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Tax deductible
Young Catholics are struggling to maintain their faith. We see it happening around us. What if we could help young people to know that the Gospel is true and that the places where it happened are real?

Over the last 20 years, Steve & Janet Ray have developed an excellent reputation for providing authentically Catholic pilgrimages to the Holy Land. They have seen faith kindled, eyes opened, and lives changed.

The Ray family is launching a new non-profit initiative called INHERITANCE PILGRIMAGES! Our mission is to bring young Catholics, students, and those discerning priesthood and religious life to the Holy Land.


We have taken the knowledge gained from hundreds of pilgrimages over the last two decades to create cost-efficient itineraries tailored to younger travelers, and led by excellent and trusted Catholic guides. Each young pilgrim can apply for a financial scholarship ranging from $200-$2,000.

In March 2023, we sponsored a group of college students from Ave Maria University, providing $20,000 in scholarship funds. Their comments in the video below illustrate the impact a pilgrimage can have on young adults and the graces that will continue to be active for the rest of their lives.

Now is the time to help young Catholics claim their INHERITANCE. We have a goal of bringing 150 students, seminaries, and young adults to Isreal in the next 12 months. Will you help us?

This matching gift allows the opportunity to double the impact of your tax-deductible donation.

All money raised is tax deductible through our friends at the Ora Foundation, a Catholic organization that will direct 100% of the funds to our Holy Land Scholarships while we await our non-profit status.

If you want to send a check from your IRA or if you prefer not to give through Go-Fund-me, checks can be made out to:
“Ora Foundation” with "Holy Land" in the memo line.

Mail to:
Ora Foundation
PO BOX 1576
Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Do you belong to a youth or young adult group that would want us to organize a Holy Land pilgrimage? Or do you know a young person that would want to join in our next trip scheduled over Christmas break? Go to


  • Richard Pinion
    • $55 
    • 1 yr
  • Maria Ramirez
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Richard Thiele
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Thomas Hudson
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Nancy Freeman
    • $200 
    • 1 yr


Inheritance Pilgrimages
DeKalb, IL
ORA Foundation Inc
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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