Thessaloniki to Philippi

October 27, 2018

We drove just under two hours to Philippi from our very nice hotel in Thessaloniki. We have two sites to visit today which are both related to St. Paul. The first is Philippi where we will tour of the ancit site and see the prison where Paul and Silas were chained (Acts 16). Will also […]

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Busy Day from Athens to Thessaloniki

October 26, 2018

We disembark the ship at 7:00 AM gathered our luggage and boarded the bus for downtown Athens. Everyone had 3 to 4 hours of free time to enjoy the restaurants and shops and ambience of this ancient city. We boarded our plane and headed on the short flight to Thessaloniki after which we boarded our […]

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Islands of Crete & Santorini; free time on the ship

October 25, 2018

Today we landed in Heraklion in Crete, Greece’s largest island. According to Greek mythology it was the birthplace  of Zeus, the head of the gods. But for us, the most important thing is that St. Paul was on this island at least twice and established the church here. He later left Titus on Crete to […]

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Cruise Day 5: Rhodes and Steve’s Talk on St. Paul

October 24, 2018

Rhodes is a biblical site mentioned in Acts 21:1 where St. Paul stopped on his 3rd Missionary Journey. Private Mass at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Ialysos, Rhodes and you can hear the homily here. I was able to make the arduous climb all of the way to the top of the acropolis with about […]

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St. Paul Walks Passed the Brothal

October 23, 2018

Every time I visit Ephesus I show my tour group my favorite things in this ancient city. We are here today with 80 pilgrims. We filmed here for our Paul and Mary DVDs and have brought groups here on numerous occasions. One of my favorite things to show people in Ephesus is the Billboard for […]

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Boarding the Ship, Mass on High Seas and Mykonos Greece

October 22, 2018

After a great two days in Athens and Corinth this morning we boarded our ship, the Olympia. We headed out into the Mediterranean Sea and set course for Mykonos or everyone will have the evening to enjoy and explore the island. We also had Mass on the ship. The homily was marvelous — and you […]

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Corinth All Day! One of my favorite days of the cruise

October 21, 2018

This is one of my favorite days of the cruise. Corinth is such a fabulous biblical site. We filmed here extensively for our documentary “Paul, Contending for Faith.” St.Paul lived here for 18 months and wrote them at least three letters. It was an immoral city and in literature to “corinthianize” meant to corrupt. A […]

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Athens! Group Arrives to Climb Acropolis, See Parthenon & St. Paul’s Mars Hill

October 20, 2018

The majority of our group arrived at 1:30 PM at the Athens International Airport. Quick tour of Athens before climbing the Acropolis to see the Parthenon. My favorite place in Athens is Mars Hill (Aereopagus) which is mentioned in the Bible, book of Acts chapter 17 where St. Paul gives a presentation to the Aereopogites. […]

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Full Last Day: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Western Wall, Shroud, Roof of Jerusalem

October 18, 2018

A full last day. The Via Dolorosa to Calvary, from Calvary we took a tour of the Holy Sepulcher and Mass in the Crusaders Chapel (homily here). Back for breakfast and a visit to the Western Wall before Lunch at Rossini’s. Everyone always enjoys a free afternoon to go see what they wanna see, take […]

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Camels, Dead Sea, Qumran, Jericho, Jordan River and more…

October 17, 2018

Exciting fun day! Camels and Dead Sea are enough to make it a fun day. Homily at Notre Dame here. See Jerusalem in miniature. Feet in Jordan River and floating in Dead Sea. These Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre are having a great time and the best Catholic experience […]

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Our Equestrian Order Group with Bishop of Jerusalem

October 17, 2018

We had a meeting in the Latin Patriarchate and this is our group after our audience with the bishop.  All of the Knights and Ladies received their Pilgrimage Shells at the hands of the bishop.  

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Wow! What a Day! Mass at Gethsemane, Equestrian Oder meets Jerusalem Bishop, Solemn Entry into Tomb…

October 16, 2018

There’s no way to capsulate all that we did today. And, we did it at a time when Israel is more crowded than we’ve ever seen it in 20 years. Buses everywhere people, people everywhere, not one room is available in any hotel in Jerusalem. But we did what we came to do. We had […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

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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Day 4: Capernaum, Sailing on Galilee, Ancient Boat, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation, to Jerusalem

October 14, 2018

Wonderful day. Enjoy!

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Pilgrimage Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea, Golan Heights, Overlooking Syria back to Galilee

October 13, 2018

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 […]

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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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