The location of Jesus's baptism

This is an exciting development which helps establish the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. With the involvement of UNESCO the site will receive protection, funding and recognition. This is the place where the last three popes commemorated the Baptism of Our Lord.

Here are some articles about UNESCO’s decision and about the site: Here, here and here.

My audio of interview with Ave Maria Radio: https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/catholic-connection-february-9-2016-hour-2/

The Bible says in John 1:28, “This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” The authentic site is just above the northern tip of the Dead Sea, east of Jericho. The actual site is not on the Israel side of the Jordan, but on the Jordan side of the river.

Actual site of Jesus' baptism

Here is a picture of me standing in the exact spot that archaeology, the Bible and early Christians and pilgrims located the spot. The early Christians knew and built churches there to commemorate the site.

If you would like to join us in Jordan with Teresa Tomeo and Ave Maria Radio, contact Suzanne at 800-727-1999, 121. we will be visiting Jordan on our way to Israel in June 2017. We will have a brochure soon but get your name on the list now since all of our trips have been selling out.


For our many trips every year to the Holy Land and our other Biblical and Catholic pilgrimages.

Here is the cover of the brochure for the Family Holy Land Pilgrimage — the one that my grandkids are going to and Terry Barber with his family as well.

Visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com or call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, ext. 121.

Watch this short video to get an idea what we do: 






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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine

Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding. 

“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”

We will take pilgrims thru the Holy Door in Rome 4 times this year!

“A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God in that land, rightly called ‘holy’, pursuing them as it were in the stones, the hills, the waters which provided the setting for the earthly life of the Son of God.”  - John Paul II

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.

Join us in the Holy Land for the Year of Mercy

Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage… . May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion.”  - Pope Francis

Patriarch of Jerusalem Faoud Twal on Christmas 2015, “Archbishop Twal encouraged pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the jubilee year, noting that the patriarchate has Holy Doors in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. “Pilgrims should not be afraid to come. Despite the tense situation in this land, the pilgrim route is safe and they are respected and appreciated by all sectors in the Holy Land.”


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January 28, 2016

You may not realize how often plants and trees play a part in Scripture! To understand the land and culture of the Bible is to open your eyes to the whole story of salvation. Recently I did a fun show on Relevant Radio about the Trees & Plants in the Bible. Hope you enjoy it. [...]

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Pilgrimages Selling Out! Check out of Spring Trips

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-  Sold Out - our Holy Land pilgrimage March 30 – April 8. We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Jerusalem!  Next Holy Land pilgrimages in Sept, Oct and over Christmas. –  NOW less than 10 seats left on our Rome-Assisi Year of Mercy pilgrimage March 7-15. –  Can’t travel during the academic year? That’s OK. [...]

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Wow! Sistine Chapel Explained; Now You See Why We Only Use Liz as our Guide in Rome!

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We have four pilgrimages to Rome this year AND LIZ IS OUR GUIDE FOR ALL OF THEM! Take a look at this video to see Liz’s amazing knowledge, passion for the Catholic Faith and eloquence. Enjoy this amazing video. To join our upcoming Year of Mercy Rome-Assisi pilgrimages, visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Our first trip is in [...]

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Excellent Journal of all Aspects of our Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

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If you want to read an excellent journal and recap of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages, you will love reading these insightful well-written entries covering all aspects of the trip. Glenn Juday is a scientist, scholar and writer. He covers things from safety to biblical understandings, from the people he met to sites we [...]

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Radio Show with Terry and Jesse on EWTN – Discussing Holy Family and Kids on Pilgrimage

January 10, 2016

We are still working on our December 29 – January 9, 2017 Family Holy Land Pilgrimage. This trip is in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville and Terry Barber and his family. I am Steve Ray am bringing two of my kids and my oldest 6 grandkids. Visit our website at www.FootprintsOfGod.com and call my [...]

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Temple Sizes Compared – bigger than a football field

January 7, 2016

The 1) Tabernacle in the wilderness, the 2) Temple of Solomon, 3) Herod’s Temple at the time of Christ and 4) Ezekiel’s Temple are compared. The football field looks insignificant compared to the temples (in more than one way :-) The Muslim Shrine that now sits atop Temple Mount is built over the rock where [...]

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Epiphany? So What?

January 6, 2016

 What is Epiphany anyway? And why should I care? The Feast of the Epiphany – the Magi, the Baptism of Jesus and the Miracle of Cana all combined – is really quite fascinating. It was actually a celebration in the Church long before Christmas was celebrated and eventually overshadowed Epiphany. John Paul II gave 52 [...]

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Comments and Final Farewells from our Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 5, 2016

Good-bye and safe trips home. It was a marvelous pilgrimage with many friends made, spirituality increased along with love for Our Lord, Our Lady and the Catholic Church.

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Closing Homily by Archbishop Aquila AND Camels, Dead Sea Float and more – Fun Day!

January 5, 2016

Hope you enjoy today’s videos. First, Jerusalem as it was seen by Jesus, wading in the Jordan, lunch in Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea Floating and riding camels. Second, the excellent closing homily by Archbishop Aquila of Denver. Enjoy! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY ARCHBISHOP’S CLOSING HOMILY

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Gethsemane Mass with Homily by Archbishop Aquila of Denver; Mount Zion, Tomb and more

January 3, 2016

Another banner day! Visit to St. Ann’s (birthplace of Mary), Mass at Gethsemane, praying at the Western Wall… …panoramic view of Jerusalem with Salvation Story, lunch at kibbutz, Church of Mary’s dormition, the Upper Room and visit to the Tomb. Enjoy! HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY IN JERUSALEM ARCHBISHOP AQUILA’S HOMILY AT GETHSEMANE

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Bethlehem with the FULL Experience from Mass in a Cave to Dancing in a Tent

January 2, 2016

Enjoy the videos for today with our group joined by Archbishop Samuel Aquila from Denver, Jerry Usher from EWTN and a load of clergy, religious and families. Video 1 is highlights of our day; Video 2 is the homily from Shepherds Field and Video 3 is a wild evening of feasting, smoking argeelas and dancing [...]

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Archbishop Aquila’s Homily on Feast of Mother of God at Capernaum and more

January 1, 2016

Too much to write about. Watch the videos and be blessed as you join us on this remarkable pilgrimage through the Holy Land – arriving today in Jerusalem. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY IN CAPERNAUM, VISITATION, JERUSALEM AND MORE ARCHBISHOP AQUILA OF DENVER: HOMILY FOR MARY MOTHER OF GOD

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Vocation Stories, Dinner at Auberge – Happy New Year from Israel!

December 31, 2015

Happy New Year — from Israel! We had a great day and celebrated at our favorite restaurant — one of the finest in the Holy Land. FRIENDS FROM DENVER AND THOSE WHO APPRECIATE ARCHBISHOP AQUILA – SEND GREETINGS AND COMMENTS I CAN SHARE WITH THE WHOLE BUS. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Boat ride on Galilee, Primacy [...]

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