Day full of fun with swimming in the Dead Sea and riding camels. We also renewed our baptismal vows in the Jordan River and toured Qumran.

Lunch in Jericho and Israel Museum. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here). Enjoy.


All day in Bethlehem. Enjoy!

Fr. James’ excellent Christmas homily in a Cave here.


IMG_7755We started the day with Peter, James, Andrew and John on a boat going across the sea of Galilee he. It was a little windy and choppy but a genuine experience.

The Mass at Capernaum was especially meaningful today. Knowing that Jesus had healed thousands of people there we had a special healing Mass with the Anointing of the Sick. Very touching.  You can see the Homily and Anointing of the Sick here.  I gave a talk to explain the site and then we went to eat St. Peter’s fish.

Then we embarked on the ride south, but UP to Jerusalem. We stopped along the way at the place of the Visitation where we prayed another Mystery of the Rosary and I gave my talk about Mary the Ark of the New Covenant.

Then we arrived at our beautiful Catholic Notre Dame  Hotel where we settled in and had some free time and dinner. Tomorrow it’s all day Bethlehem!


Mass at Beatitudes, Steve’s Talk on Peter, Druze Lunch, Fr. Jame’s Story and more

February 18, 2017

We started with Mass at Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The excellent homily is <a href=”http://www.yorutube.com/watch?v=mO1MQJJHw4A” target=”_blank”>here</a>. A nice hour drive north to the Lebonese border with Fr. James Conlon telling his vocation story. <img src=”http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_7648-169×300.png” alt=”” width=”169″ height=”300″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1591484″ /> We arrived at Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk and […]

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Transfigured, Renewed Marital Vows and Met the Holy Family in Nazareth

February 17, 2017

Great day in Galilee. Started with wild taxi ride up Mount Tabor for Mass and for teaching on the Transfiguration. Another great homily here. Many people very moved. Then to Cana for Renewal of Wedding Vows and Steve’s teaching on John 2. Lunch in Nazareth before arriving at the Church of Annunciation at the cave […]

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Jordan Group at Jesus’ Baptismal Site and Crossing into Israel; Group 2’s Arrival in Israel

February 16, 2017

Today the Jordan group left them on and we drove down to the Jordan River and had Mass on the shores of the river where Jesus was baptized. You can watch/listen to the homily and watch the renewal of baptisms here. Today the Jordan group left them on and we drove down to the Jordan River […]

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Amazing Petra: World Heritage Site of Stunning Beauty – Full Tour!

February 15, 2017

Colorful gorges, galloping horses, Bedouins and Camel drivers, the Treasury of Indiana Jones’ fame, rock caves and tombs, hot mint tea, multi-colored sandstone corridors 300 feet high – great experience. Many people said they were happy to scratch this one off their “Bucket List.” We also had Mass in one in one of my favorite […]

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Amman to Mt. Nebo to Madaba to Petra Jordan

February 14, 2017

Third day in Jordan seeing so much! Mass at Mount Nebo where Moses looked across the Jordan Valley into the Promised Land (excellent homily here).

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Birthplace of Elijah, Mass at Miracle of Mary, Jerash, Wrestling Angels: 2nd Day innJordan

February 13, 2017

A great first full day in Jordan. We started by visiting the birthplace of Elijah, then Mass at a church that just experienced a miracle of Mary (Fr. Conlon’s Homily), then a great authentic Jordanian lunch. In the afternoon we visited to the exquisite Roman ruins of Jerash. Then we visited the Jabbok River where […]

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Arrival of our Group in Amman Jordan

February 12, 2017

Today everyone arrived on Air France safely and excitedly in Amman Jordan. We took them to our hotel for a great dinner and Mass and then to bed for a big day tomorrow. Here you can see all your loved ones arriving and see some good views of the beginning of the pilgrimage and our […]

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Beatitudes are Sunday Readings: Enjoy Fun, Amazing Homily on Location in Galilee

January 28, 2017

Fr. Scott Courtney LOVES the Beatitudes as you will see. Watch his 10-minute Homily at the Mount of Beatitudes while our chaplain in Israel. Enjoy!

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Early Morning Via Dolorosa, Mass at Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and Dancing in Bethlehem

January 5, 2017

Our last day of pilgrimage was a fantastic conclusion to a deeply spiritual and whole lot of fun adventure. Enjoy today’s recap as we wake up at 5:00 AM to pray the Stations of the Cross before the streets of the Old City turn into chaos. Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (excellent […]

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Screaming on Camels, Dead Sea Mud (yuck!), Jordan, Jericho and more

January 4, 2017

Fun day. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here). Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Mud in Dead Sea, camel rides and more. Enjoy!

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Fr. Matt Lays Down During Gethsemane Homily, Salvation Story, Upper Room…

January 3, 2017

Great day on Mount of Olives including Mass at Rock of Agony (homily here), Story of Salvation History in 24 minutes, Mount Zion, Tomb and more.

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Slinging Stones Where David Killed Goliath, Mass in a Cave, Touching Place of Jesus’ Birth….

January 2, 2017

All day in Bethlehem. We took everyone shopping and then to Mass in a cave where the shepherds kept their sheep (homily here). After eating swarma and falafil sandwiches (watch Fr. Gregory cooking falafils!) we touched the place where Jesus was born… …and then had a great time in the Elah Valley where David killed […]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Mass at Peter’s House, Eating Fish Jesus Ate, Kids in Trees and more

January 1, 2017

What a fun day with the families – kids climbing trees like squirrels to listen to my talks. Great Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God where Jesus lived with Peter (homily here). Eating the fish Jesus ate and lots more – enjoy!

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