Thursday, December 29, 2016

Steve Ray here. I conceived of the idea of a Family Holy Land Pilgrimage a few years ago when I saw how many young people were leaving the faith as soon as they got into college. I remember how my four children were fundamentally changed by their early trips to Israel with us.

I though, “Why should parents and grandparents pay $50,000+ to send their children to university where so mean lose their Faith when they could spend a fraction of that to send them to the Holy Land with us — to insure they will NEVER lose their faith?”

So, here we are in the Holy Land in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with two full buses of marvelous excited kids and young people galore! Enjoy our first day arriving in Israel! We had our first Mass at Mount Carmel at Stella Maris and you can listen to the opening homily here.

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