Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a convert to Catholicism, is a
member of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice, and thrown into jail multiple times. After his radical conversion, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology, from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, M.Div and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C., and a S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, OH. In addition to Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, he has written No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy, a bestseller that recounts his dramatic conversion story (Marian Press – 2010). He is also the author of the book Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina (Marian Press – 2008). Further, he has written many academic articles and is the editor of two books: The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church (Marian Press – 2004) and The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body (Marian Press – 2005) Father Calloway is a Vicar Provincial for the Mother Mercy Province and the Vocation Director for the Marians.
Fr. Donald Calloway’s first prayer to Mary: “Mary, I love you so much and I am so in love with Jesus. I am so grateful for what you have given me. You are the Mother of God. You know Jesus. He is God, and you are His mother. And I believe that of all people you know Him best. Please cover me with your maternal mantle, for I am not the most brilliant man and could be easily deceived into believing or even
making up my own Jesus. I want to know the real Jesus, the one whom so many people have turned away from.”
St. John Paul II had a major devotion to the Blessed Mother, and has also attributed many of his blessings in his life to her work, in cooperation with Jesus Christ. As it was also her, Our Lady of Fatima, who attributed to the bullet missing his heart by centimeters. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions – and then continue on to Krakow to explore the life of St. John Paul II, St. Faustina, and St. Maximilian Kolbe.
The Holy Land Tel Aviv * Caesarea * Nazareth * Cana * Tiberias * Sea of Galilee * Jordan River * Mt. Tabor * Jerusalem * Gethsemane * Ein Karem * Bethlehem * Qumran * Jericho * Dead Sea * Mt. of Olives * Mt. Zion * Holy Sepulchre
December 26, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Celebrate the New Year in Jerusalem, the “City of Peace”, with Father and a great group of pilgrims! Along with recommitting yourself to a Christian life, while walking prayerfully and devoutly in the steps of our Lord with openness to the movement of the Spirit of Jesus in your own life. Come to know, and visit, the land where Jesus was born, as well as the sites where he preached and healed, suffered, died, and rose again. All of this, under the Spiritual Director of your favorite Marian Priest.
Join Fr. Calloway and his parents (LaChita and Donald) on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City, Puebla, and many other beautiful locations! See the incorrupt body of Bl. Sebastian of Aparicio and the first church ever dedicated to the rosary in Mexico that dates from the 16th century! This will be a pilgrimage you will never forget!
The Great Shrines of France Lourdes (St. Bernadette) * Lisieux (St. Therese the Little Flower) * Mont Saint Michel * Chartres * Paris * Nevers (St. Bernadette) * Paray-le-Monial * Lyon * La Salette (Our Lady of La Salette) * Ars (St. John Vianney "Cure of Ars")
June 11 - 23, 2018
Celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions with Fr. Calloway! This is a bucket list pilgrimage! You will visit Lourdes; Paris; the Miraculous Medal Shrine; Lisieux (St. Therese of the Little Flower); view the incorrupt bodies of St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. John Vianney, and St. Catherine Laboure; Mont St. Michel; Chartres Cathedral; Notre Dame Cathedral; Nevers; Lyon, Ars, La Sallette; and see the relics of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque! All of this and so much more!
About Krakow & St. John Paul II: Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He moved to Krakow with his father in 1938, where he attended Jagiellonian University and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained as a priest on November 1, 1946 and went on to continue his studies in Rome until 1948. He returned to Poland that same year for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowic, which lasted seven months. He then was transferred to the parish of St. Florian in Krakow, where he also spent time hiking in the mountains and canoeing with young people.