Italy Pilgrimage

October 9 - 18, 2020

Enter the Vatican City for a Papal event, tour the ruins of the Roman Forum, share in prayer at the Papal Basilicas, marvel at the beautiful Sistine Chapel, and travel to St. Francis’s home of Assisi on this Italy pilgrimage.

Our pilgrimage begins as we board our overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Upon arrival in Rome we make our way North to Assisi. Along the way we stop in Orvieto. Our first pilgrimage stop is the Orvieto Cathedral, site of the 13th century Eucharistic Miracle, the Corporal of Bolsena. In 1263, a doubting priest was celebrating Mass when a small host began to bleed onto a corporal. This corporal is still preserved today. Here, we celebrate Mass and have a chance to pray before the corporal, we enjoy lunch and then continue on to Assisi for our welcome dinner and overnight. Overnight Assisi

After breakfast at our hotel in beautiful Assisi our day begins. Our morning starts with a visit to the quaint hilltop birthplace of St. Francis, still retaining the atmosphere of the early 1200s, when St. Francis began his ministry. We then 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 where St. Francis heard his call to ‘rebuild the Church’ and where St. Clare’s first monastery was located and still contains the refectory in its original state.  From here we make our way to the Basilica of St. Francis, where we find the saint’s possessions and many frescoes depicting his life. Our day ends with a final stop and Mass at St. Mary of the Angels where St. Francis spent most of his life. Here we’ll visit the Chapel Portiuncola, the rose bush and the cave where the saint would retire for prayer. Dinner and overnight in Assisi

This morning we depart Assisi and make our way to Rome. Along the way, we stop in Spoleto, a walled medieval hill town. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the lower parts of its wall are from the 6th century BC. The first Roman settlement, Spoletium, began in 241 BC and there are Roman remnants throughout the historic center. Before departing for Rome we will have the opportunity for Mass at the Duomo di Spoleto.  Dinner and overnight Rome

Today Ancient Rome will be explored beginning with Mass at the Church of Santa Maria Ara Coeli (a Church on the Capitoline Hill which commemorates a vision of Augustus Caesar of the Virgin Mary). Next, we will visit the Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned for 9 months. We continue, enjoying a guided tour of the Roman Forum, the center of ancient Roman life. We then make our way to the Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the Colosseum. After lunch we will visit the Church of San Clemente and its excavations where each of its three levels has historical and spiritual significance. Dinner and overnight Rome

Following breakfast, 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. We celebrate Mass at Santa Brigida’s church in Piazza Farnese. Following lunch on our own, we gather to visit St. Agostino Church where St. Monica rests and then continue to the Jesuit Church in Rome, known as the Jesu. Here we find a first-class relic, the right arm of Francis Xavier. We are also privileged to see an image of our lady which St. Ignatius of Loyola had prayed before in nearly the same spot. Our final stops include the Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva where Galileo was tried, and St. Catherine of Siena rests. We’ll then walk back to our hotel by way of three of Rome’s most famous piazzas: the Piazza Navona, the Piazza Farnese, and the Campo de Fiori. Overnight Rome

After gathering for breakfast at our hotel we make way for the Catacombs of San Callixtus. These catacombs are well known for their ‘Crypt of the Popes’ which housed the remains of first and second century popes- up to 9 popes have found their rest there. We have here also the Cubicula of the Sacraments where find the walls engraved with frescoes depicting the Eucharist, Baptism and resurrection dating from the first half of the third century. We journey on to Nemi where we have Lunch and then on to Castel Gandalfo, one of Italy’s most scenic towns. Castel Gandalfo is home to the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo which was for centuries a summer residence and retreat location for the pope. In 2016, it was converted into a museum. Dinner and Overnight Rome

Breakfast at our hotel followed by Mass in Ostia Antica. This ancient town has buildings, still visible, dating as far back as the 3rd century BC. After Mass, we continue to the Shrine of St. Maria Goretti. Here we can see the reliquary with relics of the martyr’s body, the farmhouse where she lived and was martyred. We have the opportunity to pray in the farmhouse kitchen, now a chapel.  From here, we continue to the American WWII Battle Monument and Cemetery. Here we find the headstones of 7,858 American soldiers and a wall commemorating the names of 3,095 of the missing. At the visitor center, we learn the story of those who gave their lives here, and why, through personal stories, photos, films and displays. Return to Rome for Dinner and Overnight

