Follow Our Lord’s Footsteps
with Fr. Ian VanHeusen, Sam Guzman, & Dana Catherine
Experience the Sacraments like never before: Renew your baptismal promises in the Jordan River, renew your marriage vows in Cana (or join in celebrating those that are doing so!), and celebrate Mass daily.
Never read Scripture the same again: Ride on the Sea of Galilee, make a visit to Bethlehem, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, kneel in the tomb of Jesus, and more!
Contemplate the mysteries of Jesus' life: Pray the Stations of the Cross on the path Jesus walked to Calvary, visits sites which commemorate Jesus' miraculous healings, and see where the angel Gabriel visited Mary during the Annunciation.
Pictures below: (1) Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives; (2) Holy Sepulchre Crosses; (3) Jerusalem Skyline; (4) Holy Sepulchre
Fr. Ian VanHeusen
Priest, Campus Minister - www.ianvanheusen.com
Fr. Ian VanHeusen is a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh. Before entering seminary he was an English teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In seminary, he specialized in the intersection of Moral Theology and what is called Ascetical and Mystical Theology. Another way of putting this is that he focused his studies on how an individual goes from good to better and grows in their relationship with the Lord. He is founder of the Art of Living Well which is a digital media non-profit that creates positive content that helps people to unleash God’s grace in their lives. He is currently assigned to the Catholic Campus Ministry at East Carolina University and as the Parochial Vicar at St Peter’s Parish In Greenville, North Carolina.
Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Speaker - DanaCatherineMusic.com
A young singer/songwriter, speaker and former youth minister, Dana travels throughout the U.S. to encourage and inspire others with her songs and stories. Growing up in a Catholic family, Dana always had a strong faith, but it wasn’t until she went to college that her relationship with God truly deepened. Through the ups and downs of college life, Dana began to understand that true and lasting happiness, peace, and purpose is found in Christ alone. Only then did she realize that God was calling her to step out and share His truth and love with others using the musical gifts she was given.
At just 25 years old, Dana's music and bold witness have led her to perform and speak at high schools, youth rallies, conferences and other diocesan youth events alongside nationally known speakers, including Leah Darrow, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Mark Hart. She’s also led worship at numerous retreats, including those led by accomplished author and speaker, Father Jacques Philippe, and toured with international Christian artists, such as Phil Wickham ("This is Amazing Grace"), Micah Tyler ("Different") and Josh Wilson ("Pushing Back the Dark").
With one album already under her belt, Dana recently released her latest EP, Nothing in the World, which can be found everywhere music is sold.
Author, Blogger, Poet - www.catholicgentleman.net
Sam Guzman is the founder and editor of the Catholic Gentleman. Sam's an author, blogger, and occasional poet whose has appeared in such publications as Catholic Exchange, Aleteia, Truth and Charity Forum, Jesus the Imagination, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Sam is a frequent guest on EWTN, Magnificat Radio, Radio Maria and other media outlets. His first book, also titled The Catholic Gentleman, is forthcoming from Ignatius Press.
Dates of this pilgrimage are:
Monday, May 11 through Wednesday, May 20 (10 days / 9 nights)
Day 1 -Depart USA*
* Airfare not included in package, but is available as an option during registration
Day 2 (D) - Arrive Tel Aviv and welcome dinner. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 3 (B, D) - Nazareth, including Mass at Basilica of the Annunciation, renewal of wedding vows at Cana and overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4 (B, D) - Galilee churches including: Mount of Beatitudes, Church of the Multiplication, Peter’s Primacy, and Capernaum. Afternoon Mass on the Sea of Galilee, overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5 (B, D) - Mass at the Basilica of the Transfiguration, drive through West Bank to Jericho, cable car to All Saints Monastery, renewal of baptismal promises at the Jordan River, and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 6 (B, D) - Day in Bethlehem including Church of the Nativity, Mass in the Shepherds’ Fields, Manger Square and Milk Grotto, and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 7 (B, D) - Ein Karem - Mass at the Church of the Visitation, Church of St. John the Baptist, visit to Masada and float in the Dead Sea. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 (B, D) - Mount of Olives including: Church of the Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Mass at Church of All Nations. Then, Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu, Cenacle, and Dormition Abbey. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Optional: Overnight Vigil in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Day 9 (B, D) - Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, Mass at Holy Sepulchre, visit to St. Anne’s Church, and visit to Western Wall. Farewell dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 10 (B) - Depart Tel Aviv and arrive USA*
* Airfare not included in package, but is available as an option during registration
*(B, L, D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) that are included with the package.
