Visit Tomb of St. Augustine, Tour of Florence…

by Steve Ray on April 23, 2018

We left Milan early in the morning and drove to Pavia where we had a tour and Mass at the tomb of Saint Augustine. Fr. Fran’s “home run” homily.

Then a lovely drive what prayers and stories, lunch and nap time arriving in Florence.

We took a an initial tour of the city, another great dinner and then settled into our beautiful hotel overlooking the Duomo.




Enjoy today’s incredible spiritual adventure in Milan Italy! Inspiring homily at Church of St. Ambrose.


Everyone arrived safely in Milan Italy and we had an amazing day. The emphasis of the day was the amazing Duomo Cathedral which took hundreds of years to build and is one of the most beautiful churches in the world.

The Duomo is the 3rd largest church in Europe and it contains the baptismal font Where Doctor of the Church, St. Ambrose baptized Doctor of the Church St. Augustine. We renewed our Baptismal Vows there.

Enjoy the movie!


Good-byes, Farewells & Comments

April 12, 2018

Enjoy meeting our pilgrims and sharing their emotions, thoughts and good-byes.


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Full & Fun Final Day: Jericho, Camels, Dead Sea, Jordan River…

April 12, 2018

The last day is always fun and exciting. We started off the day with Mass and breakfast at the beautiful and elegant Notre Dame Center. Father Courtney gave another wonderful homily to summarize the trip and to bless all the religious items. From the Israel Museum to the Jordan River and from Jericho to Qumran. […]

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Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Western Wall, Visiting Tomb, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem…

April 11, 2018

There was too much happening today to fit in one 15 minute YouTube video so we have two shorter videos for you today. To avoid the huge crowds we got up very early in the morning for the Stations of the Cross arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for our tour and Mass […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Rain, Mount Zion and more

April 10, 2018

Today we started out with Mass at Gethsemane. It is very moving and powerful for the people and some said it was a highlight of their trip so far. Fr. Scott’s homily is HERE. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives and lunch at a Jewish kibbutz. Then to Mount Zion where we […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

April 9, 2018

Today we started out with supporting the local Christians in Bethlehem by buying olivewood and other religious items from their store. By doing so we helped over 65 Christian families. Then we went to Shepherds Field where we had Mass in the Cave of the Shepherds. Enjoy another great Fr. Courtney homily here. A nice […]

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Capernaum, Boat Ride on Galilee, Visitation…

April 8, 2018

Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. Another outstanding homily by Fr. Scott Courtney. Then to see the 2000-year-old ancient boat from Jesus’ time and a boat ride on the Sea of Gallilee. After eating St. Peter’s Fish we headed north to Jerusalem. I told my conversion story along […]

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How Big Was Jesus in Mary’s Womb at the Visitation – and what could he do?

April 8, 2018

“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before. It also […]

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Northern Israel: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Primacy of Peter and more

April 7, 2018

Join us today in Northern Galilee. Enjoy the famous and fun homily at Beatitudes by Fr. Courtney here.

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Eventful Day at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

April 6, 2018

Join us for the highlights of our exciting first full day with this group. We started early to beat the crowds to Mount Tabor For Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration. You can enjoy Fr. Scott’s homily HERE. Renewal of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee before an authentic Nazarene lunch in Nazareth. After a […]

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Off to Great Start in the Holy Land!

April 5, 2018

Opening day and all is well!

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Holy Land with Fr. Sean Sheridan – President of Franciscan University of Steubenville

March 20, 2018

Our next three trips have been completely sold out for months — our trip in June is the next one with seats open, but only less than 15 seats and they are filling fast. Just a head’s up if you want a great time of year and a marvelous chaplain!

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Two Seats have opened up on our April Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 14, 2018

Our April Holy Land trip has been sold out for months but a couple just had to drop out so two seats are open but will go fast. If you know anyone interested call (866) 468-1420 or visit http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/pilgrimage/holy-land-wi…

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Update on the Opening of the Holy Sepulchre but Warning it is Not Over

February 28, 2018

Statement on Municipal threats and the discriminatory “Church Lands Bill” The heads of Churches in charge of the Holy Sepulcher and the Status Quo governing the various Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem, are following with great concern the systematic campaign against the Churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land, in flagrant violation of […]

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