Pilgrimages

Join us in England!

by Steve Ray on September 7, 2019

We have put together a marvelous pilgrimage to England. The Catholic history is remarkable. The martyrs stamped their image on this land. Experience the history of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. Visit the pub of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. Study GK Chesterton. See the itinerary below and check out the interactive map and more info here.

Day 1  October 1, 2020 | Depart USA Depart on overnight flights to London, England.

Day 2  October 2, 2020 | Arrive London | Chatham
Arrive in London and meet your British tour manager at the airport. Board your private motor coach for transfer to Chatham,

Kent and check in to your hotel. Celebrate an opening Mass, followed by a special welcome dinner. Overnight in Chatham.

Day 3  October 3, 2020 | Canterbury | Chatham

This morning, take a day trip to Canterbury to visit St. Dunstan’s church. See the burial site of St. Thomas More’s head, celebrate Mass at St. Thomas Church, and enjoy a walking tour of the city. Visit the cathedral where St. Thomas Becket was martyred in the 12th century. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping. Dinner on your own and overnight in Chatham.

Day 4  October 4, 2020 | Our Lady of Consolation Shrine | Arundel | Chatham

Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation for a tour and celebrate Mass at the historic and humble Shrine. See the priest hiding hole and learn of the church’s significance during the English Reformation. Proceed to the city of Arundel, enjoy lunch on your own, then tour the active castle of the Catholic Duke of Norfolk. Take a walking tour of historic Arundel, including the Cathedral and the tomb of St. Philip Howard, English martyr for the Catholic faith. Dinner as a group and overnight in Chatham.

Day 5  October 5, 2020 | Stonor Park | Oxford

Depart this morning for Stonor Park, home of the Catholic Stonor family. Tour this historic and working manor house. See the priest hiding holes and hear the story of St. Edmund Campion, a martyr and onetime resident of Stonor Park. Celebrate Mass in the Stonor Park Chapel. Continue to Oxford to tour this world-famous University City. See the Martyrs’ Memorial and the place of execution during persecutions. Visit the famous sites of the Oriel College and Oxford Oratory. Have the opportunity to stop for a pint at the Eagle and Child pub where the Inklings, the writers’ group to which C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien belonged, met every Thursday evening. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Oxford.

Day 6  October 6, 2020 | Chelsea | Hampton Court Palace | London

Check out of your hotel and depart for London. Visit Chelsea to see the highlights of St. Thomas More’s life, celebrate Mass at Allen Hall Seminary and visit with a renowned priest and historian. Take a walking tour to visit Thomas’ home upon the Thames, Roper Park, and the Chelsea Church where Thomas used to worship. Following lunch on your own, visit Hampton Court Palace, where Thomas More was in service to King Henry VIII. Step back in time and see the English life of royal power and pleasure. Dinner at leisure and overnight in London.

Day 7  October 7, 2020 | Tower | City Tour | Westminster Abbey | Walking Tour

Today visit the Tower of London and see the impressive Crown Jewels during a private opening. Pray at the site of St Thomas More’s execution, the tower where he was held, as well as the crypt of St. Peter’s ad Vincula—the place of burial for St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher. Enjoy a boat ride along the Thames, stopping off to ride the famous London Eye, which boasts the most beautiful views in all of London. Enjoy lunch, then celebrate Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Conclude the afternoon with a walking tour, including Westminster Abbey and a visit to the tomb of St. Edward the Confessor. Dinner on your own and overnight in London.

Day 8  October 8, 2020 | Tyburn Convent | Optional Touring

Celebrate Mass and visit the sisters this morning at the Benedictine Tyburn Convent. See the Shrine of the Martyrs, which houses many venerated relics, namely, those of the martyrs who died on Tyburn Field. Venerate the site of the Tyburn Tree, where many Catholics were martyred. Stop in Hyde Park to see the Speakers’ Corner. Visit Brompton Oratory, home to the congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, founded in the 16th Century. Time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Explore a variety of touring options independently by taking the London Tube to sites such as the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, or the famous St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. Conclude the pilgrimage with a special farewell dinner. Overnight in London.

Day 9  October 9, 2020 | Departure to USA

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Poland 9: Final Comments & Farewells!

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2019

We are unable to fit everything into one video so we added this final video with our last moments of the trip. This includes our amazing dinner, farewells and comments, and the departure.

We especially want to thank our partners and making this trip such a success including Corporate Travel Services and Ave Maria Radio along with GM Travel.

Poland is an amazing pilgrimage country and one will be visiting again soon in 2021 with Ignatius Press.

As you watch the short video you’ll see what all of our pilgrims thought of the trip and their compliments not only to Poland, the Catholicity of the country, our services and suppliers but just a general overall awe and appreciation of the pilgrimage.

 

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In February 2020 we have 15 seats left open to “Holy Land Part II with Jordan.”

All NEW SITES for those who have Holy Land. Exciting places few people ever see on trips to Israel.

Lots of Old Testament locations and the New Testament as well. Drink water from Jacob’s Well in Samaria, visit the Tombs of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Hebron and call down fire from heaven on Mount Murhakah with Elijah the Prophet.

