Pilgrimage to Canada
Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Beuther
April 29 - May 4, 2019
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights | Apr 29 - 01: Marriott Montreal Delta Hotel
- ~ 3 nights | May 1 - 04: Hotel Clarendon, Quebec City
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily at your hotel
- 3 Dinners with wine and 4 Lunches
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Tips to your guide & driver, Beverages or lunches unless mentioned. Personal items.
Monday, April 29: Depart to Montreal
Make you way to your local airport to board your flight(s) to Montreal International Airport. Arrive in Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by your tour escort and driver, and then transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time before Visiting the Notre Dame Basilica, which plays a significant part in Montreal's religious heritage. Constructed from 1824 to 1829; it dominates Old Montreal with its imposing size. The neogothic architecture and richness of its decoration inside and out - make it shine like a jewel in comparison to the modern buildings nearby. Special attention should be given to the magnificent pipe organ, the largest in North America and the French stained glass windows, modeled after Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris, France. Mass and dinner. Overnight in Montreal.
Tuesday, April 30: Montreal
The morning begins with a continental breakfast at your hotel. We will drive to the top of Mount Royal for a spectacular panorama view of the city of Montreal. Your day will include a visit at St. Joseph's Oratory, the world's largest shrine dedicated to St Joseph; which was founded by St. Brother Andre in 1904 as a modest chapel. Annually, this pilgrimage center receives over two million visitors who come to meditate and pray in this peace filled setting. St. Joseph's Oratory grew from a small chapel on beautiful Mount Royal to the premier Shrine of today. The Basilica's dome reaches 97 meters and is second only in height to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The primitive chapel, votive chapel, crypt and Basilica presents a variety of architectural styles as the construction began in 1904 and finished in 1966 with a number of architects over the decades. During our tour we will visit the reliquary where the relics of St. Brother Andre are displayed and view the two great pipe organs along with the carillon of 56 bronze bells that are played often throughout the week. We will celebrate Mass and you may participate in the Way of the Cross on the mountainside before we continue our journey. Lunch on site. Next, guided tour of Montreal : we will visit the seat of the Archdiocese of Montreal, the Basilica Marie Reine du Monde (Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral), the third largest church in Montreal after St. Joseph's Oratory and the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre. This Basilica was visited in 1951 by Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI and in August of 1969 Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II visited. He returned in 1984 as the first pope to visit Canada. Our next stop will be the 350 year old Notre Dame de Bon Secours Chapel and Marquerite Bouygeoys Museum. The chapel built in 1771 over the site of the original stone chapel was often visited by sailors to pray before they were shipped out for duty. The story of Marguerite Bourgeoy's exceptional life as a woman of action along with the early settlers who built Montreal is beautifully presented as we visit the museum named after her. The tower offers a spectacular view of Old Montreal and the Old Port. This evening relax with dinner on your own and stroll through the city. Overnight in Montreal.
Wednesday, May 1: Montreal - Our Lady of the Cape Shrine
Wake to a continental breakfast at your hotel. Our day begins in Shawinigan region to visit the Ozias Luduc Church. Ozias Luduc (1864-1955), a Canadian artist painted murals and masterpieces for more than 30 churches during his career. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing break with a musician here before we continue to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine. This shrine is located in the majestic region of Mauricie and is Canada's National Shrine to Our Blessed Mother. Standing on the shore of the St. Lawrence River, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine welcomes pilgrims annually to pray at the oldest standing Canadian chapel built in 1714 or the large modern Basilica which was inaugurated in 1964. The Basilica is adorned with magnificent stained glass windows and a Casavant organ with 5425 pipes, one of the largest in Canada. With its beautiful gardens overlooking the river, the shrine reveals an oasis of greenery and inspires peace and tranquility. The atmosphere of this Shrine and surrounding landscape invites you to spend time in spiritual reflection. Mass included, Then we will depart for Quebec city. Overnight in Quebec city.
Thursday, May 2: Quebec
After morning breakfast enjoy a city tour with the theme of "The Three Founders of Quebec City"; where you will learn more about the role of religion in the history of Quebec. Our exploring will include the Basilica Cathedral Notre Dame de Quebec with a visit to the crypt and the Francois de Laval Center; the Ursulines Monastery, which was started by a missionary group of Ursuline nuns in 1639 (the oldest institution of learning for women in North America); followed by a visit of the Marie de l'Incarnation Center. Our journey will take us to the St. Augustine's Monastery and the Catherine de Saint Augustin Center - dedicated to the co-founder of the Canadian Church who also dedicated her life to caring for the sick and destitute. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica Notre Dame de Quebec. You are free to enjoy the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city and have dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants you will find in Quebec! Overnight in Quebec.
Friday, May 3: Quebec - St. Anne de Beaupre
After continental breakfast at your hotel we will visit the National Shrine of Sainte Anne de Beaupre, which welcomes over a million visitors from all over the world annually. Learn the fascinating history through artistic masterpieces such as beautiful mosaics, stained glass windows, stone and wood sculptures throughout its many chapels. Enjoy a visit to the St. Anne museum. There will be free time to explore the Shrine with its old stone Church, outdoor Way of the Cross, and Scala Santa. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine before visiting the Albert Gilles Copper Art & Museum nearby. View exclusive pieces and learn about the art of embossing copper, how it is extracted and used around the world. Our travels today will take us to Montmorency Falls Park where the waterfalls are 272 feet tall, that is 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls! You may admire the view from the cable car, suspended bridge, lookout points, or climbing stairs up the side of the cliff. Return to Quebec for your farewell dinner and overnight.
Saturday, May 4: Quebec - Montreal Airport - Transfer for Departure
Continental breakfast at your hotel before check-out. After check out you will attend Mass followed by lunch before heading to the airport for your departure with wonderful memories of new friends and renewed spirit from your Canadian Pilgrimage.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.