October Holy Land 2018 (SOLD OUT)

10 October 2018 to 19 October 2018

This pilgrimage to the Holy Land is now open to everyone.

We will visit the Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Pilgrimage Shells and a local Catholic school.

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Journal

Arrival in Israel...Pilgrimage Begins!

The first day is always the toughest after a long airline flight. But everyone arrive in good shape, no luggage was lost and we arrived up in Tiberias in time for dinner. It was a late dinner, but dinner nonetheless.

Everyone is tucked into their beautiful rooms— all of them with a balcony seaside view is the Sea of Galilee. See you tomorrow!


Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Renewing Wedding Vows in Cana & Incarnation in Nazareth

We had a great first day with the North Lieutenancy of the Holy Sepulchre tying the Old and New Testaments together at the Mountain of Transfiguration. You can see/hear Fr. Michael’s homily here.  Then to Cana of Galilee to renew our wedding vows before lunch at a local family restaurant in Nazareth.

If standing in front of the cave where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the 15-year-old Virgin Mary — and praying the 1st Joyful Mystery of the Rosary doesn’t make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, nothing will.

Enjoy today’s remarkable highlights!


Pilgrimage Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea, Golan Heights, Overlooking Syria back to Galilee

Great day in the North. Mass at Beatitudes (see homily here). We then drove to the northern tip of Israel at the base of Mount Hermon to Caesarea Philippi where I have my talk “Peter the Rock and Keys.”

Lunch at Druze Restaurant, discussed the dad Middleeastern situation while looking over Syria. Back to See of Galilee to visit and teach and pray at Primacy of Peter and Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish.

Then some free time before dinner at Magdelena which is one of the best restaurants in Israel. Enjoy!


Day 4: Capernaum, Sailing on Galilee, Ancient Boat, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation, to Jerusalem

Wonderful day. Fr.Dave’s homily. Enjoy!


All Day Bethlehem!

What a great day, all day, in Bethlehem! The Church of Nativity, buying olive wood carvings, supporting the local Christians, visiting a Catholic school, Mass in Shepherds Field (Fr.Richard’s homily), authentic food from Bethlehem, and dinner and dancing. Enjoy the day as you join us!


Wow! What a Day! Mass at Gethsemane, Equestrian Oder meets Jerusalem Bishop, Solemn Entry into Tomb...

There’s no way to capsulate all that we did today. And, we did it at a time when Israel is more crowded than we’ve ever seen it in 20 years. Buses everywhere people, people everywhere, not one room is available in any hotel in Jerusalem.

But we did what we came to do. We had Mass at Gethsemane (short homily here) and went to the top of the Mount of Olives and then to meet the Bishop of Jerusalem. All of the knights and ladies of the Holy Sepulcher received their caps on pilgrimage Shells!

We then had lunch and a Jewish kibbutz before visiting the sites on Mount Zion including my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today“, the Upper Room and Abby of the Dormitionon where Mary fell asleep.

Then the crown jewel of the day… We had the Solemn Entry into the Tomb of Christ. We did not have to wait in line but were escorted in by the Franciscans directly to the tomb where all of us were able to enter and pray. Then jubilant we all went back for dinner. Enjoy!


Camels, Dead Sea, Qumran, Jericho, Jordan River and more...

Exciting fun day! Camels and Dead Sea are enough to make it a fun day.

Homily at Notre Dame here. See Jerusalem in miniature. Feet in Jordan River and floating in Dead Sea.

These Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre are having a great time and the best Catholic experience possible in the Holy Land. Enjoy!


Full Last Day: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Western Wall, Shroud, Roof of Jerusalem

A full last day. The Via Dolorosa to Calvary, from Calvary we took a tour of the Holy Sepulcher and Mass in the Crusaders Chapel (homily here). Back for breakfast and a visit to the Western Wall before Lunch at Rossini’s. Everyone always enjoys a free afternoon to go see what they wanna see, take a rest, pray or whatever is on their heart. We visited the Shroud of Turin Exhibit then had dinner on the roof of Jerusalem. Enjoy!