Pilgrimage to Eucharistic Miracle Shrines in Italy
with Marymount University Catholic Campus Ministry
June 12-22, 2012
TUES 12 June Depart from Washington according to flights arranged by Marymount University. Dinner and movie on board.
WED 13 June. Arrive in Rome where our Italian Tour Escort will greet the group and help in loading the deluxe coach before heading to Lago Bolsena just north of Rome. Here Father will celebrate Mass at the Tomb of Saint Christina where the Eucharistic Miracle happened in 1263. This special altar is the recipient of Our Lord’s blood during the Mass when the Body of Christ bled onto the Corporal. Afterwards, visit the Catacombs which are also associated with the faithful wanting to be buried in this holy place. Check into our hotel and maybe enjoy time by the lake before dinner and overnight.
THR 14 June. After breakfast, depart for Orvieto where the Eucharistic Miracle is enshrined in the Cathedral. After a tour of the city, Father will celebrate Mass in the Corpus Christi Chapel and you’ll have free time in this charming town before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
FRI 15 June. After breakfast, we depart for Assisi, stopping at Santa Maria dei Angeli where one of the Franciscans will give us a tour of the places that Saint Francis made special by his life among his brothers and Saint Clare here. Pray in the Portunicola before Father celebrates Mass for us and then have personal time for meditation and prayer. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
SAT 16 June. After breakfast, we ascend to Assisi where Father will celebrate Mass and we pray at the Tomb of Saint Francis. Afterwards, have a special tour of the town of Francis and Clare, ending at the Basilica of Saint Clare where her incorrupt body lies in the crypt. Enjoy a FREE AFTERNOON before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
SUN 17 June. After breakfast, drive across Italy to the lovely town of Lanciano where the oldest Eucharistic Miracle still invites our reverence and awe. Father will celebrate Mass and you will have time to venerate the miracle and pray before a special video presentation. Some free time in town before we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
MON 18 June. After breakfast, depart for Rome! We arrive in time for an afternoon tour of the Catacombs of Saint Callistus where Father will celebrate Mass after our tour. Continue into the city center and check into our hotel. Dinner is on your own.
TUES 19 June. Walk to Saint Peter’s Basilica where Father will celebrate Mass in the Crypt. You’ll have time in the basilica after Mass to wander for meditation and prayer. After lunch, meet guide David Vaquez and take the bus to the Colesseum where we begin a leisurely walk back through history seeing the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Monument to Victor Emmanuel (the White Wedding Cake), Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navonne and Hadrian’s Tomb. Stop for gelato along the way! Return to the hotel for the evening. Dinner is on your own
WED 20 June. Mass in Saint Peter’s after which you’ll join pilgrims from around the world for the Wednesday Papal Audience! FREE AFTERNOON. Dinner on your own
THR 21 June. After breakfast, Meet David who will lead us through the history of three major basilicas: Saint John Lateran, Saint Mary Major and Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls. Father will celebrate Mass at Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls and you’ll have free time to visit the Cloister if you wish. Return to our hotel. Dinner is on your own.
FRI 22 June. After breakfast, it’s time to depart the Eternal City for the airport and home with many memories to Give Thanks and Remember.
*please note that any part of this itinerary can change or be rearranged due to local circumstances.
- All transfers and assistance with arrival and departure
- Deluxe bus transportation as required
- Hotel accommodations in double and triple rooms using pilgrim hotels with private baths
- Half board (Breakfast and dinner) daily, except in Rome where dinner is on your own.
- Services of English speaking local Catholic guides
- All entrance fees as shown on the itinerary
- Daily Mass and spiritual direction
- TIP FUND $100 per person will be collected with final invoice. This cover ALL tips expected.
- Expenses of a personal nature Meals not mentioned.
- Drinks with dinner.
- Single Supplement of $575.00 when no roommate (Note: limited # singles