Spring Holy Land Pilgrimage May 2018 (SOLD OUT)

16 May 2018 to 25 May 2018

This is a beautiful time of the year to tour the Holy Land. Warm and not hot with almost no chance of rain. We have the best Mass sites selected for you and we will visit every Rosary site and pray that Mystery while there. Join us!

Steve and Janet have partnered with the same Catholic Nazarene guide for all their trips over the last decade. Amer is a practicing Catholic and a walking encyclopedia. We consider him the finest Christian guide in the Holy Land–and we are not alone in that assessment. Having a Christian guide is very important.

You’ll enjoy Steve and Janet’s trusted hotels and delicious meals including some amazing dinner experiences away from the typical hotel buffets.

Wine is provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.

You will receive their 110-page color handbook, daily YouTube videos so your family and friends can join you virtually every day and a fully edited movie of your trip upon your return home.

Steve personally teaches at the holy sites and shares experiences from over 150 previous trips to Israel and other biblical lands since 1995. We do everything we can to support the local Christians who only make up 1.5% of the population.

Daily Mass at the holiest sites and we pray every Mystery of the Rosary where it took place. Also, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Calvary and Mass at the Tomb.

The Ft. Myers Florida Catholic Community invites you to join us on a Holy Land pilgrimage. Enjoy a group of like-minded Catholics the Fort Myers area and around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady.

Our priest will be one of Steve and Janet’s good friends who has joined them as chaplain numerous times. His name is Fr. Dan Good from Alabama and everyone loves his fine homilies, devout Masses and his joy and fun along the way.





Journal

Arrival in Israel; Mass on Shore of Galilee!

Everyone arrived in the Tel Aviv Airport safely and ready to go. We’re all excited for another excellent pilgrimage following our Lord and Lady.  Enjoy our arrival, trip up to Tiberias and Mass and the Sea of Galilee.  Very appropriate first Mass to open a Pilgrimage HERE.


Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth- Enjoy!

Enjoy  our first full day in the Holy Land. It’s always great to start with Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration and Fr. Dan did not disappoint us with his homilies at Transfiguration and Cana.


Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border, Tabgha, Primacy & Feast

Another great day! Fr. Dan’s excellent homily at Beatitudes Here. Much of Steve’s talk about Peter at Caesarea Philippi here.

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Mass at Capernaum, Eating St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation and Arriving in JERUSALEM!

Today was Pentecost Sunday which is very special for Janet and I and our family. It was 24 years ago today that we were received into the Catholic Church with tears of joy.

My eyes welled up with tears many times today just recalling that event while we’re traveling through the Holy Land. What a joy to share our conversion story with all of the pilgrims on the bus as we drove to Jerusalem.

We had Mass at Capernaum and even though it was Pentecost we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Eucharist because it was here that Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.“ You can hear Fr. Dan‘s homily here.

We took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, saw the ancient boat from Jesus’s time, are St. Peters Fish and drove to Jerusalem. We stopped along the way at the Church of the Visitation where Mary walked to meet Elizabeth.

Did you know that young Mary who was only about 14 or 15 years old walked almost 100 miles from Nazareth to the Hill Country of Judea to visit her relative Elizabeth?

After singing and praying at the Visitation we arrived in Jerusalem at our Notre Dame Center Hotel. Enjoy!


All Day Birth of Christ and Bethlehem

Driving thru Wall around Bethlehem, Shopping spectacular, Mass in Cave in Bethlehem, Shwarma or Falafil?, touching birthplace of Jesus, Carmelite Convent, and dinner with Passover Lamb and dancing.

Click here for Fr. Dan’s Bethlehem homily.

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Day 6: Gethsemane, New US Embassy, Mt. of Olives, Upper Room, Mt. Zion and Special Entry into Tomb

Started with very moving Mass at Gethsemane with lots of tears and a fantastic homily you can watch here.

Paternoster Church and Ascension on Mount of Olives. Viewing American flags waiving with Israeli flags in the streets. Viewed the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Lunch at Kibbutz and everything Mount Zion: Dormition of Mary, Upper Room and St. Peter in Gallicantu followed by two hours free time.

AMAZING!!! We entered the crowded Holy Sepulchre without lines, escorted into the Tomb with blaring organ and greetings by the Franciscans! You won’t believe it!

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Early AM Stations of the Cross, Touching Calvary, Mass at Tomb, Western Wall and more

First video covers early morning (3:45 AM – 9:00 AM) Via Dolorosa, touching top of Calvary and Mass at the Tomb — very special and emotional for the folks.

Second video covers the rest of the day. Including Western Wall and later dinner on the roof of Jerusalem.

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Riding Camels, Floating in Dead Sea, Qumran, Jericho, Brother Charles’ Story and more

Enjoy a marvelous and fun camel-riding, Dead Sea floating, museum visiting and walking thru 1st century Jerusalem day!

Fr. Dan’s closing homily and final pilgrimage blessings here.


Pilgrimage Farewells and Comments from Jerusalem

Here are some of the final farewells and comments from the pilgrimage. It’s always fun to hear what people thought and how the pilgrimage affected their lives. Janet also gives her little speech at the end which many have found to be very profound and helpful.