Pilgrimage to Italy - November 7, 2022

Assisi | Rome | Lanciano

Activity Level 2 - Moderate

Visit a place where saints healed the sick, grew the faith, and the True Presence of Christ is witnessed in Eucharistic Miracles that point to Christ’s teachings on the Eucharist.

A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date: 11/7/2022
Duration: 12 Days
Departure: Chicago
Activity Level: Level 2 - Moderate
per person

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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | November 7 | Depart USA

Our pilgrimage begins as we depart on our overnight flight to Florence. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft.

Day 2 | November 8 | Rome / Orvieto / Assisi

After our arrival in the “Eternal City”, we will be met by our tour manager at the airport and drive north, stopping in the walled town of Orvieto. In the 13th century, in nearby Bolsena, a priest doubted the Eucharistic Presence during Mass and the host turned to real flesh and the wine to real blood during the consecration. The priest brought the blood-stained Corporal to Pope Urban in Orvieto, and it is now kept in a special reliquary for the faithful to view. It was also in Orvieto where Pope Urban IV called for a world-wide Feast of Corpus Christi. After venerating the sacred Eucharistic miracle, we will continue our drive through the beautiful Umbrian countryside to Assisi, a town which welcomes us in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare, and our home for the next two nights. Upon arrival we will 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. We will then proceed to our hotel for check-in and dinner. (D)

Day 3 | November 9 | Assisi – San Damiano / Basilicas of Francis and Clare

On our first full day in Italy, we will witness where the power of the Eucharist turned away an army. The invading Saracen army was about to attack the Convent of San Damiano where St. Clare lived with her nuns in 1241. Even though bed-ridden, St. Clare got up and held the Blessed Sacrament in the air and saw the advancing army flee in terror establishing “The Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi.” Also in the convent, we will visit the chapel where Jesus spoke to St. Francis from the crucifix, then visit the Basilica of St. Francis to venerate his burial place. Afterwards is the Basilica of St. Clare, which holds the famous San Damiano Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis, and where the golden locks of St. Clare’s hair and St. Francis’ poor patched tunic are kept. The remainder of the day will be free for personal prayer and activities. (B, D)

Day 4 | November 10 | Assisi / Loreto / Lanciano

This morning we will depart Assisi and journey southeast, first stopping in Loreto, to visit the Shrine of the Holy House, said to be the same house in which the Virgin Mary was born and raised in Nazareth. This is where she received the visitation of the angel announcing that she was the mother of Jesus and according to tradition the home was transported by four angels from Nazareth to its present resting place in Loreto. Afterwards, we will continue our journey along the Adriatic to Lanciano, site of the oldest miracle of the Eucharist, still preserved after twelve centuries. Overnight in Lanciano. (B, D)

Day 5 | November 11 | Lanciano / San Giovanni Rotondo

This morning we’ll visit the sanctuary of the 8th century Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano. There will be time for adoration as well as a tour of the museum detailing the history of the miracle. After time for prayer and reflection, we will then drive along the coast to San Giovanni Rotondo, the home of St Padre Pio. Visit his tomb and tour the sanctuary of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where this famous Saint said Mass. After visiting this mystical Saint’s cell and the parlor where he greeted the faithful, we proceed to our hotel for the night. (B, D)

Day 6 | November 12 | San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte San Angelo

Spend the morning in San Giovanni Rotondo, praying where St. Padre Pio prayed and relaxing in this grace-filled village. This afternoon, we drive a short distance to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, and visit the church built above the cave consecrated to the Lord by St. Michael himself. After time for prayer in this sacred site, return to San Giovanni for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7 | November 13 | San Giovanni Rotondo / Manoppello / Rome

Depart San Giovanni and begin our journey to Rome. We will stop for lunch in Manoppello and visit the church housing the Holy Veil of Manoppello, traditionally believed to be the Veil of Veronica. Venerate this sacred icon and continue to Rome, checking into the hotel which will be our home for the next 5 nights. (B, D)

Day 8 | November 14 | Rome – Treasures of the Vatican

Our first full day in Rome is filled with wonder and awe as we steep ourselves in the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica, which beckons us into its interior through the arms of Bernini’s Colonnade. A quick stop to rub the foot of St. Peter’s statue like thousands of pilgrims before us, takes us to marvel at Michelangelo’s Pieta and then to pray at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel renovated by St. John Paul II. Afterwards, we walk through the Vatican Museums which house artifacts from around the world and Eucharistic art to prepare ourselves for the greatest masterpiece yet: The Sistine Chapel. Painted by Michelangelo, it is the most famous ceiling in the world under which popes are chosen to lead the faithful. One is always looking up at the masterwork of art that explains the theology of God. (B, D)

Day 9 | November 15 | Rome – Day of Saints and Roman Culture

The Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs, are prayed this day by going up them on your knees because they are so sacred. Christ walked on these 28 marble stairs at the home of Pontius Pilate before he was condemned to death. For those who cannot climb the stairs on their knees there are other stairs leading to the chapel at the top. Our prayerful experience continues with a visit to St. John Lateran, the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic faithful and the oldest basilica in Europe followed by a stop at St. Clement’s Basilica, built in honor of the fourth pope. An original fresco inside this basilica depicts St. Clement celebrating Mass, giving us a visible history of Eucharistic worship at the end of the first century. Traveling to St. Peter in Chains, we catch a glimpse into ancient Rome as we pass by the Forum and the Coliseum. Inside the church, we see the chains that held St. Peter during his imprisonment in Rome and the famous Moses statue carved by Michelangelo. At St. Mary Major we venerate the crib of Christ, view the famous icon attributed to St. Luke, and see inestimable artwork that makes Rome renowned throughout the world. (B, D)

Day 10 | November 16 | Rome – Papal Audience and St. Lawrence

This morning we will attend the weekly Papal audience given by His Holiness, Pope Francis (depending upon the Holy Father’s schedule). Afterwards, travel to St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, commemorating the martyrdom of St. Lawrence, one of the first deacons of Rome. Peek through one of the grates under the altar and you might see some of the ancient tunnels that led to a catacomb where he was first buried. The remains of the martyrs St. Justin and St. Stephen are also beneath the altar. This gem of a church also holds the body of Pope Pius IX who declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. (B, D)

Day 11 | November 17 | Rome – St. Paul Outside the Walls, Catacombs, Tre Fontane

Today we visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, originally built by Constantine in the fourth century over the site of St. Paul’s tomb. After some time for prayer, we visit the Tre Fontane, site of three fountains and three churches, where St. Paul was beheaded. Afterwards, we proceed to the Catacombs of St. Callistus and venerate the martyrs and early saints of the Church. This evening, we will enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant near the Piazza Navona, after which we celebrate the conclusion of our pilgrimage with a walking tour to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain where a coin thrown over your shoulder will guarantee you another visit to Rome. (B, D)

Day 12 | November 18 | Rome / USA

Today we say “Ciao” to Italia and transfer to the airport for our return home, cherishing all the wonderful memories and graces of this pilgrimage. (B)


What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy airfare from Chicago O’Hare on Swiss Air/ Lufthansa
  • 10 nights’ accommodations, including taxes and service charges
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
  • Knowledgeable, friendly, Catholic/Christian guides; whisper headsets; deluxe motor coach transportation to holy sites; all entrance fees listed on itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner as per itinerary (excluding drinks)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Rome on day 11
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