Pilgrimages

Day 5: Burgos to Leon to Santiago

November 1, 2017

Fantastic Mass at Burgos Cathedral with our two cantors and glorious art. You can see/hear the homily here. Tour of the majestic church and the museum. Some free time in the piazza. Conversion Stories, Vocation stories, prayer, movies and more on Drive thru Spain. Lunch in the center of Leon Spain was the cathedral towering […]

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Traveling with Paul, John & Mary in Biblical Times was TOUGH!

October 30, 2017

Jostling through the crowds Paul and Luke pushed their way to the ramp. The wooden cargo ship was ready to leave Caesarea and they had gathered the last of their supplies. They pressed the silver denarii into the hands of the sailer at the dock. They were allowed onto the ship. They rushed to the […]

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Lourdes All Day: Mass at Grotto, Touring Life of Bernadette, Rosary Procession and more

October 29, 2017

Our first full day started with Mass in the Grotto of Lourdes where our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Archbishop Lucas presided at the beautiful and reverent Mass in the “cave.” You can hear/see his excellent homily here. We then gave people free time until 2:30 for going to the baths (though they […]

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North Lieutenancy Pilgrimage Comments & Farewells

October 23, 2017
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Fun Day Riding Camels, Floating in Dead Sea, Jericho, Jordan River and more

October 23, 2017

We started out with Mass at the Notre Dame Center. Here the bishops excellent Homily here. Then we went to the Israel Museum, the Jordan River,  Jericho, Qumran, floating on the Dead Sea and riding camels. We had dinner and everyone headed home after marvelous pilgrimage. Watch also our final video with farewells and comments.

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Western Wall, Upper Room, Mass at Gethsemane, Dinner on Rooftop of Jerusalem & more

October 22, 2017

Busy day today! We started out at the Western Wall and prayed with our hands on the stones Jesus saw. From there we went to Mount Zion and spent a good bit of time praying and talking in the Upper Room. From there to lunch at a Jewish kibbutz and back for a short rest […]

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Via Dolorosa Carrying our Crosses with Jesus; Mass at Tomb and MUCH more!

October 21, 2017

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 […]

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Merry Christmas! All Day in Bethlehem!

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! BETHLEHEM, PART I BETHLEHEM, PART II

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Capernaum “Up to Jerusalem”! Visit with Jerusalem Bishop and Entering the Tomb

October 19, 2017

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 […]

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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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