Churches of Prince of Peace & St. Helen
Pilgrimage to Italy
Spiritual Director: Fr. Cory Stanley
March 12 - 22, 2018CS031218
Assisi · Orvieto · Bolsena · Ostia Antica · Rome
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Transfers by Private Deluxe Coach
- 9 Nights accommodation at Religious Homes (or similar)
- ~ 3 Ni: Mar 13-16: St. Anthony's Guest House, Assisi,
- ~ 6 Ni: Mar 16-22: Residenza Madri Pie, Rome
- Tour Guide throughout
- 6 Dinners with wine and mineral water
- 4 Lunches
- Sightseeing with local guides: Assisi, Orvieto, Bolsena, Ostia Antica & Rome
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Trasnfers as per itinerary
- Mass Daily & Spiritual Acitivities
- Luggage Handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Tips to your guide & driver
Providing you coverage, both Pre-Existing Conditions and throughout your trip. From Medical and Dental Emergencies, Loss of Luggage, Trip Delay, and so much more.
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The waiver expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.
Mar 12, Mon: Depart for Italy
Today we each make our way to Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, beginning the journey to Rome. Meals are served onboard our flights.
Mar 13, Tue: Rome Airport - Assisi (Day of St. Clare)
After collecting our luggage at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, we continue on to the "Arrivals" hall to be greeted by our tour guide and bus driver. Then, we travel by bus to our residence in the picturesque town of Assisi. During this pilgrimage there will always be time for personal prayer in the holy places, and Mass will be offered daily in one of the churches we visit. Today we will walk to the Cathedral Basilica of San Rufino where Saints Francis and Clare were baptized, stroll past the childhood home of St. Clare, and hear the inspiring story about how she gave her entire life to God. Just down the street we will pray at St. Clare's tomb and in the chapel adorned with the famous San Damiano Cross which spoke to St. Francis telling him to 'rebuild my church'. We then conclude with a group dinner.
Mar 14, Wed: Assisi (Day of St. Francis)
After a simple breakfast we set off on foot to explore the winding medieval streets of Assisi. The example and way of life of St. Francis has inspired countless people throughout the centuries. Pope Francis, describes him as 'the son of a wealthy merchant whose encounter with Jesus led him to strip himself of an easy and carefree life in order to espouse "Lady Poverty" and live as a true son of our heavenly Father.' After praying at the tomb of St. Francis, we will see a few of his possessions, and view the famous frescoes by Cimabue and Giotto depicting his life. Later by bus we make our way to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This Basilica was built to encapsulate two holy sites: one called the Porziuncola chapel where St. Francis founded his order of the Friars Minor (often called "Franciscans") and spent most of his life, and the other - the place where he died. We will visit both, as well as the Rose Garden where St. Francis wrestled with his vocation, and the cave to which he often retired to pray. Afterward there will be an optional opportunity to walk to some other churches, and our group will reconvene for the evening meal.
Mar 15, Thu: Orvieto - Bolsena - Assisi (Day of the Most Blessed Sacrament)
Today we go by bus to the hillside city of Orvieto. We will visit the gardens overlooking the valley and then enter the Cathedral to pray in the chapel which houses the relic of the corporal from a 13th century Eucharistic Miracle. After Mass and a guided visit of that Cathedral, we will enjoy awonderful lunch together. Then, we go to the town of Bolsena to the Basilica of St. Christina where the miraculous events commemorated in Orvieto took place. Following this visit we will have a leisurely final evening in Assisi.
Mar 16, Fri: Assisi - Ostia Antica - Rome (Day of Saints Monica and Augustine)
This morning we walk down the street to the Basilica of St. Clare to celebrate Holy Mass. Then, we travel south to explore the ruins of the ancient Port of Rome, Ostia Antica. During the 4th century it was here that St. Monica spent her final weeks before falling ill and dying a happy death with her beloved son, St. Augustine, at her side. She was buried in Ostia until Pope Martin V, a thousand years later, had the sacred relics of her body carried to the church in Rome named after her son. Concluding this visit we travel to Rome for dinner and to settle in to our new residence.
Mar 17, Sat: Rome (Day of St. Peter)
On this day, spiritually centered on St. Peter, we will pray at his tomb, located in the excavations of a Necropolis below the Vatican Basilica bearing his name. After a group lunch we will walk past the place where St. Peter was imprisoned. Then, passing through the Roman Forum we will explore the Colosseum, the grand stadium where ancient Romans gathered for games and festivals, and at times to witness the execution of Christians. This evening will be free to relax or to explore the city on your own.
Mar 18, Sun: Rome (Day of the Many Saints of Rome)
After celebrating Sunday Mass we will join in the Angelus prayers led by His Holiness Pope Francis (pending his schedule) in St. Peter's Square, and receive his blessing. After a nice lunch, we will spend the rest of the day taking a scenic walk throughout Rome to visit the tombs of other prominent Saints which dot the city's beautiful landscape of fountains, piazzas, churches, and winding streets.
Mar 19, Mon: Rome (Day of St. Paul)
This day dedicated to St. Paul takes us outside the walls of Rome to the place of his martyrdom, the Basilica of the Three Fountains (Tre Fontane), and to his tomb. We will make our way to the catacombs of Rome where many early Christians were buried in an underground maze of passageways, several stories deep. Before departing the Appian Way for dinner, we will pray at the tomb of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes.
Mar 20, Tue: Rome (Day of the Passion of Christ)
Entering into the Mysteries of Our Lord's final hours, we will pray in front of the relic of the table top of the Last Supper table, solemnly climb the Holy Stairs upon which Christ was condemned to die, and behold both the pillar at which Our Lord was scourged and the wood of his Holy Cross. Lastly, we can venerate a relic of St. Thomas who touched the wounds of Christ after his glorious Resurrection. After taking some free time to reflect on this powerful day, we reconvene for dinner.
Mar 21, Wed: Rome (Papal Audience, Vatican Museums)
After breakfast we walk down the road to the Papal Audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square (pending the papal schedule). Afterward, we will make our way to the world-renowned Vatican Museums. Our group will be guided through the Tapestry Gallery to the Sistine Chapel where we can admire Michelangelo's Masterpiece - the mural of the Last Judgment. There will be free time to explore the museum until it closes or to pack our bags before our final evening meal together.
Mar 22, Thu: Return to Oklahoma City
After an early breakfast we travel by bus to Rome Fiumicino for our flights home. Arrivederci!
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- Ostia Antica
Rome has been one of history's most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter's Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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