Family Holy Land – Christmas – December 2016

28 December 2016 to 06 January 2017

You can watch the full length Pilgrimage below or download it here.


Family Holy Land Pilgrimage with Franciscan University off to GREAT Start - Lots of Kids and Young People

Steve Ray here. I conceived of the idea of a Family Holy Land Pilgrimage a few years ago when I saw how many young people were leaving the faith as soon as they got into college. I remember how my four children were fundamentally changed by their early trips to Israel with us.

I though, “Why should parents and grandparents pay $50,000+ to send their children to university where so mean lose their Faith when they could spend a fraction of that to send them to the Holy Land with us — to insure they will NEVER lose their faith?”

So, here we are in the Holy Land in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with two full buses of marvelous excited kids and young people galore! Enjoy our first day arriving in Israel! We had our first Mass at Mount Carmel at Stella Maris and you can listen to the opening homily here.

About the Pilgrimage


This trip is sold out!

This was not your average pilgrimage to the Holy Land! We have taken many, many families to the Holy Land and this was a unique pilgrimage for families to go together. It was also for single people, couples — anyone who loves Our Lord and Lady!

This pilgrimage was in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with youthful Franciscan priest, Fr. Matt Russick.

This trip was strategically placed during Christmas break so that school-aged children could come along. Steve & Janet’s Holy Land pilgrimage are great for children, full of excitement like riding camels, floating in the Dead Sea, a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Learning how to sling stones where David killed Goliath, carrying palm branches down the Palm Sunday Road and much more. And let’s just face it…kids like Steve’s adventurous exuberance.

Parents and grandparents pay tens of thousands of dollars to send their children to university where many will lose their faith. Why not spend a fraction of that to root them in the faith so they will stay faithful for a lifetime?