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Pilgrimages to the Holy Land (Israel)

Why come to the Holy Land with Mater Dei?

Mater Dei Tours is an apostolate with a Mission to bring pilgrims closer Christ through memorable, prayerful and deeply spiritual experiences to faith inspiring sites around the world.  As a result we do things differently:

SERVICE

  • No huge pilgrimages! We limit pilgrim participation to 1* bus load (* In the rare case of 2 buses, each bus will have a Mater Dei Tour Director).  Everyone gets to meet everyone.  We create a great environment for spiritual, doctrinal and devotional programs.  Staff to pilgrim ratio is superior.  This is very hard to accomplish with other pilgrimages you may hear about that have 3 or more buses, where people tend become a lost number in the crowd. 
  • We provide a program following in the footsteps of Jesus, that is trouble free so that you can focus on the pilgrimage…not the logistics
  • Most dedicated staff:
    • We provide a knowledgeable US Tour Director to deal with unforeseen issues at the airport, hotels and restaurants (group meals).  This escort accompanies the group from the US and back to the US.
    • We provide the most sought after Roman Catholic local Guide in Israel for a sound high quality experience.  You will love our staff!
  •  We always use Quality Hotels and Great Restaurants with excellent service:
    •  We don’t downgrade hotels to make it less costly.
    • At our hotels, no check-in is required; we do that for you.  We arrive and we hand you your room key and off you go!  
    • Your checked luggage handling is taken care of at our hotels.  It will be brought to the room by the bellmen (their tip is included).
    • You won't go hungry in our Holy Land pilgrimages. We select clean restaurants with quality food standards and ample choice of menu.  We respect your dietary restrictions and allergies and strive to accomplish what is necessary to attend to your dietary needs (tips for the waiters and busboys are included).
  • Our pilgrims tell us we have the most comprehensive and thorough preparation documents. No unnecessary promotions, offers or ads from secondary companies! No sales or travel store brochures with unnecessary or unrelated items!  No catalog for add-on tours! We simply give you the information you need to become a well prepared pilgrim traveller.  We treat you as if our own family was traveling.
  • Our Airlines and flights are selected to match our program, with attention to quality and convenience.
  • Answering your questions with real experience:  When you call our office for assistance and/or have questions it is our Tour Directors who answer you calls! Nothing like 1st hand experience to give you the most updated answers and clear any doubt you may have.

PROGRAM 

  • Chaplains: We always have a solid Catholic priest in union with the Magisterium.
  • Daily Mass, Daily Prayer, specially prepared Meditations and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on all our pilgrimages.
  • Angelus, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet daily, and other devotions as often as is possible.
  • Integration of the history, the culture, and lots of fun along with our spiritual exercises.
  • Lunch with local Christian Families and a visit to a Catholic School.  You will learn about the difficulties of being a Christian in the Holy Land.  You will always remember your Christian brothers and sisters in your prayers.
  • We visit 19 of the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary! As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, our visit is complements with Old and New Testament sites.
  • Prayerful and Reverent Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa).
  • Spectacular Mass locations:  Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, usually inside the Holy Sepulchre itself (the empty tomb of Jesus) or at Calvary.  So many more unforgettable sites like Mass around the Rock of Agony, that will make your pilgrimage so memorable an powerful (all these Masses are attained by the gracious confirmation of the Franciscans in the Holy Land with whom we are grateful to for their dedicated service to God.  We maintain close relationships with the Franciscans and apply with ample time to schedule these special Masses - all Masses are pending their approval).
  • Free evenings (some evenings we gather for prayer, meditation, talks or get togethers).
  • Unique spiritual mementos and gifts.
  • Special Surprises. 

PRICE

  • Don’t be fooled by the idea that because we have a lower price than other famous publicized pilgrimages, we must therefore be a lower quality outfit.  This is false.  We work on low margins bringing you the best price/value in the industry, without sacrificing quality.  For us, this is foremost, an apostolic mission.  We want you to afford the pilgrimage!
  • There are no hidden fees or add-ons for the offered package.
  • We don’t increase your price by automatically including personal choice items like:
    • Offertories for the churches where we have Mass (your freedom).
    • Tips for the guide and bus driver (you decide if they are worth more or less than what we recommend).
    • Beverages that you may not be interested in purchasing (wine is included with welcome and farewell dinners and filtered water is included with every group meal).


