Pilgrimage to Italy, November 12-22, 2018
Itinerary with Father Joel Bugas, Spiritual Director
Day 1-Travel to Rome
Day 2-Upon our arrival in Rome, our Tour Escort will welcome us to Italy. Rome is the heart, home, and the spiritual capital of over one billion Catholics all over the world. AFter a short panoramic orientations of this Eternal City to us Roman Catholics, we will have our dinner and overnight rest in this great ancient City. (Dinner and overnight in Rome)
Day 3-This morning before we continue with our tour, we will have a Papal Audience. Then, after, we will visit the famous Coliseum and see the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, one of the best preserved monuments in the world. Celebrate the Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Short stop in Trevi Fountain before heading to our Hotel. (Dinner and overnight in Rome)
Day 4-We will visit the Vatican Museum this morning and the Sistine Chapel to admire the awesome masterpieces of Michaelangelo, and even ancient Greek and Roman artists. We will visit the largest church in Roman Catholicism, St. Peter's Basiclica and celebrate Holy Eucharist at St Mary Major, followed by visit of the Basilica. We continue to visit the rest of the major Basilicas within the walls of Rome and St. John Lateran, St Paul Outside the Wall. We will also pray at the Scala Santa or the Holy Stairs. St. Helena transported the steps from Jerusalem, the same steps that Christ ascended to receive Pilate's unjust condemnation. (Dinner and overnight in Rome)
Day 5-San Giovanni Rotondo, the home of St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968. Enjoy the drive going to San Giovanni, after we check in our hotel. We will visit the Shrines of St Padre Pio of Pietralcina as well as the places associated with him, such as the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace that contains his tomb. Here, we spend some time meditating, see his room, his confessional box and the crucifix that gave him supernatural Crucifying stigmata; Celebrate Holy Eucharist. (Hotel Gran Paradiso) (Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo)
Day 6-San Giovanni Rotondo. This morning we visit the new and modern Basilica of St Padre Pio and celebrate Holy Eucharist. We will spend some time meditating in this awesome Basilica. (Hotel Gran Paradiso) (Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo)
Day 7-San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Loreto. Mass and Breakfast-We arrive in Lanciano, famous for the Miracle of the Eucharist. Near the Piazza Plebiscito, the Miracle is inside the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle. The miracle took place during the 8th century when a Basiline monk doubted the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. He found himself holding the host that had changed into Real Flesh and the Wine on the altar had changed into Real Blood. We continue our pilgrimage to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to see the famous sacred home of the most Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Since 1294, the holy home has been located inside the Basilica of Loreto. Celebrate Holy Eucharist in Lanciano (Dinner and overnight is Assisi)
Day 8-Siena/Assisi. Today we explore the hilltop birthplace of St Francis of Assisi. In the Crypt of St. Francis Basilica lies the tomb of one of the most humble and beloved Saints of all times, St. Francis of Assisi. Holy Eucharist at the Crypt of St Francis. See the Basilia of St Clare, with her incorrupt body, and the little Church of St Damiano and its Crucifix from which Jesus spoke to Francis about his mission in 1206: "Go, Francis, and rebuild my house, which as you see is falling into ruin." We visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, located in the lower plains of Assisi, and the place where the miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi took place in 1240. The small church of Porzuincola is inside the Basilica itself. Pope Honorius III granted a plenary indulgence for those entering this humble Church on August 1st and 2nd every year, with confession, reception of the Eucharist and no attachment to venial sins.
Day 9-Assisi/Siena/Florence. We will spend half day in Siena. Begin in the old town center with a visit to the Basilica of San Domenico. Built in the 13th century, it is a treasure chest of the Renaissance art and dedicated to St Catherine of Siena. You will learn about the city's history while admiring its cathedrals, museum, and libraries. Also, you will admire the famous Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's great medieval squares. We will continue to Florence. We will start with a guided walking tour of Florence, this fascinating city with its Piazza, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St John the Baptist. The rest of the day you will have free.
Day 10-Florence/Rome. Leave Florence around 2pm and arrive in Rome almost at dinner time.
Day 11-Rome/USA. End of our wonderful Pilgrimage.
What is included in the pilgrimage:
- Roundtrip airfare from Albuquerque/LAX/LHR/FCO/LAX/Albuquerque
- Daily buffet breakfast and dinner in all hotels
- All taxes, Vat, Porterage
- Deluxe airconditioned motocoach with English-speaking escort and local guide
- All tourist city tax as imposed by Italian government
- Medical travel protection insurance included. If cancellation coverage is needed, rates will be based on age and tour cost to cover preexisting condition. Insurance must be paid in full upon paying the down payment. Please remember once travel protection insurance is fully paid, it is non-refundable.
- Gratuities to driver, escort, and local guide
What is not included in the Pilgrimage:
- Lunches, unless indicated
- Alcoholic beverages during dinner, snacks in hotel mini bar
- Visa fees for non-citizens. QTS will provide for all documentations.