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I am a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, currently assigned to Divine Child Parish in Dearborn, Michigan. When I manage to keep the page updated, hopefully something interesting can be found here!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

This just in....

I have just confirmed the final dates and itinerary of our next pilgrimage! We will be blessed to travel to the Holy Land this coming March 9 - 18 -- with noted Catholic apologist (and expert in the Holy Land) Steve Ray, and his lovely wife Janet. We will also be joined by Teresa Tomeo (from WDEO's Catholic Connection on AM 990 and AM 1440 in the Detroit and Saginaw area).

Cost: $2699 per person (before December 1, 2006)
To register, or for more information, call Corporate Travel at (313) 565-8888.

View the brochure.

Hope to see you there!

Here are the details:
  • Friday, March 9: Depart USA via overnight flight on scheduled airline to Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Saturday, March 10: Arrive Tel Aviv Airport where you will be greeted by your guides Steve and Janet Ray. Our motor coach will transport us to our Hotel on the shores of Galilee. Check in for three nights and attend a welcome dinner hosted by Teresa Tomeo and her husband Dominic. Optional visit to shore where Steve gives an introduction. Overnight in Tiberias.
  • Sunday, March 11: Drive to Nazareth for Mass in the Grotto of the Basilica of the Annunciation; visit Church of St. Joseph where the Holy family lived. Then to Cana of Galilee where married couples will can renew their wedding vows. After lunch, drive to Mount Tabor where Jesus met Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration. Half the group will eat at the hotel and half at Aberge Shulamit. Overnight in Tiberias.
  • Monday, March 12: Short drive to Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Then north to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) Where Jesus said, “You are Peter and on this rock.” Return through Golan Heights. Lunch and boat ride on Galilee. Mass at Primacy of Peter Church, walk along the sea, visit Tabgha. The other half of group will eat at Aberge Shulamit. Overnight in Tiberias.
  • Tuesday, March 13: Visit ancient “Jesus Boat” then to Tabgha where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes. Visit Capernaum for Mass at St. Peter’s house and and see the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught about eating his Flesh and Blood. Next visit Kursi where the demons were cast in the herd of pigs. Lunch then renew baptismal vows in the Jordan River. Travel through the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem and along the way we will see many biblical places and look across to Moses’ Mount Nebo as we pass Jericho through the Judean Wilderness and up to Jerusalem. Check in to our hotel in Jerusalem for the next five nights. Overnight in Jerusalem.
  • Wednesday, March 14: Early morning Mass at Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Breakfast, then drive to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Field where the angels appeared. After lunch travel to Ein Karem. Visit the Church of the Visitation and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Overnight Jerusalem.
  • Thursday, March 15: Visit and pray at the Western Wall. Visit the Garden and Church of Gethsemane and the Grotto of the Arrest. Enter St. Stephen’s Gate and visit Bethesda before Mass at the Church of St. Anne where Mary was born. After lunch visit Mount Zion, the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (“where the cock crowed”) and walk the Roman steps. Visit the Upper Room (Cenacle), Dormition Abbey where Mary “fell asleep.” Overnight in Jerusalem.
  • Friday, March 16: Optional 6-7 AM visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with Steve and Fr. Ed. After breakfast pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Drive to the Mount of Olives to visit the Chapel of the Ascension where Jesus rose into heaven. Camel rides. Mass at Dominus Flavit (where Jesus wept) overlooking Jerusalem. Afternoon free for exploring, sleeping, praying, shopping, etc. Overnight in Jerusalem.
  • Saturday, March 17: Optional trip to Dead Sea, Qumran, Jericho and Masada. Some may decide to stay back in Jerusalem. Mass and farewell dinner at Seven Arches watching sunset over Jerusalem. Transfer to the airport for return flight.
  • Sunday, March 18: Return home from Tel Aviv after a memorable spiritual journey to the Holy Land.