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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Mass at Beatitudes, Understanding “You Are Peter”, Syrian Border and more

September 27, 2017

Another great day! Started out with Mass at Mount of Beatitudes (excellent homily HERE) and then drove to the very northern tip of Israel along the Lebonese and Syrian borders. I gave by talk “Peter, the Rock and the Keys”. This is where Jesus appointed Peter to be the rock and the foundation of the […]

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Great Experiences and Learning at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

September 26, 2017

A wonderful first full day starting with Mass  at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration  which is 1900 feet high. You can hear and see the excellent homily here. From there we renewed our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. And authentic lunch in Nazareth with lamb and chicken and all the local salads […]

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Al Kresta and 100 Pilgrims Arrive in the Holy Land

September 25, 2017

<img class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1595804″ src=”http://www.catholic-convert.com/wp-content/uploads/88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA-300×252.jpeg” alt=”88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA” width=”300″ height=”252″ /> We are very excited, Janet and I, to welcome the Ave Maria Radio Group and lots of their friends to the Holy Land. Ever since I first came to Israel it has been my dream to bring Al and Sally Kresta with me. Today is a […]

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Arabic Mass in Jerusalem with Local Palestinians – only 2 minutes

September 24, 2017

Today Janet and I went to Mass Here in Jerusalem a day before our group arrives. Always moving to share the Liturgy with the local Christians in the in the Middle East.

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