Monday, May 14, 2018


ATTTN: June 15 deadline for registration! 

Small group. Limited seating. First come, first serve. 
Register NOW.

Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to see this most Catholic of lands on a traditional pilgrimage with daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. 

Nearly 25 meals are included.  2 weeks on the road!  5 major shrines.  2 Marian feasts (Assumption and Our Lady of Częstochowa, plus Polish feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe!

Call Tour Director Susan Kotnik for more information or to register: 604-465-6911.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sights & Sounds of Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Walking the "Holy Mile" from the Slipper Chapel to the Original Shrine Destroyed By King Henry VIII

More Catholics need to visit here:

Walsingham, the most popular shrine of Catholic pilgrimage in England.

It was a tremendous joy to finally visit here for the first time.  

OC-Travel will be leading a pilgrimage here in summer 2019.  

Stay tuned for more details!  

My Favorite Shop in London: Ede and Ravenscroft

Since 1689.  

A terrific place to get your formal, academic or ceremonial dress.

Royal Courts of Justice in London: Victorian Gothic

One of my favorite places to visit in London.  It looks and feels like a mighty cathedral! 

One of the largest courts in Europe, the Royal Courts were built in the 1870s by Queen Victoria.  Over the highest point in the upper arch is a figure of Jesus, the supreme lawgiver.  On either side, on a lower level, are Moses and Solomon, gives of the law.   

Let us pray that English common law will one day admit that human life begins at conception -- that preborn humans in the womb are human persons under the full protection of the law.  Rule Britannia!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

St. Patrick's in Soho Square Where Fulton Sheen Stayed in London

He mentions in his must-read autobiography, Treasure in Clay, his time spent here while on visits from his studies in Louvain (Leuven), Belgium:

.50 Browning

It helped win the Second World War.  

City of Westminster Coat-of-Arms and Motto: Custodi Civitatem Domine ("O Lord, Watch Over the City")

Such a beautiful coat of arms for a city!  It was Catholicism that made England great. 

With the gridiron of St. Lawrence, which you can see at the Roman Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina (off the Via del Corso in Rome).  

Motto of the Royal Air Force: Per Ardua Ad Astra ("Through Adversity to the Stars")

St. Clement Danes RAF chapel, London.  

What Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Looks Like

London Sign

"Thou God seest me."  

St. Marin in London

The veneration of St. Marin of Tours was widely popular in the Middle Ages.  Read of his fascinating life and know something of this great saint, whose tomb and basilica are an important pilgrimage site along the route from Paris to Santiago.  See here:

Lunch in London

Pius XII Coat-of-Arms at Catholic Shrine of Walsingham

This reminds me of the time I noticed, while standing in the back of the Sistine Chapel, that the little-known stained glass windows of the Sistine Chapel were installed during the reign of Pius X. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Catholic Travel

"Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. "  -Jesus (Mt. 7:7)

Join the 2018 March for Life in Rome May 19!

The biggest annual pro-life event in Italy.  Don't miss it!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Visit Oberammergau for Passion Play 2020

It's Time to Visit Poland & Czech Republic with the FSSP!

Dear Friends:

Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this unique tour exploring the rich history of Catholicism in Poland and the Czech Republic while seeing some of the most cherished shrines in the Catholic world.

Celebrate summertime in Poland with 3 great feasts: St. Maximilian Kolbe (August 14), the Assumption of Our Lady (August 15) and Our Lady of Częstochowa (August 26).  Do join us!


John and Natalie,
Managing Directors, OC-Travel
August 13– 27, 2018
Poland, Czech Republic (Bohemia and Moravia), Katowice, Częstochowa, Warsaw, Swinice Warckie, Glogowiec, Plock, Wrocław, Swidnica, Legnica, Prague, Kraków, Lagiwniki, Auschwitz, Wadowice, Zakopane, Nowa Huta, Auschwitz, Wieliczka, and more.
$4,199 CAD  Land-Only Option (Airfare is additional cost)
Visit the Infant of Prague Shrine, the Divine Mercy Shrine, the Our Lady of Częstochowa Shrine, the famous Wawel (centre of Polish Catholicism) and Auschwitz Concentration Camp where St. Maximilian Kolbe died a martyr.

What is included?
  • accommodations for 13 nights in hotels
  • ground transportation in deluxe motor coach
  • buffet breakfasts daily, 1 lunch, 12 dinners
  • entry fees and guided tours
  • local tour guides, North American tour director
  • daily Mass in Latin at the holy sites
  • and much more
Does the cost include air?
No, this tour is land-only.  Airfare is additional cost.  Contact us for arrival and departure details.

