OUR LADY IN THE NEW WORLD - GUADALUPE/MEXICO CITY
Dec
9
Dec 15

OUR LADY IN THE NEW WORLD - GUADALUPE/MEXICO CITY

Day 1. Depart JFK/Newark for Mexico City, arriving in Mexico late after- noon or early evening

Day 2. We begin our journey at the 16th century Metropolitan Cathedral in Zocalo Square. Afterwards, we stop at the ruins of the 13th-century Aztec temple that preceded the cathedral. We then tour the Royal Palace, viewing its famous Juan Diego murals, and see the new world's first churches run by religious orders -- the Jesuit church of La Compania (dating back 350 years), the Capuchin Franciscan church of San Francisco (nearly 500 years old) and Benedictine church of Santa Domingo (also nearly 500 years old). We will have an early dinner at the "House of Tiles," a former palace whose exterior walls are covered with distinctive blue and white tiles, before attending an early evening Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral

Day 3. Taking an excursion outside of Mexico City, we first make a short visit to Guadalupe to have a chance to see the Tilma (the cloak worn by St. Juan Diego that contains the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe) and basilica before the large crowds arrive. We then continue to the ancient pyramids and remains of the town of Teotihuacan. This pre-Christian city was founded and built between 100 BC - 200 AD. We will tour remains of stone homes, the well-preserved Sun and Moon Pyramids, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the ancient square before enjoying a late-afternoon, traditional Mexican buffet

Day 4. We will take a panoramic tour of Mexico City, stopping to see its world-renowned Anthropological Museum. We will examine the pre-Christian heritage of Mexico, discovering how Mayan, Aztec, Teotihuacan and other cultures influenced Mexican Christianity that we will experience at the exuberant native-themed celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe 

Day 5. Today is a day of Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will attend the International Mass, see both the new and old Basilicas, the sight of the apparition and several churches built to commemorate Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego and partake in the festive celebration among local, native dance troupes from all parts of Mexico

Day 6. Last-minute shopping and an optional Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral before departing for JFK/Newark

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"The Living Rosary" -- Holy Land
Oct
21
Oct 28

"The Living Rosary" -- Holy Land

Join Franciscan Friar Fr. Angelo, who lives in the Holy Land, for an incredible 8-day "Living Rosary" pilgrimage. At the end of the 8 days, you will have prayed all 20 decades of the Rosary at the sites where each mystery occurred (1 decade per site).

Day 1. Depart Newark or JFK to Tel Aviv on an evening flight

Day 2. We arrive in Tel Aviv, continuing to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged Baal, before continuing to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee

Day 3. This morning, visit Cana, site of the Wedding Feast Miracle. Couples will have a chance to renew their marriage vows. Afterwards, we continue to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation before continuing to Mount Tabor, the sight of Transfiguration

Day 4. We begin the day at the Mt. of Beatitudes, followed by Capernaum, home of Jesus and Peter. We have an opportunity to renew our baptismal vows at the Jordan River before continuing to Jerusalem

Day 5. Our first full day in Jerusalem, we will see Mary's tomb and Gethsemane, climb the Mt. of Olives, visit Ascension Chapel, Patre Nostre, Dominus Flevit, and St. Anne's Churches and pray the Stations of the Cross, culminating at the church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site where Jesus was crucified

Day 6. This morning we make an excursion to Bethlehem, seeing the Church of the Nativity and having Mass in Shepards' Field. Afterwards, we continue to Ein Karem to visit the Churches of the Visitation and St. John the Baptist. In the afternoon, we return to Jerusalem to visit Mt. Zion, the Dormition Church and the Cenacle before proceeding to the Wailing Wall, the Temple area and St. Peter Galicantu ("St. Peter in Chains")

Day 7. Our final day we drive to Bethany for Mass at the Church of St. Lazarus, built over the remains of the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus and visit and have a chance to float in the Dead Sea

Day 8. Depart Jerusalem for Newark/JFK 

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FRANCISCAN ITALY
Oct
19
Oct 26

FRANCISCAN ITALY

Day 1. Depart JFK/Newark for Rome

Day 2. We arrive in Rome and begin our journey through the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside en route to Assisi

Day 3. Our Assisi pilgrimage begins with Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis and contemplative time at the tomb of St. Francis. Afterwards, we continue our journey through the 13th century basilica and the basilicas of St. Clare and St. Mary of the Angels. We will pray in front of the San Damian Cross, where St. Francis received the instruction to "Repair My Church," and receive the Porziuncola indulgence. We will also tour the medieval town of Assisi, including its ancient temple and town square, before heading to Carceri, the hermitage site where St. Francis spent his time visiting his many secluded sanctuaries

Day 4. Today we travel to the La Verna Monastery, founded by St. Francis after he received the Stigmata in La Verna. We will view the cave that was St. Francis' cell, the chapel over the site where he received the Stigmata and the entire monastery complex, having time after lunch to explore some of the many trails before returning to Assisi in the late afternoon

Day 5. Optional excursion to Florence to see Michelangelo's David, the Galleria dell Accadamia, the Punta Vecchio, the Duomo and the renowned Fra Angelico paintings at the convent of San Marco; OR free day in Assisi

