Thursday, October 21 Morning departure from Boston Airport. On arrival, we will meet our tour guide and transfer to our hotel. Gather tonight for a welcome dinner. Overnight Mexico City
Friday, October 22 Today we will spend the day visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “The Patroness of the Americas.” We celebrate Mass in the brilliantly colored, modern Basilica dedicated in 1976. Join your prayers with those of other pilgrims as you kneel before the altar displaying the astounding Tilma, the sackcloth bearing the image of the Holy Virgin. We will also visit the Church of the Hill, Church of the Well, Monument of the Offerings and Church of the Indians. There will be leisure time this afternoon to visit the shrine. Overnight Mexico City
Saturday, October 23 Depart for Tulpetlac to celebrate Mass at the Shrine. This is the site of the 5th apparition of the Blessed Mother and the healing of St. Juan Diego’s uncle, Juan Bernardino. Will have the opportunity to drink water from this miraculous well. Afterwards, we journey to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan “Place of the Gods,” where we’ll visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and other fascinating structures as well as a presentation on the Maguey plant. Overnight Mexico City
Sunday, October 24 Full day excursion outside of Mexico City to visit Tlaxcala and Puebla. In route we will see two magnificent mountain peaks; one that is covered with snow and the other that is an active volcano. Upon arrival in Tlaxcala, we will visit the Shrine of San Miguel Del Milagro where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631. Next, we will visit Puebla to visit St. Dominic’s Church, and its Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary. These Baroque styled structures are known for its walls, and dome, that are covered in gold leaf and plaster. The next visit in Puebla is at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicio. While exploring the quaint streets of Puebla’s historic downtown, we will visit the oldest public library in the Americas the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. There will be leisure time in Puebla to wander as you wish, be sure to visit the famous Candy Street. Before departing Puebla we will have dinner followed by our return to the hotel in Mexico City. Overnight Mexico City
Monday, October 25 Today we will tour downtown Mexico City. We will participate in Mass and a tour of the largest cathedral in Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout our time in the cathedral, we’ll see stunning paintings, altar pieces and statues as well as the Tomb of Bishop Zumarraga. Bishop Zumarraga was the first Bishop of Mexico and was a witness to the vision of our Lady of Guadalupe. Our guided tour continues as we visit the National Palace, the Main Square known as the Zócalo and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán known as the Templo Mayor. Tonight we will have our farewell dinner at Restaurant “El Lugar del Mariachi”, famous for its mariachis and traditional Mexican cuisine. Overnight Mexico City
Tuesday, October 26 We celebrate Mass at the Church where Blessed Fr. Miguel Pro, S.J. served. Fr. Miguel was martyred for his faith last century under the Calles Regime. We head for the airport for our return flight home to Boston.