Holy Land January 2020


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 and Fr. Eric Clark from Lincoln, NE. Cantor is Jackie Francois-Angel.

Trip # Two (with option of Jordan/Petra): January 21 — Feb 4 (with extension, return Feb 7)

Priests to accompany Trip Two are Fr. Chris Walsh and Fr. Matt Guckin, both from Philadelphia, and Fr. Randal Kasel from the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Cantor will be Lisa Lacayo of Metairie, LA.

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


Trip A:  January 6-20, 2020 . (STILL OPEN) Itinerary for Trip A

Tour cost per person based on double occupancy:

From Newark/EWR: $4450

From New York/JFK: $4550

From St/Paul-Minneapolis/MSP: $4975

*Premium Economy Air Seats:

From New York/JFK: $5775

Trip B:  January 21- February 4, 2020 (ON A WAITLIST) Itinerary for Trip B

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

From Minneapolis/MSP: $4975

Trip B with Jordan Extension: January 21 - February 7, 2020 (SOLD OUT)

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. This only includes the international flight. 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.


  • Round trip economy class from JFK or EWR to Tel Aviv

  • 12 night accommodations based on two people sharing a room

  • Air taxes, fuel surcharges and fees, subject to change until ticketing (Any changes invoiced at ticketing)

  • Full buffet dinner & breakfast daily per hotel night, 3 lunches

  • Round trip transfers by private motor coach

  • Qualified, licensed English-speaking Israeli guide

  • Porterage for one suitcase per person

  • All hotel taxes & service charges

  • Group travel insurance coverage during tour


  • Air departures from any airport other than listed on registration form

  • Passport and/or visa fees (No visa required for US or Canadian citizens for entry into Israel)

  • Meals (lunches) not included per itinerary

  • Tips & gratuities for guide, driver & hotel staff (Suggested at $165)

  • Trip cancellation coverage (available as an option)

  • Personal items, meals & beverages not on itinerary, telephone calls, Internet, laundry, donations to churches, etc

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.

Meet the Staff:

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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.


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. Eric Clark

Fr. Eric traveled with us in 2007 as a seminarian, so we excited to have him join us again as a staff priest for the January 6-20 group. He is a chaplain and teacher in the Diocese of Lincoln.


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.


Fr. Randal Kasel

Fr. Kasel has traveled with us in 2015 and 2016. He will be joining the January 21-4 group. He serves several parishes in Minnesota.


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.


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.