Pilgrimages

El Al and United Flights Arrived in Israel!

March 11, 2019

Everyone arrived at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv without incident, no lost baggage and everyone excited and in good shape. We are now in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. We celebrated a devout Mass on the shoreline and shared a sumptuous  dinner. Everyone is now in bed getting rested up for our […]

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Thanks from a Deacon and his Wife – Lovely!

March 1, 2019

Dear Steve and Janet, We know you are most likely very busy preparing for your next Holy Land departure. It has been almost one week since our own return and the fruit of our Holy Land pilgrimage continues to manifest itself in our lives.  As Deacon Steve has said, it was a trip of a […]

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Two Seats Just Opened up for Holy Land in March

February 24, 2019

Our March pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been sold out for many months. However, two people just had to drop out which opens those two seats to anyone who wants them. If you’re interested in going with us in March and filling those last two seats, please see our website here with interactive map, […]

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Last Day, Fun Day! Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels…

February 21, 2019

Today is the last full day of our pilgrimage. For those who started with us and Jordan it has been two weeks of adventures together. For those who joined us in Israel we’ve had eight days together. All has gone amazingly well but unhappily several people have come down with colds and fevers. Some people […]

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To the Cross with Jesus: Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Visit the Tomb, Western Wall, Dinner on the Roof

February 20, 2019

We walked out the door of the hotel at 3:30 AM and we carried our crosses along that Via Dolorosa. We all touched the top of Calvary before we had Mass where Jesus hung bleeding for our sins. It’s a good thing we started early this morning because by 5:00 AM the church was already […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Upper Room and more

February 19, 2019

We started the day with Mass at Gethsemane. The homily was exceptional and you can see/hear it here. From there we went to the top of the Mount of Olives to visit the cave where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father. It is also from here that Jesus ascended into heaven. Then […]

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Did Jesus Ascend into Heaven from Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12) or from Bethany (Luke 24:50)?

February 19, 2019

Since we are on the Mount of Olives today I thought I would address a common concern. One of our past pilgrims wrote to me expressing an apparent contradiction in the Bible about what I had said in Israel. The wording in the two verses below is what caused the confusion. Acts 1:12  “[After the Ascension] they […]

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation and Jerusalem!

February 17, 2019

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 […]

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Beatitudes, “You are Peter (Rock),” Golan, Multiplication, Peter’s Primacy and more

February 16, 2019

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 […]

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Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

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 […]

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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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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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Discovering the Place of Paul’s Shipwreck on Island of Malta on the Feast Day!

February 10, 2019

You would not have wanted to be with St. Paul today because February 10 is the Feast Day of the Shipwreck of St. Paul on Malta. I have been on ships in the Mediterranean many times and I make a practice each time of going out on the deck on a stormy night and imagining…. […]

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