This morning following breakfast we journey south for a Mass at Monte Cassino, the first abbey of the Benedictine Order, established by St. Benedict himself in 529. Three popes came out of this abbey. Today, much of the Abbey is rebuilt due to repeated sackings and a World War II bombing that put it to near ruins, but it’s history remains as rich as it’s beauty. We enjoy lunch here and then continue on to Aquino, to the ruins of the castle of Roccasecca- the birthplace of St. Thomas Aquinas. On our return to Rome, we stop by two Eucharistic Miracles. Our first is located at Alatri Cathedral where we find the reliquary of a Eucharistic Miracle dating back to 1228 when a young women had stolen a Host to make a love-potion. She concealed it in a cloth but upon returning home she found the cloth to contain bleeding flesh. Our final stop is Veroli. Here, in 1570 believers who were in adoration experienced a vision of the child Jesus appear in the Host surrounded by children in adoration and a great light. Today the Chalice and Paten used that day are still preserved. Return to Rome for farewell dinner and Overnight in Rome

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

Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 15 - 24, 2021

Follow in the footsteps of Jesus on this pilgrimage. Visit His birthplace, renew your wedding vows in Cana, see where He was baptized, where He preached, and where He walked with His cross to Calvary.

Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins as we board our flight from our local airport for an overnight flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we’ll make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We’ll proceed to the arrival’s hall, where we will be greeted by our tour guides and drivers. Transfer to our hotel in Tel Aviv to check-in. Overnight in Tel Aviv. (D)

Following breakfast, we depart to enjoy the sea, ruins, and salty air at Caesarea Maritima, where St Peter baptized the first Gentile, Cornelius, the ancient harbor from which St. Paul set off to spread the Good News, and where He gave his first defense of the church. Here, Patrick Madrid will give us a welcome address. Following this visit, continue to Nazareth to visit Mary’s home, where Jesus played as a child, learned a trade, and grew to manhood.  We visit the Basilica of the Annunciation where we celebrate Mass. After lunch, we head to Cana to visit the Wedding Church where our Lord performed his first public miracle. Here, we celebrate the renewal of Wedding Vows. Overnight in Tiberias. (B, L, D)

After breakfast, head to Caesarea Philippi where Simon Peter confessed Jesus as Messiah and Jesus declared Simon to be Peter, the Rock upon which he would build his Church (Mt 16:13-20). Patrick Madrid will speak with us here. We return to the Sea to visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus proclaimed His great Sermon on the Mount. Near the Mount is Tabgha, one of Jesus’ miracle sites. At Tabgha, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish. We’ll also visit St. Peter’s Primacy where Jesus bestowed church leadership upon Peter.  After lunch, we continue to Capernaum, the launching place of Jesus’ ministry. In Capernaum, we visit the Synagogue where Jesus taught and gave His sermon on the Bread of Life. We’ll celebrate Mass here. End the day with a boat ride on the beautiful Sea of Galilee, where Patrick Madrid will provide commentary. Overnight in Tiberias.  (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we head to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration. Patrick Madrid will meet with us here and share commentary. Afterwards, we will drive to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River where we will have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. After some time at the Jordan River, we’ll continue south to the Jordan Valley to the oldest inhabited city in the world, Jericho, where we will have lunch. In Jericho, we can view the exact location of the Mount of Temptation, where the Devil tempted Jesus. Continue to Jerusalem to visit the Church of St. Savior Church where we will celebrate Mass. Following Mass, we’ll check in to our hotel in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we’ll head to Bethlehem to visit the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity – the birthplace of Chris. We enter the Church and descend into the Grotto of Nativity. We see St. Helen Church, St Jerome and St. Catherine’s church; where we celebrate Mass. Continue to visit the Shepherd’s Field and Grotto. After lunch, head to Jerusalem to visit the Southern Steps where Patrick will address us. We finish our day with a visit to the Wailing Wall. After dinner, we’ll join Patrick Madrid for a live Q & A at our hotel. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

This morning we’ll begin the Via Dolorosa at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. We’ll end by celebrating Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Following Mass, we will return to the hotel to enjoy breakfast. We’ll continue the day with a meeting with the Latin Patriarch. After lunch on your own, we will visit the Church of St. Anne’s, the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents (Anne and Joachim). Patrick Madrid will address us here. We end the day with Mass at the Pool of Bethesda. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B,D)

