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From: Julie Christensen
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Fr. Dominic Thomas Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy: March 24-April 2, 2014!

Donna, We enjoyed our 206 Tour very much. Father Tom was very personable and enlightening. Grateful to have him since Fr. Dominic could not be there. Also our tour guide Simona went above and beyond when we needed help with questions regarding several aspects of additional time my husband and I would be spending in Italy. Thank you.

Julie Christensen

 



From: Fred Hormuth
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Shrines of Italy


WOW!!! Our trip was more than we expected. I didn't think one could pack that much in in a day. Our driver and guide in Israel were fantastic. Both Sammie and Hassim were super, and worked well together. I am still on info overload. I don't know why Our Lord had to do everything on a mountaintop....never in a valley. Personally, I wasn't prepared for all the walking...uphill! Our Italy experience with Simona and Fr. Tom was special indeed. A trip to remember. Many thanks to 206 tours for an unforgettable time.

Fred Hormuth



From: Terence O'Connor
Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2014 1:32 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Pilgrimage to Spain with Fr. Gregory Cappuccino | March 16 - 28, 2014

 

Amanda,
It is my pleasure to write and tell you and 206 tours how pleased I am with my recent pilgrimage to Spain with Father Greg Cappuccino. Although we got off to a very sad start with the death of Father Tony Pascual, we were able to find peace and comfort in the fact that Our Lord had called him home. We continued to take his spirit with us on the journey as people of faith. We were able to enjoy the tour with love peace and much laughter.


I cannot begin to put into words how great Jesus our guide was. He is by far the best I have ever had the pleasure of touring with!!! There was nothing he was not able or willing to do for our group. His care and concern were beyond the scope of his responsibilities. He is so rich so with experience, knowledge and obviously deeply spiritual. You said you were sending us with your best and that is so true. 206 tours is so blessed to have a man like him, He is a prince among men . This Man is working a real ministry.


Or Bus driver, Miguel Angel, ( Pachi ) is one of the finest true gentleman I have ever met.
He is so calm, polite and respectful. We felt so safe with his driving. His appearance is impeccable, always so neat and clean. He was always on time with the bus and really is outstanding with maneuvering that large vehicle through those very narrow and tricky streets. He handled all our luggage with care and always greeted us with a good morning and a smile. Again, I cannot say enough about him either. I would love to go back to Spain and say hello to both of them. If I make another trip with 206 I could only hope to have them both again.


I have traveled all over the world including 2 pilgrimages to the Holy Land with 206 tours before. I count this recent tour as one of the very best and most rewarding. I was more in need of this spiritual journey than I knew. It blew me away. Spiritually I feel so refreshed and renewed. I have promised myself that I will continue to hold onto and grow with it. I will go back to Spain! I may even do the Camino if I get myself in shape first. I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful journey 206 has provided me with. I am so glad that there is a religious tour company in this secular world we live in. God Bless all of you and may your rewards be even greater than mine.

With love and Gratitude
Terence G. O'Connor (Terry)



From: Kevin Quinn
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Tour to Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje


We want to tell you that our trip from March 13 thru 26 far exceeded any expectations that we had. Our guide, Matilda, was one of the most knowledgable and personable guides that I have ever had the pleasure to travel with. Every stop on our way was outstanding. It was capped by our experience in Medjugorje. Having been awed by this place when we were there in 2005, I was afraid I would be disappointed this time. I was definitely wrong. Having Dragan as our personal guide was the greatest surprise. He was constantly trying to please up and we got to see things that we missed last time and we never imagined we would see. We are still trying to process all the blessings that God bestowed on us during this trip. We will definitely recommend 206 Tours to any of our friends and family planning a pilgrimage.

Kevin and Jennifer Quinn



From: M. yolene
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Paris, Nevers & Lisieux: March 18-25, 2014.

 

Dear Donna,

Joseph and I had the most woderfull time. Our tour guide Matilda is the best. We met a group of very nice people which made the pilgrimage more memorable. The day after my coming home, I called 206 tours to congradulate you. My son Joseph had the opportunity to serve mass with Fr. Brian in all the churches we visited. He will cherished the memories for ever.


Thank you,

 

M. yolene



From: GE
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Welcome Home! | Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: March 16-25, 2014!

 

Dear Donna,

I truly believe that the Holy Spirit gifted our family in finding 206 Tours in the Internet standing out amongst various tour companies handling pilgrimages to the Holy Land. We are so blessed to have made the right decision to choose your company. Thank you for a spiritual journey like no other!

 

My husband, and our sons Ernie & Joe are all appreciative & grateful to you all at your company for the wonderful & memorable experience of being able to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in His Holy Land. The itinerary was more than what we could have desired & most of all our Tour guide Sami Tawil was a true professional , his knowledge of not only Biblical history but also of the geographical, political, and cultural histories of the regions and the country as a whole were amazing. We were not only spiritually enriched by being pilgrims but we also got educated beyond that. We felt safe with Hasam's driving & kindness. Sami became our tireless guardian throughout our pilgrimage with his perfect logistics!

