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What Past Pilgrims Say

Holy Land Pilgrim Donna Wilkey All aspects of this pilgrimage were top-rate: hotels, food, motorcoach and guide, pace of the journey and spiritual dimension.
Holy Land Pilgrimage Chaplain Very Rev. Steven A. Gamez, V.U. A prayer I pray very often is a prayer of petition to the Holy Spirit; I pray especially to be granted the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge. Traveling on a Holy Land pilgrimage with Pilgrim Center of Hope truly made the outpouring of these special gifts present in my life. Guided by the spiritual understanding and knowledge of the Holy Land by Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, as well as their team, allowed me as a member of the ministerial priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ to truly gain a new found wisdom of the life, ministry, passion, death, and resurrection of our Savior. To walk, meditate, pray, and celebrate the Sacred Liturgies where I Lord lived and breathed, loved and forgave, have allowed me to gain an insight into my faith that I could have never imagined. May the Lord continue to bless the ministries of Pilgrim Center of Hope, and may they continue to minister to the ministers of Holy Mother Church.
Holy Land Pilgrim Fr. Donald After 45 years as a priest, the scriptures came more alive. I want to learn more. The Sea of Galilee, Mt. of Beatitudes – all so beautiful. Spending two hours in the Garden of Gethsemani, eating the simple diet there – the foods Jesus would have eaten – helped me to connect with Jesus. It touched me deeply. It is going to help me dwell more in the Scriptures.
Holy Land Pilgrim Arturo Chavez, Ph.D. President & CEO Mexican American Catholic College How can I begin to thank you for leading me on a pilgrimage of profound hope? Not only was I able to see firsthand where Jesus lived, died and rose, but I also experienced a deepening of my relationship with Him and His Blessed Mother. You were such kind, patient, and wise guides! I am so grateful and hope that our new found friendship will continue to grow. May God bless you for all you do for the Church!
Holy Land Pilgrim Joan Pavone I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to go to the Holy Land with the Pilgrim Center of Hope. As I reflect on walking in the footsteps of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, my daily pilgrim walk is an extension of my walk in the Holy Land; it is not a smooth, easy task, and it takes some effort. I know as long as I am walking with Our Lord, the steps in my life journey won’t hurt so much.
Italy, Holy Land & Marian Pilgrims Tony & Cindy Hernandez We have been blessed immeasurably over the years because of the pilgrimages we have been on with you, the miracles we have witnessed, and the people who have touched our lives. We look forward to the reunion and hope for (another) one in the near future. Thank you again for being a part of our ongoing spiritual awakening. Our Catholic faith is amazing and through our pilgrimages with you, we have been witness to more than we could have ever dreamed.
Holy Land Pilgrim Betty Pitstick This pilgrimage enlightened my meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary. Now I can clearly understand them better.
Holy Land Pilgrims Dave & Mardi McCarthy …truly been a trip of a lifetime. One that we will always treasure and reflect upon. A blessing from our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for treating us all like your family!
Holy Land Pilgrims David & Rosa Ojeda As we were preparing for our pilgrimage, our family members & friends were concerned for our safety… At no time during our pilgrimage did we feel any concern for our well-being. In all of Israel and all of the holy sites we visited, we were made to feel welcomed by both Christians and Muslims. Pilgrim Center of HOPE has a very well-planned pilgrimage… and all of their contacts (hotels, restaurants, guide, bus driver, vendors, local Catholic groups) made the pilgrimage very enjoyable and inspirational. Thank you Pilgrim Center of Hope for making our pilgrimage to the Holy Land a once-in-a-lifetime experience we will never forget.
Holy Land Pilgrim Bobbie Younts I went 15 years ago (before my recent pilgrimage), so even if you’ve been before, you’ll see things afresh and learn more with PCH’s guides.
Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrims Joey & Deborah Weiblen How can we thank you enough for all the planning, organization, spiritual & awesome effort […]? My Catholic faith needed a boost and this was the catapult needed to renew it. Thank you for your continued work encouraging Catholics to follow the Gospel.
Holy Land Pilgrims Ron & Barbara Racinowski If you are considering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, go with Pilgrim Center of Hope. We highly recommend them. Deacon Tom & Mary Jane’s years of experience leading pilgrims in the footsteps of our Lord brings our Catholic faith alive!
Holy Land Pilgrims Merlin & Pat Miller Pilgrim Center of Hope provides a once in a lifetime experience. The pilgrimage will awaken your faith. What you accepted by faith before the pilgrimage will become real! You will walk where Jesus and his apostles walked & lived.
Holy Land Pilgrims Anna & Trent Heisser If you are looking to deepen your faith; your knowledge of the Bible & your love for Jesus, you must go on this pilgrimage! This was our very first pilgrimage and the PCH ensured that this was a spiritual journey and not a vacation. They set the bar very high and we look forward to make our next pilgrimage with PCH!
Italy Pilgrims Mark & Kathy Siebert We could spend hours just telling one person all the graces and blessings we all received as Pilgrims on this trip. Our Lord and the Holy Spirit were definitely with us every step of the way. We will be telling everyone we know that they need to go on one of your Pilgrimages and God willing we will be traveling with you again.
Marian Pilgrims Matt & Jenny We went on the Marian pilgrimage two years ago and we asked for Our Lady’s assistance with our fertility woes. Obviously, she interceded for us and on top of that Elizabeth was born on Feb. 11th, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. God’s love is limitless! He has woven all of our lives together with such tender details that only He can do.

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"Your collaboration with the mission of the Latin Patriarchate is much appreciated. Be assured of your prayers for you, your evangelization ministry and your work of journeying with many during your pilgrimages to the Holy Land."

- His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem


"I truly appreciate your dedication to all the people you evangelize through your pilgrimages and for your love of God and Church.  May the Lord continue to guide and bless you..."

- Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio