Pilgrimages

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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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Camels, Dead Sea Floating, Stepping into Jesus’ Jerusalem, Trinity Homily and much more

May 19, 2015

Just watch. How can I explain this marvelous day. Even a blessing from the Cardinal of Seoul Korea at the Jordan River. From Mass in Jerusalem to the Temple Model at the Israel Museum, from Jericho to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Oh, yeah, floating in the Dead Sea and riding camels too. [...]

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Wow! Mass in the Tomb; Praying for Priests where they Began and more; Day 7 Parts 1 & 2

May 18, 2015

The highlight of the whole pilgrimage is praying the Via Dolorosa, touching the top of Mount Calvary where the Blood of Jesus flowed and having Mass inside the Tomb. I tell people that when the priest brings us the Body of Christ in the Tomb that Jesus comes out of the tomb for us again [...]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

May 17, 2015

Today we are having Mass at Gethsemane on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. How do we know this is really Gethsemane? And yesterday we had Mass at Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Really? How do we know? Two days ago we venerated the place Jesus was born [...]

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Where Was Mary Born? Where Did Jesus Sweat Blood (hematridrosis)? What was Fr. Chris Alar Wearing? Holy Land Day 6

May 17, 2015

The pilgrims learned a lot today and there were many tears. Gethsemane for Mass and a biblical description. St. Anne’s where Mary was born and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Enjoy as you join us for Day 6 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage with Steve and Janet Ray — and Fr. Chris Alar and Deacon Thaddeus [...]

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