As the case in all tours, time is of the essence & we had to adhere to a strict timetable not leaving much extra time for prayers and browsing in shops, which we understand, because otherwise we won't be able to achieve our goal of reaching the holy sites we came to see and experience, which is the main reason for our pilgrimage!

Everything was excellent your company chose great hotel accommodations for us, delicious meals in abundance, efficiently managed transfers from the airport to the hotel & vice-versa including luggage handling.

Thank you for all these, and also for your travel packages which were so efficiently done, all of what you did for us before & during our trip eased any anxieties that might have otherwise naturally occur.

We wish to thank Milanka, Liz, Rosalie, Sandra, Melissa, Piernha, Rinda and everyone who had a hand in making our pilgrimage to the Holy Land the success it was for our family and fellow pilgrims!

We will definitely spread the word to family, friends and relatives about your unique company, which is more of a ministry in nature than a mere travel company, taking people to the Holy Land and other holy sites around the world!

Wishing you all continued success in what you do and a blessed Lent and Happy Easter!


God bless!

Galicano, Carmencita, Ernie and Joe Evangelista



From: Marianne Mickalowski
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:19 AM
To: Stefanie Meyer
Subject: Tour 96 - March 24, 2014

 

Richard & I just returned from the Shrines of Italy tour. I would like to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to your company. This tour exceeded our expectations on the 3 key levels:

1) Simona our tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable on the customs, history and culture of the various regions of Italy along with sense of humor.
2) Father Thomas Ganley enlightened and awoke our spiritual soul to the joys of God. Two masses were extremely spiritual that touched my soul : the Catacombs & Lanciano.
3) Our group was not that of strangers but more like a family looking out for another.

I would highly recommend 206 Tours to anyone who is considering a sojourn abroad.

Thank you again
Marianne Mickalowski



From: Paulette Fischer
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 10:16 PM
To: Milanka Lachman; Patrick McKenna; Yaritza Rodriguez
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy

Dear Friends in Christ,

The pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy has left an indelible imprint on my mind, heart and soul. What a spiritually enriching way to observe Lent! It was truly an incredible experience. I am very grateful to all of you, as well as to our priests and guides for making it so.

When my sister and I signed up for the pilgrimage, we were unfamiliar with your tour company. Scott Hahn and Kimberly Hahn were the drawing cards. Although we had some reservations, we felt the Hahn's stamp of approval was a good quality indicator. We were not disappointed.
The pilgrimage and your attentiveness to every little detail and to each individual and their needs far exceeded our expectations. The places we visited, our accomodations, the meals, the travel accomodations, the staff involvement were all exceptional. We would definitely give 206 Tours a five star rating.

It was obvious that your staff, the spiritual advisors, the guides and even the bus drivers were committed to seeing that everything went smoothly and was a positive cultural and spiritual experience for the pilgrims.

It was amazing how your organization kept such a large group flowing smoothly. The feeling was that of "family" rather than of a "large group".

I'm still processing the things I saw, heard, and felt on the pilgrimage and will be for some time. If you were to ask me what should be changed to improve the experience, my reply would be nothing.

It was a pleasure to have you as traveling companions on my long journey toward holiness. God bless you for your dedication, passion, energy and love for the Lord. May you be blessed as He has blessed us through you. I hope our paths cross again.

Sincerely,

Paulette Fischer
South Dakota Pilgrim


 


From: Ganley, Rev. Thomas
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 11:44 AM
To: Donna Strucic
Cc: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy: March 24-April 2, 2014!


Dear Donna:

Just to let yu know all went well with our trip..
The pilgrims were very happy and Simona our tour guide was THE BEST EVER !!!...
Everybody was happy overall and said that she was so good in all that she taught us re the spots we visited and they even said I did a great job too..they were very good to me…
Im ready and able to go again in the future to any trips that yu may need me…yu are all so good to me as well…im happy to be a 206 Chaplain…but maybe now sometime after July-Dec….
Bye for now.

And thanks for having trust in me…

Fr. Tom Ganley




From: Ernie Evangelista
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to The Holy Land: March 16-25, 2014!


Hi Donna,
Thanks to 206 Tours and your staff for organizing a terrific Holy Land pilgrimage for my parents, brother and me. Your team was so patient and flexible as they responded to the many questions we had as newbie pilgrims.

As far as the trip itself, it's the people who made it such a great and memorable travel experience:

1) Sami and Hasim our tour guide and driver. Sami was flexible with our itinerary, so if we were running late and had to miss a site, he worked it into another day. And Hasim's skillful driving and willingness to help and pitch in when needed made all of us feel that much more secure.

