By Gina Weiss, Director of Radio Production
How often have you heard someone say, “I never win anything”? Maybe you’ve even said it yourself from time to time.
So you can imagine the shock donor Ross Dutcher felt when he won our trip for two to the Holy Land!
During our 2018 Fall Appeal, our Apostles Club donors were entered into a drawing for the chance to win a trip for two to the Holy Land with Catholic apologist and pilgrimage leader Steve Ray.
A long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Ross shares his gifts and talents through a variety of ministries and frequently spends time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.
His fellow parishioner and our Station of the Cross ambassador for the parish, Laney Canto, was thrilled to hear Ross had won the pilgrimage opportunity and testified to the virtues she sees in him. “He’s quite a man of God and does a lot for Jesus, Mary and the Church and, in my opinion, there couldn’t have been anyone more deserving to win the trip than Ross.”
Ross chose a friend from his parish to take the pilgrimage with him. This gentleman had never been to the Holy Land but Ross knew that he was interested in visiting.
Both of them were blessed by the opportunity and enjoyed meeting the other people from their pilgrimage group, who came from all over the United States.
Ross emphasized the importance of pilgrimage: “Whether you can go on a pilgrimage nearby or if you go overseas, pilgrimages are very beneficial. You receive a lot of peace. You really can’t go wrong because it’ll give you a new experience, which can bring you closer and closer to Jesus.”
He also shared that they felt no danger in Israel – only peace – and he encouraged others to make the trip as well.
And now you have a chance to be our next Holy Land pilgrimage winner!
By supporting The Station of the Cross during our 2019 Spring Appeal with a gift of $1500 or just $125 monthly, you’ll have the same opportunity as Ross did to have your name in a drawing for a trip for two to the Holy Land with Steve Ray.
Tune in to the on-air portion of our Spring Appeal from Monday, April 29th, through Friday, May 3rd, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on your local affiliate of the Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network or on our free iCatholicRadio app, available for Android and Apple mobile devices. You can also listen live at thestationofthecross.com, where you can view our Spring Appeal gifts and learn more about your local station.
During the on-air appeal we’ll be sharing excerpts from our interviews with Ross and Laney, so stay tuned in to hear their story!
From left to right in the photo: Ross Dutcher (2018 Fall Appeal pilgrimage winner), Susan Bukuras (General Manager for 1060 AM), Laney Canto (parish ambassador for 1060 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wakefield, MA).