Travel

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.32.48 PMThe 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Schism is upon us. Protestants are celebrating 500 years from Martin Luther nailing his 95 Thesis on the Wittenburg Church door. His actions divided Christendom and caused untold problems. Protestants of course consider this revolt as the restoration of the biblical Christianity and salvation by “faith alone.”

Steve and Janet Ray, in conjunction with Lutheran scholar Ken Hensley of Coming Home Network and Fr. Steven Thomlison from Lincoln NE (convert from Lutheranism), will be leading a tour through Germany – following Martin Luther and his schism with the Catholic Church.

IMG_3470-1-300x300We will visit all the primary locations of the Reformation: Luther’s hometown, Wittenburg where he nailed his 95 Thesis, the tower where he translated his copy of the Bible, Marburg to see the castle where the Reformers argued and left in disaccord.

IMG_3469Not only will we study Luther and the problems of the Reformation, but we will also enjoy the beauty and culture of Germany. Great food and wine (and German beer!), a river dinner cruise, famous ancient biblical archaeology in Berlin Museum, touring the famous sites such as Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and much more.

Catholics should be prepared to understand Martin Luther and the schism that he started. This will be more than just a tour, it will also be a seminar on the differences and similarities with our Protestant brothers and sisters. With a view to dialog and understanding, this seminar tour will help us work with ecumenical zeal to heal the wounds and separations in the Church.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.36.14 PMWe will end with an Optional Post-Germany tour of Rome to visit the key sites related related to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. We will join the Pope for his Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, visit St. Peter’s Basilica and tour the Sistine Chapel. Enjoying Steve & Janet’s favorite restaurants are frosting on the cake.

Prices, full brochure and more information soon. For the Interactive Map and Itinerary, click HERE. Contact Elizabeth for more information and to be put on the list at emarkey@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

This trip is already generating a lot of interest so act soon.

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Hints for the Grandkids: 1) We were on a plane, 2) heading home, 3) on the other side of the world, 4) in picture 6 look through the haze of sand for a hint – tallest building in the world.

Pray for us on the rest of our journey. Pray that our humble efforts in India will have a lasting impact for the Kingdom of God and the Catholic Church.

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Discovering Apostle St. Thomas in India; then, Mass Barefooted with Local Catholics

August 1, 2016

The last two days in India we have kept free for exploration and touring. I’ve always wanted to trace the steps of the Apostles (and all the biblical personages) and was able to do so with St. Thomas who came here and established the Church in 52 AD. Then we rode a rickshaw to Mass […]

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Friends and Family: Our 2016 Trip to India

July 29, 2016

What wonderful folks here in Kerala India! What a joyous two weeks. Heading home on Wednesday.   … Powered by Cincopa Podcast Hosting for Business solution.Final Days in India 2016flash 16cameramake Appleheight 480dir: 100alt: 12lat: 10.290864long: 76.337622orientation 1camerasoftware 9.3.3originaldate 7/29/2016 4:13:53 PMwidth 640cameramodel iPhone 6sflash 16cameramake Appleheight 640orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS4 originaldate 7/25/2016 7:49:45 […]

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Exploring the Streets around Kerala India

July 25, 2016

Hope you enjoy this little video I made of our adventures around the Divine Retreat Center as we walked out into the side streets in the town of Muringoor in Kerala India. It starts with a few minutes of my talk with the lizards on the ceiling over my head. Then we leave the retreat […]

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Catholics in Bangalore India, Great Time Shared Together

July 24, 2016

Today we had the morning off in Bangalore to catch up. This is the new Silicon Valley so I expected to have good internet here – and boy, was I glad since I had so much to catch up on. If someone in the USA gets “Bangalored” it means they lost their tech job to […]

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India Mission Trip

July 21, 2016

It took us two whole days to get here from Detroit to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Dubai, Dubai to Cochin India. We arrived at the Divine Retreat Center at 10 AM Tuesday. The Retreat Center in like a small village full of halls, chapels, dorms, paths through palm trees and outdoor shrines. This is a large […]

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How Do They Cook Spinach in Rome?

June 21, 2016

Posted a while ago but in Rome now eating spinach again so thought we’d share again… Janet and I (and our whole family) are keeping healthy with losing weight, exercise and eating good food. While in Rome last week Janet and I ate spinach every day. (Spinach is a SuperFood.) The spinach we ate was […]

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Watch this Potpourri of Photos of our Upcoming St. Paul Pilgrimage Cruise

April 27, 2016

Click on the image below for a visual potpourri of our St. Paul cruises. Join us! For more info, visit our Travel Site at www.FootprintsOfGod.com or contact:  Susan Reinhardt (313) 565-8888, ext. 161, or by e-mail at SReinhardt@CTSCentral.net                 

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Can You Ever Achieve Total Security Traveling or at Home? What Are the Risks?

April 16, 2016

Debunking the Myth of Total Security Last week, someone asked me whether I thought it was safe to travel to Izmir, Turkey. Thanks to my line of work, these kinds of questions no longer surprise me. People have been asking me such things for almost as long as I can remember. And since I have […]

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

February 25, 2016

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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Augustine’s Comment on Travel; Popes and Saints on Pilgrimages

January 30, 2016

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding.  “A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God […]

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Womb 2 Tomb; Bethlehem 2 Jerusalem; Biking on Christmas thru the Holy Land

December 26, 2015

I am back in Israel now! Greetings from the Land! I posted this blog a year ago — but I am posting it again so you can see Bethlehem from a unique perspective, from my bike. I think you will enjoy this fun and educational adventure riding through Bethlehem and Jerusalem today. We are in […]

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Our Vibrant Catholic Youth Conference here on Malta!

October 11, 2015

We are just finishing up our 10 days here on Malta with the Catholic Youth Conference here.  I thought that some of you might enjoy seeing the vibrancy of the young people here on the island of Malta. It certainly encouraged Janet and I. We thought it might encourage and bless you as well.  Let’s […]

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On our Way Guadalupe…

August 28, 2015

A lot of our pilgrims have asked us about Guadalupe as a pilgrimage destination. Janet and I are on our way down now to investigate hotels, agents and guides, restaurants and sites. We are going to make this pilgrimage more than just a few days at Guadalupe. We’re also going to include some wonderful cultural […]

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