Please note that this pilgrimage includes moderate physical activity including ascents, descents, and walking on uneven terrain. Pilgrims with mobility restrictions should contact our office to inquire about available options.
Pilgrimage package includes:
Pilgrimage preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email
Leadership and accompaniment of the 3 pilgrimage hosts, as well as a pilgrimage escort and local guides
Motor coach for the duration of the pilgrimage
Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in religious guesthouses, 3 or 4-star hotel properties (single-occupancy supplement available)
Tiberias: Pilgerhaus or similar
Jerusalem: Notre Dame Center or similar
Breakfast and dinner daily
Whisper sets for each pilgrim (if more than 20 people)
Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Online preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources
Pilgrimage does not include:
Roundtrip airfare to/from Tel Aviv (optional add-on during registration - please note that airfare rates and schedules are not available until 11 months prior to departure)
Passport, visa, or luggage fees
Any personal purchases
Meals while traveling, as well as all lunches and drinks at meals
Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)
Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included
Some services may be provided by our world-class partners:
Anthony Travel, Dube Travel, Terra Sancta, Terra Dei, and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute
Pilgrimage package as low as: $2,997 per person*
Estimated pilgrimage package total cost: $3,297 per person *
*Save $300 by registering before the early-bird deadline and electing to pay by check
Please note that the above prices do not include round-trip airfare.
Early-bird pricing (register by May 11th, 2019): Save $200
Pay balance by check: Save $100
Single-occupancy supplement: Additional $699 per person
Airfare (optional add-on during registration): Published fare + $35***
*** Airfare rates and schedules will not be available until approximately 11 months prior to departure.
Please note that singles are subject to availability. If you are a single traveler but would like to find a roommate, we will do our best to match you with another roommate. If you are a single traveler and we cannot find you a roommate, you would be required to pay the single-occupancy supplement for a single room.
Deposit - $300 due upon registration
Final balance - Due by January 11th, 2020
Invoices will be emailed in December 2019 for the final balance. The final payment may be paid by credit/debit card, electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.
During registration, if you elect to "pay balance by check," you will receive $100 off the pilgrimage fee, which will be reflected on your final invoice. If you elect to "pay balance by check," the final balance can be paid by electronic bank transfer, check, or money order.
Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.
How do I pay?
During registration, the $300 deposit can be paid online with a credit card or debit card.
The final payments may be paid credit/debit card, check, money order, or electronic bank transfer for no fee. Or, you can elect to "pay balance by check" during registration and save $100 off your pilgrimage fee. If you elect this option, you can make the final payment via electronic bank transfer, check, or money order. Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Verso Ministries LLC".
Payments can be mailed to:
Verso Ministries LLC
P.O. Box 986
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Registration is open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.
Late registrations made after January 11th, 2020 are subject to availability and may be subject to a different pilgrimage price. Registrations made after this date also may be subject to an alternate pilgrimage cost depending on flight availability. Please contact us directly if you have any questions.
What is your cancellation policy?
$150 of the $300 pilgrimage deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.
Cancellation after deposit and 91 days or more from departure: $150 per person
90-31 days prior to departure: $300
30-15 days prior to departure: $500
14-7 days prior to departure: $1,000
6 days or less: No refund given
Any cancellation charges incurred from other supplies or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed above. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims.
Pricing also assumes a minimum of 10 pilgrims. Pricing may be subject to adjustment for a different size group.
Why is this is an estimated final package price?
Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed (about 30 days prior to departure). Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim. Also, prices are based on the current (as of October 2018) exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar to 3.65 ILS (Israeli New Shekel). Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing.
If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.