Pilgrimages

All Day Bethlehem!

by Steve Ray on October 15, 2018

What a great day, all day, in Bethlehem! The Church of Nativity, buying olive wood carvings, supporting the local Christians, visiting a Catholic school, Mass in Shepherds Field (Fr.Richard’s homily), authentic food from Bethlehem, and dinner and dancing. Enjoy the day as you join us!

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Wonderful day. Enjoy!

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Great day in the North. Mass at Beatitudes (see homily here). We then drove to the northern tip of Israel at the base of Mount Hermon to Caesarea Philippi where I have my talk “Peter the Rock and Keys.”

Lunch at Druze Restaurant, discussed the dad Middleeastern situation while looking over Syria. Back to See of Galilee to visit and teach and pray at Primacy of Peter and Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish.

Then some free time before dinner at Magdelena which is one of the best restaurants in Israel. Enjoy!

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Equestrian Order in Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Renewing Wedding Vows in Cana & Incarnation in Nazareth

October 12, 2018

We had a great first day tying the Old and New Testaments together at the Mountain of Transfiguration. You can see/hear Fr. Michael’s homily here.  Then to Cana of Galilee to renew our wedding vows before lunch at a local family restaurant in Nazareth. If standing in front of the cave where the Angel Gabriel […]

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Arrival in Israel…Pilgrimage Begins!

October 11, 2018

The first day is always the toughest after a long airline flight. But everyone arrive in good shape, no luggage was lost and we arrived up in Tiberias in time for dinner. It was a late dinner, but dinner nonetheless. Everyone is tucked into their beautiful rooms— all of them with a balcony seaside view […]

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Delightful, Fast-paced, Creatively Artistic, 14-minute Video of our Holy Land Pilgrimage

October 6, 2018

Enjoy this beautiful video of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages. This was created by videographer Michael Hess. Janet and I couldn’t break away. Enjoy!!

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Grateful Pilgrims Comment on September Holy Land Pilgrimage

October 3, 2018

Grateful pilgrims write: Steve & Janet, This “Thank You” is very belated because we are still processing all we learned on this fantastic trip! It no way reflects any negative feelings, because all we felt about the trip is very positive.  You both gave us a lot of information and experiences that keeps popping up […]

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Pilgrimage Journal of our Pilgrimage to Ireland: Beautiful Write-up by Mike Sweeney

September 22, 2018

This is a remarkable journal of our recent pilgrimage to Ireland following the Heritage of the Emerald Isles. You can read it here.

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Farewells & Comments at Close of Pilgrimage

September 20, 2018

Enjoy the fun and camaraderie as everyone prepares to leave for home. Lots of fun, nice comments and endorsements.

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Israel Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass in Aramaic, Holy Shroud Exhibit, Ceremonial Entrance into Tomb

September 19, 2018

We started the day by leaving the hotel at 5 AM in the morning to walk the Via Dolorosa in peace and quiet after which we did a tour of the Holy Sepulchre  and touched the top of Calvary where the cross once stood. We then had Mass. Fr. Badway’s excellent final homily here.   His […]

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Israel Day 7: Gethsemane, Paternoster, Ascension, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Upper Room, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem

September 18, 2018

A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray […]

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Israel Day 6: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Riding Camels

September 17, 2018

We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here. We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we […]

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Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day – including Dancing!

September 16, 2018

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus. Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in […]

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

September 15, 2018

Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.” Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. […]

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Israel Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Tabgha, Primacy & Magdelena

September 14, 2018

We started our day at the Mount of Beatitudes and had Mass at the same place Jesus gave his sermon. You can watch Fr. Gavin Badway’s homily here. Then up to Banias which in the Bible is called Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock the Keys in the Chair.“ We drove […]

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Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

September 13, 2018

Mass at Mount of Transfiguration (Fr. Gavin’s excellent homily here), renewal of wedding vows in Cana and all kinds of amazing things in Nazareth. Enjoy today’s video!

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