Pilgrimages

Amazing Petra: World Heritage Site of Stunning Beauty – Full Tour!

February 15, 2017

Colorful gorges, galloping horses, Bedouins and Camel drivers, the Treasury of Indiana Jones’ fame, rock caves and tombs, hot mint tea, multi-colored sandstone corridors 300 feet high – great experience. Many people said they were happy to scratch this one off their “Bucket List.” We also had Mass in one in one of my favorite […]

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Amman to Mt. Nebo to Madaba to Petra Jordan

February 14, 2017

Third day in Jordan seeing so much! Mass at Mount Nebo where Moses looked across the Jordan Valley into the Promised Land (excellent homily here).

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Birthplace of Elijah, Mass at Miracle of Mary, Jerash, Wrestling Angels: 2nd Day innJordan

February 13, 2017

A great first full day in Jordan. We started by visiting the birthplace of Elijah, then Mass at a church that just experienced a miracle of Mary (Fr. Conlon’s Homily), then a great authentic Jordanian lunch. In the afternoon we visited to the exquisite Roman ruins of Jerash. Then we visited the Jabbok River where […]

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Arrival of our Group in Amman Jordan

February 12, 2017

Today everyone arrived on Air France safely and excitedly in Amman Jordan. We took them to our hotel for a great dinner and Mass and then to bed for a big day tomorrow. Here you can see all your loved ones arriving and see some good views of the beginning of the pilgrimage and our […]

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

February 11, 2017

Since today is the Feast Day of Lourdes, I thought I would share our two 15 minute videos we made there so you can share the excitement of being there on this special day. Amazing day at Lourdes – enjoy! First video is our mass and exploration of the Grotto and a tour of Bernadette’s […]

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

February 10, 2017

I am doing a show with Teresa Tomeo today because February 10 is the Feast Day of the Shipwreck of St. Paul on Malta. So I am reposting this blog from our recent trip to Malta. One of my favorite things is to discover the events and places of the Bible and to share them […]

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Beatitudes are Sunday Readings: Enjoy Fun, Amazing Homily on Location in Galilee

January 28, 2017

Fr. Scott Courtney LOVES the Beatitudes as you will see. Watch his 10-minute Homily at the Mount of Beatitudes while our chaplain in Israel. Enjoy!

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Ignatius Press prepares for 100th anniversary of Fatima with a historic pilgrimage and new release

January 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239) 867-4180 or rose@ignatius.com Ignatius Press prepares for 100th anniversary of Fatima with a historic pilgrimage and new release San Francisco, November 21, 2016 – The long-awaited 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917 is around the corner, and Ignatius Press has exciting plans to […]

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Early Morning Via Dolorosa, Mass at Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and Dancing in Bethlehem

January 5, 2017

Our last day of pilgrimage was a fantastic conclusion to a deeply spiritual and whole lot of fun adventure. Enjoy today’s recap as we wake up at 5:00 AM to pray the Stations of the Cross before the streets of the Old City turn into chaos. Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (excellent […]

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“This is what Islam teaches you?”

January 5, 2017

Not too long ago I was shopping with my wife. A Muslim woman was in front of us in line arguing with the cashier. I knew she was Muslim because of the hijab around her head. I waited patiently. The cashier said, “The store’s policy is only one per customer.” The Muslim woman argued, “I want […]

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Screaming on Camels, Dead Sea Mud (yuck!), Jordan, Jericho and more

January 4, 2017

Fun day. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here). Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Mud in Dead Sea, camel rides and more. Enjoy!

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Fr. Matt Lays Down During Gethsemane Homily, Salvation Story, Upper Room…

January 3, 2017

Great day on Mount of Olives including Mass at Rock of Agony (homily here), Story of Salvation History in 24 minutes, Mount Zion, Tomb and more.

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Slinging Stones Where David Killed Goliath, Mass in a Cave, Touching Place of Jesus’ Birth….

January 2, 2017

All day in Bethlehem. We took everyone shopping and then to Mass in a cave where the shepherds kept their sheep (homily here). After eating swarma and falafil sandwiches (watch Fr. Gregory cooking falafils!) we touched the place where Jesus was born… …and then had a great time in the Elah Valley where David killed […]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Mass at Peter’s House, Eating Fish Jesus Ate, Kids in Trees and more

January 1, 2017

What a fun day with the families – kids climbing trees like squirrels to listen to my talks. Great Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God where Jesus lived with Peter (homily here). Eating the fish Jesus ate and lots more – enjoy!

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With Families in Israel, Beatitudes, Wading in Galilee, Looking into Syria, and Much More

December 31, 2016

Fun watching all the young people interact and learn along the way. Everyone’s having a blast! Today we had Mass at beatitudes (homily here), priests gave their vocation stories on the buses, Caesarea Philippi where Jesus appointed Peter as the rock and gave him the keys. Also we stopped along the Syrian border and looked […]

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Following Jesus and Mary: Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth on Feast of Holy Family

December 30, 2016

What an amazing day with our families as we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family at the House of the Holy Family in Nazareth with our FAMILY Holy Land Pilgrimage!! We also renewed our wedding vows in Cana and prayed Mass at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration. Enjoy Fr. Matt’s Homily and […]

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