2) The hotel staff at each of our lodging locations were friendly, courteous and helpful. I'd like to single out Ralph at the Dan Panorama in Tel Aviv who checked me into my room Monday morning, March 17. Since I arrived ahead of the tour group, it felt good to get settled in after a few days of independent travel.

3) Fr. Dean and our fellow pilgrims looked out for each other.

Now, I understand why some of the pilgrims we met had been on other 206 trips before! We'll definitely keep you in mind in future travel planning.

Best regards and keep up your fantastic work!
Ernie Evangelista




From: Joanne
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 1:51 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Brian Grady | Italy | March 22-31, 2014

 

The trip was absolutely terrific. I can't imagine it being any better. The bus driver and Javier were great. I would not think twice about going on another 206 spiritual sponsored trip. I am so very thankful to be included in this trip.

Joanne



From: Carol Braun
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Guadalupe & Mexico City


Donna,

Mary Ellen and I had a great time, the hotel was wonderful, the tour was all we could have wanted – Roberto did a fantastic job as our tour director – he was so very good at making sure everyone had a chance to see or do what they wanted – when we asked to spend more time in one location he made that happened. I have already passed along the tour name to friends saying I would be happy to recommend your company. Thanks to everyone.

Carol & Mary Ellen




From: Fr. Guido
Date: 03/28/2014 5:48 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Email to all with whom I have pilgrimed in 2013 including those on the recent pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy

Dear Fellow Pilgrims,

Greetings from New York!

In the past year I was privileged to accompany you on various pilgrimages with 206 Tours, and last week I returned from another pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy with Scott and Kimberley Hahn that was also organized by 206 Tours.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with 206 Tours and, in all honesty, it would be hard to find an agency that is focused so much on serving people on their journeys of faith. Milanka and her husband Charlie have been so good to me. She and her staff, many of whom I have met, are dedicated to this service fulfilling their vocation in life.  I have come to love them very much.

2013 Was for me a year of discernment, finding out what God has in store for me.  Just having turned seventy, I feel still full of energy to serve the Lord full-time. Accompanying pilgrimages as a spiritual director unfortunately can only be a part-time service, for at my ages you cannot travel non-stop without paying a heavy toll physically. In May I visited my former diocese where I served from 1969 to 1977 and from 1990 to 1997.  Some priests, religious and lay people were asking me to come back, and in this I felt a call from the Lord.  After due consideration I wrote the newly appointed bishop, who spontaneously wrote back to me saying “welcome back home!”  My religious superior is very enthused as it gives the Mill Hill Missionaries an opportunity to return to the diocese that was founded by our fellow Mill Hillers, and as there will be a possibility to recruit new members there. (In the two neighboring dioceses there are still a few members, and new recruits.)

I feel as excited and am happy to go not knowing as yet what my precise task will be. So when I came back last Sunday from the Shrines of Italy pilgrimage I immediately began to take organize things so that I can close my apartment in New York, sell or give away almost all that I have, so that I can leave for Europe on April 30th, and after spending some time with my siblings and relatives there, I hope to go to Miri on June 1st.

Although I am very happy to take upon my self this new assignment it is not without emotion that I leave my friends here in the US, in particular the 206 Family. But you know, heaven is not first of all a place, it is relationships. Relationships built in and with the Spirit - and that is where heaven is - will continue and endure.  Isn’t it true that even if one hasn't seen a friend for many years, the moment you meet again you feel you still were together yesterday? Our sinful body cannot see this, blinded as it is by our present limitations.  It is in this spirit that I am still united with you all.  Let us pray for one another that we may be faithful in what the Lord calls us to in this life.

It has been wonderful to have been with you, and hopefully we will stay in touch.  Like all priests, who pray their daily breviary prayers, I will continue to pray for you, and if ever there is a need, please don’t hesitate to ask or contact me.

For those who are near or in New York, I would love to see you if there is a chance.  Feel free to call me.

Take care, much love to you all and God bless!

Fr. Guido

 



From: Deacon Paul and Lorraine
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:17 PM
To: Patrick McKenna
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy with Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn (March 9 - 19, 2014)

 

Dear Patrick, Milanka, Yaritza, and the entire 206 staff,

 

Words cannot express how we feel about this wonderful pilgrimage. We were fed daily in body, mind, and spirit.

Our bodies were fed daily at wonderful hotels and restaurants. We do not know how you do it for the price we paid. We are sure it is a lot of work and prayer behind the scenes.

 

Our minds were fed by the lectures each evening by Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn. No matter how late it was we did not want the talks to end. Their knowledge of the Bible and their conversion story is a blessing to the Catholic Church.

And of course our spirit was fed daily by Prayer and the beautiful Liturgies celebrated by three great Priests.

We thank our Priests, guides, and 206 for this wonderful experience.