Deadline for Registration

Register soon!  Final payment is due June 15, 2018.


For more details and full itinerary, please contact Tour Director SUSAN KOTNIK:

Click HERE for itinerary.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Catholic Culture: Rogation Days

Every Catholic home ought to celebrate the Rogation Days!

Pray the Litany of the Saints with your kids on this day every year.

For more information, see here:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Poland Summer 2018: REGISTER NOW!

Reaffirm and celebrate your traditional faith on this unique FSSP Pilgrimage exploring the rich history of Catholicism in Poland and the Czech Republic while seeing some of the most cherished shrines for 3 great feasts: St. Maximilian Kolbe (August 14), the Assumption of Our Lady (August 15) and Our Lady of Częstochowa (August 26). Register now to avoid disappointment. For more info, see here:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sacred Liturgy: the Last Resistance


Friday, April 13, 2018

Historic Catholic Cathedral in Vladivostok, Russia, Survived the Purge of the Communist Revolution

I have been here twice to visit.  

A phenomenal place.  

Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand's 1957 Catholic Studytour in Europe: ITALY, THE BLESSED LAND OF BEAUTY

This is a gem from DVH.  I wanted to share this with all.  We are working on re-creating something very similar to be offered by Orbis Catholicus Travel.  We will keep you posted.  Of course it could never be this epic.  Those study tours in the fifties were utterly breathtaking, amazing in every way, uniquely legendary and totally unrepeatable.  Transatlantic sea travel today sadly makes the price prohibitive.   

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Traditional Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage (FSSP)

Announcing: FSSP Holy Land Pilgrimage with rare Jordan extension! Nov. 25 - December 10, 2018. Join Fr. Michael Passo, FSSP (pastor of Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix, AZ) for daily EF Mass and ALL meals included. Our local guide is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Do not miss out. Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Family: The Last Resistance

Grow up, get married, have kids, and you are way ahead of the game.  It's that simple.  And difficult.  Not for everyone, but it is most people's call.

The Saint Paul

My favorite hotel.  In St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

RIP Thomas Loome (1935-2018)

Eternal rest to a great man, Tom Loome.

He is one of a handful of Americans who studied under Ratzinger during his professor days at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Thank you, Tom, for creating the English-speaking Catholic world's greatest used book shop.  It brought hours of joy to many of us when we visited the old Swedish church in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Let us hope it will one day return to the same church, now owned by your daughter.    


Thomas Michael Loome, 83, passed away on March 31 of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and James and daughter Margaret Mary. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Karen; by children Felicity, Thomas Noah, Cecilia (Jon Moler), David (Anna); granddaughters Fiona and Lydia Moler; and by sister, Carol (Moe) Powers. 

Tom was born in 1935 in Watertown, NY to James and Margaret (Harrigan) Loome on March 7, the traditional feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of teachers. Upon the death of his mother when he was 9, and with his father overseas during WWII, Tom settled with relatives in Boston, and later moved to California with his father and sister. He attended the Christian Brothers’ high school and college (St. Mary’s) in Moraga, CA and entered the Christian Brothers order in 1952. 

Tom taught high school before moving to Germany in 1968 where he earned his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Tübingen. Upon his return to the US in 1976, he left the Christian Brothers and taught college, first at St. Mary’s, followed by St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. Tom and Karen met at St. Anselm’s and later moved to Minnesota. 

Tom is most known for the bookstore he and Karen established, Loome Theological Booksellers, in Stillwater MN. This became the largest second-hand bookstore specializing in works of theology and philosophy in North America. 

Tom was active at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Stillwater, where he taught adult Catechism and other courses for many years. With Karen, he founded the Stillwater Catholic Worker Community in 2000. He was also dedicated to the pro-life cause, and was a vital part of the St. Croix Valley Life Care Center. 

Tom will be deeply missed by his wife and children, other family members, and by his many friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 611 South Third St., Stillwater at 11:00 am on Friday, April 6, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00. The wake will be held on Thursday, April 5, at The Old Swedish Church, former home of Loome Theological Booksellers, 320 N. Fourth St., Stillwater, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. (Dress warmly). Memorials are preferred to the Stillwater Catholic Worker Community or to the Loome family, and can be sent to 522 Maple St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082. 

See here for obituary source.    

Friday, April 6, 2018

March for Life in Rome! #perlavita2018

This has become the ONE BIG event in Rome each year.  Every citizen should participate. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018