Fatima, Santiago, Loyola, Lourdes May 2017 (SOLD OUT)

16 May 2017 to 25 May 2017



Ignatius Press Prepares for 100th Anniversary of Fatima with a Historic Pilgrimage

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Contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239) 867-4180 or rose@ignatius.com

Ignatius Press prepares for 100th anniversary of Fatima with a historic pilgrimage and new release San Francisco, November 21, 2016 – The long-awaited 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917 is around the corner, and Ignatius Press has exciting plans to help the faithful prepare for this historic year.
Next year is the time to visit and celebrate this famous Marian apparition. Ignatius Press, in conjunction with Steve and Janet Ray, will be leading a very special pilgrimage to celebrate this amazing and historical visit of our Blessed Mother at Fatima from May 16-25, 2017.

images-1Steve and Janet Ray are well-known for their inspiring pilgrimages, dynamic sense of adventure, and travel expertise. Guest speakers will include leading Fatima expert Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R, Mark Brumley, President of Ignatius Press, and Fr. Mark Mary of EWTN.

On this pilgrimage, travelers will experience the beauty, faith and cultures of Portugal, Spain and France. Pilgrims will visit Fatima and experience the quaint ambiance of the village as it was 100 years ago. Today pilgrims walk through the narrow streets, see the thatched roofs and visit the homes and church of the children.

imagesThe sites where the angels and the Blessed Mother appeared are maintained in there pristine condition which elicits prayer and meditation. Masses and processions are held daily at the very place that 70,000 people looked up and saw the sun dance. One steps back in time as they walk in the footprints of the children and pray at the places of the apparitions.

Pilgrims will also visit Santiago de Compostela and Lourdes, among other sites. Also exciting will be the visit to Loyola in Spain which is the city of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Throughout the pilgrimage, the best hotels and finest dining will be provided, along with inspiring talks about the Catholic faith.

hotel-roissy-lourdes-france-near-from-sanctuary_0Daily Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Andrew Apostoli and Fr. Mark Mary each day at the most sacred sites as pilgrims are immersed in some of the most visited Marian shrines in the world.

To learn more about this once in a lifetime pilgrimage or to reserve your spot, please visit: https://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/pilgrimage/fatima-santiago-loyola-lourdes-with-ignatius-press-and-fatima-expert-fr-apostoli/

Ignatius Press will also be publishing a great new book on Fatima, a gorgeous new photobook called Fatima Mysteries: Mary’s Message to the Modern Age. This book is compiled by the renowned author-photographer team of

Grzegorz Górny and Januzs Rosikon, who have traveled throughout Europe to investigate the story of Fatima and its impact on the destiny of both individuals and nations. With stunningly beautiful four-color photographs on every page, and in-depth detail and insights on all aspects of the story and message of Fatima, they probe the mysteries of Fatima and their continued relevance for our modern age. For those who can’t travel to Fatima for the 100th anniversary, this dazzling photobook will transport them to the heart and message of Our Lady of Fatima.

Steve Ray and Fr. Mark Mary are available for interviews about the 100th anniversary of Fatima and this upcoming pilgrimage. To set up an interview, please contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press at (239) 867-4180 or rose@ignatius.com

Arrival in Fatima!

Our group all arrived safely and had a great arrival in Fatima with Mass celebrated by Fr Mark Mary of EWTN and the homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli.

Everyone is excited and ready…

…after a good night’s sleep we do EVERYTHING Fatima tomorrow!

All Day Fatima with Fr. Apostoli's Talk

IMG_0882Join us today for a full day ALL Fatima seeing everything and having a deeply spiritual experience.

We prayed the Rosary up to the place where the angel gave the children holy Communion. Fr. Andrew Apostoli gave a very profound to talk which you can watch

Here are the highlights of our Fatima day!

Fatima to Coimbra to Braga to Bon Jesus to Santiago

From Fatima Portugal to Mass at Coimbra where Sister Lucia spent the last 50+ years of her life in the Carmelite Monastery. See Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s homily here.

Then to Braga for lunch and free time.

Stories, prayers and discussions on the buses – fun times! Then to Bon Jesus, one of the most beautiful and amazing churches in the world.

Then to Santiago de Compostela to check in to our fantastic hotel and dinner.

Amazing Santiago de Compostela Spain with World Largest Incensor

Santiago means “St. James” and this city boasts the tomb of Our Lord’s Apostle St. James. Enjoy this great day along with our pilgrims.

Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

Burgos Spain to Loyola (St.Ignatius) to Lourdes France

Wonderful day, great folks, conversion and vocation stories and the highlight – St. Ignatius and Loyola. Delightful and entertaining Homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli at Loyola basilica.

Lourdes All Day!! (Parts 1 and 2)

We spent the whole day touring the Lourdes Shrine with a special meeting with the doctor in charge of all the decisions regarding accredited and official healings.

We had Mass at the Grotto of Bernadette at which an Irish priest gave an excellent homily (here).

After a free afternoon, which many used to go for prayer, confession, rest, shopping or the baths, we ended with the magnificent demonstration of the universality of the Catholic Church in the Rosary Procession. But the Rosary Prossession will be in Part 2 added soon.

Final Lourdes: Tour St. Bernadette's Life; Farewells & Last Words

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for the Mass of that’s not the way God bring 2nd Ascension.

You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here in the second homily Fr. Andrew Apostoli here.

Also a wonderful evening of comments about the trip with many of those involved. I think you’ll enjoy this last section 🙂

Unbelievable Photos of Fatima, Santiago, Loyola, Lourdes and more. Wow! Thanks Joey Zarate!

Ignatius Press’s Joey Zarate took some amazing pictures of our latest pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines and more through Portugal, Spain and France. These photos are 100% professional and a delight to the eyes. We hope you enjoy them all. Thanks Joey!

We still have 15 seats open for the same trip in Oct-Nov.

Day 1: Arrival in Fatima
Day 2: Fatima, tours on the Basilica, Hamlets of the children, Valinhos
Day 3: Carmelite Convent, Coimbra, Bom Jesus de Monte
Day 4: Santiago de Compostela
Day 5: City of Leon and Burgos
Day 6: Loyola, St Ignatius of Loyola
Day 7: Lourdes, first day
Day 8: Lourdes, last day of the pilgrimage

Fr. Andrew Apostoli Goes to Meet His Lord

A good friend has gone to be with his Lord. Fr. Andrew Apostoli died in the early hours of December 13.

Many of us remember him joining us our Lourdes and Fatima pilgrimage in May of this year. He was a great teacher, a joy and a light for a lost world.

May God receive him quickly to glory. Thanks for all you did Fr. Andrew!

Watch his talk with us at Fatima, May 2017: https://youtu.be/o97fjIHJQ1I

About the Pilgrimage


Watch the entire 90 minute pilgrimage video below or download to a flash drive it to watch on your HDTV.

Footprints of God Fatima & Lourdes Pilgrimage from Steve Ray on Vimeo.

Check out Joey Zarate’s very professional photographs of this pilgrimage (Thanks Joey!!!):

Day 1: Arrival in Fatima


Day 2: Fatima, tours on the Basilica, Hamlets of the children, Valinhos


Day 3: Carmelite Convent, Coimbra, Bom Jesus de Monte


Day 4: Santiago de Compostela


Day 5: City of Leon and Burgos


Day 6: Loyola, St Ignatius of Loyola


Day 7: Lourdes, first day


Day 8: Lourdes, last day of the pilgrimage




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ABOVE: Fr. Apostoli with his best-selling Ignatius Press book on Fatima

Join us for the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparitions to the three little shepherd children in Portugal. This pilgrimage is in conjunction with Ignatius Press and Fatima expert Fr. Apostoli.


Fr. Apostoli will be with us throughout the pilgrimage sharing his wisdom, giving talks and celebrating Mass.

We have the best enthusiastic Catholic guides and Steve & Janet Ray will be with you every step of the way. The best hotels await you, the finest cuisine will be set before you. Prayers along the way, Mass each day at the most sacred sites as we are all immersed in some of the most visited Marian shrines in the world.


ABOVE: Evening processions at both Fatima and Lourdes…

Fatima, Lourdes, the tomb of the Apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela where the El Camino pilgrimage concludes, the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem, Loyola with Mass where St. Ignatius gave his life to God and much more.


Also joining us is EWTN’s Fr. Mark Mary

For on-line registration, see the brochure or click HERE.

ABOVE: EWTN interview with Fr. Apostoli about his Ignatius Press book “Fatima for Today”

BELOW: Farewells and comments from a previous pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago and Lourdes. To see the whole trip with many videos and commentary, click here.