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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 chose the Footprints of God pilgrimage largely on the basis of the footage we'd seen in the Holy Land DVD series that Steve has produced...we were not disappointed. Steve of course provided the wealth of knowledge that one would expect from watching any of his DVDs. The local guide with whom he and Janet work expanded that already-excellent historical and biblical background even more. The guide is a wonderful Christian man from Nazareth whose family presence in the area extends back many generations. Furthermore, he has undergraduate and graduate degrees in History and focused his advanced educational studies upon the areas we visited...I'm sure we would have been hard-pressed to duplicate in any other tour operator there.Brian Warn
Steve arranged many excellent "add ons" that no other tour group would have provided: High Mass before the Holy Sepulcher, and audience with the Patriarch of Jerusalem's Latin Patriarchate, Mass every day at other wonderful sites, and meals at unique settings (e.g. at a Bethlehem restaurant, in a Druze village, and in Jericho). We even had the occasion to run as a group -- for those who wanted to do so that is -- around the wall at Jerusalem.