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Be the 1st ones back to the Holy Land! Seats available for December 27 and January 6 departures!

by Steve Ray on October 20, 2021


No lines!  No crowds! More time at holy sites and not rushed in prayer and Mass. A rare event in the Holy Land. Israel is slowly opening up and welcoming back select small groups. We have flights, hotels and our best friend and guide Amer is waiting for us. Dates and seats available – December […]

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Finally Heading Back to the Holy Land – need a few intrepid pilgrims to join us!

by Steve Ray on October 18, 2021


Israel is finally opening up after almost 2 years. We couldn’t be happier with the great expectation that our December 27 trip is going to fly! See the website here: https://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/pilgrimage/hl-122721/ Israel is slowly beginning to welcome small groups back and the country is empty and anxiously waiting for us. I cannot wait to take […]

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Farewell Dinner, Final Comments and Tearful Good-byes

by Steve Ray on September 16, 2021


The final dinner together is always a bittersweet experience. We have had a good time together for eight days and it’s fun to recall all the highlights in the new friendships, but it’s also sad that everyone is now heading home. We all rejoiced in the blessed time in these marvelous sacred sites and we […]

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Lourdes Day 2 Footprints of St. Bernadette

by Steve Ray on September 15, 2021


Relaxed morning; we didn’t even set the alarms. After a nice French breakfast we went to the Crypt in the Basilica for Mass (homily here). Then our walking tour following the footprints of St. Bernadette. We visited her home at the mill, where they spent their last days in the abandoned jail, her parish Church […]

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LINK FIXED: Early Mass at the Lourdes Grotto; tour of the Shrines; Talk by Head Doctor at Lourdes

by Steve Ray on September 14, 2021


We have finally reached our final destination which is Lourdes. We started the morning with the sunrise with Mass in the Grotto of our Lady and St. Bernadette. Our chaplain Fr. James Conlon was the celebrant. Marvelous with less than 50 people whereas last time there were about a thousand crowding into the Grotto for […]

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Burgos Spain to Loyola to Lourdes France

by Steve Ray on September 13, 2021


We left our beautiful Grand Teatro Hotel and headed northeast to Loyola where St. Ignatius lived and eventually had a spiritual conversion. His leg was wounded in a war and while he lay recuperating he read the Lives of the Saints and his heart was fully converted toward God. We had Mass in the room […]

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