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HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Aug 18th (Sat) to Aug 28th (Tue) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Denver (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ronald Sequeira, O.C.D, Parochial Vicar of St. Francis Cabrini in Littleton, CO.

TOUR DIRECTOR: SUSAN SWANSON from STELLA MARIS TOURS (Mater Dei's affiliate in Denver)

Pilgrimage is closed!

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We may be able to get you in on a "space available basis"!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND,and a touch of Spain - Saxum Dates: Oct 17th (Wed) to Oct 28th (Sun) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land Pilgrimage!  

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS CHRIST

with ST. JOSEMARIA

and BLESSED ALVARO DEL PORTILLO

- St. Josemaria Institute - 

SAXUM - Friends

Join the Friends of Saxum and the St. Josemaria Institute on this amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ! 

St. Josemaria Escriva wrote that: “to be Christ himself, we must see ourselves in him. It's not enough to have a general idea of the spirit of Jesus' life; we have to learn the details of his life and, through them, his attitudes. And, especially, we must contemplate his life, to derive from it strength, light, serenity, peace. 

“When you love someone, you want to know all about his life and character, so as to become like him. That is why we have to meditate on the life of Jesus, from his birth in a stable right up to his death and resurrection” (Christ is Passing By, no. 107). 

 

Departing from: Chicago, O'Hare and New York Kennedy*

*New York departure requires a minimum quorum to be offered

Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program complements the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem, Bethany and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same! Our special pilgrimage will also follow in the footsteps of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo! Our group will visit one Blessed Alvaro's initiatives, the Saxum Center.

 

Bonus** Spend a day in Madrid, Spain before the pilgrimage begins in the Holy Land. See the main sights of Madrid along with relevant places of St. Josemaria's and Blessed Alvaro's lives!

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as Chaplain and Spiritual Director (To Be Announced)

Mater Dei Tour Director: Juan Landa

Mater Dei Local Guide: George Sa'id

 

We may still be able to get you in! Send your  registrations now! 

 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), St. Josemaria Escriva, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Spain
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 6th (Tue) to Nov 16th (Fri) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Chicago (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Krymski, O.S.M., from the National Shrine of St. Peregrine, Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago, Illinois.

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO from True Catholic Pilgrimages (Mater Dei's affiliate)

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HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Feb 12th (Tue) to Feb 22nd (Fri) 2019 Details and Registration Form »

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HOLY LAND

The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Minneapolis /  St. Paul.  Other cities may be available at a possible add-on price!

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  Our solid Mater Dei spiritual program compliments the itinerary.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem (Visitation and birth of St. John the Baptist), Bethany and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano of Twin Cities Pilgrims (Mater Dei's affiliate in Minnesota)

Chaplain: Fr. Brandon Moravitz, Diocese of Duluth, MN

Note: Pilgrimages with Fr. Moravitz usually sell out! Please do not wait till the registration deadline. We expect this pilgrimage to sell out beforehand. 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Feb 22nd (Fri) to Mar 5th (Tue) 2019 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Celebrating 30 Years of Sister Francisca Igweilo, O.P.

Departing from Denver (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

  • CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ignatius Madumere, O.P., Former Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker (Nigeria and Ghana), Chaplain of Hershey Medical Center, resident at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey, PA, as Pilgrimage Chaplain.
  • HONOREE: Sister Francisca Igweilo, O.P., J.C.L., from the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Denver (celebrating 30 years of Religious Life)
  • TOUR DIRECTOR: Susan Swanson from STELLA MARIS TOURS (Mater Dei's affiliate in Denver)

 

Pilgrimage is open! PLEASE SEND YOUR REGISTRATION NOW!

Please do not wait until registration deadline because this group is expected to sell out before its deadline!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Mar 1st (Fri) to Mar 5th (Tue) 2019 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Celebrating 30 Years of Sister Francisca Igweilo, O.P.

Departing from Denver (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

  • CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ignatius Madumere, O.P., Former Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker (Nigeria and Ghana), Chaplain of Hershey Medical Center, resident at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey, PA, as Pilgrimage Chaplain.
  • HONOREE: Sister Francisca Igweilo, O.P., J.C.L., from the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Denver (celebrating 30 years of Religious Life)
  • TOUR DIRECTOR: Susan Swanson from STELLA MARIS TOURS (Mater Dei's affiliate in Denver)

 

Pilgrimage is open! PLEASE SEND YOUR REGISTRATION NOW!

Please do not wait until registration deadline because this group is expected to sell out before its deadline!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
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