More well-traveled Group Leaders choose to organize their trips Select International Tours than with any other pilgrimage company. Here are a few of their stories.
For the past 20 years, Gus has been a popular speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions. He speaks on apologetics, evangelization, men’s issues, marriage issues, and being a Catholic in the world today. Along with his daily radio show, which can be heard weekday mornings on Sirius XM 129.
Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio
A tour with Dr. Marcellino is a unique mix of theology and grace. “In my tours, I want to go to places where I can help people encounter God in a life-changing way,” says Dr. Marcellino. There are moments of deep commentary (which are made available on CD after each trip) balanced with a pace relaxed enough to allow for prayer and introspection. Dr. Marcelino’s pilgrims can often be found praying for each other and even receiving healing while waiting in line to view the sites.
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
“I really want to encourage people; people say, I’d love to go, but I can’t afford it.’ Pilgrimage, for a lot of people, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Start saving, put some money aside every month, if you get some tax-return use that and GO! It really is one of those things that will have a deep and lasting impact on your life. Don’t put any obstacles between you and having a deeper, more intimate personal relationship with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Stephen J Binz
Stephen is an award-winning author, biblical scholar, and popular speaker. He began to love travel while backpacking through Europe in college, and he was hooked while living several years in Jerusalem and Rome as a graduate student at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and Hebrew University. He has been leading study trips and pilgrimages for the past two decades, traveling to the Holy Land, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Poland, France, Spain, Portugal, and California.
Pilgrimage has “…a way of teaching people, sharing the Gospel, and connecting to us our faith through travel,” which is why Tina and John named their ministry Faith Connections Travel. “This is not just a ‘trip.’ If you’re going to go, you need to prepare yourself. You can’t just rely on tour guides. You need to understand where you’re going, which is why we teach pre-trip classes.” These classes go deep into the Bible, history, geography, and even the geology of the Holy Land. So when you travel on a Faith Connections pilgrimage, you are better prepared to take in all that you are seeing and learning through the teaching of the guides and pastors that travel with you.
“If there’s a quickening in your spirit…if there is a call, then we have to give our ‘yes’ and go. It’s going to be a challenge, and you might not see how it’s possible, but when we commit to something and give ourselves to it, it is amazing to see what God can do. It’s not just one trip you take for ten days; it’s for a lifetime.”
“A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is an encounter with both salvation history and geography, which brings the gospels to life. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have learned over the last several years on these pilgrimages, which have deepened my knowledge of the scriptures and have made me a better preacher, teacher, and herald of the Gospel,”
Leah’s unique background has been inspiring people to embrace the mercy of Jesus Christ, reclaim their God-given beauty and join in Christ’s mission in the world for over a decade. You can read her blog posts, listen to her podcast, or contact her for a speaking engagement at www.leahdarrow.com. Leah lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Ricky, and their four wild saints-in-training.
It was a moment of realization. “He’s sharing himself, not just the place.” Going on pilgrimage is “entering into that deeper relationship with God that He is inviting you to in that place. It is a complete sensory experience. You’re tasting it. You’re smelling it. You’re feeling the breeze He felt blowing over you. It’s a completely immersive experience that you cannot get anywhere else.”