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“Spiritual Pilgrimages” Spike in the Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

[West Chester, PA, September 29, 2020—]

Catholics seeking to find peace in troubled times have high praise for Ascension’s blockbuster Bible study—Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life—filmed on 30+ sacred locations in the Holy Land.

When Ascension released their Bible study Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life in February 2020, creators Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Sri had no way of knowing that within a few short weeks Americans would be cut off from the Holy Land by the coronavirus pandemic. With most international flights grounded, many Catholics have been turning to domestic options to deepen their faith, and the Jesus Bible study is one resource receiving enthusiastic reviews.

“With millions of Catholics still cut off from the sacraments and nearly everyone facing serious challenges of some sort, there couldn’t be a better time to draw close to Our Lord,” says author and presenter Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio (“Dr. Italy”). “We are humbled to see so many people taking advantage of this opportunity to ‘walk’ in the footsteps of Christ.”

“We are hearing from people who are using the Jesus study during their personal prayer time, as a study among family and friends, and even in religion classes and houses of formation,” adds presenter Jeff Cavins. “In all cases, we are hearing incredible stories of conversion and hope coming from a renewed sense of Our Lord’s presence in the midst of these difficult times.”

The “itinerary” for this incredible spiritual pilgrimage includes:

  • Nazareth – Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity, Shepherds’ Field
  • The Jordan River, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee
  • Magdala, Mount of Beatitudes, Jericho
  • The Church of the Transfiguration
  • Jerusalem – Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit, the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Tabgha – the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, the Church of the Loaves and Fishes
  • And more!

Participants will come away with a rich exposure to the land that God Himself called “home.”

Endorsements Rolling In from Catholic Leaders

Mother Dolores Hart, who famously left a star-studded Hollywood career in the 1960s to become a Benedictine nun, has commented: “The Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life book is really the very best I have ever read on the search for the Lord Jesus. I was so moved by its way of leading us into the mystery and understanding the process as it is written in the Bible. To understand that truth is just the greatest ‘peace’ we can get. I recommend [this] book and videos to everyone I can.”

Anna Mitchell, cohost and producer of the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Catholic Radio, has also endorsed the new study with enthusiasm: “With Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, we get to follow Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Sri to the actual places where Jesus lived, walked, ministered, died for our sins, and rose from the dead! These expert theologians take us to the Holy Land and, simply through their conversations together, help us all learn intimate details of the life of Jesus. I couldn’t recommend this study—both the videos and the books—more highly.”

Brian Gail, Catholic author, speaker, and Knight of the Immaculata, agrees: “I have never read anything on our dear Risen Lord’s life and its meaning that compares with the prescience of insight, the enormity of range, and the artistry of the poetic expression of this book!”

Ascension’s Pandemic-Proof Bible Studies

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life started shipping to customers on February 4, 2020, and has seen strong sales ever since. During the summer of 2020, it has become Ascension’s #1-selling Bible study program, due in part to the “pandemic-proof” Bible study system Ascension put into place during the quarantine months.

“It was essential for us to make individual Bible study and small group fellowship possible for Catholics during the Covid-19 crisis,” explains Matthew Pinto, founder and president of Ascension. “We have moved all of our award-winning Bible studies fully online, meaning that participants can stream the videos and even view the full-color workbooks anywhere they have an internet connection.”

To Purchase the Study

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life can be completed by individuals, groups, or religion classes. The study set for each participant ($29.95) includes a gorgeous full-color workbook, the “Jesus Timeline Chart,” online access to the ten 30-minute videos, as well as the accompanying book for personal reading. Additional resources exist for group leaders, for those wishing to access the workbook and videos digitally only, and for those who might wish to purchase the book or chart separately.


About Ascension

Ascension is a multimedia network and the world leader in the creation and distribution of Catholic faith formation programs and digital content. Over the past 20 years, Ascension has helped nurture the faith of over 10 million people in over 8,000 parishes through more than 50 unique faith formation programs and the Ascension Presents media and YouTube platforms.


About the Authors / Media Contact

For interviews with Marcellino D’Ambrosio or Jeff Cavins, or other media inquiries, please contact Ascension’s media team at (484) 876-1400 or newsroom@ascensionpress.com.

Bio for Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio
Bio for Jeff Cavins
Bio for Dr. Edward Sri

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