After breakfast, we will make our way to the Mount of Olives, starting at the Garden of Gethsemane where we celebrate Mass, visit the Grotto of Gethsemane, and the nearby Church of Assumption. Continue on to the top of the Mount of Olives visiting Patre Noster, where Jesus taught the Lord’s prayer and from where He ascended into Heaven. Here we can enjoy a panoramic view of Jerusalem. Historically, the Mount of Olives was a mandatory transit point for Jesus during many iconic moments. We’ll then walk the Palm Sunday road, stopping at Dominus Flevit, a Church that commemorates where Jesus wept for Jerusalem. Here, Patrick Madrid will share commentary with us. After lunch on your own, we will visit the Upper Room on Mount Zion where Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Last Supper and where Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Death and Resurrection. In addition, visit the nearby Benedictine Church of the Dormition. Tradition tells us that this Church is where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep.” Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

After breakfast, we will take a short drive to the village of Ein Karem, where we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, believed to be his birthplace. Continue to the Israeli Museum, where the Dead Sea scrolls are kept. We will also visit the Model City of Jerusalem. We’ll reach the lowest spot on earth today, the Dead Sea, where we will have lunch. After lunchtime and weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to take a float in the Dead Sea. Farewell dinner today is in a local restaurant with a folklore show. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, L, D)

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

Jordan Post-Tour (optional)

January 24 - 26, 2021

Our Jordan tour begins today as we cross to Jordan through the Allenby border. We’ll proceed to visit Madaba and Mt Nebo where Mass will be celebrated. Overnight in Petra (L, D)

Breakfast will be served at our hotel this morning. Today we discover the ancient city of Petra. We’ll find this 2,400-year-old city hidden in deep canyons south of the Dead Sea, and will enter through the Siq, a narrow chasm between naturally sculpted cliffs. This passageway, which could have been easily defended against attack by an invading army, ends at the glorious sight of the world-famous Treasury. Here, we enjoy a guided tour, viewing hundreds of monuments and archaeological findings, Mass will be celebrated at the Petra Byzantine Basilica. We’ll head to Amman for dinner. Overnight in Amman (B, L, D)

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

What's Included?

An overview of our services that make us the preferred Catholic pilgrimage provider.

Roundtrip flight

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  • New York (JFK)
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4-star hotels

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Admission fees

Breakfasts & dinners daily (5 lunches in Israel)

Wine served with dinners

Daily Mass

Rosary & devotions

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Lectures by Patrick

Each day will include a lecture and commentary by your host, Patrick Madrid. (Except for travel days)

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These itineraries are curated by Catholics, for Catholics, and conform with the USCCB pilgrimage guidelines.

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Upon making reservation, full-payment is only due 75 days before the day of departure, and "late-fees" are never charged.

Testimonials

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Most Reverend James S. Wall

"I have been greatly privileged to serve as pilgrimage chaplain for numerous Canterbury pilgrimages. Each trip is Catholic through and through and creates the perfect environment in which to encounter the Living Christ. Every day is an opportunity to grow in our faith and understanding, to experience the reality of the Gospels. Throughout each Canterbury pilgrimage, one is spiritually lifted through daily Mass, rosary’s, prayers and reflections along the way. For this reason, Canterbury pilgrimages are not vacations, they are spiritual journeys that have the ability to impact us even after we’ve returned to our homes. In addition to the wonderful faith-oriented environment, Canterbury really excels in caring for its pilgrims. From the extremely helpful staff who are knowledgeable and timely, to the superb accommodations and hearty high-quality meals, Canterbury seamlessly brings you on the adventure of a lifetime. I highly recommend Canterbury Pilgrimages to anyone eager to grow in his or her Catholic faith."

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Patrick Madrid

"Canterbury will treat you like family! It’s been wonderful to travel hassle free each year and to know that my needs and the needs of my pilgrims are well attended to, whether I bring 20 people or 300! Each pilgrimage with Canterbury is a turnkey operation. They work with me to piece together an itinerary I am enthusiastic about, provide beautiful promotional materials and take care of all the calls, registrations and payments. They work with pilgrims on specific requests to ensure a truly personalized pilgrimage- Do you want to meet your sister in Chicago and fly out with her? No problem! Would you like to upgrade your flight? Of course! Do you need a room near the elevator across from your friend? Say no more! Each pilgrim is important, and they’ve got it under control. I’ve really enjoyed the smooth travel itineraries, luxurious hotels, and the incredibly knowledgeable and friendly guides and staff. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and it is fantastic to be able to sit back and relax while Canterbury takes care of every detail, small and large. They provide an environment in which pilgrims can focus on taking in the beauty and history of the places visited and, more importantly, they provide the opportunity for pilgrims to enrich their relationships with Christ in a once in a lifetime way. "

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October 9 - 18, 2020

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