is a biblical scholar, award-winning author of over 40 books, psychotherapist,
and popular speaker, offering keynotes, seminars,
and workshops at national and regional conferences and churches. Following
graduate degrees at the Gregorian University, the Pontifical
Biblical Institute in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he
has developed Bible studies in the church for three decades and has
offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages.
His work is focused on biblical
theology, Christian spirituality, and psycho-social issues of
His books have earned top publishing awards from the Association of
Catholic Publishers and the Catholic Press Association. He lives
with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Information about
his work is found a
Speaking topics and endorsements as
well as books from a variety of publishers may be found on the links
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE IN THE WAY OF
JESUS, MARY, AND PETER for the JUBILEE of MERCY --
October 23--November 2, 2016
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PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND, following in the
footseps of Saint John Paul II, Saint Maximillian Kolbe, and Saint
Faustina, for the JUBILEE of MERCY -- September
26--October 6, 2016
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT JUNIPERO SERRA with
Stephen J. Binz
October 18-27, 2015 For complete itinerary and details, click
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE SAINTS IN ITALY with
Stephen J. Binz
May 18 -- 29, 2015 For complete itinerary and details, click
PILGRIMAGE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS, MARY,
AND THE APOSTLES with Stephen J.
April 22 -- May 2, 2015 For complete itinerary and
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“IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARY" Pilgrimage
Lectio Divina Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Stephen J. Binz.
October 18 to 28, 2014. See:
PANORAMA OF THE BIBLE: A Holy Land Pilgrimage. Join us May 21
- June 1, 2014
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What People Are Saying...
Stephen has been voted our number one pilgrimage leader, his trips
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most amazing trip I have ever been on was the Holy Land pilgrimage
with Stephen Binz. His knowledge of Scripture combined with his
understanding of the Holy Land made the pilgrimage experience
wonderful. Stephen made the Bible come alive and I would highly
recommend this pilgrimage to anyone.
Sharon Aureli, Little Rock, AR
This pilgrimage offers something for everyone. Age and degree in
one's spiritual growth do not limit the benefits and blessings
received by anyone who travels with and learns from Stephen and his
support staff. This pilgrimage you offered has certainly enriched
our lives and we will never forget the amazing sites and
images.Thank you for an amazing journey.
Ernie and Pam Bayer,
pilgrimage created the perfect setting for learning and
understanding the connections and interactions of the Old and New
Testaments. Stephen Binz excels in satisfying the hunger to
experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of this
region with his knowledge of scripture and his life experiences in
the Holy Land. Anyone wishing to have a truly religious experience
and growth in faith should go on this pilgrimage.
Ellen Gassie Bernard, Mountain Home, AR
The whole trip was absolutely amazing. We especially enjoyed sailing
the sea of Galilee and Via Dolorosa. We are so fortunate that we’ve
found Stephen Binz to take us and guide us through our Holy Land
trip. His knowledge and experience on all the Holy Sites was
extremely informative and helpful and his spirituality was greatly
inspirational which has left us with a deeper understanding of our
faith. Thank you for a beautiful trip!
Phyllis & Guillaume Blanc, Waltham MA
pilgrimage to Israel was truly a spiritual and uplifting experience.
As we have started reviewing the pictures that we had taken we
really had a very thorough pilgrimage of the many sights of the Holy
Land. Stephen Binz, George our local guide, and all our fellow
pilgrims really made the entire experience so wonderful, pleasant,
and spiritually rewarding.
Shirley and Ron Bowling, Knoxville, TN
While we have traveled extensively, this was our first group
tour and it set a very high standard for future tours. The
pilgrimage was extremely well coordinated and spiritual. Stephen
Binz did a wonderful job of providing prayerful reflections that put
each of the sites we visited into a historical and spiritual
perspective. This pilgrimage has changed the way we will forever
look at and live our faith.
Roland and Gayle Breunig,
This was an incredible experience that far exceeded my expectations.
A visit to the Holy Land changes forever one's understanding of
scripture, setting the people of the Bible in a real place and time.
Bridge-Building Opportunities is the trademark for the work
of Stephen J. Binz. As a published
author, biblical scholar, popular speaker, licensed clinical social worker,
psychotherapist, and pastoral counselor, he
seeks to build bridges of understanding between people and bridge the
way to personal transformation, understanding, and healing. His work seeks to form connections that
bridge the ancient world and contemporary life, psychology and spirituality,
religion and culture.
Speaking topics of Stephen J. Binz
include biblical studies, pilgrimage, evangelization, spirituality,
and personal growth.
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What People Are Saying...
Since the Holy Land was our top priority of places to see, when we
heard that Stephen Binz was offering a pilgrimage we knew it was
time to go. I had used Stephen’s Bible studies as our parish DRE in
Ohio, and the participants loved our weekly sessions. The pilgrimage
proved to be all we had hoped for and more. Because of Stephen’s
deep knowledge of history and Scripture and his beautiful sharing of
biblical passages and prayer at each holy site, we came home with a
faith experience that will live with us for the rest of our lives.
Dan and Marianne Dunson, Sidney OH
Based on the experience of this Holy Land pilgrimage and the
accommodations/arrangements, I plan to sign up for your next
pilgrimage to Italy.
Ed Farrelly, Harrington Park, NJ
you have ever thought about traveling to the Holy Land, Go! The
closeness you will feel to God is indescribable. Stephen Binz brings
the Gospels to life with his knowledge of Scripture and his true
love and devotion to the land and Jesus.
