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Hidden Saints of Rome & Beyond

14 Day Pilgrimage with Fr Donal McIlraith SSC through Italy. Departing 3rd December 2018.

Explore the Eternal City like never before with Fr Donal McIlraith SSC. Walk in the footsteps of the humble and largely unknown saints who travelled on these very streets and who, by the witness of their lives, helped to build the foundation of the Church as we know it today.

Highlights: Rome / Assisi / Cascia / San Giovanni Rotondo.
 

Italy Pilgrimage

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
ITINERARY
Day 1: Monday 3 December 2018 – Depart for Europe
Day 2: Tuesday 4 December – Arrive Rome

• Arrival transfer from airport to accommodation for check-in
• Mass before dinner

Rome overnight (D)

Day 3: Wednesday 5 December – Rome

Theme: St Peter

• Mass at Tomb of St Peter
• Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
• Tour of St Peters Basilica
Transfer this afternoon: St Mary Major (St Pius V); St Pudentiana (where Peter lived) – Rione Monti; St John in Lateran and Holy Stairs

Rome overnight (BD)

Day 4: Thursday 6 December – Rome

Theme: St Paul

• Trevi fountain & Church of St Maria in Trivo in Rione Trevi – body of St Gasper de Bufolo
• St. Apostoli ( Ss Philip and James)
• St. Maria in Via Lata (where Paul lodged)
• San Marco – Piazza Venezia (where Mark wrote)
• Mamertine Prison (of Peter/Paul)
Transfer this afternoon: St Paul Outside the Walls – Mass at his tomb
• Tre Fontane where Paul died
• Tre Fontane Marian shrine

Rome overnight (BD)

Day 5: Friday 7 December – Rome

Theme: Saints of the Roman Persecution

• Morning transfer: Mass at Catacombs of St Priscilla
• St Agnes
• San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura
• Tomb of St Josemaria Escriva
• Trastevere: Santa Maria in Trastevere; Santa Cecilia; San Chrisogonus (Blessed Anna Maria Taegi); San Francesco a Ripa (relics of St Charles de Sezze)

Rome overnight (BD)

Day 6: Saturday 8 December – Rome to Assisi
Theme: City of Peace
• Coach travel north to Assisi
• On arrival – St Mary of the Angels Basilica; upper town – St Francis Basilica for Mass; St Clares Basilica; Hermitage and San Damiano (time permitting)
• Check in to hotel and dinner
 
Assisi overnight (BD)
Day 7: Sunday 9 December – Via Cascia to San Giovanni Rotondo
Theme: Patron of Impossible Cases
• Travel day: Coach transfer to Cascia – Mass and pray before the incorrupt body of St Rita; pray before the Eucharistic miracle
• Continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo
 
San Giovanni Rotondo overnight (BD)
Day 8: Monday 10 December – San Giovanni Rotondo to Rome
Theme: God’s miracles through Padre Pio
• Mass in the sanctuary
• Visit English speaking office, watch film about Padre Pio
• Pray before the remains of Padre Pio
• Afternoon coach transfer back to Rome
• Check in to accommodation

Rome overnight (BD)
Day 9: Tuesday 11 December – Rome Walking Tour
Theme: Middle Ages
• Piazza Navona (St Monica)
• Pantheon
• Basilica Santa Maria sopra Minerva (tombs of St Catherine and Fra Angelico)
• Free time

Rome overnight (BD)
Day 10: Wednesday 12 December – Rome Walking Tour
Theme: Holy Founders
• The Oratory – St Philip Neri
• The Pallatones – St Vincent Pallotti
• St Brigid of Sweden & St Elizabeth Hasselblett
• The Cammillians – St Camillies de Lellis
• Jesuit saints – St Ignatius of Loyola and relic St Francis Xavier (Gesu); St Robert Bellarmine (Church of St Ignatius)
 
Rome overnight (BD)
Day 11: Thursday 13 December – Rome Walking Tour
Theme: Saints of the Poor
• San Clemente – (Ignatius of Antioch)
• Colosseum
• St Benedict Labre (beggar)
• Mass – St Frances of Rome (Rome’s Mother Teresa)
• Remainder of the day free

Rome overnight (BD)
Day 12: Friday 14 December – Rome – Depart Italy
• Return to Vatican: Mass at tomb of Pope St John Paul II
• St Pius X; St John XXIII; St Josaphat; Bl Paul VI
• Afternoon transfer to the airport for homebound flight connections
(B)
Day 13: Saturday 15 December – In transit
Day 14: Sunday 16 December – Arrive Australia

PILGRIMAGE DETAILS
Tour Code: 8PV56
Departs Australia: 3 Dec 2018
Indicative Cost Per Person Twin Share: $6,390 (incl. tax)
Single Room Supplement: $590
Prepaid Tipping: $150
 
INCLUSIONS
Airfares:
Economy class flights from Australia (N.B. Airlines taxes and fees are included and subject to fluctuations).
Accommodation & Meals: Based on moderate standard hotel and Religious accommodation throughout with breakfast and dinner daily
Miscellaneous inclusions: Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach • Local tour escort/guide as required • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary
Not Included: Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable) • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance • Prepaid Tipping Fund.
 
* All costs are in AUD and are based on twin share rooming and are valid as at 1 October 2017 and must remain subject to possible change in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases and minimum group size (20) contingencies.
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