Day 6. We arrive in Rome and take a panoramic tour, stopping at the Roman Forum and Coliseum, St. John Lateran (the original Vatican), the Holy Steps and the newly-discovered burial place of St. Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Time permitting, we will visit the Catacombs of Priscila or St. Mary Major 

Day 7. We begin the day at the Vatican with a papal audience, receiving the Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis. After lunch, we tour the Vatican Museum and the magnificent Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Bernini's Columns, Michelangelo's "Pieta," and the tomb of John Paul II. We finish our pilgrimage with a visit to the Trevi Fountain, where we will enjoy a farewell gelato

Day 8. Depart Rome for JFK/Newark

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GREAT WOMEN OF FAITH  -- PARIS  LOURDES  LISIEUX
Oct
8
Oct 15

GREAT WOMEN OF FAITH -- PARIS LOURDES LISIEUX

OCTOBER 8 - 16

Day 1. Depart JFK/Newark for Paris

Day 2. We arrive in Paris with some free time to visit the Louvre or shop along the Champs Elysees before touring Montmartre, the artistic district of Paris, and Sacre Coeur Cathedral

Day 3. We begin the day with a visit to the 12th-century, Gothic-style, Notre Dame Cathedral, the heart of Christianity in France. Afterwards, we continue to Rue du Bac to visit the church of the Miraculous Medal, where Mary revealed to St. Catherine the Miraculous Medal in a vision. We will have time to pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine before con- tinuing to the mother house of St. Vincent DePaul. There, we will view the burial place of the heart of St. Vincent. After lunch, we will ascend the Eiffel Tower, taking in panoramic views of Paris before embarking on a boat tour through Paris along the River Seine

Day 4. Our pilgrimage continues with a free day in Paris or optional excur- sion to either Versailles or Lisieux. Those going to Lisieux will see the con- vent of St. Therese, pray by her burial site, visit her childhood home, the Basilica of St. Therese and the burial site of her parents, Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie

Day 5. We have a short opportunity for last-minute shopping in Paris before boarding our flight to Lourdes, arriving in time for dinner and the candle-light evening procession and rosary

Day 6. We have a morning tour of Lourdes, visiting the former prison that was the home of St. Bernadette’s family, her home parish where she was baptized and the hospital where she worked. After lunch, we will enjoy a video presentation on the life of St. Bernadette and some free time for shopping before the Eucharistic Procession, dinner and the evening procession and rosary

Day 7. We start the morning with Mass at the grotto where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Afterwards, we will line up to bathe in the heal- ing waters of Lourdes. In the afternoon, we will see the underground Basilica of St. Pius X and pray the three dimensional stations of the cross as we climb the hill behind the old basilica

Day 8. Depart Lourdes for JFK/Newark 

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FOOTSTEPS OF JOHN PAUL II  POLAND / PRAGUE
Sep
29
Oct 6

FOOTSTEPS OF JOHN PAUL II POLAND / PRAGUE

Day 1. Depart JFK/Newark for Prague

Day 2. We arrive in the world's largest, best-preserved, medieval city, Prague. We will cross the cobblestone Charles Bridge while viewing its many statues, visit St. Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square and renowned Astronomical Clock before enjoying some free time in the late afternoon to visit Praque's Jewish Quarter or shop among the many local Crystal, Glass and Woodworking stores

Day 3. We make a pilgrimage to St. Vitus Cathedral, seat of the Prague Archbishop, before continuing to the Royal Palace complex, Golden Lane and the baroque-style St. Nicholas Church. Afterwards, we have Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church, home of the world-famous Infant of Prague. We will have dinner before checking into our private sleeping cabins for our overnight journey by train to Krakow

Day 4. Upon our morning arrival in Krakow, we will visit the Old City of Krakow, including the Wawel Cathedral, Royal Chambers, Old Town Square and St. Mary's church before continuing to Nova Huta. Intended to be a model Communist City with no churches, we will see the church John Paul II was instrumental in building, commonly known as the "Arc on the Red Sea." We will continue to the Convent of St. Faustina, where we will pray the Divine Mercy, tour the monastery grounds and have a chance to speak with one of the Divine Mercy sisters

Day 5. Today we embark on an excursion to Wadowice, home of John Paul II, visiting his childhood home and having Mass at his local church. Afterwards, we continue to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, touring the the barracks where victims were held, the death chambers and the cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe, the Capuchin Franciscan priest who offered his life in place of a man who was the father of many children

Day 6. Departing Krakow, we make our way to the Paulestine Monastery in Czestochowa, home of the shrine of the "Black Madonna." We will tour the monastery and its extensive museum containing gifts from all parts of the world. After Mass, we will have a short period of time at the monastery gift shop where Mass intentions may also be made. We will have a late lunch at a traditional, Polish-country restaurant before making our way to Warsaw, arriving in the early evening

Day 7. The last day of our pilgrimage we tour Warsaw, where we will visit the completely-reconstructed Old Town (following its total destruction during World War II), Market Square, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, the Chopin statue, Lazienki Park and the National Cathedral. There will be some free time for final souvenir shopping in the late afternoon before our farewell dinner

Day 8. Depart Warsaw for JFK/Newark 

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