Until we meet again,

Deacon Paul and Lorraine



From: Evangelista
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:54 PM
To: Melissa Mulligan
Subject: Holy Land Pilgrimage

 

No other trip like it, your company is the best! We have been on other trips before with other companies but none compare. The guide Sammy knows the Holy Land upside down, historical, biblical, regional he was perfect, his patience and ability to handle the logistics was amazing. The tour schedule was to the letter. The experience was like nothing else ever. The group was wonderful. Perfect pilgrim family. If we could guarantee Sammy she would love to brag about him. The hotels were first class all the way, every need was taken care of.

Evangelista

 


 

From: Fr. Brian
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:16 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Paris - March 2014

 

Dear Rinda,

I just got back from my pilgrimage to Fatima, Spain, Lourdes, and Paris. I can't put into words how great an experience it was. The tour guides, the drivers, the hotels, and the food were outstanding. Everything went off without a hitch.

Thank you for an experience of a lifetime.

Again, many, many thanks for the pilgrimage of a lifetime.


Father Brian



From: Mary Barrios
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:45 PM
To: Patrick McKenna
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy with Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn (March 9 - 19, 2014)

 

Patrick,

I am so blessed to have been a part of the beautiful pilgrimage. 206 Tours is the best! All the accommodations were very nice, the bus tours guides were outstanding in meeting all of our needs. Alessandro was our guide and he did an amazing job. Being able to pray the rosary in the papal gardens was one of many spiritual encounters with our Lord. Thank you for making this a most memorable experience. I will definitely recommend 206 Tours to family and friends.

 

Mary Barrios



From: Gracie Rocha
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:29 AM
To: Patrick McKenna
Subject: The Shrines of Italy with Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn (March 9 - 19, 2014)

 

Patrick and 206 Staff,


To quote your words "It was an incredible pilgrimage, and we are so happy that God wanted us all to be together." One night at our dinner table we made the comment that the whole trip felt like a retreat. So yes, it was a God thing.

It was such a spiritual journey filled with joy and aha moments that I cannot think of anything negative. Maybe the amount of food made our Catholic Guilt surface, but everything was wonderful. I appreciated the whole staff because it was obvious that there was much work put into the planning and carrying out of all the activities. You always had the pilgrims' well being in mind. And probably very little rest!

 

It was also very moving to see that all the guides and staff participated in all of our prayer time, rosary, and Mass. This shows the great level of faith and commitment to our faith and a beautiful example to the rest of us.
Last the people we met from all over were amazing and with such faith. Our 130 should be evangelizing to another group of people.


Thank you for a wonderful experience,


To all the guides, Javier, Javier, Alessandro, Gaia, Yaritza, you, and Milanka again it was a incredible journey. You will be in my prayers as you continue to bring more people to through other faith-filled experience.


Gracie (Maria Rocha)



From: Bond, Joseph A
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:41 PM
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Dr. Scott Hahn and Kimberly Hahn - Pilgrimage to Italy


Milanka,

I am sure you have heard this many times before, but let me tell you that this trip, because of your company and the Lord’s blessings was one of the most extraordinary experiences of our entire life. The travel, the food, the lodging, but especially the tours and the spiritual directors were amazing. Mitzi couldn’t say enough good things about the entire experience, and the peace she felt at all of the shrines. It couldn’t have been planned any better from the Shrine selections, the tour guides, and especially the bus pick-ups. But more than that, you and your crew have a child like purity that could only be portrayed by people who are truly doing this as a vocation for GOD, and not a job. Thanks again for all of your help and guidance along the way and may God continue to bless you and yours as you continue your journey through life.


In Christs Love, Grazie again,

Joe & Mitzi Bond



From: Abel Rodriguez
Date: 03/25/2014 5:35 PM
To: patrick@206tours.com
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy with Dr. Scott Hahn

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

By these means, I would like to share my reflection on our recent tour “Shrines of Italy” we shared with Dr. Scott Hahn, his family and you all. Overall, it was an amazing and extraordinary experience to remember forever; sharing our life with you all and the magnificent Class-A service we received from our tour guides, leaders and all the 206 Tours staff.

I, cannot stop thinking and reminiscing about Father Peter’s first homily when he proposed to us to “Encounter Christ” through the pilgrimage we were about to embark. In all the places we visited, through the Shrines of Italy tour, we experienced and witnessed the live changing experiences of the many Saints, as they encountered God in their own lives; i.e. St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Catherine, St. Francis, St. Benedict, St. Claire, Padre Pio, etc, etc… The lives of these Saint’s teach us by example how they encountered Christ, a lesson how we too can find Christ in our own lives following in their footsteps; what amazing examples of true faith.

