The pilgrimage was a mountaintop experience. Every detail was covered with class and consideration for the pilgrims. What was promised to be covered during the pilgrimage was delivered thoroughly. There were no last minute surprises or deletions.
Our Catholic identity and the constant reiteration of the need for evangelization was welcomed and appreciated. The Catholic guide, Amer, was knowledgeable about the land, history, sites, as well as being a great communicator. He was appreciated. He truly is a walking encyclopedia. Janet and Steve’s efforts to balance serious, spiritual, and leisure were designed to balance the pilgrimage. This experience was a memorable, life-changing experience.
I have been home one day, and I am praying my children will one day come on this great pilgrimage because once you’ve seen and experienced these footprints of Steve and Janet’s pilgrimage you want to pass on the possibility of experiencing it first hand to all those you love most in this life.
May the love of Christ grow in our hearts and lead us to eternal life with Him.
We were Blessed to travel to the Holy Land with Steve and Janet in September 2018. Today is Holy Saturday 2019 and the entire experience of the pilgrimage, especially Calvary, the Tomb and the Via Delarosa really came alive for us this year as never before. The way Steve takes care of his pilgrims so that we are able to really experience these Holy sites without tremendous crowds is invaluable. We thought we would only visit the Holy Land once, but we will be back, hopefully next year, and we will not travel with anyone but Steve and Janet. Thank you both, and we wish you and your family a Blessed Easter.HE IS RISEN!
Hi Steve (and Janet), we are looking forward to your coming to Dubuque next week, Steve, for the mission at Nativity Parish and the Catholic Radio Event. Our little group of 7 accompanying you to the Holy Land almost a year ago—April, 2018 will all be there!
The Holy Land Pilgrimage has all the earmarks of the Lord’s presence especially because the experience has only become richer as the time has passed rather than faded in memories. The Scriptures, the Mass, the Rosary are only richer for us.
I had a particular experience I wanted to share with you. Right after Christmas, 2018, I had a sense that I was to draw close in Adoration of the Blessed Christ Child. I recalled being at the Church of the Nativity with you last Spring and when I came to the spot where the star was (place Jesus was born), I burst into tears. I did not see that coming and was somewhat embarrassed by it but now I realize that the Lord was preparing me for a strong Adoration of the Christ Child. That has continued.
On the pilgrimage, I wondered if I should have gone because physical limitations made me think I was not too capable of making the trip and yet I remembered what Janet said that all on the Pilgrimage were supposed to be there and she (you both) had been praying for us. Now I certainly realize the truth of that even though (humorously) I can only remember going uphill to everything, I don’t remember coming down the hill at all!
We have thought of you often and prayed for you and all traveling with you. Thank you for offering Pilgrimages for us!
We hope all is well; God bless your travel here to Dubuque next week.
See you soon!
Brian and I agree totally. We were just watching the video of our Holy Land trip with you last September, and it reaffirmed our commitment to return to the Holy Land again with you next year. It is something we will remember for the rest of our lives. We have been blessed to have traveled quite a bit in our life, but nothing can compare to the Holy Land, and I would not travel there with anyone else but you. And I am a travel agent and have many opportunities to travel with anyone I choose to go with. I have told many of my friends in our parish about your pilgrimages and encourage them to contact you so that they can have as wonderful and spiritual a journey as Brian and I did. God bless you and Janet. Hope to see you next year.
Dear Steve and Janet,
We know you are most likely very busy preparing for your next Holy Land departure. It has been almost one week since our own return and the fruit of our Holy Land pilgrimage continues to manifest itself in our lives. As Deacon Steve has said, it was a trip of a lifetime. We each took away our own personal highs and many shared “couple” moments that we will remember in this lifetime and, God willing, take with us into the next.
We know you must receive many compliments for the well-planned and thought-out pilgrimages you lead. And, we would be ones who would echo that! For us, we could see how invested you both are culturally, socially and spiritually with our brethren in the Holy Land making this pilgrimage seem very personal. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to build up His kingdom. Our prayers are with you as you lead another group of God’s holy people.
May God bless each of you with peace, joy, good health and many blessings,