"Pope Authorizes Official Pilgrimages to Medjugorje"
May 12, 2019
Marian Travel Service
Italy & Medjugorje Pilgrimage
Spiritual Directors for May 25-June 5, 2020:
Fr. Patrick Parks & Fr. Peter Anderl
Group Coordinator: Helen Zec
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodation at centrally located hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: Monastero Santa Scolastica, Subiaco
- ~ 1 night: Cittadella Ospitalita, Assisi
- ~ 1 night: Casa Accoglienza Santuario di Loreto, Loreto
- ~ 1 night: Centro Spiritualita Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo
- ~ 1 night: Inside Cabins on the Ferry, Bari - Croatia
- ~ 5 nights: Dragan & Huanita Dragicevic Pansion with private baths
- Transfer by private motor coach
- Tour Escort throughout
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Assistance of a professional local guides in Assisi and Rome
- Ferry from Bari to Croatia including cabin on May 30
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Tips to guides and drivers in Italy & Medjugorje
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Day 1, Depart home airport for Rome
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight. Meals will be served on overnight flight(s) only.
Day 2, Arrive Rome - Subiaco
We will be met by guide and driver. We will first celebrate Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. After Mass we will visit the tomb of St. John Paul II and view Michelangelo's stunning marble structure, the Pieta and continue on to the Church of Gesu, St. Mary Major Basilica, St. John Lateran Basilica and Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem which houses the relics of the Passion of Jesus brought from Jerusalem to Rome by St. Helena. We will then continue to Subiaco for hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight in Subiaco.
Day 3, Subiaco - Cascia - Assisi
Following breakfast, we will celebrate Mass. Following Mass we will visit the Monastery of St. Benedict. The Monastery of St. Benedict in Subiaco enshrines the cave (Sacro Speco) in which St. Benedict lived as a hermit before he organized his first monastic community . We than continue to Cascia, the Umbria Province, with lunch on your own along the way. Upon arrival to Cascia group will tour the Basilica of St. Rita, the original holy monastery of St. Rita, her cell, and the miraculous grape vine. You will have free time for prayer, confession, touring, and visit to the monastery shop & specialty stores in Cascia. Adoration Chapel open daily in the lower Basilica. Memorable reconciliation area open daily in the upper shrine. We conclude the day with picturesque transfer to Assisi, where St. Francis began his ministry. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Day 4, Assisi - Loreto
After breakfast at the hotel, we will celebrate Mass at St. Francis Basilica after which we will tour the Basilica and visit the tomb of St. Francis. From there we will continue on a walking tour of this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis and end with a tour of the Basilica St. Clare of Assisi. We will visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels where a small chapel, the Portziuncola, is located in this basilica. Transfer to Loreto where we will stop for lunch on our own. After lunch we will visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 Popes have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to this hill in central Italy, in 1294. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood and in which the Holy Family lived. Our day concludes with check-in, dinner and overnight in Loreto.
Day 5, Loreto - Lanciano - San Giovanni Rotondo
After breakfast at the hotel we will have Mass at Holy House in Loreto. The Basilica della Santa Casa (Basilica of the Holy House) is a Marian shrine . The basilica is known for enshrining the house in which the Blessed Virgin Mary lived. Next, we will transfer to Lanciano. Upon arrival we will have lunch on our own. Following lunch, we will visit the Church of the site of the Eucharistic Miracle occurred in eighth century. At the time of the Miracle, there was a Basilian monk who struggled with the belief in the real presence of The Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. During the time of Mass, the monk, with doubt in his voice, said the "Words of Consecration" and the bread turned into living flesh, and the wine transformed into live blood. Time permitting we will have free time in Lanciano to explore on our own. Transfer to San Giovanni Rotondo for hotel check-in, dinner and overnight.
Day 6, San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant'Angelo - Bari Pier
We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a visit to the tomb of St. Pio where we will celebrate Mass. After Mass, tour the sanctuary, and view the crucifix, in front of which St. Pio received the stigmata. Visit the confessional from where St. Pio spent an innumerable amount of hours listening to confessions and visit his cell. Board the bus and travel along the beautiful Gargano Peninsula to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, a shrine consecrated by St. Michael. At this grotto, St. Michael appeared to a Bishop to assure him that his diocese would not be annihilated as he feared. Another Mass at the Grotto of St. Michael. Following the visit to the grotto transfer to Bari Pier for your Ferry to Croatia. On the way to Bari enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sea and surrounding countryside. Dinner and overnight in cabin on the ferry.
Day 7, Pier - Dubrovnik
Upon arrival at the port in Dubrovnik, the group will be greeted by our local guide and driver and proceed to Old Town in Dubrovnik, often called the Pearl of the Adriatic. The Old Town is known as one of the world's finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, built between the 11th and 17th centuries. We will celebrate Mass in St. Blasius Church, dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik, after which you will have time to stroll through this amazing walled city and have lunch at one of the many quaint restaurants. After lunch, drive 2.5 hours in our private, comfortable bus to the village of Medjugorje. Once there we will be introduced to the Dragicevic Family, our hosts , in whose comfortable, yet modest inn we will be staying for the next five nights. Enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring for the evening.
Day 8 - 11, Medjugorje
Experience the beauty and peace of this simple village. During your stay in Medjugorje you will have the opportunity to share faith with pilgrims from all over the world. Our local guide will accompany us throughout your stay. Attend Daily Mass: Each morning, at 10:00 A.M, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you. On Feast Days and Sundays: English Mass is at Noon. Apparitions: Each evening at 5 PM or 6 PM (depending on daylight savings time), your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in praying the Rosary, as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 5:40 PM (6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time), feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick. You are invited to be present at Mirjana's apparition on the morning of June 2nd. Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries had their first encounter with Our Lady. Also, at the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where Our Lady allegedly appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. When climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time in prayer. Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain, and venerate that very cross. When climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross to meditate on Jesus' suffering Road to Calvary. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ is located on the grounds of St. James Church. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee. Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: Located on the grounds of St. James Church, is the bronze statue of the Risen Christ. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ's right knee. You will be invited to attend inspirational talks by the priests of St. James parish in Medjugorje. Meetings will be arranged with the visionaries providing availability.
Day 12, Medjugorje - USA
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach to the airport for return flights home.