Day One: Catholic Way Bible Study Holy Land Pilgrimage

by Steve Ray on January 22, 2008

Steve Ray here. Today is Day One of the Catholic Way Bible Study Holy Land pilgrimage hosted by Lavinia Spirito and led by Steve & Janet Ray. Everyone arrived safe and sound – albeit a bit tired from flying for 12 hours over the Atlantic. We boarded the bus and headed first to Caesarea by the Sea where Peter baptized the first gentile into the Church — Cornelius the Roman Centurion. It was here that Paul was imprisoned for two years before being taken to Rome.

We then had lunch and went to Cana of Galilee for Mass and renewal of wedding vows. This is always a very special time. We arrived at our hotel on the Sea of Galilee before dark in time for some coffee before dinner. Then everyone headed to bed. Tomorrow we leave at 7:30 for Mount Tabor (Transiguration) and Nazareth. Everyone is fine and in great spirits.

I am having trouble with the video portion of the YouTube production. I had harddrive trouble before leaving and I'm still feeling its effects. I hope to have it fixed soon, but in the meantime, enjoy the movie comprised of still shots.

Video moved to my Pilgrimage website here.


  • Joyce Gravatte says:

    I’m so pleased to know all arrived safe and sound. It sounds like everyone got off to an enjoyable trip.
    My prayers are with you on this wonderful trip.
    Tell Nettie McClain I hope she got to take as many pair of shoes with her as she would have liked. Ha!

    Joyce Gravatte
    Catholic Way Bible Study
    CTK Lexington KY

  • Aoife says:

    Great to see that everyone got there safely, I think I saw my mam but I’m not sure-would you pass on a message to Catherina McDonnell-hello and hope you’re having a great time. Hope everything continues to go well with the trip, much love, Aoife

  • Prolife Across America staff says:

    We were very happy to learn that everyone had arrived safely.
    We have been praying for all of you.
    Tell Mary Ann and Diann that the mail has been pouring in so we have been
    very busy at the office. Thank you Jesus!
    God bless all of you,
    Mary, Mary, Dave & John

  • Patty Schuette says:

    Hello to all, especially Julie Whitman. All is well and chilly here in LEX. Kate is great and I have to say some lovely hair. Hope you are enjoying as we send our prayers to all. Tell Jesus hello. Take care. Patty

  • Resl and Yael Fernandes says:

    Please could you let us know if you are doing Holy land tours either alone or with Cathoolic Answers. We were on the Pilgrimaage cruise to Rome and the mediterarran .It was great. Want to go with you and Janet again to the holy land Please let us know thanks

    STEVE RAY HERE: I am Jerusalem right now leading a group. We have two more open pilgrimages this year: April and November. We also have five planned in 2009. For more information, visit my website Also, you can call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, extension 121. We would LOVE to have you join us!

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