12 DAY PILGRIMAGE ITALY & MEDJUGORJE
WITH FR. LOUIS ARDILLIER
OF THE COMMUNITY OF ST. JOHN
MAY 13 - MAY 24, 2018
(single supplement $350)
Price Includes: Air/Bus/Transportation//Breakfast/Dinner/Sightseeing per Itinerary/Local guides & Tour leader service/tickets/hotels/all taxes.
Not included: Lunch, Insurance, alcoholic drinks and tips.
Days 1 - 4
Day 1 - Depart Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Day 2,3,4 - Upon arrival in Rome, meet Fr. Louis and our tour leader to begin our three day visit to the Eternal City. We will visit the 4 major basilicas of Rome including St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls built over the burial place of St. Paul and St. Peter Basilica to venerate the tombs of the Popes including St. Peter and St. Pope John Paul II. Additional sightseeings includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard. General Audience with Pope Francis (subject to Pope’s availability), Ancient Rome, the Roman Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother. Breakfasts and dinners at hotel in Rome.
After breakfast we depart to tour the city of Pompei which was destroyed by the still active Mt. Vesuvius volcano. From Pompei we will transfer to the beautiful city of Naples and the birthplace of pizza. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., the city's cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, has many frescoes and the Basilica Santa Restituta where the remains of San Gennaro, patron St. of Naples, martyred in 305 are reposed. We will visit the Veiled Christ sculpture in Sansevero Chapel carved by Giuseppe Sanmartino in 1753 which “seems to come to life” and Christmas Alley (Via Sa Gregorio Armeno) where the street is aligned with nativity scene craftsmen. Dinner and Overnight in Naples
Before heading to San Giovanni Rotondo, we will first stop at Monte Sant’Angelo where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656 . The shrine has been visited by St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Gerard Majella, St. William of Vercelli and six popes who made the pilgrimage there to ask for St. Michael's protection. At. San Giovanni Rotondo, we will visit the Friary of Padre Pio, including Santa Maria Delle Grazie (Old Church) his tomb, cell, confessional, and the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church(New Church). Dinner and Overnight at San Giovanni Rotondo.
After breakfast, transfer to Manopello to view the Veil of Veronica before departing for Lanciano home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle Dinner & Overnight in Lanciano.
We will continue our journey after breakfast to Loreto Sanctuary, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. In the evening, we transfer to Ancona to board ship for a night cruise to Split. Dinner & breakfast on board.
After arriving in Split, we will proceed for a brief tour of the beautiful city of Mostar before
arriving at our final destination of Medjugorje to share in faith with pilgrims from around the world to venerate the sites of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace. Each evening at 5PM or 6PM daylight savings time, join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary as we anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, is the Croatian Mass, and a Blessing of the Sick. Dinner & Overnight in Medjugorje.
Day 10 and 11
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain), Apparition Hill and visit the Community of Cenacolo. Breakfast, Dinner & Overnight in Medjugorje.
After breakfast, depart for Sarajevo to say farewell to Fr. Louis and our tour leader as we return back to the US.
Contact Toni Pietrowski at 630-699-3482 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, departure from other locations and travel insurance.
Deposit is due by: February 1, 2018