Holy Land January 2020

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Come and Join Us!

Jeff teaching on site

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REGISTRATION LINK: Online Registration Now Open: Click Here!

ITINERARY: Click here for Preliminary Itinerary for both pilgrimages

(Plain Text version of itinerary-click here)

In January 2020 there are two pilgrimages available.

Trip # One: January 6 to 20

Priests to accompany Trip One are Fr. Tom Rafferty from Houston, TX and Fr. James Cheney from Fargo, ND

Trip # Two (with option of Jordan/Petra): January 21 — Feb 4 (with extension, return Feb 8)

Priests to accompany Trip Two are Fr. Chris Walsh and Fr. Matt Guckin, both from Philadelphia. Cantor will be Lisa Lacayo of Metairie, LA.

Both trips will be the same itinerary except the second trip has the post-tour option.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

Trip One:  January 6-20, 2020

Tour cost per person based on double occupancy:

From Miami/MIA or Newark/EWR: $4450

From New York/JFK: $4550

From St/Paul-Minneapolis/MSP: $4975

*Premium Economy Air Seats:

From New York/JFK or Newark/EWR: $5775

Trip Two:  January 21- February 4, 2020

From New York/JFK or Newark/EWR: $4500

Trip Two with Jordan Extension: January 21 - February 8, 2020 

From New York/JFK: $5800

ITINERARY and pricing For Post Tour: Click here for Post Tour Itinerary

*Premium Economy class seats are limited & available on first come/first serve basis. Passengers will enjoy spacious premium seats, an advanced entertainment system with a high quality 13" screen and a dedicated premium service by our cabin crew. Please note: this is NOT business/first class but Premium Economy.

Fares do not include $165 gratuities per person, but fares DO includes air taxes, fuel surcharge & fees subject to change until ticketed. Any changes will be advised at time of ticketing (All rates are based on cash discount)

Air add-ons from other cities by request

Single rooms are limited and at a higher rate. See online registration for full details.

We have hosted this itinerary over 40 times and work with a great team in the Holy Land and with Golden Eagle Travel and Tours, so we are able to offer pilgrims a smooth, fun, spiritual and enlightening time. We usually have 4 buses, each with its own guide, priest and rotating staff. Each pilgrim travels with their bus, experiencing the same itinerary, gathering for Jeff’s teachings and mass as well as staying at the same hotel locations.

Here’s a testimonial from 2019’s January pilgrimage:

A big thank you to you and Jeff for hosting such a wonderful pilgrimage last month to the Holy Land. We are still basking in the joy of it all, and every mass is now filled with new meaning and understanding.  We see Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, Golgotha, etc. as we hear the gospel teachings at mass.  We felt so privileged to go, and pray we might be blessed to return someday, God willing. — Cindy M

Final Payment: September 10, 2019

Registrations received after final payment are subject to $100 surcharge

For Questions Please Contact: 

Golden Eagle Travel & Tours

Bonnie Lane: 952-474-0903

Tricia Stoltz: 952-679-8888  

A deposit of $500 ($150 non-refundable) per person and a completed registration is required to make a reservation.

INSURANCE NOTE: Details concerning the included insurance coverage and the purchase of optional trip cancellation insurance may be found on registration website.

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Fr. James Cheney

Fr. Cheney joined us in January of 2016. He is the Chaplain at NDSU in Fargo, North Dakota. He will be joining the January 6-20 group.

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Fr. Tom Rafferty

Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in Houston, Texas. Fr. Tom has traveled with us several times to the Holy Land. He will be joining the January 6-20 group.

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Fr. Chris Walsh & Fr. Matt Guckin

Both Fr. Matt and Fr. Chris have traveled to the Holy Land with us many times and are fabulous spiritual directors! They will be joining the January 21-February 4 group and Fr. Chris will continue on for the Jordan Extension.

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Cantor Lisa Lacayo

Lisa and her husband Leonel will be joining us for the January 21-Feb 4 group. Lisa Marie Lacayo has been married to Dr. Leonel Lacayo for 30 years .She is the daughter of Deacon Rafael de los Reyes and his, wife Dulce. Lisa is mother of three and grandmother of four little ones and currently resides in Metairie, LA.

She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1988 and since then her life has been dedicated to family and community through various acts of service. Reconnected at a Parish Mission with Jeff and Emily, she has been re-“activated” into service through music and will be the cantor for this upcoming Pilgrimage to The Holy Land.

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Cantor Jackie Francios Angel

Jackie and her husband Bobby will be joining the January 6-20 group. Jackie traveled with us as cantor several years ago and now she’s back with Bobby! They have two daughters and a son.

Jackie: Besides being a daughter of God, a total goofball, and a logical romantic, I’m a full-time traveling worship leader, speaker, songwriter from Orange County, CA. In 2006, I got signed with Spirit&Song.com/OCP and released two albums with them titled, “Your Kingdom is Glorious” and “Divine Comedy.”

