Diocese of Rockville Centre
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ireland
World Meeting of Families
Spiritual Director: His Excellency, Bishop John Barres
Spiritual Director: Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Brennan
August 20 - 27, 2018
*Optional Post Tour to Knock & Galway - August 27 - 30, 2018
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK Airport)
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodation Centrally located Four Star Hotel: (or similar)
- ~ 6 nights: August 21 - 27: Gresham Hotel, Dublin
- Optional Post Tour to Knock & Galway:
- ~ 3 nights: August 27 - 30: Salthill Hotel, Galway
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Transfers as per itinerary (on Group Basis)
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing
- Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- World Meeting of Family Registration and attendance to ALL Events
- Arrangements for Mass Daily
- Tips to Restaurants
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide and driver.
Monday - August 20, 2018 - Depart for Dublin
Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Ireland. Meals will be served on board.
Tuesday - August 21, 2018 - Arrive Dublin
Cead Mile Failte - Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. We will have a panoramic city tour on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city's main streets, O'Connell Street, Custom House, and Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College which is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Time permitting we visit the ancient library containing over 20,000 manuscripts, among which is the Book of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th century written by the monks at St. Colombo's monastery on the island of Iona. Today we will also visit St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. This Gothic Cathedral has a splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs and monuments. The ornate stained glass windows can be found in the Chancel. In the afternoon we transfer to our hotel for an early dinner, and then make our way to the Opening Ceremony. Return to the Hotel for a restful nights sleep.
Wednesday - August 22, 2018 - Opening Ceremony (World Meeting of Families)
Attend the 9th Annual 'Opening Ceremony' Following breakfast, we will make our way to the Opening Ceremony for the World Meeting of Families. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
*Schedule for Opening Ceremony: TBD
Thursday - August 23, 2018 - World Meeting of Families
Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! We will meet back at our Hotel where we will make our way to enjoy a dinner at a restaurant near the famous, O'Connell Street. After dinner, you can stay and go for a walk on your own, or make your way back to the Hotel for overnight.
*Schedule for World Meeting of Families: TBD
Friday - August 24, 2018 - World Meeting of Families
Start the day with breakfast, before we make our way back to the location of the Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! We will meet back at the Hotel in the afternoon, and then board our bus that will bring us to Mullingar. It is there that we will be joined by local Clergy and Parishioners to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King. While sitting in the Cathedral, you will feel a resemblance to our very own St. Agnus Cathedral. Following Mass, the Diocese of Meath and the Diocese of Rockville Centre will come together for dinner. You will have the opportunity to share stories and a few laughs with families that, by the end, will become newfound friends! Return to the hotel for overnight.
*Schedule for World Meeting of Families: TBD
Saturday - August 25, 2018 - World Meeting of Families
Breakfast will be served early, and then we will return to the location of the Lectures and Events, with attendance to the Festival of Families with Pope Francis in the evening.
*Schedule for Festival of Families - TBD
Dinner: Free on your own:
"Craic" (pronounced - Crack) is a Gaelic term that describes the feeling you get in an Irish Pub - fun, good conversation, good music, food, and great people. This is your opportunity to visit one of the many restaurants and pubs that you have seen over the last few days. Get together with other friends in your group, and make an evening of it!
Sunday - August 26, 2018 - Closing Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families
Today is an early morning, which will start with breakfast, and then making our way to the Closing Ceremony (depending on location and attendance - we may walk). From there, we will continue on to attend the Closing Ceremony. Return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
*Schedule for Closing Ceremony: TBD
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Depart Dublin
This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your return flights home.