Pilgrimage

Advent in Rome, Assisi, Lanciano and Manoppello!

by Steve Ray on July 12, 2019

This December 3-12 we travel to Italy for Advent! But you are home in plenty of time for Christmas! This is a unique, one-bus intimate pilgrimage and Advent Adventure!

From the airport, we drive straight to the Medieval city of Assisi to celebrate St. Francis who started the tradition of creche scenes to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Two nights in Assisi before arriving for Mass in front of the 8th century Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano where we spend the night. You step up close to see heart muscle and blood clots.

Screen Shot 2019-07-12 at 12.27.44 PMThe next day we drive into the mountains to celebrate Mass in front of the Volto Sancto, the Holy Face – the very cloth that was over Jesus’ face in the tomb.

Then all roads lead to Rome! This is a delightful time of year with the city all abuzz with the Christmas season and with special opportunities for advent shopping. St. Peters is decorated for Christmas with the huge manger scene.

You will see all the highlights of the Eternal City including Mass at the Tomb of St. JP II, Vatican Museums, a walking tour of Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and more.

banner-2You will tour Ancient Rome and Christian Rome with the best possible guide – Liz Lev! She also gives us a slide show on the Sistine Chapel before we take the tour. See her in action here. We also have a wine tasting class and a cooking class prepared for you!

Each night we have dinner in Steve and Janet Ray’s favorite restaurants with wine included. Our Michelangelo Hotel is a 5-minute walk from St. Peters!

Screen Shot 2019-07-12 at 9.55.35 AMFor more information, or to register, please visit our Rome Pilgrimage website with an interactive map and full itinerary. Contact Miranda at Corporate Travel Service at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net or call (866) 468-1420. Join us as we cross the Tiber together. 

 

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Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 4.31.18 PMOur popular St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise and “Seminar at Sea” is now open for registration. Cabins are limited – first come, first serve.

Register soon because this trip is very popular and there is already a list of interested cruisers. We only do this Mediterranean Cruise every two years.

For an interactive map, a full itinerary of the 10 biblical sites we will visit and a lot more, click HERE or on the image to the right.

We have two of our favorite priests lined up and Mass every day at spectacular sites. We also offer a very affordable Rome post-cruise adventure!

Frs. James Conlon & Chris Alar

The pricing INCLUDES airfare and the daily biblical excursions ashore. Steve & Janet Ray designed the detailed itinerary themselves to maximize biblical and Catholic learning and fun. The Ray’s are bringing 2 of their adult children with 8 of their wonderful home-schooled grandkids!

Contact Miranda at ?(866) 468-1420? or write her at FootprintsOfGod.com.

Remember that this is not just a pilgrimage and a cruise but also a “SEMINAR AT SEA.” We have several afternoons free on the ship. Steve will give his popular talk “The Life of St. Paul,” Fr. Conlon (one of my favorite homilists ever) will give talks as well. Fr. Chris is a leading expert on St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy. He will be sharing much on this while we voyage the Seas! Steve will also be sharing at each of the biblical sites along the way.

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Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 4.31.18 PMOur popular St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise and “Seminar at Sea” is now open for registration. Cabins are limited – first come, first serve.

Register soon because this trip is very popular and there is already a list of interested cruisers. We only do this Mediterranean Cruise every two years.

For an interactive map, a full itinerary of the 10 biblical sites we will visit and a lot more, click HERE or on the image to the right.

Fr. James Conlon and Fr. Chris Alar

We have two of our favorite priests lined up and Mass every day at spectacular sites. We also offer a very affordable Rome post-cruise adventure!

The pricing INCLUDES airfare and the daily biblical excursions ashore. Steve & Janet Ray designed the detailed itinerary themselves to maximize biblical and Catholic learning and fun.

The Ray’s are bringing 2 of their adult children with 8 of their wonderful home-schooled grandkids!

See you on the High Seas and in the footprints of St. Paul!

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Steve Ray & Al Kresta Discuss the Amazing Catholic Country whose Modern Saints have changed the world

June 17, 2019

Steve joined Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN to discuss the Catholic country of Poland that has stood strong in the Faith through every kind of trial – including Nazism and Soviet domination. We discuss her modern saints that changed the world: St. John Paul II, St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy […]

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Mary a Mediatrix? Isn’t there just One Mediator?