It is now that we are back home with our family and friends that this personal encounter with Christ actually begins, as we witnessed the life changing experiences the Saints had in their own home towns and with their families and acquaintances. It is here now, in our homes that we can begin to experience that true encounter with Christ, our God, as we ask how we can truly serve Him and accept his will in our own lives. An acceptance that, should manifest in us a sense of peace as we learn from our Lord how to serve and help build His Church bigger, stronger and more stable in the years to come; an acceptance to carry out Jesus’ mission. The same mission he entrusted to our brothers, the Apostles; a mission that implanted in them a vocation to catholicize the entire world. If only 12 persons did so much to change the direction of the world; then think - how much could millions of Catholics today do to influence the world in the right path of justice, peace, hope and love.

May we continue to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and may the lives of the Saints encourage us to follow in their footsteps so we may witness to others the love God has for us all.

Abel

 



From: David Goehrke
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 6:18 PM
To: Patrick McKenna
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy with Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn (March 9 - 19, 2014)


Hi Patrick,

I felt the tour was excellent. Gaia, Father, and the entire 206 staff were inspiring, supportive and accommodating. Nothing was left to chance. Marco, our tour guide in Rome was excellent too. I don't want to forget Pietro and the safety he provided us on our journey. I could not ask for a more complete pilgrimage as it relates to Rome, the Vatican, San Giovanni and Assisi. The knowledge shared by everyone was truly a gift, and access to things like the Papal Gardens created a lifelong memory. Funny as it may sound, the only thing I would change is to do a little less. A little more time to reflect on the beauty we encountered, and talk about all the wonderful things we did with our travel partners would be great. The hospitality was tremendous, but the over-abundance of food left many worried about waste. I understand this may be a cultural component, but it was unfortunate to have to leave some of the meals abruptly due to scheduling when so much work went into preparing them for the guests. A little more time to get special remembrances for loved ones especially at the Vatican would be great too. Thanks to everyone for a trip that I will remember forever.

 

God Bless You,
Debbie



From: Bobbie Guerra
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:03 PM
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Thank you!!! (Pilgrimage to Italy with Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn)


What a blessing and a joy to finally meet you in person and to be with you for 10 days "Walking towards God” in Italy. I thank God for that special bond we have. We will meet again that’s for sure. Hugs and prayers from Texas to you and to all of your precious family. If there is anything I can ever do for you just let me know.

Mary, Gracie and I returned to church today-Everyone wanted to hear everything about the Pilgrimage. Father Juan Carlos our pastor was asking me so many questions and he saw the joy, humility and excitement as we shared our pilgrimage experience. He asked about St.Padre Pio and all the Saints we honored. He was thrilled that we were able to walk through the gardens in the steps of the Popes. He was touched when I told him that everyone- even the bus drivers were Catholic and that they joined us in our meals. (that did not happen in the Holy Land - the bus driver never came in and the tour owner and guides always sat together -they never sat amongst us). I am sure that we will have a Marion tour with 206tours at some point. People are thirsting for it and now it’s 3 of us -not just me who have been blessed by a Spirit filled 206 pilgrimage and can push for that to happen.

Where do I start? …. At church earlier today I gave my friend a choice of a St Benedict medal or St Padre Pio medal and told her the stories of each. She said that she would give her husband the St Benedict medal. I just got off the phone with her. She said the minute the medal entered the house that positive things were happening. It wasn’t trouble between them but with people outside the family. I told her it was her faith and devotion and prayer to St Benedict that are encompassed in that medal along with the Monks blessing. God is so good.

What an amazing Spirit filled Pilgrimage!!! Every minute, every day was giving glory to God. Amazing. Thank you for being God’s servant and then using your skills to give us such a life changing experience. None of us will be the same. Your love and devotion to Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother is infectious and such an example for all of us. You, Javier and all your staff worked tirelessly for so many months behind the scenes getting ready to "Walk with Us towards God" in the Shrines of Italy. Amazing!!

Javier mentioned to me on the Pilgrimage how much he wanted to be the guide instead of behind the scenes overall organizer. It was obvious that both you and he have your flock and you delegated and trained them well and they follow your example. Please, Please know that your heart, faith, love and devotion radiated through Alessandro, Gaia, Javier V., Patrick and Yaritza. They worked so hard but it looked so effortless because they worked with such compassion and love for the Lord. They watched over us but yet fully participated in all the masses, prayers etc and did not ever seem preoccupied. (That did not happen with a different tour company that we took to the Holy Land).

For me It was another Life changing moment in my life that effected me deeply. My heart was so moved by the candlelight rosary in the footsteps of the Popes. Unbelievable and so humbling as we prayed together. I can still hear our many voices and accents praying the rosary as one body just as we did in Lourdes. St. Padre Pio’s Shrine, and the Stations of the Cross were amazing and so humbling. Every minute of everyday was amazing! Lanciano touched me deeply because my conversion began in Santarem. The Priests were so different, and had messages of exactly what we needed to hear. They all did a fantastic job and I was able to share time with each of them.

