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Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus)

 

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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 big pilgrimages! We limit pilgrim participation to 1 bus load.  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 the 2, 3 and 4 bus pilgrimages you may hear about, 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: Mar 28th (Tue) to Apr 7th (Fri) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, or Newark, New Jersey.

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!

CHAPLIAN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. JOHN PAUL ERICKSON - ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Frequent guest on Relevant Radio)

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO 

 

PILIGRMAGE IS SOLD OUT , BUT WAITLIST IS OPEN!

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TO JOIN THE WAITLIST, SEND YOUR REGISTRATION NOW! 

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 26th (Thu) to Nov 6th (Mon) 2017 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 - 

Join 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). 

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.

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as Chaplain and Spiritual Director

Mater Dei Tour Director: Juan Landa

Mater Dei Local Guide: George Sa'id

Open for sale!

Registration Deadline:

June 26th, 2017 (St. Josemaria's Feast Day!)

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This St. Josemaria Institute's pilgrimage is expected to sell out before its deadline. Do not Wait! Register NOW!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), St. Josemaria Escriva, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2017 Dates: Nov 1st (Wed) to Dec 31st (Sun) 2017 Details and Registration Form »

2017 OVERVIEW:

* More pilgrimages will be added soon

* Call now to get your name on the advance notification list for the pilgrimage of your choice. You will receive the pilgrimage's details before the pilgrimage is released to the public.

 

  • FEBRUARY 10 - 17, 2017: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (MEXICO)  * Closed!
  • MARCH 9th - 16th, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA (ITALY)    * Closed!
  • MARCH 28 - APRIL 7, 2017:  THE HOLY LAND (ISRAEL)    * Waitlist only
  • APRIL 17 - 26, 2017:  ITALY with Cardinal Burke and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse (ITALY) * Closed
  • APRIL 19 - 30, 2017:  SHRINES OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER [Lourdes, Fatima & much more!](FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL)  * Closed
  • MAY, 2017: SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE IN LA CROSSE (LA CROSSE, USA) *On sale soon!
  • JULY 08 - 09, 2017: OUR LADY OF GOOD HELP  (Champion, USA) with Bishop Donald Hying from Gary, IN  *Open for sale NOW!
  • JULY 14 - 21, 2017: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (MEXICO)   *Open for sale NOW!
  • JULY 17 - 28, 2017: SHRINES OF NORTH AMERICA (CANADA & USA*On sale SOON!
  • AUGUST 16 - 25, 2017: IRELAND, Land of Martyrs and Saints (IRELAND) *Open for sale NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER 1 - 12, 2017:  SHRINES OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER [Lourdes, Fatima & much more!](FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL)* Open for sale NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER 11 - 19, 2017: St. Therese and Shrines of France (FRANCE) * Open for sale NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER 24 to October 5, 2017: IRELAND, Land of Martyrs and Saints with Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, WI (IRELAND) *On sale SOON!
  • SEPTEMBER 22nd to October 1st, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA - NAC Ordinations  (ITALY) From Chicago *On sale SOON!
  • SEPTEMBER 22nd to October 1st, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA - NAC Ordinations (ITALY) From Minneapolis St. Paul *On sale SOON!
  • OCTOBER 6 - 17, 2017: EL CAMINO (THE WAY) & FATIMA (SPAIN & PORTUGAL) *On sale SOON!
  • OCTOBER 9 - 18, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA (ITALY)   * Open for sale NOW!
  • OCTOBER 16 - 15, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA (ITALY) *On sale SOON!
  • OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 7, 2017:  THE HOLY LAND (ISRAEL)  * Open for sale NOW!
  • NOVEMBER 6 - 17, 2017:  THE HOLY LAND (ISRAEL)  *On sale SOON!
  • DECEMBER 6 - 13, 2017:  FATIMA & PORTUGAL (PORTUGAL)  *On sale SOON!
Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrines of Canada, Shrines of the USA, St. Josemaria Escriva, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Irish Pilgrimages, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages, St. Joseph Tours Locations: Canada, France, Holy Land (Israel), Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, United States
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