A Pilgrimage to Ignatian Sites and Marian Shrines

Ignatian Sites | Jesuit Spirituality | Marian Apparitions
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Journey through Spain, France and Portugal as you take in the sites where the Blessed Mother has appeared to bring hope to the world. With a uniquely Ignatian perspective, your faith becomes more tangible as you reflect upon her words of guidance, peace, and encouragement in each of these holy sites.
A Truly Catholic PIlgrimage
Date:
9/16/2024
Duration:
11 Days
Departure:
Newark
Activity Level:
Level 2 - Moderate
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | September 16 | Depart U.S.A.

Our pilgrimage begins today as we depart on our overnight flight to Barcelona. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day 2 | September 17 | Arrive Barcelona

Upon arrival in Barcelona, we will be welcomed by our local tour manager and enjoy an overview tour of this Mediterranean city, including a visit to Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia: the magnificent, unfinished basilica of impressive proportions. This evening we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (D, Mass) Overnight Barcelona

Day 3 | September 18 | Barcelona - Manresa

We journey today outside of Barcelona, to the Ignatian Spirituality Center and the cave of St. Ignatius in Manresa. It is here where St. Ignatius spent nearly a year in prayer and where the beginnings of his Spiritual Exercises were born. There will be time to visit both the cave where St. Ignatius stayed as well as the church built over the cave. After ample time for prayer, we will return to Barcelona. The rest of the day will be for free time before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Barcelona

Day 4 | September 19 | Barcelona / Montserrat / Lourdes

This morning we will depart Barcelona for Montserrat where we will visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat, the spiritual heart of Catalonia and home to a dramatically set Benedictine monastery. For 700 years this Marian shrine has attracted thousands of pilgrims from around the world. We will also visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, one of Spain’s most fervent devotions to the Blessed Mother. Continue to Lourdes, our home for the next two nights. Join hundreds of other pilgrims this evening in the Blessed Sacrament and Candlelight Procession, which has been a devotional staple here since 1863. (B, D) Overnight Lourdes

Day 5 | September 20 | Lourdes: Grotto of Massabielle, Basilica, St. Bernadette’s home

Bask in the grace of Lourdes all day as we have Mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, where Our Lady first appeared to St. Bernadette and had her dig for the spring that is now known across the world for its many miracles of healing. We visit the Basilica of St. Pius X, a massive underground concrete church. We also visit the humble home where St. Bernadette lived during the apparitions. Tonight, we join the candlelight procession in prayer and song once again. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Lourdes

Day 6 | September 21 | Lourdes / Loyola / Burgos

After breakfast, we depart Lourdes, crossing the border into Spain and arriving in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we will see the 17th-century Basilica dedicated to St. Ignatius and his family home behind the sanctuary. Pray in the venerated room where Ignatius, at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona and experienced his great conversion. This afternoon, we journey to Burgos, the historic capital of Old Castile, where we will check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Burgos

Day 7 | September 22 | Burgos / Salamanca

Today we will enjoy a morning tour of Burgos including visits to the 14th century city gate known as the Arco de Santa Maria and the Monasterio de las Huelgas founded in 1180 with renovations and additions from nearly every major European architectural style. Pray in the vast limestone cathedral dedicated to our Blessed Mother – Spain’s only cathedral to have received the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Explore the Miraflores Charterhouse, the Carthusian monastery housing the tombs of Spanish kings and queens, along with other treasures of the church. Journey to Salamanca, home of some of Spain’s most ornate architecture. Walk through the bustling Plaza Mayor with its sweeping arches and enjoy a taste of Spanish culture before praying in the Cathedrals Vieja (Old) and Nueva (New). Overnight tonight in this majestic city. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Salamanca

Day 8 | September 23 | Salamanca / Coimbra / Fatima

Depart Salamanca this morning for our last journey through the Spanish countryside. Cross the border into Portugal and make our way to the charming riverfront city of Coimbra, Spain. We will stop at the Convent of Santa Clara La Nova where Sister Lucia – one of the visionaries in Fatima – lived until her death in 2005. Later this afternoon, we arrive in Fatima, our home for the next 3 nights. Time permitting, participate in the evening Rosary procession. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Fatima

Day 9 | September 24 | Fatima – Chapel of Apparitions, graves of the visionaries, Valinhos, and Via Sacre

A full day is ours in Fatima, where in 1917 three young shepherd children were graced with apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The message of Fatima has inspired generations of Catholics to pray the rosary daily for peace and reparation. Visit the Chapel of Apparitions before praying at the graves of Sts. Francisco and Jacinta, and Servant of God Lucia. Explore the tiny village where the three children lived and continue to Valinhos where Our Lady appeared to the children after they were unjustly imprisoned. It is here she encouraged them and told them they must still come every 13th of the month to see her. This evening, we participate in a beautiful Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacre or the candlelight rosary procession in the heart of the shrine. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Fatima

Day 10 | September 25 | Fatima –Santarem

Today we will take an excursion outside of Fatima to the Church of St. Stephen in Santarem to see one of the greatest Eucharistic Miracles, “The Bleeding Host.” In the 13th century, a woman stole the host to take to a fortune-teller, but as she was taking it out of church the host began to bleed profusely. Afraid, she put it in a trunk at her home only to be awakened in the middle of the night to a bright light coming from the trunk. Taking the host back to the priest, he put it in a wax pyx. Another miracle happened the next morning when they found that the wax had turned into its own crystal pyx, where it can be venerated to this day. After time for prayer here, return to Fatima, where we can participate one final time in the evening prayer activities. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Fatima

Day 11 | September 26 | Fatima / Lisbon / USA

Today marks the end of a marvelous experience as we transfer to the airport for the return trip home, filled with memories and graces of this pilgrimage that will last a lifetime.

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What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Newark on United Airlines
  • 9 nights’ accommodation, 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 per itinerary (excluding drinks)

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$4,095
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$434.70
Gratuities:
$150
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: 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.
Marian Shrines
"The Marian focus structured our prayer, both personal and communal, and our reflection, giving room for Saint James and Saint Ignatius. The smaller group was ideal actually. By the second day we bonded and everyone knew everyone else's name. There was lots of personal sharing too over the course of the pilgrimage. Of the eight pilgrimages I have taken, this one was the most congenial and the most united and harmonious. Some of that reality was because of [our tour manager] as well."
Fr. John R.Pilgrim from Indianapolis, IN
Marian Shrines
"My favorite moment was seeing the wheelchairs and gurneys wheeled into the Lady of Lourdes sanctuary."
Deacon Tom H.Pilgrim from Indianapolis, IN
Marian Shrines
"Presiding at the Eucharist in the Loyola house where Ignatius recuperated from his wounds and began his conversion and transformation. Each of the shrines we visited had something special for each of us - certainly true for myself."
Fr. John R.Pilgrim from Indianapolis, IN