In the Footsteps of
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
May 6 - 16, 2014 (11 days)
Some time ago a team of Israeli guides and myself I began to organize and assemble a special and unique itinerary to the Holy Land. The product of months of preparation, “In the Footsteps of Jesus” is the fruit of our work. It is, what I believe, among the best pilgrimages to the Holy Land ever organized. The entire trip will be centered on the events described in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles within a living narrative. By the end of this pilgrimage, you will know the Scriptures with an intimacy that you never have. The words and stories contained in the Bible will come alive to you.
Participants will have intimate access to various sacred objects associated with Our Lord, with Our Lady, and with the Apostles, as well as to the holy sites that house them. In an historical first, among these will be a major fragment of the Wood of the True Cross, one of the largest remaining fragments of the True Cross in the world. Pilgrims will have the opportunity to venerate and touch the sacred relic directly. To clarify, this would not be merely the touching of its reliquary, but the opportunity for a direct contact with the Sacred Wood itself. This has never before been sanctioned. For many centuries this holy relic has been housed within a cloister, during which time its veneration has been available only to professed religious. Needless to say, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
If a prayerful, educational, and spiritually intimate, pilgrimage to the Holy Land is what you desire, this is the pilgrimage for you.
Download and examine the brochure below. I think you will be excited and edified by what you read.
Please note that I am limited to 45 participants. Reservations will close immediately once that number is met.
I hope we will have the pleasure of journeying together.
God bless you +
Fr. Carlos Martins, CC
- Roudtrip air transportation and first class hotel accommodations
- 2 meals a day, daily sightseeing and Mass
- All airport taxes, entrance and guide fees, and fuel surcharges.
Departure from Houston, Texas, Toronto, Ontario, or your local city.
Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church. Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition. Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church's use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints.
An exposition involves some 150 relics, including those of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the "Little Flower"), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. The supreme highlight is one of the largest relics of the Church's claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.
The veneration of relics is a communion with the heroes of our Christian faith, asking for their powerful intercession. Many people have reported outstanding blessings and conversions through this ministry, and many have reported healings. Attendees are encouraged to bring their articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which may be touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer.
The ministry travels throughout North America by invitation. To date, it has been hosted in 46 US states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.