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Jubilee 2025 Pilgrimage: An Interview with Author and Pilgrimage Leader Stephen J. Binz

Stephen Binz has been traveling with Select International Tours for over ten years, leading pilgrimages to sacred places throughout the world. He is the founder and author of Threshold Bible Study, used in Catholic parishes throughout the world, and he has written...
canonization Carlo Acutis

Canonization of Carlo Acutis

As the Catholic community eagerly anticipates the upcoming canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis, his profound impact on both the Church and its younger members continues to resonate across the globe. Known affectionately as the "patron saint of the internet," Carlo's...
Someone stands at a crossroads wondering which way to go.

How Do I Choose the Right Pilgrimage?

How do I find the right pilgrimage trip for me? That's a great question! The call to pilgrimage may be powerful for some, while it may be a sense of curiosity or a bucket list item for others. Some are motivated to join a trip because their friends, family, or a...
The Future of Pilgrimage Travel 2024

The Future of Pilgrimage Travel in 2024

A New Year is upon us again, and we are excited to see all that 2024 brings. We are seeing signs of hope for returning to Israel in 2024. Greece is becoming a very hot destination, and the coming Jubilee year in Italy is causing quite a stir. Read on to learn more....
Greetings from Hogar Nino Dios in Bethlehem

Greetings from Hogar Ninos Dios in Bethlehem!

In the summer of 2022, I went on a pilgrimage with Select International Tours to the Holy Lands. It was a trip of a lifetime with countless blessings and a birthday present that changed the trajectory of my life. My 26th birthday happened to fall on the day that we...

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Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Back from our 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. My heart is still in another world even though my feet are in California.
I knew I would experience emotions, but I also knew not to force it. Just sit back and let the Lord speak to me. I was unprepared…

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We are Partnering with the Catholic Feminist Podcast

We are Partnering with the Catholic Feminist Podcast

Today, Select International Tours and Cruises is excited to announce our partnership with the Catholic Feminist Podcast. We understand that the word “feminist” is not usually associated with “Catholic.” Which is one of the reasons we are so excited about this partnership.

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The God Quest: Faith-Based Travel

Exploring the difference between taking a vacation and making a pilgrimage.

By Denise Bossert

One of my favorite Bible stories comes from the book of Ruth. It is the prototype for all faith travel. It captures the mysterious dynamic of the life-changing pilgrimage experience.

When one stands in Bethlehem and looks out over Shepherds’ Field, the stories rise to the surface and people of faith cannot help but stand in awe, remembering.

Standing there, you remember the angels who sang to shepherds in that field, announcing the Messiah’s arrival, but you also remember the things of the Old Testament: the fall of Jericho and Rahab who helped save God’s people. You think of her son Boaz and Bethlehem where he lived. Your mind goes to Naomi who left Bethlehem and traveled to Moab (Jordan) with her husband during a time of famine and settled there until her husband and both sons died. But mostly, you think of Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Ruth provides us with a glimpse into the mystery of pilgrimage, what it is, how it changes us, the gifts it yields.

After Naomi lost her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem along with Ruth.

Ruth’s words to Naomi become the mantra of every pilgrim. Ruth looks over her shoulder at what she is leaving behind, and then she locks her eyes on Naomi and says, “Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

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