Pilgrimages

To Philippi with St. Paul, Day 8

November 3, 2014

Today was a blockbuster day following St. Paul as he entered Europe for the first time. Kavala, the city on the coast of the Aegean Sea used to be called Neapolis during Paul’s time. We arrived and boarded our buses and drove through Kavala seeing the mosaic of Paul receiving a vision from the Macedonian [...]

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Robin’s Conversion Story in Prep for St. Paul Cruise

November 1, 2014

Robin writes: St Paul Pilgrimage – preface I wanted to begin this blog with my conversion story. For some of you, you may stop reading here but I encourage you to continue. This is my second pilgrimage with Steve Ray and his wife Janet. I choose to travel with him because I would not be [...]

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From Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano to Ferry across Adriatic Sea

October 30, 2014

Today we started early in the morning at Lanciano Italy at the stupendous Eucharistic miracle which took place in the 700s. A priest was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and God gave him a miracle which carries down to this day. When he held the host in his hand it turned [...]

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Pope Up Close, Face of God Up Close: Pilgrimage Cruise Day 4

October 29, 2014

What an amazing day! Starting with a 5:00 AM wake up call so we could be the first ones in line to enter St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience with Pope Francis. And boy, did that pay off! All of our people got to see the Pope up close. It was a marvelous morning [...]

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Rome Day 2: Hiking Tour thru Rome

October 27, 2014

Day Tour: we started with the drive through Rome to the Pantheon where we left everybody to scatter for lunch at all the excellent and delicious cafés in the area. After a tour of the Pantheon we visited the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva which houses the remains of St. Catherine of Siena and [...]

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Arrival Day in Rome for Spirit Catholic Radio

October 26, 2014

About 70 folks arrived today and about ten more tomorrow morning. We’re off to a great start with Sunday Mass at a Carmelite Monastery with the cloistered sisters. But tomorrow the real excitement begins when we start our tours and begin exploring the Eternal City.

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“11 Must-see Churches in Rome” Steve Ray quoted in Fox News Article

October 24, 2014

Since we leave for Rome today to pick up our 80 pilgrims for a pilgrimage through Italy, Greece and Turkey, I thought I would post this article so you can see some of the churches we will visit.  Here is the portion of the article in which I contributed. Teresa Tomeo also shares her favorite [...]

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A One-Hour Jaunt through the Rosary Sites

October 21, 2014

I recently did a one-hour radio show with Dina Maria Hale, host of KBVM in Portland Oregon. The title was “Mysteries of the Rosary: Then & Now.” We wanted to give everyone an idea of what the places were like at the time of Mary and Jesus, and what they are like today. We also [...]

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels and more

October 16, 2014

The last day was a banner day. We started out with Mass at Notre Dame and then a visit to the Israel Museum and then drove down to the Judean wilderness. We went to the authentic baptismal site of Jesus before having lunch in Jericho. Then on to came to Qumran where we discussed the [...]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

October 13, 2014

It is often asked: how do we know these are the real sites where Jesus and Mary lived and walked. The earliest Christians realized the importance of these sites and immediately viewed them as sites to be remembered and venerated. Small chapels were built and pilgrims came from around the world to visit these spots [...]

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Video Fixed – Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4: Capernaum, Up to Jerusalem

October 12, 2014

Sorry the wrong video uploaded last night. It was only 50 seconds, just a segment of our dinner. Now we have the whole video up – almost 15 minutes of the entire day including Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee and the drive up to Jerusalem. Enjoy today’s video.

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Legatus Holy Land Day 3: Beatitudes, Banias, Galilee and more

October 11, 2014

This is a banner day! Everyone is starting to bond and become friends even if they didn’t know each other when we started. There are several common bonds: 1. The Catholic faith, 2. All members of Legatus, 3. They’re all in business people who understand reason and relationships and fun and punctuality. Today was a [...]

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Legatus Arrived Safely and Well in Israel

October 9, 2014

It was great to see all of them get off the plane tired yet with anxious smiles on their face. Tom Monaghan was among them. We got them all on the bus and headed up to Galilee. We are now all settled in to the Gai Beach Hotel after Mass and a great  barbecue on [...]

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“My First Confession”: Hilarious! Irish Storytelling at its Best!

October 5, 2014

Not only Irish storytelling at its best, but also Batt Burns at his best. After dinner tonight we all went up to a private room and Pat Burns entertained us for an hour. He had us with tears in her eyes both from laughter and from sadness which is what a good storyteller can do. [...]

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“Top of the Morning to You” – First Great Day in Ireland

September 30, 2014

We picked everyone up at the Dublin airport and headed out across Ireland with our ultimate destination being Galway. Because of the fire in the O’Hare airport in Chicago several people got delayed but eventually we collected of our pilgrims. One will be showing up tomorrow morning and catching up with us. The highlight of [...]

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Safe, Quiet, Beautiful and Deeply Spiritual: Join us in the Holy Land over Christmas Break!

September 29, 2014

“Safe?”  Yup! “But what about Gaza and ISIS?” Gaza is quiet and ISIS has nothing to do with Israel. Israel is quiet, safe and inviting. Even all the bishops of the Holy Land said last week, “that pilgrims return without fear to the Holy Land. In fact, the pilgrims’ itinerary was always and is still [...]

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