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Israel 9 Comments and Farewells 4-29

by Steve Ray on April 29, 2022


Enjoy these heartfelt and enthusiastic comments, even with some tears, from our pilgrims. “I’m so impressed with the fruits of your years of experience with the logistics, group dynamics, etc. I can see 100 ways to ruin a trip, but you gracefully avoided them all with skill, planning, and flexibility. “Thank you and Janet so […]

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Israel 8 The Fun Day at Jericho, Dead Sea, Jordan River and CAMELS

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We call today the Optional Day. People either take a free day and do what they want or stay in Jerusalem or, they board the bus and do some fun things mostly down in the Judean Wilderness area. After Mass we started out for the Israel Museum, then drove 20 miles descending 4125 feet to […]

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Passion & Resurrection of Christ, Mass at the Tomb; Meeting Patriarch of Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2022


Today we started out at 4 AM so we could do the Via Dolorosa, touch the top of Calvary before the crowds arrived. It was a great plan! Enjoy our Mass at the Holy Sepulchre in front of the tomb, and then we went to the Western Wall before having a lunch at the Notre […]

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Israel 6 All Day Jerusalem: Gethsemane, Mt. Zion & Mt. of Olives

by Steve Ray on April 26, 2022


We start the day at the top of the Mount of Olives to visit Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father. Then to Mass at Gethsemane — always a very emotional site for the pilgrims. Lunch at the Ramat Rachel Kibbutz. Then to the lookout over Jerusalem where I give […]

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Israel 5 Bethlehem All Day with Dancing – Parts 1 and 2

by Steve Ray on April 25, 2022


This is always a favorite day on the pilgrimage. Bethlehem all day with a wonderful Passover lamb dinner with lots of dancing with Christian young people and their traditional garb. We started the day at the beautiful Bethlehem  store where everyone got to shop for icons, olive wood products, mother of pearl, antiquities and more. […]

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From Galilee to Jerusalem, Capernaum, Boat Ride, Visitation and Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on April 24, 2022


Big day today packing up our suitcases and moving from Galilee to Jerusalem. But we’ve got a lot to do in between. We start the day at Capernaum where I give my talk “Defending the Eucharist“ because this is where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood”. Mass at the Memorial of Saint […]

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