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Padre Pio Anniversary

14 Day Pilgrimage to Italy for the Anniversary of Saint Padre Pio

Highlights: Rome (4 Nights) / Montecassino / Pompeii (1) / San Giovanni Rotondo (3) / Monte Sant’Angelo / Lanciano / Loreto / Assisi (2)
 

Padre Pio Anniversary Pilgrimage

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
ITINERARY
DAY 1: SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2018 - DEPART FOR EUROPE
DAY 2: SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER - ARRIVE ROME

On arrival at Rome airport we will be met and transferred to our centrally located accommodation.

Our inaugural group Mass will be celebrated before dinner.

Rome overnight (D)

DAY 3: MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER - ROME

Celebrate this morning a spectacular Mass at St Peter’s Basilica before coming to the nearby Vatican Museums. Wander the spectacular chambers leading to the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s masterpieces, including the magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. Continue through to the awe inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world for an informative exploration. Our guided tour will feature among other highlights Michelangelo’s stunning Pieta, the tomb of Pope St John Paul II, the great Confessional and the Crypt containing the tombs of several Popes.

Some free time will be afforded this afternoon to discover the sights of Rome.

Rome overnight (BD)

DAY 4: TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER - ROME

This morning we enter into the most visited attraction in Rome - the Colosseum. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV declared the Colosseum a sacred site, as it was a place where early Christians had been martyred. View also the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum en route.

Continue to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist. Here we will celebrate our group Mass. Journey on to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour. Marvel at these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews.

After time to freshen up at our accommodation we will be transferred to Trastevere where we have some time to perhaps visit the lovely Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. We enjoy dinner here this evening at a Restaurant run by volunteers of the Sant’Egidio Community.

Rome overnight (BD)

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER - ROME

We begin our day attending the General Audience in St Peter’s Square with the Holy Father and pilgrims from around the world (subject to the Pope’s presence in Rome).

In the afternoon, visit the impressive St Mary Major Basilica. Onwards to the Basilica of St John in Lateran (First Papal residence) and the adjacent Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem to Rome in 326AD by St Helena (as a favourite of pilgrims, these steps may only be ascended on the knees).

Viisit the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme with its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land. Mass today will be celebrated one of the papal basilicas.

Rome overnight (BD)

DAY 6: THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER - ROME TO POMPEII

We farewell the Eternal City today, journeying south by coach to the Abbey of Montecassino where we enjoy a guided visit including the Basilica and the Museum. We come as pilgrims to pray before the tombs of St Benedict and his sister St Scholastica. Mass here.

Departing Montecassino, we journey to Pompeii where on arrival we have a guided tour of the ruins of ancient Pompeii.

Pompeii  overnight (BD)

DAY 7: FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER – VIA PIETRELCINA TO SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

Departing Pompeii we journey east to Pietrelcina, where St Padre Pio was born on 25 May, 1887.  Visit here the room of his birth, the friary and the Church of Our Lady of the Angels. 

We continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo where St Padre Pio spent a lifetime of prayer, penance, self-denial and intense pain caused by the five wounds of Our Lord’s passion. His list of supernatural gifts are overwhelming - reading of souls, prophecy, miraculous healings, spiritual direction, etc while spending extraordinarily long hours in the confessional and often sleeping very little. Throughout his life he received visits from Jesus and Mary and had regular communication with his guardian angel.

San Giovanni Rotondo overnight (BD)

DAY 8: SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (VIGIL OF PADRE PIO’S FEAST DAY)

This morning we take a tour of the shrine including: Tomb and cell of St Padre Pio; his Confessional; and the Crucifix from which he received the stigmata. We visit the English speaking office for an inspirational talk by one of the friars and to view a special rare film showing highlights of St Padre Pio’s daily life in the Monastery.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon. In the late evening pilgrims have the opportunity to return to the shrine to join the midnight Mass for the Feast of Padre Pio. The vigil celebrations conclude with a procession ending at 2.30am, marking the time that the saint passed away 50 years ago.

San Giovanni Rotondo overnight (BD)

DAY 9: SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - FEAST DAY OF ST PADRE PIO

After the morning at leisure we travel by coach in the afternoon to Monte Sant’ Angelo to visit the Shrine of St Michael the Archangel and celebrate Mass in the cave. The Archangel is said to have made four separate appearances here mostly during the 5th century, making the sanctuary here one of the earliest Christian sites in Europe and visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

San Giovanni Rotondo overnight (BD)

DAY 10: MONDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER - VIA LANCIANO & LORETO TO ASSISI

After breakfast we will rejoin our coach and journey north to Lanciano, scene of the Eucharistic miracle in the 8th century where, during Mass and moments after consecration, the Basilian monk (who doubted the real presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist) found himself holding a host that had changed to flesh and the wine to blood. To this day the sacred relics have remained incorrupt while recent scientific examinations have confirmed that the “flesh is real flesh, the blood is real blood”. Here we will celebrate a special Mass.

We continue our journey to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 Popes have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to a hill in central Italy in 1294. Tradition has it that this is the house where Mary received the Annunciation, where Jesus grew to manhood and the Holy Family dwelled. A tour of the shrine will be included.

Drive through scenic Umbrian countryside to the pilgrimage centre of Assisi, where St Francis tended the poor and sick and founded the Franciscan Order. On arrival in this medieval hillside town we will visit the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels down on the plains where St Francis spent most of his life and containing the Chapel where he died in 1226. Onwards to the Upper Town to check in to our hotel.

Assisi overnight (BD)

DAY 11: TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER - ASSISI

This morning we awake to the sound of chapel bells, cobblestone footsteps and the tangible spirit of St Francis preserved in this holy town.

After breakfast we enjoy a guided tour through some of the town’s highlights including: Basilica of St Francis housing the tomb of St Francis (for Mass) and the Church of St Damiano built where the voice of Christ spoke to St Francis through the crucifix ‘go rebuild my Church, which you see is falling down’.

Culminate up at the Hermitage (Eremo delle Carceri), an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the woods built on the site of a simple cave where St Francis often withdrew to spend many hours in prayer. The cave and the Chapel of Our Lady are preserved in the Hermitage.

We end our tour at the Basilica of St Clare which houses the famous crucifix through which Jesus spoke to St Francis.

An opportunity presents itself before dinner to attend Vespers in the Basilica of St Clare and listen to the angelic voices of the Poor Clare nuns.

Assisi overnight (BD)

DAY 12: WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER - DEPART ITALY

Enjoy some free time before we are transferred back to Rome airport for our homebound flight connections.

(B)

DAY 13: THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER - IN TRANSIT
DAY 14: FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER - ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

 
2018 DATES AND PRICES
 
AIR & TOUR PACKAGE
Code Departs Aust Arrive Australia
8PP01A Saturday 15 September 2018 29 September 2018
 
COST CHAPLAIN
AUD Single Supplement Name
$6390 $690 Fr Terence Bell
NB. An additional mandatory prepaid tipping fund of $15 per day per person will be invoiced in advance by Harvest to avoid regular inconvenience to pilgrims on tour.
 
 
Full package based on departure from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth including all airline taxes and levies (subject to change). Tour Only costs include local internal airfares between Start/End dates. Refer to our full price inclusions and Booking Procedures for more information.
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