Pilgrimages

Our 1st Two Days in Mexico City

by Steve Ray on August 29, 2015

Steve at Diego Rivera's "Man, Controller of the Universe"

Below Janet and I are here in Mexico City exploring, touring and setting up for future pilgrimages to this marvelous city. Guadalupe is amazing and exceeded our expectations as has the whole city here.

Below is a video to share a bit of what we’re seeing and doing. Below that video is a 2nd short clip of me eating grasshoppers and avocado at a nice restaurant here. This is something will have to make available for our pilgrims to try next year :-)

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On our Way Guadalupe…

by Steve Ray on August 28, 2015

A lot of our pilgrims have asked us about Guadalupe as a pilgrimage destination. Janet and I are on our way down now to investigate hotels, agents and guides, restaurants and sites.

We are going to make this pilgrimage
more than just a few days at Guadalupe. We’re also going to include some wonderful cultural things and trips out into the mountains to visit the local people and their colorful celebrations, devote Catholic Faith, along with gorgeous shrines and churches.

Stay tuned for videos and updates. To see our current pilgrimages visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

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Funnest Homily on the Beatitudes – EVER!

by Steve Ray on August 20, 2015

Hang on to your hats and get ready to make hand gestures. This no average homily. Fr. Scott Courtney has been our pilgrimage chaplain many times and everyone loves his homilies.

Enjoy this homily on the Beatitudes delivered at the Mount of Beatitudes on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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Leaving Lourdes: Final Comments and Farewells 

July 30, 2015

It was a wonderful trip and these are all great folks. Everyone was sad to leave early in the morning but lasting friendships are formed and lives are changed. I certainly appreciated Msgr. Droll’s closing comments. 

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Full Day at Lourdes; Meeting with President of Medical Bureau and more

July 29, 2015

How can you not have a great day at Lourdes? The weather has cooperated magnificently. After Mass in St. Ann’Chapel and a guided tour through the Lourdes’ Museum, everyone had free time today to again explore, pray at the very shrines and churches, go into the baths, shop and more. In the afternoon we went [...]

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Mass at Lourdes Grotto; Toured Bernadette’s Life ; Two Huge Processions

July 28, 2015

Amazing day at Lourdes – enjoy! First video is our mass and exploration of the Grado and a tour of Bernadette’s life.  The second video is made up of two huge processions the first Eucharistic benediction in one of the biggest churches on earth underground and the second one was a Rosery per session around [...]

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Mass in the Room St. Ignatius Loyola was Born and Later Converted; Bugos to Loyola to Lourdes

July 27, 2015

After a tour of the beautiful Catholic city of Burgos Spain we drove through the lovely countryside filled with fields of wheat and sunflowers. We went up into the mountains in the Basque country and stopped at the shrine and Loyola. This was a delightful surprise for everyone with the beautiful Jesuit church, visiting the [...]

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One hundred and fifty pound incensor that takes 8 men to operate: from Santiago to Burgos

July 26, 2015

Have you ever seen a three foot high, 150 pound incensor in a church that takes 8 men to operate? Today we had front row seats for the morning Mass at the Cathedral in Santiago with Msgr. Droll concelebrating. You won’t believe this “botafumeiro” that flew over our heads at the speed of a rocket. [...]

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Fiesta of St. James! Celebrating his Feast Day at his Bones in Santiago (which means “St. James”); Walking the El Camino

July 25, 2015

What a mass of people! The Spanish people know how to celebrate and coming to Santiago de Compostela on the feast day of their primary saint, St. James the Greater, is quite an experience! By the way, this is the St. James who was called by Jesus on the shores of Galilee.  We started with [...]

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Driving North from Portugal to Spain; Amazing Day with Profoundly Spiritual and Beautiful Visits along the Way

July 24, 2015

This morning we left Fatima early and drove north through the beautiful countryside of Portugal. We stopped at Coimbra for Mass at the Carmelite Monastery where Sister Lucia lived for 57 years. We also visited the museum of her life which was very interesting especially having just been to Fatima. From there we drove north [...]

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Fatima All Day!

July 23, 2015

walking in all the paths of the three children: Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta – biting their homes, their church the apparition sites, the miracles and also their tombs.  Free time to pray and as the sun set we gathered with many from around the world for the Rosary in many languages and the candlelight procession.  [...]

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Touring Lisbon; Eucharistic Miracle; Arriving at Fatima 

July 23, 2015

All the pilgrims arrived safely and in good shape. We boarded the bus and took a marvelous tour of Lisbon Portugal which is a beautiful and historic Catholic city. My favorite thing was a huge statue of Christ the King. After an authentic Potugese lunch on the waterfront we went to see a Eucharistic miracle in [...]

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Join Steve Ray and Fr. Larry Richards on The Seminar at Sea Following St. Paul through the Biblical World

June 21, 2015

Join Fr. Larry Richards and Steve Ray for our Seminar at Sea in the Footprints of St. Paul, St. John and Mary on a Mediterranean cruise.   We voyage through Rome, Italy, Corinth, Athens, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Istanbul, Pergamum, Ephesus and Patmos. See our itinerary here:   Call for more info or to register, call Susan Reinhardt [...]

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Pope Francis on Pilgrimages and Life on the Move…

June 16, 2015

“Pilgrimage is a symbol of life”, says Pope Francis. “It makes us think of life as walking, as a path. If a person does not walk, but instead stays still, this is not useful; it accomplishes nothing. Think of water: when water is not in the river, it does not course, but instead it remains [...]

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Join us for The Year of Mercy in Poland with St. JP II and the Divine Mercy

June 5, 2015

 Join us before the buses are full. Contact Suzanne at sparran@ctscentral.net or call 800-727-1999, ext. 121.

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If You’ve Already Been to the Holy Land — Check out our “Holy Land Part II: Digging Deeper!”

June 3, 2015

We are flying to Israel today and wanted to let you know of an exciting new trip we added to our list. There are lots of people who have visited the Holy Land and seen the regular sites in Nazareth, Cana, Jerusalem and more. BUT do you know that this biblical land is full of [...]

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