Started the day at 4:30 AM but everyone thanked us later ?  We did the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) through Jerusalem before the crowds arrived. We touched the top of Calvary where Jesus was crucified, took a full tour of the Holy Sepulchre and then….

…High Mass at the Tomb! When Bishop Kemme brought out the Eucharist from the inner tomb, we all saw Jesus come out of the Tomb again for us today!

After Mass we went back to the Notre Dame for breakfast, then to the Mount of Olives and then to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus and where our Lord was kept in prison over Holy Thursday.

Lunch at the Christian Rossini’s Restaurant inside Jaffa Gate and free time to explore and enjoy. Before dinner we had a tour of the Shroud of Turin display. Enjoy!




Merry Christmas! All Day in Bethlehem!

by Steve Ray on October 20, 2017

Wonderful, rich and full day in Bethlehem. Mass at Shepherds Field (Bishop Kemme’s homily here) and dancing in the Beduion tent Restaurant. Too much for one 15 minute video so I had to make two. Enjoy!




We started the day by visiting the Ancient Boat from the time of Jesus and then we got on a REAL boat and went for an hour on the Sea of Galilee. I told my story about my night fishing with the Jewish fisherman.

From there we went to Capernaum where we had Mass where Jesus spoke the words “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. I gave my talk there entitled “Defending the Eucharist.“ (See Fr  Fergus’ excellent homily on the Eucharist here.)

After eating Saint Peters Fish we headed to Jerusalem. The Bible never says “down” to Jerusalem but 28 times it says “up to Jerusalem.”

I told my conversion story along the way and we arrived in time to put on our regalia as Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre to meet the Bishop of Jerusalem and to have our Solemn Entry into the Tomb. Enjoy!


Bishop Kemme’s Mass at Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Primacy of Peter, Fish Nibbling on Toes and more

October 17, 2017

Enjoy our day with these great Knights and Ladies in Northern Israel….

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Arrived! 50 Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre

October 16, 2017

Steve Ray here. I am a Knight. My wife Janet is a Lady. We are proud members of a chivalrous Order with a noble history of 1,000 years. Our mission: to defend and support the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Today fifty fellow Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre […]

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Via Dolorosa to Calvary, Mass at Tomb to Western Wall and more

October 2, 2017

Early, early start to pray the real Stations of the Cross. Calvary and tour of the whole Church of Holy Sepulchre. We settled into our benches for our High Mass with Francisans at the Tomb of Christ. The Western Wall on Bar Mitzvah day is always a unique and colorful experience then a free afternoon […]

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Camels, Floating in Dead Sea, Jericho and more

October 1, 2017

Enjoy camels, Floating in the Dead Sea, Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho and more. Fr. Mattson’s homily at Notre Dame here.

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Moving Mass at Gethsemane, Story of Salvation, Al’s Story and more

September 30, 2017

Yom Kippor in Israel which made an interesting day for us. Started with Mass at Gethsemane (homily here) and visiting Mount of Olives and Mount Zion and free time in Jerusalem. Al Kresta told his life story then ended the day in Bethlehem with two whole roasted lambs with flowing wine and Good dancing. the […]

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All Day Bethlehem, “Our Father” Sung in Jesus’ Language, Mass in a Cave…

September 29, 2017

I have always wanted to show Al Kresta the Holy Land a what a joy to make that dream a reality. One hundred pilgrims moving like a well-oiled machine – GREAT GROUP! Today was all day in Bethlehem and what a great day it was. Falafel or shawarma for lunch. Our Mass was in the […]

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Galilee Boat Ride, Healing Mass at Capernaum, 4 Talks by Steve, Visitation and Jerusalem

September 28, 2017

Great day – enjoy! Homily and anointing of Nick Thomm for healing here.

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Mass at Beatitudes, Understanding “You Are Peter”, Syrian Border and more

September 27, 2017

Another great day! Started out with Mass at Mount of Beatitudes (excellent homily HERE) and then drove to the very northern tip of Israel along the Lebonese and Syrian borders. I gave by talk “Peter, the Rock and the Keys”. This is where Jesus appointed Peter to be the rock and the foundation of the […]

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Great Experiences and Learning at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

September 26, 2017

A wonderful first full day starting with Mass  at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration  which is 1900 feet high. You can hear and see the excellent homily here. From there we renewed our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. And authentic lunch in Nazareth with lamb and chicken and all the local salads […]

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Al Kresta and 100 Pilgrims Arrive in the Holy Land

September 25, 2017

<img class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1595804″ src=”http://www.catholic-convert.com/wp-content/uploads/88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA-300×252.jpeg” alt=”88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA” width=”300″ height=”252″ /> We are very excited, Janet and I, to welcome the Ave Maria Radio Group and lots of their friends to the Holy Land. Ever since I first came to Israel it has been my dream to bring Al and Sally Kresta with me. Today is a […]

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Arabic Mass in Jerusalem with Local Palestinians – only 2 minutes

September 24, 2017

Today Janet and I went to Mass Here in Jerusalem a day before our group arrives. Always moving to share the Liturgy with the local Christians in the in the Middle East.

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Germany Trip Summary, Comments, Farewells and Departure

September 15, 2017

After eight days of intense touring of Germany and following all the sites of Martin Luther and the “Protestant Devolution” we finally said our goodbyes, shared our comments about the trip and headed home. But the trip was not only about Martin Luther and the Protestant rebellion. We also explored and toured the life of […]

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Luther Defies Rome, Splits the Church at ” Diet of Worms”. Germany Day 8

September 14, 2017

Today we visited the city of Worms Germany where Martin Luther was called before the “Diet” or Tribunal of the Holy Roman Empire at the “Diet of Worms” in 1521. I know that sounds funny and kind of disgusting but a “diet” was a tribunal and it was held in the city of Worms in […]

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