June 12, 2019

The Bible says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Yet Catholics refer to Mary as a Mediatrix (feminine form of the word mediator). So, isn’t that prima facie evidence that Catholics make up doctrines, worship Mary and disregard the Bible? […]

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Good-bye Paris! Fairwells & Comments

June 12, 2019

The trip has come to an end and the bus is headed to the airport. It was more successful than we could’ve hoped for and it was a beautiful trip. Combining that D-Day commemorations on Omaha Beach in Normandy France along with all the saints and shrines of France made for a spectacular pilgrimage. Our […]

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Incorrupt Saints of Paris: Sts. Catherine Laboure & Vincent de Paul; Boat Ride on Seine River

June 11, 2019

After visiting the Church of the Miraculous Metal where we  venerated and prayed at the incorrupt Body of Saint Catherine Labore, we walked a block or two away to have Mass in front of the glass tomb of Saint Vincent de Paul who body is also incorrupt (homily here). Very meaningful and powerful for us […]

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Paris Day 1: Notre Dame Cathedral, Saints Chapelle over 1,000 Stained Glass windows) and Sacré Couers (Sacred Heart)

June 10, 2019

Our first day in Paris was filled with activities and wondrous sites. First, everyone woke up to the Eiffel Tower just outside our hotel and then a bountiful breakfast. We originally had Mass scheduled at the Notre Dame Cathedral but since the fire we had to change it to Sacré Couer. But we are taking […]

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Pentecost Sunday at Chartres Cathedral in France – Our 25th Anniversary as Catholics

June 9, 2019

We are leaving Brittany France and heading east back towards Paris. Halfway we will stop at Chartres where we will have free time in the city, a tour of the magnificent cathedral church and Mass in the grotto (Fr. Dan’s excellent homily here). Today is Janet and my 25th anniversary as Catholics. We are received […]

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France 5: Saint Malo, Apparition of Mary in Pontmain

June 8, 2019

We never like to push our people too much so we gave them an easy morning and left today at 10 AM. We went to Saint Malo which is a medieval fortified city on the ocean. We toured the exquisite cathedral where the organ was playing the whole time we were there. We spent time […]

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France Day 4: Le Mont-Saint-Michel

June 7, 2019

After the busy activities and a long day yesterday for D-Day, today was a nice rest and catch up day for the group. We started out with breakfast — sad to leave this beautiful Château in Normandy but we now drive to Le Mont-Saint-Michel, a city and a magnificent church and monastery. This is the […]

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75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy with President Trump

June 6, 2019

Today was a marvelous day with our group and Normandy France celebrating his 75th anniversary of D-Day. We were among still living heroes who jumped that day and joined by president of France and President Trump. It was a grand celebration! Even though it was to commemorate men who had died it was a celebration […]

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D-Day All Day: Pegasus Bridge & Omaha Beach

June 5, 2019

This was the most remarkable day.  On our ride to the battlefront our pilgrim Glenn Juday gave us an excellent overview of the whole operation of the assault on the beaches of Normandy. He is quite the historian! We started out at Pegasus Bridge where the British landed in gliders to set the whole stage […]

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France Day 1: St. Terese of Lisieux

June 4, 2019

Arrival in Paris France. Drive to Lisieux to study and venerate St. Teresa of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church. Mass in Lisieux (Fr. Dan Good’s homily here). Arrival at our chateau which you have to see to believe. PART ONE: PART TWO: STEVE’S 6-MINUTE TALK ON SAINTS AND HOLINESS

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Why Go on Pilgrimages? “It is therapeutic” says Journal of Consumer Research

June 4, 2019

If they had asked Janet and I, we could have helped them understand pilgrimages and why people love them and find them life-changing. The article below is a little skewed but it is interesting. People who travel with us have all the rejuvenating effects mentioned below, but what the author doesn’t understand is the spiritual […]

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Our Weekend Walk through Paris, Preparing for Our Soon-to-Arrive Group

June 2, 2019

Janet and I always arrive early to make sure everything is prepared and ready for our group. Since it’s been a while since we have visited this area of France we came early to scout out all the places our group will visit in Paris and to meet with our agent and guide. I hope […]

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