Every day I am blessed with a remembrance of a little piece of how my heart was touched from either Fatima/Lourdes, the Holy Land, and now the Shrines of Italy. I am so Blessed.

Thank you for using all your God given talents to touch our hearts forever. Everything was perfect and as God had meant it to be. Thank you!!!!!!! Pray for me and I will for you. I retire at the end of May. I have been asking God what He wants me to do. No real answer yet but I’m listening. I will work part-time freelance interpreting for the Deaf. I plan to volunteer also - just not sure where yet.

All my love and may God Bless you and your family and shower you all with His grace, Totus Tuus!

Your Sister In Christ,

Bobbie



From: j. Pelland
Date: 03/22/2014 11:10 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Milanka Lachman <milanka@206tours.com>
Subject: Scott Hahn and Kimberly Hahn - Pilgrimage to Italy


Hi Milanka!

Thank you so much for a truly wonderful and inspiring pilgrimage to the shrines of Italy. It was a truly blessed time. It will take me weeks of prayer and meditation to discover just what God wished me to do as a result of od what I have seen and learned over the past two weeks. You and your team were nothing short of phenomenal in your organization of this pilgrimage. You have touched me and I have grown.

You and your team are in my prayers. May God bless you and keep you very close to him as you continue in your ministry of Christian education through travel and prayer. You can be sure that that I will certainly recommend your company to my friends and acquaintances looking for a good honest, catholic company offering pilgrimages to suit all their needs. I was so impressed with the quality of accomodations, meals and travel!

Thanks again. I look forward to travelling with you once again.

May God bless you and make His face to shine upon you now and forever.
Jules & Sharron Pelland

 



From: Serena Postar
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Guadalupe & Mexico City: March 5-March 10,2014


Dear Donna,

I had a very nice journey to Mexico, and I would love to go back if the future allows me to do so. We had a very nice hotel and the places we visited were so lovely. The Churches were just “wow”, really fascinating.. especially the Our Lady of Ocotlan Church, I have never seen a Church that was all decorated with fresh flowers from the entrance, all the way up to the altar...so many flowers, and different kinds. I am so grateful that my dream came true to visit the Our Lady of Guadalupe because I was able to lector at the Shrine. Our chapel was directly center to the altar of Our Lady, same with my seat. For me, this was marvelous. On Sunday, it was so busy but at the end of the Mass, I was able to sing “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and it was the best gift to Our Lady. We sang the song again on Monday during our transfer to the airport for our return flight. When it was time to check-in for our return flight, as we were waiting to departure, I was in priority boarding and all of a sudden, my name was called to let me know that I was upgraded! Of all the people waiting in line, I was so happy and believe it was my reward from the Blessed Mother for singing Her song. So that was my most blessed journey to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If He permits, I look forward to joining another pilgrimage. I was so happy with our nice tour guide and driver. God bless and looking forward to hear from you soon.


Yours in Christ Jesus,
Serena Postar



From: Julie Schlesinger
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2014
To: Donna Strucic
Subject: Pilgrimage to Guadalupe & Mexico City: May 5 - May 10, 2014

 

The tour was wonderful, especially the tour guide Roberto. He was outstanding and explained everything very nicely. He was very knowledgable and nice.

Thank you,

Julie Schlesinger

 


 

From: Mike Guadagno
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
To: Rosalie DeFilippo
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: January 13-21, 2014

 

Dear Rosalie,

I just wanted to let you know that our pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 206 Tours was truly amazing. We had a small group of 10 plus Father Ezra and Waleed the tour guide. Although it was Father's and Waleed's first time traveling with 206 Tours, they did an excellent job of spiritual direction with loads of biblical and historical information. The pilgrimage went very smoothly and we all had a great time. The hotels were first class as was the food, and we were grateful for Waleed's knowledge and expertise wherever we went. My wife Geri and I normally never take tours when we travel, but we have recommended this one to most of our friends and family. Thank you.

I've included a photo of our group near the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.
Mike Guadagno



From: Fr. David
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 4:11 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Robert Hughes | Holy Land | Feb 2014

Dear Amanda,

Once again, my trip to the Holy Land through 206 Tours was an absolute delight. Other than the initial problems we had with weather and airline problems, there was nothing unpleasant about this experience.

This is the 2nd time I've been on tour with Fr. Hughes, and both trips have met any expectation I could have had for them. What was especially appreciated this time, however, was the free time we had on Sunday for 7 of us to go back into the Old City of Jerusalem.

Once again, the hotels were clean and spacious, the food consistently good, and the pace of the touring did not burden most of us. I think it would be safe to say that my friend also enjoyed his first trip to the Holy Land, and we are both looking to return at some future time.

