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In addition to their own experiences, Steve stays in close touch with his friends and associates in the Holy Land.
Even at the height of the USA's media frenzy during the heaviest fighting in the 2014 summer months Steve asked for an honest assessment of the situation. Here is a one of the many positive replies:
Jerusalem: "Dear Steve: Fr. Kelly here from the Notre Dame Center. So far, all our pilgrims throughout the entire summer have been able to visit the Holy Land sites according to the regular routine. The only change has been that they did not have to wait in long lines to get in to see the most sought after locations as registered people have opted not to come.
But in reality the normal itinerary for the pilgrims has practically not been affected. It is wonderful seeing each of these pilgrims being so blessed and only sad to realize that others lost this opportunity of grace for their lives, due to the understandable but poorly founded fear of coming! Our pilgrims, after experiencing how a pilgrimage runs so peacefully here in recent weeks, often lament that their friends really made this mistake of canceling!!
We thank you and all your pilgrims, past and future, for their prayers for the Holy Land that men of violence may lay down their weapons and work to share this blessed Land together, a treasure for all of humanity."
Greetings to Janet and all your family & team!
Blessings Fr. Eamon Kelly, Papal Appointee at Notre Dame Center
We are very grateful for our trip, Steve. We’ve been comparing stories of our trip with Baton Rouge friends who have gone to the Holy Land with other tour groups and even Baton Rouge Diocese sponsored trips. They have shared stories that we’d want no part of. They include things like having a Jewish Tour Guide, having to wait in line for an altar at Mt. of beatitudes for Mass, having to pay to have a Mass at some sites to rent vestments, use candles, etc., having to wait behind lines of busses and being the last group to get to the stores in Bethlehem only to find out the Bethlehem stores were closing for the day. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!Mary Grace & Errol, April 2012 Holy Land Pilgrims