Bobby: I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and went into the seminary after college because Jesus wouldn’t leave me alone. Ironically, in pursuing the celibate priesthood I was led to marriage.. I work as a campus minister and theology teacher at an all-boys Catholic high school.

"2020 Vision" Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

June 1-12, 2020

We are now taking pre-registration for the pilgrimage! Click here

By making an account at the link above, you will hold a spot for the pilgrimage. You will receive an email with further information as to when deposits will be required to officially sign up.

Pricing for the pilgrimage begins at $4800. In July the full pricing and options will be made available, so go ahead and pre-register now!

This pilgrimage is specifically geared for young adults ages 18 to 30 to join together in the Holy Land to help discern what is the will of God for their future. There will be great opportunities to socialize with fellow young Catholics, be taught by Fr. Mike Schmitz and Jeff Cavins, attend concerts by Catholic musician Aly Aleigha, Taylor Tripodi and Brother Isaiah.

We are partnering with Franciscan University Pilgrimages! Fr. Dominic Foster T. O.R. with be the spiritual host from the University. There will be daily Mass at Holy Sites such as St. Catherine’s in Bethlehem and Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Check here for Preliminary Itinerary.

Jeff & Father Mike at St. Peter Primacy on the Sea of Galilee

Jeff & Father Mike at St. Peter Primacy on the Sea of Galilee

Mass at the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane

Mass at the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane

Meet great new friends!

Meet great new friends!

Fr. Dominic Foster T.O.R. will be the spiritual host from Franciscan University!

Fr. Dominic Foster T.O.R. will be the spiritual host from Franciscan University!

Pilgrimage to Poland September 9-19, 2019

Registration is open! Space available!

Brochure and registration form here

We are thrilled to have Fr. Josh Johnson joining us for our first pilgrimage to Poland. Fr. Josh is a huge fan of St. John Paul 2 and Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. We are huge fans of St. John Paul 2 and remember as though it was yesterday that we got to meet him in his library in 2003.

We are also glad that we can make the journey to visit Auschwitz where several members of Shony & Shari's Braun's family were murdered. It will be moving to be standing there. The story of Shony's survival of the death camps was written by Emily in the book, "My Heart Is a Violin."

 

2019 Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

SOLD OUT! For waitlist information call Golden Eagle Travel & Tours: ‭(952) 474-0903

DOWNLOAD Main Tour BROCHURE HEREDOWNLOAD Post Tour Info HERE

To register for the pilgrimage please fill out pages 3 and 4 of the registration form (below) and sign it. Mail it with deposit to the address on the form along with a photo copy of the face page of your passport. A passport must not expire before 6 months after the last date of travel. (In this case, it can't expire before July 23 of 2019.) If you need to get a new passport, send in registration anyway and note that passport is pending. 

 (Registration form can either be downloaded, filled out, signed and sent, or the form can be filled out on your computer before printing and signing.)

Main Tour REGISTRATION FORM  -- it must be signed to complete registration

PRICING: (see registration form for complete details)

Tour Cost $4325 per person, departing Newark/EWR or New York/JFK or Miami/MIA  

Tour Cost $4500 per person, departing Minneapolis/MSP

Tour Cost $4750 per person, departing Houston/IAH or New Orleans/MSY

(Single Occupancy rate is an additional $900)

(Pricing from other departure cities also available. Cities not listed may be available through travel agent.) 

Main Tour with Post Tour REGISTRATION FORM

POST TOUR INFO:

Jeff Cavins January 2019 Post-Tour to Jordan including Petra

January 9 – 26, 2019

Israel Pilgrimage plus Post-tourincluding taxes/fees from New York/JFK

$5675.00 Cost per person based on double occupancy   

$6950.00 Cost per person based on single supplement

Tips & Gratuities $215 per person

Pilgrimage Highlights:            

  • Daily mass at holy sites like Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Peter's in Capernaum & Annunciation in Nazareth
  • Praying a decade of the rosary on locations where the mysteries happened
  • Individual audio transmitters so you can hear it all
  • On site teaching by Jeff Cavins on topics like the Papacy, the Mystery of Suffering, and Discipleship
  • At least one priest or deacon per motor coach
  • Supporting Christians shops in Bethlehem
  • Free study manual and pilgrims guide to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Our pilgrimages are inspirational and educational as well as opportunities for spiritual growth, making new friends and just having fun

Contact numbers 

Golden Eagle Travel & Tours: Tricia Stolz (952-679-8888) or Bonnie Lane (952) 474-0903‬

Emily Cavins (763-420-1074)

Meet the staff for 2019!

