Pilgrimage to Italy – October 6, 2025

Rome | Assisi | Lanciano

Touch the relics of saints who lived and died for the Catholic faith, walk in ancient civilizations, and pray in front of awe-inspiring masterpieces on this Jubilee Year pilgrimage.
A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date:
10/6/2025
Duration:
11 Days
Departure:
Dallas
Activity Level:
Level 3 - Challenging
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$5,370
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | October 6 | Depart U.S.A.

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

Day 2 | October 7 | Arrive Rome / Orvieto / Assisi

After our arrival in the “Eternal City”, we will be met by our tour manager at the airport. We drive north, and, pending our arrival time, stop 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. We will then proceed to our hotel for check-in and dinner. (D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 3 | October 8 | Assisi

We begin our day in the heart of Assisi in the Shrine of Renunciation within St. Mary Major church. This shrine was built to commemorate the spot where St. Francis renounced his wealth and family and began his life of poverty and service to the Lord. It is now where the tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis lies. Bl. Carlo – the first millennial saint – dedicated part of his short life to cataloging Eucharistic Miracles from around the world. After venerating his resting place, journey to the Basilica of St. Francis to venerate this saint’s 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, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 4 | October 9 | Assisi

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 proceed to the valley below. Here 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. This afternoon we will travel up Mt. Subasio to L’Eremo delle Carceri (the Carceri Hermitage), St. Francis’ favorite retreat center, where he could remain in seclusion and prayer. Enjoy some personal prayer time in this peaceful location before descending back into Assisi for the evening. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 5 | October 10 | Assisi / Lanciano

This morning, we will depart Assisi and journey to the Adriatic coast and travel south to Lanciano, site of the oldest miracle of the Eucharist, still preserved after twelve centuries. Here we will 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 before we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Lanciano

Day 6 | October 11 | Lanciano / San Giovanni Rotondo

Today we continue our journey south 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 dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight San Giovanni Rotondo

Day 7 | October 12 | San Giovanni / Monte San Angelo / Manoppello / Rome

Depart San Giovanni early this morning and drive up to Monte Sant’ Angelo for a breathtaking view of the Gargano Peninsula and a visit to the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Afterwards, stop 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 four nights. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 8 | October 13 | Rome

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 and our first set of Holy Doors on our Jubilee pilgrimage. Marvel at Michelangelo’s Pieta and pray at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Afterwards, we walk through the Vatican Museums which house artifacts from around the world before experiencing the gratest masterpiece yet: The Sistine Chapel. Painted by Michelangelo, it is the most famous ceiling in the world. This afternoon, 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 and walking through our second set of Holy Doors, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 9 | October 14 | Rome

The Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs, are prayed this day by going up them on our 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 featuring our third set of Holy Doors, 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. The balance of the afternoon will be free for personal activities, including dinner on our own. (B, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 10 | October 15 | Rome

This morning, we will attend the weekly Papal audience given by His Holiness, Pope Francis (depending upon the Holy Father’s schedule). Afterwards, journey to St. Mary Major, where we venerate the crib of Christ, view the famous icon attributed to St. Luke, walk through our final set of Holy Doors on this Jubilee pilgrimage. We enjoy some free time this afternoon before our farewell dinner this evening. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 11 | October 16 | Rome / U.S.A.

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

What's Included

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$4,700
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$500
Gratuities:
$170
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Pricing is estimated. Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
You can view more testimonials here.
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"The people I was with were so kind and devout, as were all of the people we saw praying, our guide, and our leader. The churches we saw and the countryside we drove through were an experience. If I had to choose one site that was special, I believe it would be the site of the First Eucharistic Miracle at Lanciano. We know that Christ is present in the Eucharist, but I cannot fathom what that means. However, seeing Christ's Body and Blood took my receiving the Sacrament to a new level. Our guide was amazing. Her knowledge of Italy, passion for Italy, and devout Faith was an inspiration.

I cannot fully relate this experience in words! Thank You."
Tom H.Pilgrim from Adams, NE
Italy
"Celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. Francis, my confirmation saint, was an incredible gift. As our pilgrimage continued, I was drawn into each and every altar and chapel that Mass was celebrated, but the uniqueness of that place was memorable."
Fr. Steven M.Pilgrim from Lincoln, NE
Italy
"My favorite moment was offering Mass on the altar of Pope St. Gregory the Great in St. Peter's."
Fr. Sean D.Pilgrim from Pawhuska, OK