Upcoming Footprints of God Pilgrimages

Turkey: The 2nd Holy Land – Discovering the Bible & the Early Church – Turkey is OPEN to US citizens!!

Turkey | Aug 05, 2021 - Aug 15, 2021

Join Steve and Janet Ray

If Christianity was born in Israel, it grew up in Turkey. This makes Turkey, which was once called Asia Minor, the 2nd Holy Land. St. John was bishop of Ephesus and lived here with Mary. St. Paul established churches here.

St. Paul spent much of his time in Turkey of today and sent 4 epistles there. Mary lived there and we have Mass at Mary’s House. St. John was bishop of Ephesus, wrote the Epistle of St. John from Ephesus and his tomb is there.

The first 8 Ecumenical Councils took place in Turkey, the Council of Nicea was there where Jesus was declared “God from God”, St. Nicholas was from Myrsa, the 7 churches of Revelation are there. Istanbul is one of the coolest cities in the world with the Hagia Sofia, cruise on the Bosphorus and the exotic Spice Market. Tarsus and Antioch where we were first called Christians (Acts 11:26), Apostolic Fathers Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of Smyrna, and on and on. And this is only the beginning…

Footprints of God: Fatima & Lourdes

Fatima & Lourdes & Jubilee Year of St. James | Sep 07, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021

Fr. Abel Ruiz joins Steve & Janet Ray for a unique opportunity to Travel to the Marian Sites in Fatima & Lourdes, during the Jubilee Year of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Pilgrims dream of a chance to walk on the Camino De Santiago, and we will briefly do so.

Footprints of God Signature Series in the Holy Land

Israel | Sep 20, 2021 - Sep 29, 2021

Produced by Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Israel Experts, and International Author & Speaker.

This "Signature Series" Footprints of God Pilgrimage is an up close and personal experience with Steve and Janet Ray hosting throughout your visit to the Holy Land!

St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise & Seminar at Sea 2021 Visit the “2nd Holy Land” 10 Biblical Sites in Greece & Turkey Cruise

Greece | Oct 14, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

Produced by Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Pilgrimage Experts, and International Author & Speaker.

Steve & Janet Ray designed the detailed St. Paul themed itinerary, themselves, to maximize biblical and Catholic learning and fun.

Remember, this is not just a pilgrimage and a cruise, but also a “SEMINAR AT SEA.” We have several afternoons free on the ship. Steve will give his popular talk “The Life of St. Paul,” Fr. Conlon (one of Steve's favorite homilist ever) will give talks as well. Fr. Chris is a leading expert on St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy. He will be sharing much on this while we voyage the Seas! Steve will also be sharing at each of the biblical sites along the way.

St. Augustine Florida: Where it All Began in America!

Florida | Nov 01, 2021 - Nov 04, 2021

Explore the first village in America and the first parish and parish Mass!

VISIT THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AMERICA

Imagine it is 1565: Five ships sail into a small cove on the coastline of what was known to the Spanish as La Florida. Under the command of General Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, they come to the New World from Spain.

Sent by King Philip II, they arrive in hopes of establishing a colony, securing the land for Spain, and most importantly, to convert the native American Indians to Christianity.

On September 8, 1565, the feast day of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Spanish on the ships, sailors, soldiers, tradesmen and priests, came ashore. Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, recorded the day’s events in his diary:

“On Saturday, the eighth, the General landed, with many banners spread, to the sounds of trumpets and the salutes of artillery. As I had gone ashore the evening before, I took a cross and went to meet him, singing the hymn “Te Deum Laudamus.” The General, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of Indians watched these proceedings and imitated all that they saw done.”

Following Menendez’s veneration of the Cross, thus proclaiming this land in the name of God (Nomre de Dios,) Father Lopez celebrated Mass at a rustic altar made of wood. The sky served as the roof for what was the first parish Mass in what is now the United States.

It was on this sacred ground that the Spanish settlers would begin devotion to Our Lady of La Leche (Mary nursing the infant Jesus.) In the early 1600’s the Spanish settlers of St. Augustine established the first Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States.

Join Steve and Janet Ray and explore the Catholic “First” in America.