Fr. Mark Ropel will serve as the Spiritual Director for this pilgrimage. He traveled with us in 2017! Fr. Mark is the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Hattiesburg, MS and also directs the Newman Center for the University of Southern Mississippi.

Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., Executive Director of the Dominican Foundation, Dominican Friars Province of Saint Joseph, New York.

Fr. Tom Rafferty, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Houston, Texas. Fr. Tom has accompanied us on several pilgrimages. We know him to be one of the most caring and kind priests we've ever met. He also likes football so who knows, maybe the Texans and the Vikings will be in the playoffs while we are in the Holy Land!

Annual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018!

Please join us for a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, January 11-25, 2018. Registration is now open!

Click for Brochure  (Registration forms are below)   Click for Petra Post-tour information        

To register for the pilgrimage please fill out all three pages of the registration form (below) and sign it. Mail it with the deposit to the address on the form along with a photo copy of the face page of your passport. A passport must not expire before 6 months after the last date of travel. (In this case, it can't expire before July 24 of 2018.) If you need to get a new passport, send in registration anyway and note that passport is pending.

 (Registration form can either be downloaded, filled out, signed and sent, or the form can be filled out on your computer before printing and signing.)

(Pricing from other departure cities also available. Cities not listed may be available through travel agent) 

**This pilgrimage is one day longer than previous years**

Click below for Registration Forms Main Tour Only:

Departing Newark or JFK   $4325.00 January 11-25, 2018 (Please send pages 1 and 2 to Golden Eagle with $300 deposit. Retain page 3 for your records)

Cost from Houston IAH $4550 - use form above and list IAH as departure city
Cost from San Francisco SFO $4600 - use form above and list SFO as departure city 

Click below for Registration Form for Main Tour and Post-Tour to Petra:

Departing Newark or JFK  $5825 January 11-28, 2018 (Please send pages 1 and 2 to Golden Eagle with $500 deposit. Retain page 3 for your records)

Pilgrimage Highlights:            

  • Daily mass at holy sites like Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Peter's in Capernaum & Annunciation in Nazareth
  • Praying a decade of the rosary on locations where the mysteries happened
  • Individual audio transmitters so you can hear it all
  • On site teaching by Jeff Cavins on topics like the Papacy, the Mystery of Suffering, and Discipleship
  • At least one priest or deacon per motor coach
  • Supporting Christians shops in Bethlehem
  • Free study manual and pilgrims guide to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Our pilgrimages are inspirational and educational as well as opportunities for spiritual growth, making new friends and just having fun

Meet the staff for 2018!

Spiritual Director, Fr. Sean Wenger. He accompanied us to Israel in January of 2016 and we were inspired by his enthusiasm for the faith. He is pastor of St Mary's Parish in the Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada.  He is also a member of the Companions of the Cross, a Society of Apostolic Life.

Cantor Taylor Tripodi

Taylor Tripodi is a 22 year old Theology and Catechetics graduate of Franciscan University. She is the oldest of 9 children and hails from the Cleveland Ohio area. She has been singing and playing guitar from a very young age, and has been so blessed over the past 5 years to have led worship at the Steubenville Conferences and for youth and women events across the country. She loves scented candles, getting caught in the rain, and hiking to see beautiful scenery. She is incredibly thrilled and humbled to have been chosen to lead the music for this years trip to the Holy Land, and encourages all of you to attend this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the land of Our Savior. 

Staff clergy:

Fr. Paul Timmerman, Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota

He is the 6th of 10 children and has 26 nieces and nephews. He grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. He entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota right out of high school and then went to the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota in 2007. Currently he is pastor of 4 parishes in the New Ulm Diocese. He recently became certified as a spiritual director through the Institute for Priestly Formation. He has been to the Holy Land once with a friend back in 2009 and is looking forward to returning!  

Fr. Thomas DeSimone, Our Lady of Guadalupe, New York, NY

Deacon Dan Gannon, Diocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

Watch someone win a trip to the Holy Land!

 

Liturgy Assistant: Regina Neville

Regina is one of the authors of the new Great Adventure Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible. This is her first trip to the Holy Land. She resides in Edina, Minnesota and is an empty nester this year!

 

 

Travel arrangements made by Golden Eagle Travel and Tours.

Bonnie Lane or Tricia Stolz at 952-474-0903, goldeneagletraveltours@msn.com

Pre-Tour Meeting

Dear Pilgrims--

With a month to go before we head to the Holy Land, we wanted to share this video with you that introduces some of our staff and gives some tips and insights for the pilgrimage. We did edit it down some, so please forgive us if it seems to end rather abruptly. The priest at the beginning of the video who gives you a traveling blessing is Fr. Paul Timmerman.

Pre-Tour Meeting 2018 from Jeff Cavins on Vimeo.

 

Faith of the Irish Pilgrimage

Registration is open for the pilgrimage to Ireland with Jeff & Emily Cavins and Fr. Matt Guckin. 

