Pilgrimages

Join Jesse Romero and Steve Ray in the Holy Land

by Steve Ray on April 25, 2015

…this November! Click HERE. Or call sparran@ctscentral.net or 1-800-727-1999, ext.121. 

  

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It was a great day today but sad as well. It is always sad to say Good-bye and leave each other after spending such a wonderful ten days together in such tremendously powerful spiritual sites.

Today we started with Mass at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette and revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. We toured the museum and what has to be the largest underground church in the world! 

Free afternoon then a delicious farewell dinner with a Cake of Thanks, blessing of the religious items, final farewells and comments. Enjoy!

Thanks again to our partner Corporate Travel for their wonderful services! They are the best travel agency we could imagine. Thanks to John Hale, Mark Slater, Suzanne Parran, Elizabeth Markey and Becca. Also thanks to Teresa Torres our local guide and to Teresa Tomeo our friend, partner and fellow pilgrim. Thanks to all the pilgrims on this trip who have traveled with us many times before and those who are already preparing to join us again.

Mass and Day’s Activities

Farewell Dinner, Blessings, Comments and Departure

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Today was St. Bernadette’s feast day and everyone thought it pretty special to be here in Lourdes, touring the Shrine, having Mass and visiting all the historical sites related to her life.

I got some great shots and involvement with the evening procession with thousands of people from all over the world, all united in the Catholic Faith and love for the Church and the Blessed Mother. It gives me hope seeing this kind of universality of the Church and the dedication of her children.

Hope you enjoy the movie of our very exciting and fun day!

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Driving thru Spectacular Mountais to Lourdes France!

April 15, 2015

We took a driving tour of spectacular Zaragosa Spain then took off north towards France, heading to Lourdes.  The Pyrenees Mountains separating Spain and France were stunning and beautiful – still covered with snow as we went through the waterfalls and rushing streams, tunnels and forests. We arrived in the Lourdes with songs of praise and [...]

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From Avila to Zaragosa: Site of 1st Marian Apparition!

April 14, 2015

Beautiful drive thru central Spain, driving around Madrid from Avila to Zaragosa in Spain. Enjoy the drive and the fun along the way.  We arrived at the spectacular Basilica of the Pillar on the Ebro River and right at our hotel. We had Mass here and saw the pillar of the 1st ever Apparition of [...]

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All Day with St. Teresa in Avila, Walking Tour, Great Homily and Installed in Brown Scapular

April 13, 2015

I will let the videos speak for themselves – but it was a great day. The weather forecast was for rain but it was sunny and warm all day. We had planned to visit two nearby cities but I made an executive decision to cancel that so people had a free afternoon and evening in [...]

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Carmelites and Lovers of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross – on the 500th Anniversary of her birth

April 12, 2015

Friends and Family of those traveling with us — if you leave a comment below I will read it on the bus. Anyone can leave a comment and I will read it. Today was your day! We followed St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross through their hometowns and places of ministry [...]

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Fatima Portugal to Avila Spain, Stopping along the way at St. Teresa of Avila’s Tomb for Mass

April 11, 2015

This is the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. We are now visiting all the sites in Spain related to her life and Carmelite spirituality. What a great day we had driving from Fatima in Portugal to Avila in Spain. We had Mass along the way at Alba de Tormes, at [...]

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Full Day at Fatima: Great Weather, Moving Sites, Prayerful Experience

April 10, 2015

Today we have two videos because it was such a rich day. Video No. 1 covers our start with a great breakfast and enjoying each other’s company, going to the parish church of the Fatima children where we prayed and discussing their spiritual lives. We also saw the tombs of the family in the local [...]

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First Days in Portugal

April 9, 2015

The first video is me on a hiking tour along the waterfront of Lisbon. I look at a lot of the people, places and things as I go through this beautiful city. I end up at the Monastery of St. Jerome. Built in the 1500s it is now under the control of the government and [...]

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Did Catholics Invent Pilgrimages?

April 7, 2015

No, it was something the Holy Family did at least once a year! Look what the Catechism says: “[Jesus'] public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the great Jewish feasts” (583). And the Psalmist wrote: “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Psa 119:54 in RSV-Catholic [...]

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Fun Article in Faith Magazine: For Stephen Ray Evangelizing is an Adventure!

April 6, 2015

Faith Magazine came out to do an interview last year and the article showed up this month (April 2016). Hope you enjoy it. Today we are ON OUR WAY to Fatima, Avila and Lourdes! Stay tuned for updates, daily videos and more.

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Fast-paced 1-Minute New Video about our Pilgrimages – let us know what you think

March 24, 2015

This is produced by Spirit Juice. Let me know what you think.

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Excellent and Artistic Photographs of Israel by Spirit Juice

March 3, 2015

Rob Kaczmark and his new wife Kimberly joined us in the Holy Land last September. They own Spirit Juice Studios which is a new and talented production company. While they were with us they took magnificent and artistic pictures along the way. Never have I seen such eye-popping images of the Holy Land. Enjoy! Join [...]

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Two Priests Comment on the Holy Land – and what it meant to them

February 8, 2015

These priests experienced the Holy Land for the first time in December. They traveled with us and brought great joy and fun to the whole group. They were devout, serious and holy, yet they were fun, laughing, full of stories, played cards until the lights went out and bonded with the group like affectionate brothers. [...]

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Fr. Good’s Thoughts on Christmas in the Holy Land with our Footprints of God Pilgrimages

February 3, 2015

This was an unsolicited letter from our chaplain over the Christmas pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Enjoy!

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