Fr. Ray Schmidt Christmas Pilgrimage to Italy

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Christmas Pilgrimage to Italy's

Great Saints & Sacred Sites

Spiritual Director: Fr. Ray Schmidt

December 26, 2022 - January 6, 2023


Christmas Pilgrimage to Italy's

Great Saints & Sacred Sites

Spiritual Director:
Fr. Ray Schmidt

Dec 26, 2022 - Jan 6, 2023



Milan · Turin · Pavia · Bologna · Rome · Nettuno · Monte Cassino · Mugnano del Cardinale · Pompei · Pagnani · Salerno · Materdomini · San Giovanni Rotondo (St. Padre Pio) · Lanciano · Manoppello · Loreto · (Holy House) Osimo · Assisi (St. Francis)

This Christmas Season join Fr. Ray Schmidt on a special Pilgrimage to Italy visiting sacred sites and walking in the footsteps of great saints like St. Padre Pio and Saint Francis! For 10 nights, you will visit cities like Milan, Rome, Loreto, San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi, and more! Ring in the New Year in Rome, the Eternal City, celebrating with a Divine Mercy Chaplet at the Church of Mary Magdalene followed by Holy Hour, Confession, and fireworks! Visit the final resting place of St. Gianna Barretta Mola, see the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, tour the Holy House of Loreto and so much more! Start 2022 with a renewed and energized spirit influenced by the spectacular Shrines, relics, and Saints you will experience on this Catholic Pilgrimage!

Fr. Ray Schmidt

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 1 night: Dec 27 - Dec 28: Hotel Ibis, Milan
      ~ 4 nights: Dec 28 - Jan 01: Residenza Madri Pie, Rome
      ~ 1 night: Jan 01 - Jan 02: Hotel Palma, Pompei
      ~ 1 night: Jan 02 - Jan 03: Hotel Colonne, San Giovanni Rotondo
      ~ 1 night: Jan 03 - Jan 04: Casa Accoglienza San Giuseppe, Loreto
      ~ 2 nights: Jan 04 - Jan 06: Hotel Dal Moro, Assisi
  • Transfers by private motorcoach
  • Tour Escort throughout
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • One Lunch at Local Restaurant in Osimo
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guides
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
Residenza Madri Pie
Hotel Palma
Hotel Colonne
San Giovanni Rotondo
Casa Accoglienza San Giuseppe
Hotel Dal Moro
Not included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Travel Protection

Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 48 hours prior to departure.


Day 1 | Mon, Dec 26: Depart Dulles International Airport

Late morning pilgrim Mass at St. John's, then travel to Dulles by charter bus. Fly overnight with meals served on board.

Day 2 | Tue, Dec 27: Milan - Turin - Milan

Arrive in Milan. Visit the grave of St. Gianna Barretta Mola at the Cemetery of Mesero (based upon early morning arrival) and then bus to Turin and see Frassati, Bosco, Savio. Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians in Turin. Bus back to Milan for dinner.

Day 3 | Wed, Dec 28: Milan - Pavia - Bologna - Rome

Visit the Basilica of St. Ambrose (Mass) and then bus down to visit St. Augustine & Boethius in Pavia, then to Bologna to visit St. Dominic at Basilica of San Domenico and the Church of Corpus Domini to see St. Catherine of Bologna. Finish the drive to Rome. Check in to hotel and dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Day 4 | Thu, Dec 29: Rome

Early Departure. Visit the Basilica of St. Lawrence and then to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for 9am Mass, then to St. Peter in Chains and the Basilica of San Clemente.  at 1:20 we visit the Colosseum, then the Basilica Santa Francesca Romana, the Basilica of St. Cosmas and Damien, Chiesa del Gesu and the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Day 5 | Fri, Dec 30: Rome

Early start with 7:30am Mass at the tomb St. Peter followed by free time to pray and explore the Basilica, and even climb the 500+ steps to the dome of St. Peter's and quick lunch. We then visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.  We then visit St. John Lateran, Basilica Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Scala Sancta and Chiesa Sacro Cuore del Suffragio and the museum of the Holy Souls of Purgatory, followed by dinner and over-night in Rome.

Day 6 | Sat, Dec 31: Rome

Start the day by visiting the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, followed by a visit to the Church of St. Cecilia and then Mass at Chiesa Nuova. We then visit the Pantheon, eat lunch and enjoy Fr. Ray's walking tour of Rome, which includes stops at Santa Maria in Vallicella, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Sant' Ignazio, San Silvestro in Capite, Trevi Fountain, St. Monica, Basilica of Sant' Agostino followed by dinner in the Piazza Navona area, and then a visit to the Church of Mary Magdalene for a Divine Mercy Chaplet before heading to the NAC for a Holy Hour, Confessions and fireworks.

Day 7 | Sun, Jan 01: Rome - Nettuno - Monte Cassino - Mugnano del Cardinale - Pompei

Depart Rome by 7:30am. Bus to Maria Goretti in Nettuno and then bus to Monte Cassino to visit Benedict and Scolastica, then to Mugnano del Cardinale to see St. Philomena, then to Pompei to the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary and Bl. Bartolo Longo.

Day 8 | Mon, Jan 02: Pompei - Pagnani - Salerno - Materdomini - San Giovanni Rotondo

Begin the day with St. Alphonsus Liguori in Pagnani and then travel to see St. Matthew and Salerno, then to St. Gerard Majella in Materdomini, then to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Tue, Jan 03: San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Manoppello - Loreto

Visit St. Padre Pio Shrine and Monte Sant'Angelo (Cave of St. Michael), then bus up the Adriatic Coast to Lanciano for the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, then to the Holy Face Sanctuary in Manoppello and then to Loreto for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 | Wed, Jan 04: Loreto - Osimo - Assisi

Start the day visiting the Holy House in Loreto, travel to Osimo for St. Joseph of Cupertino (patron saint of students) and lunch at Osteria Moderna (included in cost). Then bus to Assisi to visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and spend time in Assisi before and after dinner.

Day 11 | Thu, Jan 05: Assisi

Visit the Basilica of St. Clare and the Basilica of St. Francis followed by free time in Assisi and farewell dinner.

Day 12 | Fri, Jan 06: Departure

Return flight from Rome to Dulles and charter bus from Dulles to St. John's.

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About your trip

  • Florence
  • Bologna
  • Padua
  • Venice
  • Verona
  • Milan
  • Mesero
  • Certosa
  • Pavia
  • Turin
  • Corpus Domini
  • Castelnuovo Don Bosco
  • Oropa
  • Biella
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