Patricia Gilbert, Little Rock, AR
Stephen J. Binz Holy Land pilgrimage is a trip of a lifetime. Even
though at times it seemed overwhelming, I particularly appreciated
the fact that we saw so many of the sights where Jesus spent his
time on this earth. Be prepared to go back in time and experience
what life was like during Jesus' time. If you love Jesus, and want
to walk in his footsteps, this is the pilgrimage for you.
Susan Janowiak, Philadelphia, PA
Your pilgrimage was a deeply moving experience. You could not have
assembled a better team. Your love of the Lord and the Scriptures
enlightened and animated each site we visited and enabled us the
pilgrims to experience Christ, the holy land, and its people and their
struggles in a profound and personal way. I will never be able to read
scripture in the same way again. Thank you for helping to enliven my
Bryan and Rita Keilty, Middletown, MD
Stephen Binz takes you on a time travel through centuries to walk
with Jesus and imagine his world as he experienced life. He shares
his wealth of knowledge of history, religion, and customs and brings
a sense of peace and spirituality to each day. Dr. Binz reads
scripture with insight and devotion, placing context and providing
improved understanding and compassion to the listener.
Johnette Langlois, Baton Rouge LA
was privileged to be chaplain for a pilgrimage led by Stephen Binz.
At every stop along the way, from Jaffa to Jerusalem, he provided
pilgrims with meditations on biblical passages relating to the
sites. He made being in the land of Jesus, the apostles, and the
prophets not just a journey but a retreat where we could connect to
our ancient faith.
Msgr. David LeSieur, Rogers, AR
whole trip was rated a "ten" in my mind. Stephen Binz is so full of
understanding of the Old and New Testaments and he tied it all
together so seamlessly. I chose this trip not knowing what to expect
and I attained my dream pilgrimage. I did not hear one negative
comment from any of us. It was a privilege to travel with the whole
group on this trip of a lifetime for me.
Carol Mason, Little Rock, AR
to the volatility of the Middle East I was a reluctant traveler to the
Holy Land but I am so glad I went. The Holy Land Pilgrimage with
Stephen Binz was enlightening, enriching, fun and safe. I'd do it
Joanne McCracken, Medford NJ
Holy Land pilgrimage was a meditation in stone that connected me with
my spiritual ancestors, with history, and with my sensate desire for
God. Every aspect of the trip was carefully planned and greatly
exceeded all my expectations. The flights, the first class hotels,
meals, and the itinerary were outstanding. Also, the cost of this trip
was much less than going as an ordinary tourist. Stephen Binz and our
Israeli tour guide were exceptional in connecting the Scriptures,
history, the cultures and languages of the people, as well as, in
sharing their spiritual insights.
Ray McCracken, Medford NJ
Stephen Binz is a thorough planner and has unique insights that
enhance the biblical and spiritual journey of the pilgrimage
experience. The hustle and bustle of crowded Holy Land shrines are
minimized by his careful attention to details and coordination with
extremely knowledgeable tour guides and drivers.
Hallendale Beach, FL
Celebrating Mass at such beautiful sites was awesome. Seeing the
excavations, the reconstructions, and the development through the
centuries was fascinating. Experiencing the food and seeing how life
goes on now in the area was just amazing. Stephen Binz puts together a
pilgrimage that is truly marvelous. He chooses sites that are fun,
educational, spiritual, thought provoking and memorable. The past
comes alive and leads to a better understanding of Israel in its
present day. I absolutely loved the trip from beginning to end.
Mary Ochs, Rogers, AR
will never read the bible in quite the same way after such a
spectacular pilgrimage. The combination of Steve’s biblical expertise
and reflections at every key site together with the local Catholic
guide’s historical insight into Jewish religious back ground made the
bible come alive. To add to all of that the accommodations on the
Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem were excellent.
What an incredible experience! If we could we would return tomorrow.
Terri and Jim Schiller, West Bend, WI
was a wonderful experience. We would certainly recommend it to our
friends and assure them that security was never a problem and we all
received more than our money’s worth.
Gordon and Norma
We can’t say enough. This trip was fabulous. The weather, the group
size and congeniality, the spiritual growth that took place as the
trip meandered through God’s country were all part of a trip of a
will never be able to thank God enough for this experience for my
and Conrad Rugart,
West Palm Beach, FL
the sites we went to were informative, interesting, full of meaning
and history. Stephen Binz is a very informed, intellectual, and
authoritative leader. It was truly a spiritual journey that I will
never forget. I thank God that I went on this guided pilgrimage.
Mary Shenker, Little Rock, AR
pilgrimage turned out to be even better than I expected. I enjoyed
getting both the Biblical and historical perspectives from the most
qualified teachers that I think there could possibly be. Although I
have been reading the bible for 23 years, because of this trip I have
a much better understanding of it and I am even more in love with
Jesus. If I ever do go back, it will be with Stephen Binz on one of
Carin Vostatek, Mountain Home, AR
For a Catholic this is a trip of a lifetime. The planning,
organization, and ability to have preference at some of the holiest
places on earth made this trip unique and beyond just special.
Joann and I are still in awe over what we saw and did; it exceeded
our expectations. We were truly blessed to have made this
Dale & Joann Walsh, Baton Rouge LA
pilgrimage was well planned with a great guide, inspirational mass
locations, comfortable accommodations, and a harmonious group. I
expected prayer and theology, but the addition archeology and modern
politics enriched the experience. My mental image of the places and
people of the Bible was enriched by this pilgrimage to the Holy Land
with Stephen Binz.
Christine Watkins, Thrall, TX
really come to know the Lord better you need to walk where He walked,
see what He saw, touch what He touched, and breathe the air that He
breathed. The only place on earth you can do that is the Holy Land.
Come to the Holy Land and come to Jesus! Thank you for helping me to
understand my faith better with your wisdom and deepening my faith
with your insights on this remarkable experience.