Pilgrimage

A pilgrim who has traveled with us to multiple destinations wrote to thank us for our great trips. I thanked him for his encouragement. He wrote back,

“I guess it is human nature, everyone has their make of car, favorite scotch, etc.  Unless you have experienced another tour, the best in this case, you have no frame of reference.

You may recall our Parish went to the Holy Land last year with  __, only because the organizer always travels with Fr. ________ and ___. 

She and Father asked if we were going to go with them and I explained that if we had never been there before we probably would have gone. But, we have been there with the best and I wouldn’t go back only to be disappointed.  

I asked some of my parishioners when they got back and all loved it until you drilled down into specifics.  

Who was your guide? “Not a Catholic, but a very nice and knowledgeable guy.”

How much time did you spend at various sites? “We felt really rushed.”

Where did you eat? “In the hotels mainly.”

Was it a punctual trip? “They always seemed to be waiting on the same few people.” (They should have been walking with you!)

Mass at, and a good tour of the Holy Sepulchre?  “Stayed a long way from the Holy Sepulchre.”  (What good is that?)

Anyway, I always share our pictures and pilgrimage video you made (which other groups don’t get) with my study group and anyone who is thinking about a trip. To a person, they are blown away by the experiences and you, even the person who arranged our parish’s ____ tour.

I also send many daily pictures to our priest and my other good friend who is an administrator. 

They were especially amazed at the sites we visited on the latest Jordan & Holy land pilgrimage.  Especially the areas in Palestinian-controlled areas. 

Fr. _____ even said, “You have to have the right guides to accomplish something like that.”  AMEN!”

To see our upcoming pilgrimages this year — 3 to the Holy Land, 1 to Ireland, 1 to Lourdes & Fatima and our famous St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise and Seminar at Sea visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

To watch videos of all our pilgrimages, visit HERE.

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Update on our pilgrimages and international travel

by Steve Ray on February 24, 2021

March group riding camels

An update on our International Pilgrimages, drastic covid declines, opening of countries, the question of vaccine issues, the positive news and remaining uncertainties.

We have trips ready and anxious to fly later this year: 3 to the Holy Land, one each to Ireland, Lourdes & Fatima, and our St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise.

We are watching, praying, reporting and planning full steam ahead!

Read the update and loads of info on vaccines and no vaccines HERE.

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Great time with Amer Shehadeh and his wife Omima

by Steve Ray on February 13, 2021

Most all of you know Amer Shehadeh, my partner, guide and good friend who lives in Nazareth in Israel. Our last trip together was February 2020 before the virus hysteria. We were one of the very last groups to leave Israel before they closed the airport. He was in Houston Texas today where I was giving talks at a conference. It was delightful to have breakfast with him and his wife and catch up on so many things. We have done over 80 pilgrimage groups together and he’s a great friend. We can’t wait to get back to Israel doing what we love to do and it looks like our next trip will be in September.

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My Free St. Paul Timeline and Info on our St. Paul Cruise

February 2, 2021

Janet and I are leading our regular St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise and “Seminar at Sea” this October. We will be taking our 8 oldest grandkids. We are visiting 10 biblical sites related to St. Paul, Mary, St. John and more. We will start out from Athens, visiting Corinth, Thessaloniki, Berea, Neapolis, Philippi, Istanbul, Pergamum, Ephesus, the […]

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Nice News from a Family who Traveled with Us to Israel

January 21, 2021

Hi Steve and Janet- Here’s something positive for you. Our new granddaughter was baptized with the River Jordan water that we brought home in a plastic water bottle, as you suggested. The brown water settled with the silt going to the bottom. We put the water for the occasion and told the priest not to use […]

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Memories of our pilgrimage to Italy for the Shroud of Turin and Rome produced by the Tasler family

December 23, 2020

Fond memories of our Italy pilgrimage together. Thanks for sharing this Peggy!
Looking forward to getting back in the air again in 2021. Join us!
https://www.facebook.com/peggytas/videos/4039286342869

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Merry Christmas from our suppliers, guides and friend of Footprints of God around the world

December 22, 2020

We have had a marvelous working relationship with John Hale and Mark Slater of Corporate Travel over the last 15 years. They were magnificent in handling the whole virus situation this year and we look forward to working with them again in 2021 as the world opens up. Here are greetings from many of our […]

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Announcing new “Peace & Protection Plan” for Worry-free International Travel

December 12, 2020

Your investment deserves protection. As you know, 2020 was an unprecedented year for the interruption of international travel. In response, we have come up with a new program which is a win-win for everyone. On select tours, Corporate Travel Services now offers the Peace and Protection (P2) Plan so that you can register with the […]

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A Walk through the Holy Land with Steve Ray and John Evans

December 9, 2020

This was a delightful discussion between myself (Steve Ray) and a passionate Catholic John Evans. It is loosely entitled “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”. I hope you enjoy this YouTube.

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A Walk through the Holy Land with Steve Ray and John Evans

December 9, 2020

This was a delightful discussion between myself (Steve Ray) and a passionate Catholic John Evans. It is loosely entitled “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”. I hope you enjoy this YouTube.

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If you are looking for Christmas Gifts for a Catholic or a Catholic-hope-to-be…..

December 7, 2020

If you need Christmas gifts for a Catholic or a Catholic hope-to-be, please consider helping our family while we are grounded and purchasing our discounted products with free shipping.
Thanks and Merry Christ-mas! https://www.steveraysstore.com/

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Steve’s Interview on “Faith, Family & Fortitude” with the Rome Boys

December 7, 2020

Fun down-to-earth guys who run this interview podcast: a farmer, an entrepreneur and a theologian. Fun interview and hope you enjoy it.

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Ultimate Run thru Jerusalem with Steve

December 4, 2020

Want to go on a pilgrimage all around Jerusalem on foot? Back in 2011 when my knees were still strong I took off through all the holy biblical sites and documented them with videos and pictures. The iPhone technology was not as good in 2011 as it is today, but it was an exciting 3-hour, 6.5 miles run […]

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Delivered “500 Reasons to Be Catholic” to Luther at Wittenburg Door

November 25, 2020

I was thinking about Martin Luther and the great schism of the Western Church and thought I would share again our visit to the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany three years ago. Janet and I took a group of hardy Catholic converts to Germany to follow the footprints of Martin Luther and the Protestant revolt […]

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Talk to Equestrian Order in Michigan

November 13, 2020

Gave a talk on Israel tonight to the Lansing-Ann Arbor Michigan Equestrian Order group.
Janet and I have been members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre for 18 years. Nice evening!

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Huge Trump Convoy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv!

October 28, 2020

What an amazing thing! Miles of cars with Trump banners and US and Israeli flags driving across Israel.

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