Fr. Dave



From: Melissa Dela Cruz
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 4:38 PM
To: Amanda Fortunato
Subject: Fr. Robert Hughes | Holy Land | Feb 2014

 

Dear Amanda,

Thank you very much for arranging my Holy Land trip and for all your patience with me.Despite the delays due to the weather, the whole trip was wonderful. I feel blessed and privileged to have been with Fr Hughes' group. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. I would love to join the Holy Land Pilgrimage in 2016 that Fr Hughes mention. God willing and if it is in His plan.

Sami our tour guide and Joe our driver are very nice, too. It will be nice to have both of them again in 2016. Hotel accommodations and foods were wonderful, too.

I cannot put my experience into words but it was very life changing and enlightening. Hopefully, I will be able to return to the Holy Land.

Take care and God bless.
Melissa




Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Maria Mikula
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014
To: Rosalie DeFilippo
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: February 9-18, 2014


Dear Rosalie,

My Trip to the Holy Land was the best trip I have taken in my life. I have traveled with 206 tours twice. Once to Lourdes France, Fatima Portugal, and Garabandal Spain; and once to the Holy Land. By far these are the two best trips I have taken. I have traveled to Italy, Medjugoria, Poland, Bosnia, Austria, Venezuela, Puerto Rico etc..... But the best two tours, were by far the ones with 206 tours. Wallid, our tour guide in the Holy Land was so knowledgeable about the history and artifacts we saw, that he brought them to life for us. He was beyond patient with us and answered all our questions. If I ever travel to the Holy Land again I would have to request him as our tour guide, because he was the best tour guide we have ever had. Thank You for the best and Holiest trip ever. Attached find a group picture taken at the steps outside of the Holy Sepulcher church.


Maria L. Mikula



From: Hughes, Rev. Robert
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:38 PM
To: 'Amanda Fortunato'
Subject: Camden Diocese - Holy Land, Feb 2014

 

Amanda:

The hotels were fantastic. The Ein Gev provided easy access to the holy sites and the individual cabins were ample. People were surprised to find two rooms…many at first thought that two people were expected to share the tiny room off of the entry…until they turned left into the main cabin and found two more beds. The service was great and the included tipping made everyone much more comfortable. The Dan Jerusalem was beautiful and the service was likewise superb. The breakfast and dinner buffets at both places were top-notched and I doubt anyone went hungry.

 

The restaurants for lunch were very good and we had a variety of meals…if anything, I think there was too much food at lunch…but that is part of middle east hospitality.

 

Our driver and guide (Joe and Sami) were excellent. Joe was safe and courteous…his bus was clean and comfortable. Sami was knowledgeable and faithful – his information made the pilgrimage more like a retreat for all (including us priests). He integrated the history of the sites with Scriptures and Theology in a way that allowed everyone to connect to the place and their own faith.

 

Despite the USAirways troubles on departure…the return flight went without a hitch and the service was excellent.
Thank you for handling our account.


God bless,
Father Hughes


 

From: David Andrews
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:45 PM
To: Sandra Lippold
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Wayne Dawson

 

What a spectacular trip. Got off to a rocky start with cancellation of our flight from JFK to Tel Aviv, but thanks to Avriham Baldwin of Delta Airlines at JFK we were rescheduled on El Al with no damage but a slight delay. Once in Israel our tour progressed seamlessly.

 

Our guide, Rimon Makhlouf was a walking encyclopedia, without doubt the best guide I have ever encountered. That man knew his Bible and the history behind it, and brought it to life in each of the places we visited.

 

This tour is highly recommended and looking forward to the next.

 

Dave Andrews

 


 

From: jann bonner
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 4:03 PM
To: Milanka Lachman
Subject: Holy Land

To all the 206 team a big thank you for organizing the best pilgrimage ever. There was absolutely nothing to fault, truly amazing and wonderful ub every way. Could you please pass on our big thanks also to Scott & Kimberley Hahn, they were both amazing. We truly loved your after dinner talks Scott - opening up the scriptures for us in an amazing way. We also loved your beautiful boys, what a credit they are to both of you. To Kimberley thank you for your wisdom and your beautiful warmth.

 

Thank you so much to all of you for a truly wonderful pilgrimage.

 

Jann & Steve Bonner (the Aussies)



From: Melanie McCain
Date: January 22, 2014 at 8:31:48 PM EST
To: Sandra Lippold <sandra@206tours.com>
Subject: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Dr. Scott Hahn

BEST...BEST...trip of my lifetime!!! I can think of nothing to improve this remarkable trip. I am grateful beyond words for the experience of my tifetime. I am already planning to go back next year.

Melanie McCain



Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Shelley Benson
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:11 PM
To: Milanka Lachman
Cc: Jon Benson
Subject: Holy Land with Dr. Scott Hahn - Thank you, thank you!