Please get your applications in before January 29 to ensure the pricing.

Main Tour of Ireland: April 21-30, 2018   $3795  (see brochure for more pricing details)

Optional Pre-Tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland: April 18-21, 2018   $1295  (includes Jeff Cavins Seminar "Living as a Modern Day Disciple", see brochure for more pricing details)

Our Travel Company for this Pilgrimage is "Select International". To reserve your spot, send a deposit of $500.00 per person by check with the signed registration form along with your optional travel protection payment (if purchasing), plus a copy of your passport picture page. Send by December 20, 2018. Final payment is due by February 16, 2018.

Please mail your payment to:

Select International Tours
85 Park Ave.
Flemington, NJ 08822
Attn: Susan Prendergast

Please contact Susan at 800-842-4842, susan@select-intl.com with any travel questions.

"Time of Decision" Pilgrimage - SOLD OUT

This pilgrimage is SOLD OUT.

For waiting list information, please email: Bonnie Lane

"Time of Decision" Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr. Mike Schmitz & Jeff Cavins -- May 14-24, 2018  

Brochure

Registration Form

Registration Form from Minneapolis 

This pilgrimage is shorter than the annual January pilgrimage and is geared for younger people with more strenuous actvities. Talks will center on gaining wisdom for important decisions in life that will shape your future and your walk with God.

"There's a difference between knowledge, wisdom and understanding. In any decision we must obtain knowledge; wisdom acts on sound knowledge; the result is understanding." Jeff Cavins

Cantor Aly Aleigha will be joining the pilgrimage. She has a promotion for a "free trip" to join her. She will be holding a drawing from those who book her for an engagement. See how you can enter to win!

Tour Day Nine and Return!

On the last day in the Holy Land, the pilgrims visited Ein Kerem the location of the Visitation. They also stopped at the Valley of Elah where David battled Goliath and the Philistines where Jeff gave a teaching on faith weapons. The group had Mass together at Emmaus, the town where Jesus appeared to two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. The last stop was the port city of Joppa where Jeff and Fr. Mike gave final encouragement and farewells were made before heading to the airport.

Tour Day Eight

Today the pilgrims walked the Via Dolorosa and visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to pray at the tomb of Christ and have Mass. They also visited Dominus Flevit, a small chapel on the side of the Mt. of Olives that commemorates the spot where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Jeff taught on suffering at that site. The afternoon was free time and one group headed off to the Dead Sea for a dip in the mud!

 

 

Tour Day Seven

Today the pilgrims intended to walk the entire way of Jesus' last day, but due to 108 degree heat, they modified it a bit and stuck to the shade as much as possible! They started at the Upper Room, the place of the last supper and walked the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane for mass in a garden ambo near the Olive Grove where Jesus prayed in agony. Then they went to Mt. Zion to the Church of the Galicantu where Peter denied Christ three times. Jeff gave a teaching near the very steps Jesus walked on his way to appear before Pilate. After lunch they visited the Temple Mount excavations to see the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount where Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the Disciples would have walked on their way up to the Temple. They also visited the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the man born blind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Day Five

The morning started in Cana where Fr. Mike spoke about discerning ones vocation. The three married couples on the pilgrimage renewed their marriage vows there. Next the group took taxis to the top of Mt. Tabor for Mass at the beautiful Basilica of the Transfiguration. As they journeyed toward Jerusalem, they stopped to cool off at the natural springs, Sachne, for lunch and a swim. Then they stopped at the spot of Jesus' baptism and renevew their baptismal promises. On the way up the hills to Jerusalem, they had the chance to ride some camels and also to view St. George's Monastery and learned about monastic life. Final stop before the hotel in Jerusalem was the overlook on Mt. Scopus, the first glimpse of the Holy City!

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Tour Day Four

The pilgrims started the day with a climb down Mt. Arbel before heading for Mass at St. Peter Primacy on the Sea of Galilee. They visited the traditional spot of the Feeding of the Five Thousand called Tabga, a church with an ancient mosaic of bread and fish. They enjoyed a St. Peter's fish lunch and a lovely boat ride across the Sea. Jeff and Fr. Mike gave encouragement to the pilgrims to step out and use the gifts that God has gifted them with. The day ended with a bonfire by the Sea of Galilee and the opportunity to go to confession along the shore. (The Internet is slow, so more photos to be posted tomorrow!)

 

 

Tour Day Three

The pilgrimage today starts with meditation time on the Mt. of Beatitudes followed by a visit to Jesus' headquarters, the town of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. They had Mass over the house of St. Peter. Jeff continued teaching on discipleship in the synagogue just few steps away from the church. Next the group traveled to the northern part of Israel to visit Casesarea Phillipi, where Jesus gave St. Peter the keys to the Kingdom.