In June alone, 310,200 tourists entered Israel – an increase of about 2% compared with June of last year.” (Source: Israel Travel Bureau)<

STEVE RAY HERE:  Considering that the population of Israel is around 8 million people that means that in the first half of this year 1/4 of the number of the population of Israel toured Israel. Or by the end of the year, if the numbers remain consistent, 4 million people will visit Israel which is half of their total population.

I am here to tell you that — having visited Israel over 160+ times and taking thousands of people — it a safe and marvelous and spiritual and biblical and beautiful.

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Our last day was rich with spirituality, friendship and fun. We started out VERY early in the morning but everyone thanked us later ?

Fr. Sean Did a marvelous job leading us prayerfully through the Stations of the Cross leading to the type of Calvary.

Our final Mass of the Pilgrimage was celebrated on the top of Calvary where Jesus hung on the cross. You can listen/watch his three minute Homily here.

Enjoy today’s movie and hope you can join us on a trip in the future.


Today we started with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. Fr. Sheridan’s emotional homily here.

Then to the top of the Mount of Olives, an overview of Jerusalem that is spectacular and my talk “The Story of Salvation History“ with it all right before our eyes.

Lunch at a Jewish Kibbutz, saw the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, visited the place Commemorating the end of Mary’s earthly life, the Upper Room and the dungeon of Christ at Gallicantu.

And the crown jewel was next. After two hours to shower and relax and regroup at the Notre Dame Center we walked over to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to join the Franciscans as they escorted us personally and very specially into the Tomb of Christ. No one realized how cool this was until we actually did it.

After that, we had dinner on the rooftop of Jerusalem looking out over the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre.




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

June 25, 2018

Great day of fun and adventure. Enjoy! Fr. Sean’s excellent and humorous homily here. Steve Ray’s 5 minute talk on “Temple, Circumcision and Gentile Salvation” here.

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Great Pictures, Charts and Info on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

June 25, 2018

Since we are experiencing the amazing and rare Solemn Entry into the Holy Sepulchre to visit the tomb today ushered in by the Franciscans, I wanted to share these many beautiful and helpful pictures, diagrams, charts and more about the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. See all this wealth of information written and visual. For me […]

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Day 5: Bethlehem all day with Mass in a Cave, Nativity, Dinner and Dancing!

June 24, 2018

A great day in Bethlehem starting with shopping at one of the most beautiful Christian shops in the city. Lots of fun! Then to the Church of Nativity to touch the birthplace of Christ. Very emotional! Have you ever eaten a falafel or Shwarma? That was our next stop. Very tasty! And we even got […]

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Day 4: Capernaum, Ancient Boat, Boat Ride, St.Peters Fish, Visitation & Jerusalem

June 23, 2018

We hope you enjoy today’s adventures. Leave a comment and I’ll read it to everyone on the bus. Fr. Sean’s excellent homily here.

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syria overlook, Primacy and Multiplication of Loaves

June 22, 2018

Busy day, fun day and deeply educational and spiritual. Enjoy! Fr. Sean Sheridan’s homily at Mount of Beatitudes. PART ONE: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Druze Villages, Golan Heights, Syria and back to Sea of Galilee. PART TWO: Tabgha, Multiplication of Loaves, Primacy of Peter (St. John 21), Swimming in Galilee, Magdalena one of the finest restaurants […]

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Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

June 21, 2018

Great first full day in Israel! Enjoy! Fr. Sean Sheridan’s Homily on the Mountain of Transfiguration. Steve Ray’s Talk in Cana here.

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Our Sold-out Group Arrives in Israel

June 20, 2018

Everyone arrived in good order and ready to go. No luggage lost and we got up to Galilee in good time. However, it was one of our latest arrivals ever since the plane arrived over three hours late. But we’re all settled in and ready for a big day tomorrow starting with the Mass at […]

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New Grandbaby, New Books and In the Air to Israel

June 16, 2018

“Do Nana and Papa live at the airport?” That’s what some of our grandchildren have asked. And I guess it’s a justified question since were always heading to the airport. We just boarded another plan for Israel for a pilgrimage that we are leading in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with the president of […]

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Why a Pilgrimage is an Important Aspect of the Spiritual Life

June 5, 2018

Here’s why a pilgrimage is an important aspect of the spiritual life It corresponds to something deep within our heart. Philip Kosloski One spiritual devotion that spans all major religions is the action of going on pilgrimage. It is an ancient concept, one that appears to correspond with a basic desire in the human heart. […]

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Ireland and Israel Summer Pilgrimages SOLD OUT

June 1, 2018

Happy to announce our June Israel trip and August Ireland trips are SOLD OUT! We still have limited seats open for our Fall trips: Jordan-Israel, St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise, Mexico-Guadalupe and Family Christmas Holy Land. Check out our “still open” pilgrimages at www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

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Saints and Shrines of France WITH 75th Anniversary of D-Day at Beaches of Normandy

May 30, 2018

Join us in France! We have the opportunity to fulfill two great objectives: 1) See the unprecedented saints and shrines of France, and 2) Remember our men who fought in World War II on the beaches of Normandy on the 75 Anniversary of D-Day. We will visit the most amazing churches soaring into the sky […]

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Pilgrimage Farewells and Comments from Jerusalem

May 25, 2018

Here are some of the final farewells and comments from the pilgrimage. It’s always fun to hear what people thought and how the pilgrimage affected their lives. Janet also gives her little speech at the end which many have found to be very profound and helpful.

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Riding Camels, Floating in Dead Sea, Qumran, Jericho, Brother Charles’ Story and more

May 24, 2018

Enjoy a marvelous and fun camel-riding, Dead Sea floating, museum visiting and walking thru 1st century Jerusalem day! Fr. Dan’s closing homily and final pilgrimage blessings here.

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