Pilgrimages

Visiting the Pope, then Visiting Jesus: Our Journey across Italy

October 28, 2015

  Everyone saw the Pope! The highlight of everyone’s trip to Rome is the General Audience with the pope. And even though it was raining when we started it cleared up and was nice for everyone during his welcome and talks in Saint Peter’s Square.  Our pilgrims had good seats and were able to get close-up [...]

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Second Day of Pilgrimage Cruise: Mass at Tomb of St. JP II, Death of St. Paul and more

October 27, 2015

Second full day of our trip. A greeting from Fr. Larry Richards and his homily at the Altar Tomb of St. John Paul II. Today was a day of St. Paul: the site of his martyrdom, the Church of St. Paul outside the Walls where his tomb is today and the Catacombs of St. Sebastian [...]

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Brief Overviews of Paul’s Life – from the Place He Was Beheaded – Free Timeline

October 27, 2015

Since we visited these sites today, I thought I would share these two videos: 1) Short Biography of St. Paul from the Place he was Martyred; 2) a Tour of the Sites of St. Paul’s Last Days. Enjoy! A while ago I gave a short biography of St. Paul at Tre Fontone where St. Paul [...]

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Embarking on our 14 Day St. Paul Pilgrimage Seminar Cruise! Bella Roma!!

October 26, 2015

Today everyone arrived and we took off to see Ancient Rome: Peter and Paul’s Mammertine Prison, the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, San Clemente Church and Mass with a tour at St. John Lateran – the Mother Church of the World with the Chair of St. Peter. Great dinner at La Pilotta Di Mario and home [...]

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Discovering the Place of Paul’s Shipwreck on Island of Malta

October 7, 2015

One of my favorite things is to discover the events and places of the Bible and to share them with others. The Bible is true and the more we learn of it the more we are grounded in the Catholic Faith. Today I went out in search of the place of St. Paul’s Shipwreck in [...]

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Fr. Sean Sheridan’s Concluding Homily, Pilgrim’s Final Comments and Farewells from Israel

October 1, 2015

Fr. Sean’s homilies have been insightful, joyful and challenging. He is a class act and the perfect man to be president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.  We have planned to more trips with Franciscan University – A Family Holy Land Pilgrimage for kids, young people and young adults and Holy Land Part II in 2017. [...]

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Day 8 in Israel: Dead Sea, Camel Riding, Qumran, Jericho and more

October 1, 2015

This is one great group of pilgrims and another great day. I will post the homily and comments and farewells soon.  But here is the main part of the day as we went to the Israel Museum, Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea swimming and camel riding. Enjoy!

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A Day to Remember: Fr. Sean Celebrates Mass with us in the Tomb of Christ

September 30, 2015

The alarm went off at 4:30 AM. Oh my! But everyone thanked us later. It allowed us to pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa without crowds or interruption. It also allowed us to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, touch the top of Calvary with a prayer on our lips [...]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and Meeting with the Bishop of Jerusalem

September 29, 2015

Another great day! Enjoy! MASS AT GETHSEMANE, MOUNT OF OLIVES, UPPER ROOM, MEETING WITH BISHOP SHOMALI AND MORE FR. SEAN SHERIDAN’S HOMILY AT GETHSEMANE

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Touching the Two HOLIEST Places in the World on the Same Day

September 28, 2015

Yup, that is what we did. All day in Bethlehem culminating in touching the birthplace of Jesus. Then we went to the Holy Sepulchre where the Franciscans escorted up into the Church while each of us had time to enter and touch the tomb of Jesus. Wow, what a day! Enjoy! BETHLEHEM, SHEPHERDS FIELD FOR [...]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Mass where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood”, Eating St. Peter’s Fish, Drive to Jerusalem

September 27, 2015

Another amazing day full of deep spirituality and fun adventure. Enjoy! BOAT RIDE, CAPERNAUM, EATING ST. PETER’S FISH, DRIVE TO JERUSALEM, PRAYING AT VISITATION FR. SEAN SHERIDAN’S HOMILY AT CAPERNAUM

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Steubenville Pilgrimage Day Three, another Whopper!

September 26, 2015

Beatitudes and Fr. Sean sheridan’s excellent homily overlooking the sEa of Galilee.  Then to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said to Peter, “You are Rock and on this rock…” And a whole lot more. Enjoy! OUR DAY TOURING UPPER GALILEE FR. SEAN’S HOMILY ON MOUNT OF BEATITUDES

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Steubenville Pilgrimage: Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

September 25, 2015

Beautiful weather, biblical sites, praise worship and Mass, local cuisine, confession, Rosary and free afternoon for swimming in Galilee and relaxing where Jesus walked.  Doesn’t get much better than this. Enjoy today’s Virtual Pilgrimage … TODAY’S ADVENTURE TODAY’S HOMILY AT TRANSFIGURATION

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Franciscan University of Steubenville Day One of Holy Land Pilgrimage

September 24, 2015

We are off to a great start. Plane landed on time and we are now up in Galilee in our hotel on the Shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Mass on the patio with the waves splashing on the sea wall. Enjoy the video of our day and a second video with President Fr. Sean [...]

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Last 3 Holy Land Trips of 2015 SOLD OUT

September 23, 2015

Our last three Holy Land pilgrimages for this year are completely sold out. Our first trip in 2016 is in March and it only has 10 seats left. If anybody wants to join us on a pilgrimage this year they can join our pilgrimage cruise with Fr. Larry Richards following the footprints of St. Paul. [...]

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Free Maps and Timeline of St. Paul’s Journeys and Writings

September 21, 2015

Since you still have time to register for our “Seminar at Sea” — our St. Paul Cruise in a little over a month along with Fr. Larry Richards… … I thought I would share this wonderful website with multiple maps from the life of St. Paul. They help tie things together with his letters, and [...]

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