Italy Pilgrimage Ends: Comments and Farewells

by Steve Ray on June 2, 2015

Always sad for new friends to say Good-bye. Enjoy.

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What a great day with great weather, great folks and great sites. Growing closer to Jesus Christ and his Church is the whole point. Enjoy!



We are flying to Israel today and wanted to let you know of an exciting new trip we added to our list.

There are lots of people who have visited the Holy Land and seen the regular sites in Nazareth, Cana, Jerusalem and more. BUT do you know that this biblical land is full of riches you never saw on that first trip. 

Now we are taking a small group – of less than 25 people – to go back to the Holy Land to dig deeper – to see new things that very few people see. The only site we will repeat is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Everything else is new and exciting.

We will have all our Masses with the local Christians. We have a Mass with the Bishop of Jerusalem and other very interesting local Masses. Meals are exceptional including one at the home of our guide Amer and his wife.

Take a look at the brochure and itinerary here and register quickly since we can only take the first 25 people who register. The dates are January 26 – February 5, 2016.

For more info, contact my associate Suzanne at Corporate Travel at sparran@ctscentral.net or at 800-727-1999, 121.

Tom Govern writes: “I was on the first Holy Land II trip and it was an amazing experience. This is for those who have been to the Holy Land or who want a different experience that the normal pilgrimage. Steve and Janet make it exceptional. You will see sites that large groups cannot get into ands special sites that first time visitors just do not have time for.”

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Steve and Liz in Roman Forum Discussing Ancient Rome and the First Christians – and Biblical Literacy

May 31, 2015

I have provided two short 6 minute video clips of me (Steve Ray) and Liz Lev as we talked to my group in the Ancient Rome Forum today.  First, Liz spoke about the clash of empires: the Roman Empire and the Kingdom of God. The key line is this: Rome had just claimed that the [...]

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Steve’s Talk on Martyrdom at Martyrdom Church in Rome; Tour of Roman Forum, Coliseum and more

May 31, 2015

We went to the Church of San Stefano Rotundo in Rome – the martyrdom church with the graphic images of early Christians and their suffering for Jesus Christ. I gave a short talk on martyrdom and faithfulness to Christ. We also toured St. Peter in Chains, San Clemente and first century Rome, the Roman Forum [...]

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Touring Sistine; Mass with the Saints; Tour of the Shroud and more. Day 9 in Italy.

May 30, 2015

Today many pilgrims returned home to the USA. But 58 who stayed for the Extension trip had a great day. Beautiful blue skies with 70 degrees and breezy. Very enjoyable! We toured the Vatican Museum, Mass with the Saints (many relics) is San Salvatore, free time in Piazza Navona and a tour of the Shroud [...]

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Sts. Peter and Paul Day in Rome; Steve’s Talk on St. Paul at his Tomb

May 29, 2015

Enjoy our day in Rome visiting Peter and Paul.   Steve Ray’s Talk on St. Paul at his Tomb

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The Facecloth of Christ – He is Looking Right Through You! Day 7

May 28, 2015

Today we said Good-bye to Padre Pio and the Archangel Michael and left San Giovanni Rotundo. We drove through the beautiful mountains to Manoppello to see the Facecloth of Christ. It was that which was found in the Tomb in John 20. Everyone was stunned by the relic and we had Mass in front of [...]

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Padre Pio’s Stigmata Glove used to Touch Each Pilgrim in Blessing and much more. Day 6 in Italy!

May 27, 2015

A banner day with perfect weather! We spent the day in San Giovanni Rotundo at the churches of St. Padre Pio. We had Mass where he celebrated Mass and saw his body displayed in the glass casket.  Super exciting was watching a movie about his life, personally meeting one of his brother Cappuchins and being [...]

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Assisi to Loreto to Lanciano to San Giovanni Rotundo – Whirlwind Day!

May 26, 2015

Covered a LOT of ground today and people said it was the most powerful Mass – in front of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. The Holy House of Loreto was also an amazing stop. We have now arrived at our Grand Paradiso Hotel in San Giovanni Rotundo and look who was there to greet us [...]

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How Can You Describe the Beauty and Sacredness History of Assisi? Only in pictures

May 25, 2015

Today we had a full and fruitful day in Assisi. We began with Mass at St. Clare’s Church above her tomb. They a walking tour of Assisi which is really a walking tour of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare and the Francisans.  Then to the crescendo – visiting the tomb of St. [...]

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From Turin to Assisi: Message from Gianna Molla, Beautiful Drive thru Italy, Mass and History in Assisi

May 24, 2015

What a great group of Catholic pilgrims and adventurers! Prayers on the bus, Rosaries, conversion stories and our new Footprints of God DVD “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works. Enjoy our pilgrimage with us. I know it seems like all we do is eat, but you have to remember where we are – ITALY. This [...]

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Jesus Was A Jew – So What is That To You?

May 24, 2015

 Jesus was a Jew. This fact may escape the casual reader of the New Testament, but it is crucial to understanding Jesus and the book written about him—the Bible. Unhappily, in 21st century America we are far removed from the land of Israel and the ancient culture and religion of Jesus and his Jewish ancestors.  [...]

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Today We Saw the Holy Shroud, the Body of St. John Bosco and Met the Daughter of St. Gianna Molla who gave us a one-hour talk

May 23, 2015

I cannot express in words what we did, saw and experienced today. It was truly and spiritual powerhouse. Seeing the Holy Shroud was breath-taking. It is a Love Letter from God written in his own blood. The church and compound started by St. John Bosco and his body on display with Mass at an ancient [...]

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First Day in Italy; Mass at the Duomo in Milan; Settled into Turin to See Shroud Tomorrow

May 22, 2015

Arrival in Milan; tour of the city and Mass at the 5th largest church in the world – and amazing Gothic construction. Fr. Scott Courtney’s homily in the fantastic Duomo.

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Comments, Fun and Farewells

May 19, 2015

Hope you enjoy all the fun and farewells at the end of the trip. Always sad to say Good-bye!

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