Pilgrimages

St. Paul Spoke with Socrates, Aristotle and Plato in Athens; We Climb Mars Hill Where St. Paul Spoke

October 25, 2013

Athens was the heart of the Greek culture. Today we toured Athens and saw the city of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. St. Paul also spoke in the same streets. He was then taken to the Areopagus to give an explanation of his “babbling” which he did brilliantly.  I gave my short talk on top of [...]

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Exiled to the Island of Patmos

October 24, 2013

Because he preached the word of God and opposed the false gods of his day, John the apostle was excited to the small Greek Island of Patmos. Today we stepped off our big ship onto small tender boats to go ashore. We had Mass outside the WHER he received the Revelation which became the last [...]

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Walking in Ephesus Where St. Paul Lived Over 2 Years

October 24, 2013

Ephesus is magnificent. I gave four talks as we moved our way thru this die. The outdoor lunch and the rug-making demonstration was frosting in the cake. Ephesus Part One Ephesus Part Two

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The Throne of Satan at Pergamum

October 22, 2013

Another great day visiting two ancient sites starting at Pergamum as mentioned in Revelation 2. St. John, quoting Jesus, said they lived where the Throne of Satan is. We showed our pilgrims the place where the Altar of Zeus stood. I explained that false gods have demons behind them. Zeus was the father of all [...]

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The Exotic City of Istabul

October 22, 2013

Some were afraid to visit Turkey, Istanbul in particular. They all exclaimed, “What a surprise! Istanbul is marvelous!” And it is. Most Americans have never been in a Muslim mosque. We took them in the huge Blue Mosque for a primer on Islam. Then to the very sad Hagia Sophia that was the largest and [...]

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Walking with St. Paul thru Philippi

October 21, 2013

Another great day with perfect weather as we toured ancient Philippi and walked on the very ancient roads that Paul once journeyed. We had an outdoor Mass at the Zygatis River where St. Paul baptized his first European convert named Lydia. In the old Roman theatre I gave my talk “What Must I Do to [...]

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Exploring Thessaloniki Greece

October 20, 2013

Today we disembarked for the first time for a tour of Thessaloniki where Paul visited and to whom he wrote two epistles. After returning to the ship for a sumptuous lunch (we really suffer on these trips :-) we had the first talk in our “Seminar at Sea” series. He spoke on Five Myths about [...]

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Through Greece to Cruise Ship, Day 5

October 19, 2013
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On Ferry from Italy to Patras Greece

October 17, 2013

We started out the day with a wonderful Mass at Lanciano where a Eucharistic miracle happened in the 700s. We toured the museum with all the scientific evidence people enjoyed the gift shop. Then we were off to the port. It wasn’t a long drive but it was beautiful through the gorgeous landscape of Italy. [...]

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Cruise Pilgrims Day 3

October 16, 2013

General Audience with Pope, Facecloth in Manoppello, Lanciano and the Eucharistic Miracle Today we got to see Pope Francis and receive his message and blessing. Then we drove to Lanciano to see the facecloth of Christ. We then headed towards Lanciano where the centuries old Eucharistic miracle can be witnessed. Tomorrow our group will be [...]

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Cruise Pilgrims in Rome on Day 2

October 15, 2013

A vigorous day visiting many of the major Churches. The Church of the Martyrdom of St. Paul, called San Paolo alle Tre Fontane, (translated to the Three Fountains, named because it is said that three fountains sprung up from the places that his head bounced as he was martyred with a sword). St. Paul Outside [...]

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First Day With Pilgrimage Group in Rome

October 14, 2013

Everyone arrived in good order today for our first day in Rome. We had a good tour of the Roman Forum in ancient Rome. We also went underground in the Church San Clemente which houses the bones of two of my favorite apostolic fathers. We walked through first century Rome for the apostles walked. We [...]

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Our Group’s Hotel in Rome; Consecration of the World to Mary

October 10, 2013

Our Rome extension of 65 people for our St. Paul Pilgrimage-Cruise through the Mediterranean Sea will arrive on Monday. Janet and I arrived early to make sure everything is ready. Janet and I will be present at St. Peter’s when the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima arrives from Portugal (where we were two weeks [...]

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The Date is SET! Canonization of JPII is April 27! And We Will Be There – Join Us!

October 7, 2013

The Pope and Cardinals announced it! The date is finally set! April 27 is Divine Mercy Sunday and we will be in Rome to celebrate this historic event! Join us on this pilgrimage. Not only for the canonization but a full tour of Imperial Rome with its Roman Forum, Coliseum and the Mamertine Prison where [...]

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Fr. Scott Courtney’s Very Fun Homily on the Beatitudes at the Mount of Beatitudes

October 7, 2013

These are the kind of priests that go with us as chaplains on our pilgrimages. Fr. Scott will be with us three times again in the near future. You will enjoy this fun, profound and excellent homily on the Beatitudes preached while overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

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St. Bernadette’s Life, Lourdes and Farewells

September 22, 2013

Another great day at Lourdes, today following the life of Bernadette. Also Farewell dinner, comments and farewells. Part 1 Part 2 My 6-mile Hike through all of Lourdes

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