Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Jacinto Mary, F.I.

Oct 21 – Nov 1, 2019

Itinerary

October 21:
Our pilgrimage to Italy begins as we board our flight from Boston for an overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

October 22:
Upon arrival into Rome, we will transfer via deluxe motor coach to Assisi, home of the Franciscan
Order. Following hotel check-in and some leisure time, we will celebrate Mass at the Hermitage of Carceri, located in
the hills of Assisi. We will remain in Assisi for dinner. Overnight in Assisi

October 23:
We will visit the quaint hilltop birthplace of St. Francis. We will proceed to the Church of St. Clare, the
foundress of the Order of Poor Clare’s. Her body has remained incorrupt since her death centuries ago and is able to
be viewed. We will visit San Damiano before continueing to the basilica of St. Francis, to view the saint’s possessions
and the many frescoes depicting his life. While at the Basilica, our Spiritual Director will celebrate Mass (at tomb, if
possible). After which, we will take a short bus ride to the lower village. Overnight in Assisi

October 24:
We will leave the hilltop town for the lower village of Assisi to visit the basilica of St. Mary of the Angels,
where St. Francis spent most of his life. After Mass, we will continue to the Chapel Portiuncola, the rose bush, and
the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Next, we depart for Florence. Our guided tour will include the magnificent
Franciscan church of Santa Croce, a burial place of nobles, including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. We will
continue through Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore, a 13th century cathedral. Time permitting, there will
be an opportunity to explore the numerous museums, before returning to Assisi. Overnight in Assisi

October 25:
We will travel to La Verna where, on September 14th 1224, St. Francis of Assisi received the Stigmata
on the floor of the chapel of the Stigmata. We will see the stone which marks the spot where St. Francis received the
ultimate mark of Christ. Mass will be offered. After that, we will stop at Cittá di Castello, on our return to Assisi, where
St. Francis spent one month after receiving the Stigmata. Overnight in Assisi

October 26:
We will depart for San Giovanni Rotondo. En-route we will visit the town Loretto and stop at the
Basilica Della Santa Casa, which is the where The Holy House of Loreto is found, to celebrate Mass. Then we will
continue to Lanciano, the site of the Eucharistic Miracle of the eighth century. Next, we’ll continue to San Giovanni
Rotondo, and the shrine of St. Padre Pio. Overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo

October 27:
Today we spend the day visiting the town where St. Padre Pio, the Capuchin priest who bore our Lord’s
stigmata for most of his life, spent much of his life. We’ll visit the church of Santa Maria Della Grazie, home of the
tomb of St. Padre Pio, and offer Mass. Overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo

October 28:
All roads lead to Rome! We will head to Rome, stopping at St. Michael’s cave to offer Mass and, time
permitting, we will continue to Montecassino, a beautiful town founded by Saint Benedict in 529. We will also visit the
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the burial place of St. Paul and one of the five patriarchal Basilicas. Overnight
in Rome

October 29:
We will visit the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major. Mass will be offered at chapel of Our Lady, Salus
Populi Romani. We will also visit Santa Pudenziana, one of the oldest churches in Rome, where St. Peter and St. Paul
resided for a time. We will also visit St. John Lateran. Finally, we will go to Santa Prassede, a 9th-century basilica with
glorious Byzantine mosaics celebrating images from the book of Revelation. Overnight in Rome

October 30:
We will visit the Church of Santa Maria Ara Coeli, before continuing to San Andrea della Fratte, the
chapel of the apparition of Our Lady to Ratisbonne, to celebrate Mass. Then we will explore Ancient Rome, starting
with the Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned for 9 months. We will also visit the remnants
of the Roman Forum around the Colosseum. We will also visit the Church of San Clemente. After dinner, there will
be an opportunity for an optional walking tour to Piazza Navona, where you can enjoy the beautiful Fountain of the
Four Rivers while tasting some Italian Gelato. Overnight in Rome

October 31:
We will have an early departure for St. Peter’s Square to participate in the Papal Audience (subject to
the Pope’s schedule), a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Mass will be
offered in St. Peter’s Basilica or nearby church. At night, we will gather for our Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Rome

November 1:
With a revitalized love of our Catholic faith, we will board our plane for our return flight home.

What's Included

  • Round-trip airfare from Boston, MA (BOS) (flights from other cities available upon request)
  • Airport taxes & surcharges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast & dinner daily
  • Wine served with some dinners
  • Assistance of a professional tour manager & local guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Daily Mass arranged along the pilgrimage way

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Pricing

Double Occupancy – $3,695.00

Single Supplement – $695.00

A deposit of $450.00 per person is required to hold your reservation.