We hope you’ll prayerfully consider joining our upcoming pilgrimage to Italy! Pilgrimage is an excellent opportunity to grow in your relationship with Christ, as well as to strengthen and form bonds with friends, family, and fellow parishioners.
Day 1 – June 3: Depart U.S.A.
Our pilgrimage begins as we depart on our overnight flight to Rome. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft.
Day 2 – June 4: Arrive Rome / Assisi
After our morning arrival in Rome we will drive north through the beautiful Umbrian countryside to Assisi, a town which welcomes us in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare into its peaceful interior. Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, site of the Porziuncola, the tiny church in the woods where St. Francis began his ministry and where St. Clare began her religious life. After Mass we will check-in to our hotel and have some free time before dinner.
Day 3 – June 5: Assisi
This morning enjoy a tour of Assisi including visits to the Convent of San Damiano where the miracle of the Eucharist of 1211 took place, the Basilica of St. Francis where Mass will be celebrated, and the Basilica of St. Clare. Then for those with the stamina, take a walk up Monte Subasio to L’Eremo delle Carceri (the Carceri Hermitage), the Saint’s favorite retreat. There are many caves here that St. Francis and his followers retreated to for seclusion and prayer. Overnight in Assisi.
Day 4 – June 6: Assisi / Siena / Assisi
This morning we will drive to Siena, home of St. Catherine. Our first stop this morning and a highlight of our tour will be the Basilica of St. Francis where we’ll venerate the Eucharistic miracle of Siena. Hosts which have remained incorrupt since 1730. Then we’ll celebrate Mass at St. Dominic’s, St. Catherine of Siena’s parish church where she attended daily Mass and went into ecstasy. Adjacent to the church is her home, which we’ll tour and see the cell where she fasted and prayed. Then we’ll stroll the ancient Gothic streets which converge on the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world where we can stop for lunch. Return to Assisi.
Day 5 –June 7: Assisi / Orvieto / Rome
This morning we depart Assisi and drive to Orvieto where we’ll visit Signorelli Chapel in the Cathedral of Orvieto and venerate the sacred Eucharistic miracle. See the steps of the Papal summer residence where Pope Urban IV held up the bloodstained corporal and announced his intention to institute the Feast of Corpus Christi. After Mass we will continue our drive south to Rome our home for the next six nights.
Day 6 – June 8: Rome
This morning we’ll head to the Mamertine Prison where St. Paul was kept in chains, view the Forum (outside visit) and Coliseum (outside visit) and stop at St. Clement’s, to see the second century dwelling of Pope St. Clement, the third successor of St. Peter, and the original fresco depicting St. Clement celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This fresco gives us a picture of Eucharistic worship at the end of the first century or beginning of the second. We will celebrate Mass and then proceed to St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo’s magnificent Moses followed by a stop at St. Mary Major.
Day 7 – June 9: Rome
This morning we will visit and celebrate Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls which was originally built by Constantine in the fourth century over the site of St. Paul’s tomb. After our Holy Hour, we will visit the Catacombs of San Callistus. In the afternoon, visit Santa Maria in Vallicella (also known as Chiesa Nuova) which was founded by St Philip Neri in 1561, the Church of the Gesù which is the mother church of the Jesuits, and the Church of Sant’Agostino in honor of St. Augustine and where the remains of St. Monica now rest.
Day 8 – June 10: Rome
We will spend our whole day at the Vatican beginning with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by a tour including the Pieta and Adoration Chapel which our Pope St. John Paul II opened in 1981. We will then climb up to the Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica for a breathtaking view of Rome. Afterwards we will tour the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, focusing especially on Eucharistic art and artifacts.
Day 9 – June 11: Rome
This morning we’ll visit the Holy Stairs and the Basilica of St. John Lateran where we will celebrate Mass. After our Holy Hour, we will visit the Trastevere district of Rome. Go to the Church of St. Cecilia and then visit the Basilica of Santa Maria – a titular minor basilica, and one of the oldest churches of Rome. Visit the Trevi Fountain where a coin thrown over your shoulder will guarantee you another visit to Rome; the Pantheon; Piazza Navona with the famous Bernini’s fountains. The rest of the afternoon will be free for personal activities.
Day 10 – June 12: Rome
This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of San Lorenzo and have some time for adoration. We will then experience a highlight of our pilgrimage, attendance at the Papal Audience at St. Peter’s (subject to the Holy Father’s schedule). Join thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world to listen to the Holy Father and receive His Blessing. The remainder of the day free for personal activities. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 – June 13: Rome / U.S.A.
Following breakfast, we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.
PILGRIMAGE PRICE: $3,720.00
per person/double occupancy
For a single occupancy please add $683.00
For land only, please subtract: $810.00
These rates include:
Arrangements for daily Mass
Roundtrip economy class airfare from St. Louis on United Airlines
9 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
All hotel taxes and service charges
Breakfast and dinner daily
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Rome
Professional tour manager with professional local guides
All entrance fees as per itinerary
Land transportation by deluxe motor coach
Arrival and departure transfers
Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
These rates do not include:
Airline taxes/fuel surcharges (currently $447.31 per person, but subject to change until the time of ticketing)*
Gratuities to guide, driver, and hotel/restaurant staff*
Lunches, drinks with meals, extras at hotels and any expenses of a personal nature
*added to your final invoice Departures from other airports available upon request