Today was all day Florence. We step back hundreds of years to marvelous Catholic culture of the Renaissance. What a beautiful and enchanting city full of history and art, good food and nice people.

We started our day by walking to Santa Croce Church (Holy Cross). This commemorates the finding of the true cross and is a Franciscan church—the largest Franciscan church in the world.  Besides marvelous art and history it also has the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, and Dante along with other luminaries.

Mass at the Duomo was marvelous and we could’ve spent an hour more discussing the amazing paintings inside the dome. Father Fran’s homily was excellent again!

We took off walking again through the city and came to the museum which houses Michelangelos “David“.

Everybody have the afternoon free to find a nice café or pizza shop, walk around revisiting the churches, shopping or resting.

We regrouped at 4:30 and walked to a exquisite experience. We had a fun cooking class in Florence and then we ate dinner after watching the chef prepare it (fantastic video of cooking class uploaded tomorrow). I hope you enjoy today!


Visit Tomb of St. Augustine, Tour of Florence…

by Steve Ray on April 23, 2018

We left Milan early in the morning and drove to Pavia where we had a tour and Mass at the tomb of Saint Augustine. Fr. Fran’s “home run” homily.

Then a lovely drive what prayers and stories, lunch and nap time arriving in Florence.

We took a an initial tour of the city, another great dinner and then settled into our beautiful hotel overlooking the Duomo.




Enjoy today’s incredible spiritual adventure in Milan Italy! Inspiring homily at Church of St. Ambrose.


Arriving in Milan Italy, Amazing Duomo Cathedral, Renewing Baptismal Vows at St Augustine‘s Baptismal Font…

April 21, 2018

Everyone arrived safely in Milan Italy and we had an amazing day. The emphasis of the day was the amazing Duomo Cathedral which took hundreds of years to build and is one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The Duomo is the 3rd largest church in Europe and it contains the baptismal font […]

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Good-byes, Farewells & Comments

April 12, 2018

Enjoy meeting our pilgrims and sharing their emotions, thoughts and good-byes.


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Full & Fun Final Day: Jericho, Camels, Dead Sea, Jordan River…

April 12, 2018

The last day is always fun and exciting. We started off the day with Mass and breakfast at the beautiful and elegant Notre Dame Center. Father Courtney gave another wonderful homily to summarize the trip and to bless all the religious items. From the Israel Museum to the Jordan River and from Jericho to Qumran. […]

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Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Western Wall, Visiting Tomb, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem…

April 11, 2018

There was too much happening today to fit in one 15 minute YouTube video so we have two shorter videos for you today. To avoid the huge crowds we got up very early in the morning for the Stations of the Cross arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for our tour and Mass […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Rain, Mount Zion and more

April 10, 2018

Today we started out with Mass at Gethsemane. It is very moving and powerful for the people and some said it was a highlight of their trip so far. Fr. Scott’s homily is HERE. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives and lunch at a Jewish kibbutz. Then to Mount Zion where we […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

April 9, 2018

Today we started out with supporting the local Christians in Bethlehem by buying olivewood and other religious items from their store. By doing so we helped over 65 Christian families. Then we went to Shepherds Field where we had Mass in the Cave of the Shepherds. Enjoy another great Fr. Courtney homily here. A nice […]

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Capernaum, Boat Ride on Galilee, Visitation…

April 8, 2018

Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. Another outstanding homily by Fr. Scott Courtney. Then to see the 2000-year-old ancient boat from Jesus’ time and a boat ride on the Sea of Gallilee. After eating St. Peter’s Fish we headed north to Jerusalem. I told my conversion story along […]

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Northern Israel: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Primacy of Peter and more

April 7, 2018

Join us today in Northern Galilee. Enjoy the famous and fun homily at Beatitudes by Fr. Courtney here.

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Eventful Day at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

April 6, 2018

Join us for the highlights of our exciting first full day with this group. We started early to beat the crowds to Mount Tabor For Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration. You can enjoy Fr. Scott’s homily HERE. Renewal of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee before an authentic Nazarene lunch in Nazareth. After a […]

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Off to Great Start in the Holy Land!

April 5, 2018

Opening day and all is well!

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Holy Land with Fr. Sean Sheridan – President of Franciscan University of Steubenville

March 20, 2018

Our next three trips have been completely sold out for months — our trip in June is the next one with seats open, but only less than 15 seats and they are filling fast. Just a head’s up if you want a great time of year and a marvelous chaplain!

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Two Seats have opened up on our April Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 14, 2018

Our April Holy Land trip has been sold out for months but a couple just had to drop out so two seats are open but will go fast. If you know anyone interested call (866) 468-1420 or visit http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/pilgrimage/holy-land-wi…

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Virtual Pilgrimage Podcast

March 12, 2018

I recently gave talks at the Lansing Men’s Conference in Michigan. The Director of Evangelization asked me for an interview which I read away agreed to. He wanted to talk about pilgrimages and the effect it has on people and what we do and more. Here’s what he wrote… “We just posted our “Armchair Catholic” […]

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