Walk in the footsteps of Jesus
with Fr. Stephen Banet
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) Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth; (2) Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives; (3) Sea of Galilee; (4) Overlooking the outskirts of Bethlehem
Fr. Stephen Banet
Pastor, St. Jude Catholic Church in Indianapolis
Fr. Stephen Banet, "Fr. Steve," is Pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has served since 2002. He has been a priest for over 40 years and shepherds one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese. He has been blessed to have led several previous pilgrimages to the Holy Land and looks forward to sharing the beauty and mysteries of the land of Jesus with each pilgrim.
Dates of this pilgrimage are:
Sunday, March 24 through Thursday, April 4 (12 days / 11 nights)
Day 1 - Depart U.S. (Indianapolis or Louisville departures available)
Day 2 (D) - Arrive Tel Aviv, visit to Jaffa (time permitting), followed by welcome dinner. Overnight in Netanya.
Day 3 (B, D) - Caesarea, Megiddo, and Elijah's Cave in the morning. Renewal of weddings vows at Cana in the afternoon. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 4 (B, D) - Nazareth, including the Church of St. Joseph and Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation. Drive to Caesarea Philippi in the Golan Heights. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 5 (B, D) - Galilee Churches of Multiplication, Peter's Primacy, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Capernaum. Afternoon Mass on the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Tiberias.
Day 6 (B, D) - Mass in the Basilica of the Transfiguration followed by a drive into the West Bank to Jericho. Renew your baptismal promises in the Jordan River. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 7 (B, D) - Day in Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity, Mass in the Shepherds' Fields, Manger Square, and the Milk Grotto. Overnight in Jerusalem
Day 8 (B, D) - St. Anne's Church, Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, and the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Afternoon visit to the Israel Museum. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 9 (B, D) - Mount of Olives, including Church of the Ascension, Pater Noster, Dominus Flevit, the Garden of Gethsemane, and Mass in the Church of All Nations. Mount Zion including St. Peter in Gallincantu, the Upper Room, and Dormition Abbey. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 10 (B, D) - Free day to explore the Old City. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 11 (B, D) - Ein Karem including Church of St. John the Baptist and Church of the Visitation. Afternoon tour of Masada and optional float in the Dead Sea. Evening farewell dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 12 (B) - Depart for U.S. (Indianapolis or Louisville)
*(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
A dedicated pilgrimage guide who will accompany the group, supplemented with local guide(s)
Custom-designed pilgrimage booklet for each pilgrim
All included activities, events, and tickets
Round-trip, economy-class airfare from Indianapolis or Louisville (additional cities available on request)
Private, motor coach service while in the Holy Land
Accommodations (10 nights) in 4-star hotel properties or similar with double-occupancy rooms, including taxes (with option to upgrade to single-occupancy)
Netanya: 1 night in David Tower or similar
Tiberias: 3 nights in the Mount of Beatitudes Franciscan Guesthouse overlooking the Sea of Galilee or similar
Jerusalem: 6 nights in Leonardo Hotel or similar
All gratuities (Bellman/chambermaid, guides, drivers, and meal service)
Luggage handling (1 piece per person) in/out of hotels
Breakfast and dinners daily at hotel
On-site preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources
Please note that pilgrims may elect to depart from Indianapolis or Louisville for this pilgrimage. The two groups will meet in Newark and fly overseas together, arriving in Tel Aviv at the same time. 10 pilgrims must depart from each city in order for the group to meet the minimum number of passengers required for the group fares.
Departing Indianapolis on Sunday, March 24, about 4 p.m., returning on Thursday, April 4, about 11:45 p.m.
Departing Louisville on Sunday, March 24, about 6:30 p.m., returning on Thursday, April 4, about 8:30 p.m.
Pilgrimage does not include:
Any personal purchases and passport, visa, or luggage fees
Meals while traveling, as well as all lunches and drinks at meals
Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on available)
Anything else not explicitly stated as included
Individual rates as low as $4,699!*
Estimated pilgrimage package total cost: $4,999 per person*
*Save $300! Register by October 1st, 2018, for early-bird savings of $200 and select to pay by check for another $100 savings.
Early-bird pricing (register by October 1st, 2018): Save $200
Pay balance by check: Save $100
Single-occupancy supplement: Additional $979
Land-only package (no flight included): Estimated at $3,699 per person
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 November 24th, 2018
Invoices will be emailed in October 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 November 24th, 2018, 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 20 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 July 2018) exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar to 3.67 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.