Msgr. James McNamara Pilgrimage
Rome & Assisi Retreat
Jun 15 - 25, 2018JM061518R
Your Price / Trip Includes:
- Airfare from New York JFK airport to Rome with all airport taxes and fuel surcharges
- Accommodation in twin /double rooms for 9 nights (private room $188. extra):
- ~ 6 ni | Jun 16 - 22: Posta, Assisi - Tourist Class Hotel (private rooms at Casa Papa Giovanni)
- ~ 3 ni | Jun 22 - 25: Domus Carmelitana, Rome - Religious House (close to St. Peters & San Angelo)
- ~ Continental Breakfast daily
- ~ 4 Lunches with wine at Hotel Posta in Assisi
- ~ 1 Dinner with wine at Hotel Posta in Assisi
- ~ 1 Dinner with wine at Domus Carmelitana in Rome
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach on group basis
- Assistance of a local guide in Rome
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily, Retreat & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Meals not mentioned , Tips to your guide & driver.
Friday, June 15th - Day 1: Depart for Rome
Make your way to New York's JFK airport, where you will board your overnight flight to Rome. Your meals will be served on board.
Saturday, June 16th - Day 2: Arrive Rome - Transfer to Assisi
Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your driver. You will make your way to the modern bus which will take you on a three hour ride through beautiful Umbria to the Hilltop town of Assisi. We will be staying in Assisi for next six nights. Upon arrival in Assisi, you will enjoy dinner, before retiring to your room for a restful night's sleep.
Sunday, June 17th - Thursday June 21st - Days 3 - 7 : Assisi
Assisi, town amid Umbria's rolling hills, is the place where millions of pilgrims have come to deepen their faith. Although several conferences will be held at local conference center, Assisi in itself, will become out retreat house, we will learn and explore throughout our stay by visiting sights around this magnificent little town. Each day we will have a private Holy Mass at different significant church in Assisi.
We will be transformed to the time and place of two great saints St. Francis and St. Claire. St. Francis is the founder of the Franciscan Order, and the inspiration for our Holy Father, Pope Francis. He chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature, and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Francis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life.
He preferred to live in simplicity and humility, while giving up all other worldly possessions, just as St. Francis did. As we visit the birthplace of St. Francis, you will become captivated as the atmosphere that has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. We will visit St. Francis Basilica, and will pray at the tomb of St. Francis, to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint's possessions. Our days in Assisi will encompass a lot of walking through the most picturesque streets that have been left unchanged for centuries. Visit Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. We will make our way outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure, is the "Porziuncola", which is where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans). The second, is the "Capella del Transito", which is the place of St. Francis' death. See the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray.
* On Tuesday, June 19th - Day 5 we will leave Assisi on a full day excursion to La Verna Our journey to La Verna, will take us first to little convent of Monte Casale, where St. Francis and his brothers worshipped. We continue on to La Verna. Here we visit the Sanctuary of San Francesco, a site of pilgrimage over centuries. Monte de La Verna was given by Count Orlando Cattani to St. Francis of Assisi in 1213 A.D. There he founded a small hermitage community and in 1224 he received from Christ the final seal of the stigmata. For the next decade, Francis himself would spend part of the year in quiet meditation in caves and huts on the mountaintop. Today, the sanctuary stands as a unique spiritual place, surrounded by rich woods, and is a reminder of the ancient relationship between man and nature. We visit the Stigmata Chapel as well as Sasso Spicco, the great overhanging rock under which Francis delighted to pray, and the beautiful Chapel of the Birds. After some time for prayer and reflection we return to Assisi for overnight.
Friday, June 22nd - Day 8: Assisi - Rome
Welcome to Rome, "The Eternal City". Following check-in at our hotel in Rome, we will make our way to the Vatican Museums. At the world-renowned museum, you will see the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics. Additionally, you will observe the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's Masterpiece, the restored mural of the Last Judgment. Continue our visit of the Vatican by going into the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. It is here that you will view Michelangelo's Pieta, the stunning marble sculpture that depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. The final stop on your Vatican tour is at the tomb of Saint John Paul II.
Saturday, June 23rd - Day 9: Rome Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Steps - Basilica of St. Mary Major - Trevi Fountain - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs
After a breakfast at your hotel, enjoy an amazing full day tour entitled "Christian Rome" Tour will start with the Basilica of St. John the Lateran , the home to the relics of Peter and Paul. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome, and where he officiates as the Bishop of Rome. Next, we will cross the street to visit the Holy Staircase. Tradition states that this staircase is from Pontius Pilate's palace of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. It is also said that this Staircase was brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. If time permits, you may climb the steps on your knees, in memory of Christ's agonizing Passion. To conclude our morning, we will proceed to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus.
Afterward, you will be transferred to the recently restored Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), where you may enjoy some free time on your own for lunch or to throw in the coin. Continue on our journey down the Appian Way, the earliest road of Ancient Rome. This road leads to the Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Drusus, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and the catacombs of St. Callixtus. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, this Basilica is the burial places of Saint Paul the Apostle. We will make our way to a local restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, feel free to explore the streets of Rome, or return to the hotel for overnight.
*The Scala Santa is currently under restoration. Thus, the Vatican has displayed an image replicating the stairs in front of the entrance where you will walk in. There are several staircases just to the side of the Scala Santa that you may ascend on your knees. You will still be able to receive the same graces and indulgences by going up any of the alternative stairs.
Sunday, June 24th - Day 10: Rome - St. Peter's Square for Angelus and Pope's Blessing - Free time to explore Rome
After Mass we will attend Papal Blessing and Angelus in St. Peter's Square (pending the papal schedule). Afternoon is free for personal explorations and reflections. Return to hotel for our farewell dinner.
Monday, June 25th - Day 11: Rome - New York, JFK
After a relaxing breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport for our non-stop return flights home. We will be at New York JFK Airport this evening at 6:30PM. Though our pilgrimage has come to an end, its blessings will last a lifetime!