Explore the pre-1976  Jordanian military bunkers, learn to use a sling like David used to kill Goliath in the Elah Valley and much more!

We begin this trip with four days in Jordan–an amazing biblical country.

So many people have the city of Petra on their “Bucket List” which we will enjoy for a whole day!

For information visit my Holy Land II website or contact my associates at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net or call ?(866) 468-1420?.

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Poland 8: Market Square & Wieliczka Salt Mine

August 29, 2019

Today has two videos: our full day and,second posted soon as Part 2 with comments from Al and Sally Kresta, our final extraordinary dinner along with Comments and Farewells. A free morning for everyone to enjoy crack off and the 13th century caps on market Square which is one of the oldest and largest squares […]

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At Auschwitz Today: St. Maximillian Kolbe the Martyr and Auschwitz

August 28, 2019

Since we are walking through the horror of Auschwitz today I wanted to share the story of one hero who gave his life in exchange for another man–a father and husband. St. Maximilian Kolbe was starved to death – and we visit his death cell today. Click here for the whole story and pictures… St. […]

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Poland 6: St. JP II Center; Divine Mercy Center; Tour of Krakow

August 27, 2019

The last time we were here the new St John Paul II Center was still under construction, though still spectacular. Today we saw the finished product and it was stunning and everyone enjoyed it. In the center of the huge sanctuary is a vial of the Pope’s blood. A short drive to the Divine Mercy […]

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Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy: A Short Biography & History

August 27, 2019

Since today we are praying the Divine Mercy at the bones of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska at the convent in Poland, I thought I would share this short biography and history. Click here for the whole story with pictures…. The Biography of St. Maria Faustina. (August 25, 1905 – October 5, 1938)
 An excerpt from Apostle of Divine Mercy, a […]

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Poland 5: Zakopane to Wadowice to Kalwaria to Krakow

August 26, 2019

It’s sad to leave the pine-covered mountains of Zakopane. The hotel here has been very comfortable and it will be hard to get people on the bus to leave 🙂  But this morning we head to Wadowice which is the birthplace of St. Pope John Paul II, known then as Karl Józef Wojtyła. Here we’ll […]

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Poland 3: Warsaw to Czestochowa to Zakopane

August 24, 2019

Today we say goodbye to Warsaw as we travel south to Czestochowa where we had Mass (homily here) and where we saw the famous “Black Madonna“. We had lunch and walked around the grounds a bit before boarding the bus again and heading further south to the border between Poland and Slovakia into the mountains […]

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Today in Niepokalanow, Poland: Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s “City of the Immaculata”

August 23, 2019

Niepokalanow, Poland: Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s “City of the Immaculata” Today we are in Niepokalanow where St. Maximilian Kolbe set up the “City of the Immaculata” and helped save Poland’s faith as it was about to descend into the tyranny of the Nazis and the Soviets. Today their Catholic Faith is exemplary. So, I thought I […]

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Arrival in Poland – Blessed Fr.Jerzy Popieluszko

August 22, 2019

Everybody arrived in Poland today in good order, except two pilgrims who missed their connection but will join us soon. We are at the beautiful Westin Hotel in downtown Warsaw and we had Mass at St. Stanislaw Kolska (excellent intro homily here) and a tour of the museum and venerated the tomb of Blessed Fr. […]

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On the Shores of the Jordan: My 10 Minute Talk on Being Born Again

August 2, 2019

I put this up today because I received an email from a young man who said he had left the Catholic Church. He said his mom had sent this video to him and it started his journey back into the Church. I gave this little talk to our pilgrimage group in Jordan where we had […]

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St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise & Pilgrimage brochure and pricing just released!

June 26, 2019

Our popular St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise and “Seminar at Sea” is now open for registration. Cabins are limited – first come, first serve. Register soon because this trip is very popular and there is already a list of interested cruisers. We only do this Mediterranean Cruise every two years. For an interactive map, a […]

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Mary a Mediatrix? Isn’t there just One Mediator?

June 12, 2019

The Bible says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Yet Catholics refer to Mary as a Mediatrix (feminine form of the word mediator). So, isn’t that prima facie evidence that Catholics make up doctrines, worship Mary and disregard the Bible? […]

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Good-bye Paris! Fairwells & Comments

June 12, 2019

The trip has come to an end and the bus is headed to the airport. It was more successful than we could’ve hoped for and it was a beautiful trip. Combining that D-Day commemorations on Omaha Beach in Normandy France along with all the saints and shrines of France made for a spectacular pilgrimage. Our […]

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Incorrupt Saints of Paris: Sts. Catherine Laboure & Vincent de Paul; Boat Ride on Seine River

June 11, 2019

After visiting the Church of the Miraculous Metal where we  venerated and prayed at the incorrupt Body of Saint Catherine Labore, we walked a block or two away to have Mass in front of the glass tomb of Saint Vincent de Paul who body is also incorrupt (homily here). Very meaningful and powerful for us […]

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