Pilgrimage

Mass at Capernaum is always a great way to start the day. The readings are from the Gospel of St. John chapter 6 “ Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Dan’s excellent homily here. I give my talk There entitled “Defending the Eucharist.”

From there we get on a boat and voyage out to the center of the sea of Galilee for talks, singing and reflection (not just on the water ? Our guide Amer gives a great talk (allegory) about the two seas in Israel watch/hear his talk here.

Then to one of our favorite lunch restaurants and eat Saint Peters fish. Good experience for everyone ?

Then I tell my conversion story on the drive south to Jerusalem. But first we stop at the Visitation and I give my talk about defending the Catholic church’s teaching on Mary. We finally arrive at the majestic Notre Dame Hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and bed.

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Mass and prayer at Mount of Beatitudes. Homily at Beatitudes here.

North to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where Jesus appointed Peter as Royal Steward of his kingdom (Matt16). Druze lunch and driving through the Golan Heights. Drive near Syrian border with profound explanation of situation in Middle East by Amer.

Back to Sea of Galilee to visit Multiplication of Loaves and the Church of Primacy for Steve’s talk on St. John 21. Free time and then fabulous dinner at Magdelena.

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Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

by Steve Ray on February 15, 2019

We have 2 priests, 8 deacons and 1 Catholic Radio Personality – Teresa Tomeo! What a line up for this amazing pilgrimage. This was our first full day and what a blessed day it was. Three Rosary Mysteries prayed on site today.

We started with Mass on top of Mount Tabor – the Mountain of Transfiguration. You can hear/see Fr. Dan’s full introductory homily here. Amer gave the history of each site and I gave the biblical meaning of the sites (like we do throughout the trip). Fun!!

Next to Cana to renew wedding vows and my talk on St. John chapter 2 (see below). Then to Nazareth for an authentic meal at a family-run Christian restaurant. Next, we prayed the 1st Joyful Mystery WHERE THE WORDS WERE SPOKEN – “Hail Full of Grace…” I gave my talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.”

Back to the hotel for free time and a great dinner and a good night sleep.

FULL DAY VIDEO

STEVE’S TALK AT CANA

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Israel Pilgrims Arrive to Join the Jordan Group

February 14, 2019

Since I was with the Jordan group crossing over from the other side, I was not able to get a lot of videos and pictures from the group coming in fresh to Israel. But all of them arrived safely and in good shape and had a quick dinner and a Mass and are now sound […]

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Jordan 5: Authentic Baptismal Site of Jesus, Mass on the River, North thru Jordan, Crossing into Israel

February 14, 2019

Today we visited the queen of the pilgrimage sites in Jordan and the 5th and final one. We drove down from the mountains of Amman and Madaba to the lowest place on the face of the earth which is the Jordan Valley. It is 1,250 feet below sea level. We arrived at the Jordan River […]

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Jordan Day 4: Amazing PETRA! Pictoral Mass, Jordanian Dinner and Dancing!

February 13, 2019

Pictures can never portray the beauty and magnificence of the World Heritage Site and one of the Wonders of the World—PETRA! It is also a biblical city, not because it’s mentioned in the Bible, but because of its historical significance related possibly to several people and events in the Bible including Moses and St. Paul. […]

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Mount Nebo and Moses’ Death, John the Baptist’s Beheading at Fortress Macherus and more

February 12, 2019

A fantastic 2nd day. We started out at Mount Nebo where the children of Israel looked over into the Promised Land for the first time in over 440 years. It was here that Moses was denied entrance and died. What a wonderful Mass here celebrating St. Moses. Homily here We visited a mosaic factory and […]

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Jordan Day 2 Northern Mountains, Anjara, Elijah’s Birthplace, Jerash, Jabbok River and more

February 11, 2019

After a good nights sleep everybody is fresh and ready to go. We start by heading north for an hour and a half up into the mountains of Jordan. At this point we’re only a short drive across the border to the sea of Galilee and then Israel. We start at one of the five […]

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Everyone Arrived Enthusiastically in Amman Jordan, Ready to Discover this Biblical Land

February 10, 2019

Everyone arrived safely and in good spirits with no glitches at the beautiful and modern Queen Alia Airport in Amman Jordan. We are excited to show these excited pilgrims our favorite biblical and Catholic sites in this amazing country. In 2000 Pope St. John Paul II designated five sites as pilgrimage sites. We will visit […]

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Our Brand NEW 2019 Irizar Mercedes Bus in Israel!

January 30, 2019

Wow! What a modern technological and elegant beauty! Beats the camels of olden days. Nothing but the best for our pilgrims!

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What is A Pilgrimage and Why Do Catholics Do Them?

January 28, 2019

Popular pilgrimage guide Steve Ray, a Baptist who became Catholic, reflects on how he came to understand the Catholic idea of pilgrimage, compared to the way he understood religious travel as a Baptist. Steve shares a bit about what pilgrimages can do to help bring to life aspects of the Bible and Church history, and […]

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Pilgrimage & Islam

January 12, 2019

My attorney friend Bob Sullivan wrote this after a cruise with us and a trip to Israel. Interesting observations by an astute observer concerning the heart of Islam, pilgrimages and us. ************************************ Last Christmas, my wife Carmen and I hopped on an airplane and flew to the Holy Land. We were extremely excited. It was […]

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Only 2 seats left open with Steve before the end of the year

January 11, 2019

The next four pilgrimages to the Holy Land with Steve Ray are already sold out! Only 2 seats remain open for our February trip. March, May, June (France), September are all sold out! Hope you can jump in and get those last two seats. February is Steve’s favorite month since crowds are down and temperatures […]

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Pilgrims’ Fun, Comments & Farewells

January 6, 2019

Enjoy!

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Last Day: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran & Camel Riding

January 6, 2019

Lots of fun and laughs. Enjoy!
Closing homily at Notre Dame here.

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Way of the Cross to Mass on Calvary, Tomb, Western Wall and more

January 5, 2019

In some ways today is the pinnacle of the whole pilgrimage, which is why we start up in Galilee and end up in Jerusalem for the Passion of Christ. Up early in the morning each carrying their own cross as we pray the Stations of the Cross we all arrive at the Church of the […]

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