Hello Milanka,

It's been a week since our return from a most memorable pilgrimage to the Holy Land and I am still on that mountain top high. You called it right when you said that the events and experiences will slowly reveal itself to you when you settle back home. During my morning devotions, during mass, during prayers, I reflect back on the pilgrimage and say, "I WAS THERE!" It then hits me how profound the experience was to be following Jesus' footsteps in his ministry, leading up to the crucifixion. There is nothing like experiencing it first hand to bring the Gospels alive. I also want to let you know that our farewell dinner at the Franciscan parish was the best way to end the tour! It was just delightful to be in a parish community center, with Rimone and Giovanni's parish priest, the young boy who played the guitar, the girls who danced, the whole roasted lamb...it was church at it's best. We could've have been in any parish in any part of the world, and if felt like family, it felt like home. I loved every minute of that last dinner. People were hugging, taking photos, exchanging contact info, It really was something very special. Milanka, thank you for the work and ministry you do in organizing wonderful pilgrimages around the world for faith seekers everywhere. Jon and I hope to be on another one in the near future. You have truly responded to God's calling for this ministry. We'll stay in touch.

God bless you!
Shelley


 

From: Dee Maass
Date: 01/20/2014 9:44 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Linda Antonelle <linda@206tours.com>,Liz Shea <liz@206tours.com>,Milanka Lachman <milanka@206tours.com>
Subject: our experience


Dear 206 team,

My husband and I were on the recent Bourland pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was incredibly impressive how many details had to be attended to. You obviously are blessed people. The Holy Spirit must have to work overtime for you to keep everything running so smoothly. The accommodations were very good to excellent everywhere you booked our party.

As you know Fred and Lorine are professional, knowledgeable, dependable and personally involved keeping our spiritual needs in the forefront. We could not imagine you have any guides to top them!!. Add Fr. Angelo’s wonderful personality and spiritual guidance as well as Issam Salayameh’s expertise and we had a perfect experience. Even the rain and snow did not put a damper on our enthusiasm because the trade-off was easy access to all the Holy Places. Issam certainly had a challenge getting us out of Jerusalem through the snow but not surprisingly he did a masterful job while keeping his good nature. Of course Fr. Kibby was prayerfully there for all of us.

Mass will never be the same, we look forward to hearing the readings and gospels...it is brand new again!
We will always hold you and our escorts as the epitome in a pilgrimage experience.

God bless all your future endeavors,
Dee and Herman Maass



From: Lourdes "Odette" Bondoc
Date: 01/19/2014 11:49 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Milanka Lachman <milanka@206tours.com>
Subject: Holy Land with Dr. Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2014


Dear Milanka,

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for doing a great job and spreading the love for Jesus and his Mother Mary throughout the world. For me, to be able to join the group at almost the very last minute was a miracle, what I had prayed for (a healing journey), as I expected it to be and a dream come true!

I have attached a few photos I took during our "walk where Jesus walked" and I am looking forward to joining some of the other pilgrimages in the near future.

 

With love and prayers,
Lourdes "Odette" Bondoc (Filipino lady on the Red Bus)

   




Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

From: Jose Grigio
Date: 01/17/2014 7:22 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Milanka Lachman <milanka@206tours.com>
Subject: Grigio's post stay: Holy Land with Dr. Scott Hahn, January 4-14, 2014

 

Dear Milanka,

 

Our Pilgrimage was so great that words cannot do justice to thank you for all that you afforded us. Everything was perfect. Even considering that we had a very big group there was no problem at all. We also would like to congratulate you and your 206 Team for the professionalism and kindness.

 

Yours in Christ,
Deacon Jose / Norma Grigio

J.P. GRIGIO



From: Carl Calderone
Date: 01/15/2014 5:13 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Yaritza Rodriguez <yaritza@206tours.com>
Subject: Recent Pilgrimage to Holy Land with Scott Hahn

Dear Yaritza, Milanka and staff,

 

Robin and I are writing to thank you so much for the wonderful experience we had with you and your company in the Holy Land. Words fail to describe the spiritual graces we received but the practical facts of the trip were nothing short of outstanding. We've traveled a great deal and the experiences have always been wonderful, but you all set the new standard for excellence! From logistics to quality guides and great food, you covered it all and in the most professional way.

 

Specifically, our guide Jack was absolutely superb! Not only was he knowledgeable beyond belief, he was warm and witty and spiritually solid as well as passionate about the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. In short we found him inspiring and frankly we know the trip wouldn't have been the same without him. I don't know what you're paying him, but it couldn't possibly be enough for all he brings to the table.

 

Thank you seems anemic for expressing gratitude for so great a gift as you all have given us but we do thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Because of the experience we had, we're certain not only to use 206 again for our next pilgrimage, but we'll be recommending you all to all of our friends and family.

 

Thank you so much,

Carl and Robin Calderone


 


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