Florida | Nov 01, 2021 - Nov 04, 2021

St. Augustine Florida – Catholicism Arrives in the New World in 1565! First Mass 1565;
First Mission 1565; First Marian Shrine 1620 and more.

Imagine it is 1565: Five ships sail into a small cove on the coastline of what was known to the Spanish as La Florida. Under the command of General Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, they come to the New World from Spain.

Sent by King Philip II, they arrive in hopes of establishing a colony, securing the land for Spain, and most importantly, to convert the native American Indians to Christianity.

On September 8, 1565, the feast day of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Spanish on the ships, sailors, soldiers, tradesmen and priests, came ashore. Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, recorded the day’s events in his diary:

“On Saturday, the eighth, the General landed, with many banners spread, to the sounds of trumpets and the salutes of artillery. As I had gone ashore the evening before, I took a cross and went to meet him, singing the hymn “Te Deum Laudamus.” The General, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of Indians watched these proceedings and imitated all that they saw done.”

Following Menendez’s veneration of the Cross, thus proclaiming this land in the name of God (Nomre de Dios,) Father Lopez celebrated Mass at a rustic altar made of wood. The sky served as the roof for what was the first parish Mass in what is now the United States.

It was on this sacred ground that the Spanish settlers would begin devotion to Our Lady of La Leche (Mary nursing the infant Jesus.) In the early 1600’s the Spanish settlers of St. Augustine established the first Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States.

Footprints of God Signature Series in the Holy Land

Israel | Nov 10, 2021 - Nov 19, 2021

Produced by Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Israel Experts, and International Author & Speaker.

This "Signature Series" Footprints of God Pilgrimage is an up close and personal experience with Steve and Janet Ray hosting throughout your visit to the Holy Land!

Footprints of God Signature Series in the Holy Land

Israel | Jan 06, 2022 - Jan 15, 2022

Produced by Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Israel Experts, and International Author & Speaker.

This "Signature Series" Footprints of God Pilgrimage is an up close and personal experience with Steve and Janet Ray hosting throughout your visit to the Holy Land!

Join Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Israel Experts, and International Author & Speaker

Israel | Feb 21, 2022 - Mar 02, 2022

Legatus members are invited on pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Steve and Janet Ray. We have the best Mass sites selected for you and we will visit every Rosary site and pray that Mystery while there. Join us!

Steve and Janet have partnered with the same Catholic Nazarene guide for all their trips over the last decade. Having a Christian guide is very important. You’ll enjoy Steve and Janet’s trusted hotels and delicious meals including amazing dinner experiences away from the typical hotel buffets. Wine is provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.

Steve personally teaches at the holy sites and shares experiences from over 150 previous trips to Israel and other biblical lands since 1995. We do everything we can to support the local Christians who only make up 1.5% of the population. Daily Mass at the holiest sites and we pray every Mystery of the Rosary where it took place. Also, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Calvary and Mass at the Tomb.

Enjoy a group of like-minded Catholics from around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady.

Saints & Shrines of Italy – March 2022

Italy | Mar 18, 2022 - Mar 28, 2022

With Steve & Janet Ray and Teresa Tomeo from North to South thru Italy
18 March 2022 to 28 March 2022 - Main Pilgrimage
28 March 2022 to 01 April 2022 - Rome Extension

Steve & Janet Ray "We have taken this pilgrimage many times before and it is one of their favorites and a favorite among their pilgrims. Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and we will start in the mountains of the north, through the heartland, along the Adriatic Coast, and all the way to Rome.

We visit the most amazing shrines and churches along the way."

Join Steve & Janet Ray, and Teresa Tomeo and her husband Deacon Dominick on this pilgrimage – but also a culinary and cultural adventure. We will have wine tasting, cooking classes, special guides like Liz Lev and more.

Only offered every few years, so come join Steve & Janet in 2022!

Footprints of God Signature Series in the Holy Land

Israel | Apr 20, 2022 - Apr 29, 2022

Produced by Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Israel Experts, and International Author & Speaker.

This "Signature Series" Footprints of God Pilgrimage is an up close and personal experience with Steve and Janet Ray hosting throughout your visit to the Holy Land!