Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC Pilgrimage
The Shrine of Guadalupe & Mexico City
April 16 - 21, 2018DC041618
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located Superior First Class Hotels: (or similar)
- ~ April 16 - 21 | 5 nights: Galeria Plaza, Mexico City, Mexico
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Lunch every day at local restaurants (except day of arrival/departure)
- Glass of Wine and Mineral Water with all Dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide (s) throughout
- Sightseeing and Admissions fees as per itinerary
- Headsets for additional sightseeing
- Arrangements for Mass Daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Beverages unless mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Monday, April 16 - Depart for Mexico City
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your flight(s) to Mexico City. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. The transfer to your hotel, dinner, and lodging will be accommodated.
Tuesday, April 17 - Guadalupe
This morning you will transfer to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas) , by way of the Plaza of the Three Cultures. This plaza symbolizes the unique blend of pre-Hispanic, and Hispanic cultures that make up Mexico. This Shrine was built in response to Our Lady's request to the visionary, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Upon arrival at the Shrine, you will celebrate Mass as you marvel at the brilliantly colored Basilica. Following Mass, you will join the other pilgrims as you kneel in front of the "Tilma", where Our Lady's image was miraculously imprinted. Following this visit, you will make your way to San Juan Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to mythology, this site was chosen to be the center of the universe, and from then it became a prominent political and religious center from the second century until the ninth century. While in San Juan Teotihuacan, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the Archaeological zone. While on this tour, you will view the pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and local art markets. Your fun-filled busy day will culminate with a delicious dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Wednesday, April 18 – Mexico City
This morning, your day will begin with breakfast and Mass at the Holy Family Church where you will view the tomb of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr. In a time of great religious persecutions, Fr. Pro was exiled from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. However, he returned to Mexico and was aided by a secret ministry who helped him hide from authorities. During his time in Mexico, he assisted many individuals in their spiritual, as well as temporal, needs. Although he helped many, he was eventually arrested and killed by authorities. While at this church, you can pray to this great martyr who remained filled with the joy of serving Our Lord even in the midst of very difficult times. After this visit, you will tour the oldest and largest cathedral in all of Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout your time in the cathedral, you will become overwhelmed by the stunning paintings, altar pieces, and statues. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to view the Tomb of Bishop Zumarraga, who was the first Bishop of Mexico, and also known as the Protector of Indians. Your tour continues as you will transfer to the National Palace. This extraordinary palace has been a building of the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire's rule. Your tour continues as you will visit the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This plaza contains two Holy places that are architecturally exquisite; the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans in 1576 and; the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, the first Rosary Shrine in Mexico. Also on your tour, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, the headquarters of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. This Shrine is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Asturias (Spain). This evening, you will transfer back to your hotel where you will enjoy dinner and rest before the next day of activities.
Thursday, April 19 – Excursion to Puebla & Tlaxcala
A fun-filled day is ahead. Spectacular drive to what is known as Mexico's most beautify city Puebla. On your ride, you will climb to over 10,000ft above sea level, and view two magnificent peaks; one that is covered with snow and the other that is an active volcano. Stop in Tlaxcala to visit the Shrine of San Miguel Del Milagro. Holy Mass will be celebrated upon the site where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631. Next we head to Puebla, where lunch is waiting for us. We will visit Puebla's Cathedral St. Dominic's Church, and its Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicido. Return to Mexico City for dinner and overnight.
Friday, April 20 – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Coyoacan
This morning, you will make a return visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to attend Mass, and bid farewell to Mary the Mother of God. Following Mass, free time for prayer and reflection at the Shrine. Afternoon visit the suburb of Coyoacan where we will visit the Church of El Carmen, dedicated to the Carmelites. Next, you will visit the Church of Santa Catarina, unique and colorful church built in the sixteenth century, and contains four chapels, each dedicated to the local patron Saint. Lastly, you will visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, originally constructed as a Dominican Monastery, but changed to a Franciscan Monastery, view the stunning architecture of seven chapels, as well as an altar piece that dates back to the seventeenth century. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Saturday, April 21 – Return Home
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast followed by a transfer to the airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say farewell to friends and a pilgrimage that will last in your memory for years to come.
About your trip
The Shrine at Guadalupe:
The Shrine at Guadalupe is considered the holiest place in the Western Hemisphere. President John F. Kennedy and French President Charles de Gaulle testified to this during state visits to Mexico. St. John Paul II preached to millions of the faithful from this holy Shrine during his 1979 visit to Mexico. The Basilica commemorates the Virgin Mary's appearance to a humble Indian and honors her request that a Shrine be built in Her honor. In December of 1531, Juan Diego informed a skeptical bishop of his encounter with Mary. A few days later, Juan returned to the site of the vision and once again Our Mother appeared. The humble man relayed the bishop's request for proof of Her visitation, whereupon the Virgin instructed Juan to gather roses from the frozen, rocky terrain and present them to the bishop. Remarkably for the cool season, he found a great number of roses strewn all around. Gathering the roses in sackcloth, he hurriedly took them to the bishop. When he opened the cloak to present the roses to the cleric, it was not Only * the blooms that amazed the bishop. Stamped on the humble cloth was an image of the Virgin! The same miraculous image exists for you to see, hanging in splendor above the main altar.