Pilgrimage Updates!

January 2016 Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Our next scheduled pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be January 5-18, 2016 with an optional extention to Jordan. Registration is now open!  Click here for the most up-to-date information about this pilgrimage. 

Please view our photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

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Special Honor!

We are looking forward to an exciting evening April 23 in Bloomington, MN because Relevant Radio (the radio station  on which Jeff hosted Morning Air) is giving him the "Christ Brings Hope" Award for his efforts in Evangelization. It is a beautiful time for us to look back on all the amazing blessings God has given us as we've tried to follow his call and reach the world for Christ. We are hoping to see many familiar faces of those who have labored with Jeff in the Catechetical Institute, the Great Adventure Bible Studies, Relevant Radio, various local parishes where Jeff has taught, fellow Holy Land pilgrims, supportive family and friends. 

This event is a fundraiser for Relevant Radio with guest speaker Fr. Rich Simon from Chicago. He's traveled with us to Israel and has been a fabulous promoter for the Great Adventure Bible Studies on his radio show, "Fr. Simon Says." Many other Relevant Radio personalities will also be present.

For those who contribute from the local archdiocese, a donor is giving matching funds designated to the local Catholic school of the donor's choice. For more information on this incentive or to register for the event, visit relevantradio.com


Pilgrim's Reflection on the Via Dolorosa

Here is a meditation by one of our pilgrims on her journey along the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked to the place of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. On each pilgrimage we journey this meaningful path. This past January we had a wonderful group from Canada with us and Leslie Blair was among them. Her comments were also published by the Cochrane Eagle columnist, Warren Harbeck, Ph.D. (www.coffeewithwarren.com for March 26, 2015)

Leslie writes: "We had been to Bethlehem and touched the place of Jesus’ birth. We had crossed the Sea of Galilee – in a storm! We had touched the rock of His agony in the Garden, mindful of our own Gethsemanes. The next day, we would walk the Via Dolorosa, the Jerusalem street on which Jesus carried His cross to the place of His crucifixion. I looked forward to it with combined anticipation and dread. Though I want to walk where Jesus walked, I shrink from suffering; my imagination is vivid; I know how this particular journey ended on that Good Friday.

I pictured a quiet walk, with ample time for solemn meditation at the stations along the way. Perhaps there would be little shrines, gardens and plaques on this street; I thought the street itself would be set aside in some way for the thousands of pilgrims who visit.

The day arrived. Taking turns carrying the large cross, we make our way to the first station, meeting children on their way to school and people walking briskly to work. The first clue that my expectations were unrealistic is our having to squeeze past a garbage truck that was just small enough to negotiate the narrow street. To my surprise, people live and work, sell souvenirs, shop for groceries, take out the garbage, and drink coffee with their neighbours on the Via Dolorosa.

Simple numbered doors with small signs mark most stations along the way. Each station has a story: Jesus falls under the weight of the cross; Jesus meets Mary, His Mother; Simon helps Jesus to carry the cross; Veronica wipes the sweat and blood from Jesus’ face; and onward to the last stations at the traditionally-revered site of His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, located within the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over Golgotha and Jesus’ empty tomb.

People paid us no mind as, hearts aching, we relived the last hours of Jesus. They see so many pilgrims here. What did they feel when He passed by with His cross, I wonder. The Romans used crucifixion as a brutal way to keep the population in line. Most likely, people felt sorry for Jesus, but turned aside in helplessness. Maybe, busy with their own concerns, they didn’t notice at all. Would I have noticed the drama that infamous day in Jerusalem? I don’t know.

How easy it is for us to miss the holy:

What was on Jesus’ heart as He went to His death? I believe it was His deep love – His love for you and me."

–Leslie Blair, Cochrane


Fr. Ralph Jones Story of Healing!

Fr. Ralph Jones recently returned from a Holy Land pilgrimage with my wife and me. A few days after our return we received a phone call from him with the most amazing news. We were all in tears over the news that he was healed of cancer!  

Fr. Ralph is no ordinary man. After a life as an educator, social worker and US Army Reserve colonel, he graduated from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT, and was ordained to the priesthood at the young age of 69 on June 14, 2003! He then served as a missionary to the Ojibwa in North Dakota, was president of Our Lady of Corpus Christi undergraduate school and now is priest of Stella Maris Chapel, the oldest chapel in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, TX. He holds healing masses there each week.

Besides his beautiful testimony of his healing from stage 4 lung cancer on our pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Fr. Ralph gives an inspiring teaching on why, when we pray, does God miraculously heal some and not others. His joyful and loving presentation will make your day!


Join Jeff in South Carolina!

We returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with nearly 200 pilgrims! Some of them were from South Carolina at St. Benedict's Church in Mt. Pleasant where Jeff will be presenting "Walking Toward Eternity" seminar on March 8. Click here to download a flyer! 


Celebrate the Year of the Consecrated Life

The Year of Consecrated Life began on the First Sunday of Advent and will continue through February of 2016. The Catechism says in No. 944 that a Consecrated Life "is characterized by the public profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, in a stable state of life recognized by the Church." St. Kateri Tekakwitha was one of the first on the North American continent to consecrate her life totally to Christ as a consecrated virgin. In Emily's book on this incredibly faithful saint, learn how she overcame many obstacles to become one of Christ's most fervant devotees. Order your copy at Servant Books.