TOMB OF LAZARUS IN BETHANY
Jerry DeMelo, Jr. - will be the Group Leader of this Pilgrimage. I will be the Administrative Coordinator. I am not a travel agent, simply a committed Catholic.
This will be my 12th Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 12 calendar years with Catholic guide Christopher Cross from North Carolina. This has become a ministry, until such time as God deems the end of this season.
I first went to the Holy Land in March of 2008 with my wife Melinda. Since then I have returned with groups of Pilgrims every year. I had to take 2016 off, due to a full knee replacement.
Over 460 Pilgrims, have been to the Holy Land as a result of this ministry.
Quite a few have gone a second time, and several even three times! Two couples have gone with us over five times.
I have had the unique privilege of seeing lives changed, beginning with my own.
GROUP ISRAEL GUIDE
Christopher Cross, KHS - will be the Group Guide of this Pilgrimage. Christopher will be leading us on what will be his 88th Pilgrimage!
You read correctly. He has been there over 85 times already, and ours will be his 88th return.
Christopher is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. This esteemed and ancient group is committed to the preservation of the Holy Land for Christian Pilgrimage. The Knights trace their origins to the Crusade period, having been formed to facilitate and keep safe, trips to the land where Christ walked.
No one is more qualified to lead a Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land than Christopher. His contacts in the Holy Land are amazing, and often his groups are treated to special glimpses of the holy sites by the Franciscan Custodians and other Officials into areas and sites not commonly seen by Pilgrims.
Christopher is very devoted to Our Lady, and as such we will visit every Mystery Site of the Holy Rosary -and there pray a decade at the site of the mystery. Well, all but one - the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven, as that decade will have to await us until we reach our heavenly home.
You can see Chris’ website at
Selma Evans- will be the Travel Agent for this Pilgrimage.
Selma will be the booking agent who will take the deposits, advise regarding travel insurance and otherwise answer flight needs and issues, for those traveling from LAX and for those traveling from other cities or countries.
Selma is not involved in explaining any of the aspects of this Holy Land Pilgrimage in Israel, apart from travel flights and booking information.
Selma is exclusively concerned with Registration paperwork and receiving deposits and final payments, as well as coordinating flight arrangements.
ALL Booking goes through Altour, regardless of the Pilgrims originating source.
As to all issues related to the actual Pilgrimage, once in Israel, contact Jerry DeMelo, who is the Group Leader.
Selma can be contacted at:
310 W. Center Ave.
Visalia, CA 93291
Selma has been a travel agent for 53 years.
She has helped organize hundred of trips for large and small groups, as well as individuals. She is a valued agent at Altour Travel and still leads her own groups on international trips.