Fall into a Spiritual Journey to
Catholic Shrines of Eastern America Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. John Boll
Group Coordinator: Karen Chappelear & Ron Kong
October 19 - 27, 2021
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Accommodation at first class hotel as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: Oct 19 - 20: Wyndham Beacon Hill, Boston
- ~ 1 night: Oct 20 - 21: Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge
- ~ 1 night: Oct 21 - 22: Town Place Suites, Clinton
- ~ 1 night: Oct 22 - 23: Clarion Inn, Frederick
- ~ 4 nights: Oct 23 - 27: Capitol Skyline, Washington DC
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- 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
- Headsets where needed
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Airline luggage fees, Lunches and Beverages, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Tuesday, October 19: Depart Sacramento for Boston
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your flight. Upon arrival in Boston, you will be met by the 206 Tours representative and transfer to your hotel. You have some free time before we make our way to visit the Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine. Staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV), this is the focal Eucharistic Shrine of the Archdiocese of Boston, and home to Our Lady of Grace Seminary. The Oblates, whose name means “offering”, were founded in early 1816 by the Venerable Fr. Pio Bruno Lanteri. From Northern Italy, he insisted that the Virgin Mary is the Foundress of the Congregation, and is famous for saying “Even if I should fall a thousand times a day, a thousand times I will get up again, and say Nunc Coepi – Now I begin!” In the evening, you will make your way for the “Welcome Drink Reception”, followed by dinner.
Day 2, Wednesday, October 20: Boston - Stockbridge
This morning, after breakfast, we visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. Founded in 1969 by Norman and Molly Rockwell. The museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection, including 998 original paintings and drawings. Norman spent the last 25 years of his life living in Stockbridge. From there, we will stop for lunch on your own at the Runaway Café on the grounds of the museum. Following lunch, we visit National Shrine of The Divine Mercy run by the Congregation of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Consisting of 375 acres of land nestled in the beautiful Berkshire hills, the property is called “Eden Hill” because of its natural beauty. You will explore the grounds of the Shrine, including the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine, the Shrine of the Holy Innocents, the life-size Stations of the Cross, The Holy Family Shrine, and the Lourdes Grotto/ Immaculate Conception Candle Shrine. Thousands of pilgrims visit the National Shrine each year to encounter the message of Divine Mercy. At the 3:00 hour we will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the Shrine. Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 3, Thursday, October 21: Stockbridge – Asbury
This morning, after breakfast, you will start the day driving south to Asbury, New Jersey, and visit the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Built in 1978, it was dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary as a response to the question that Our Lord asked Sister Lucia, What is being done to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of My Mother? We visit The Holy House, which was dedicated in 1973 and is the heart of the Our Lady of Fatima Retreat Center. Stones from the actual Holy House (in Loreto) were used to construct the Holy House Chapel. Sister Lucia’s last vision is replicated in the Chapel along with a wood statue of St. Joseph as he appeared in Fatima during the Miracle of the Sun. Also, at the Shrine is the “Capelinha”, one of two exact replicas of the Chapel built at Fatima on the site of Our Lady’s apparitions, a Rosary Garden and Outdoor Shrines. From there, we return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4, Friday, October 22: Asbury – Emmitsburg - Frederick
After breakfast, we continue our journey to Emmitsburg. Here, we visit The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, which is a U.S. religious site and educational center. The center pays tribute to the life and mission of Elizabeth Ann Seton (August 28, 1774 - January 4, 1821), the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. It is both a Minor Basilica and a National Shrine. We will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass at the Minor Basilica. This afternoon we visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Above the lovely valley of Emmitsburg, it is situated high on the mountainside, where nature displays itself in all its wild and picturesque glory. This shrine traces its linage to the very beginnings of the spread of Catholicism in America. Indelibly linked with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, it is one of the oldest American replicas of the revered French shrine, dating to about two decades after the apparitions at Lourdes (1875), although the site had already been in use for more than 70 years as a place of prayer and devotion. Lunch is on your own, then we continue to Frederick where we check in to our hotel with time to relax. Meet in the evening for dinner.
Day 5, Saturday, October 23: Frederick – Baltimore – Washington DC
This morning, after breakfast, we make our way to Baltimore. We’ll have a guided tour of the Basilica of the Assumption - America's first cathedral also called the Baltimore Basilica. It was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States and is among the first major religious buildings constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. We visit St. Mary's Spiritual Center, which is housed in a three-story, Federal-style building that once served as the convent for the Sisters of Divine Providence, who worked at the seminary. Since 1791 the site has continued its rich tradition of ongoing spiritual and intellectual growth and development. Next, we celebrate Mass and after lunch on your own, we continue our tour to the home of Elizabeth Ann Seton and Shrine of St. Jude. Next, we explore St. Mary's seminary. This was the first seminary founded in the United States of America after the Revolution. We continue to Washington DC, where we reside for the next three days. You will have free time to explore on your own. We meet back at the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Sunday, October 24: Washington DC
Gathering in the lobby of the hotel after breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic minor basilica. The Knights of Columbus have had a close relationship with the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception throughout the shrine’s history. The 329-foot bell tower is dubbed the “Knights’ Tower”, The Our Lady of Africa Chapel’s construction was funded by the Knights, and a stained-glass window of Father Michael J. McGivney, located in the Crypt Church sacristy. The Trinity Dome mosaic, the final stage of the architectural and iconographic plan for the basilica, was completed, thanks in part to the Order’s financial support of more than $1 million. There is an option to have lunch in the cafeteria at the Basilica. From there, you will have the remainder of the day free to spend however you wish. We will meet back at the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 7, Monday, October 25: Washington DC
This morning, we will gather in the hotel lobby after breakfast. We participate in public Mass, followed by a visit to the St. John Paul II National Shrine. From its conception, the Shrine was intended as a response to St. John Paul II’s call for a “New Evangelization”, which was repeated by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. It is meant to be a place of genuine encounter with God that leads to a renewal of individuals, families, societies, and cultures – a place where God, who “entered history” (John Paul II, Homily, December 24th, 1999), heals and renews every dimension of human life. Through liturgy, prayer, art, cultural events, and religious celebrations, you can enter into the patron’s deep love for God, and for man. The major exhibit highlights significant events in the life of Pope John Paul II and his momentous influence as the spiritual father of one (1) billion Catholics and as a world leader. The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is a major pastoral initiative of the Knights of Columbus. Faithful to continuing the mission and legacy of Pope John Paul II, the Knights in 2011 established a shrine to him in the nation’s capital. After five years of construction and the canonization of its patron, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims annually. The Shrine also hosts talks, days of reflection, special devotions, and other events to feed the minds and souls of its visitors. It is the Knights’ hope that this initiative will serve the life of the Church in the United States and will thus bear abundant fruit for the Universal Church and for the world. You will have the remainder of the day free to spend however you wish. Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 8, Tuesday, October 26: Washington DC
After breakfast, we make our way to The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Located on a hill called Mount Saint Sepulcher and anchored by the Memorial Church of the Holy Sepulcher, it includes gardens and replicas of various shrines throughout Israel. A replica of the catacombs in Rome, an archive, a library, as well as bones of Saint Benignus of Armagh, brought from the Roman catacombs and originally in the Cathedral of Narni, Italy. The remainder of the day is free to do as you wish. Based on individual arrangements, you may visit The Bible Museum and other Smithsonian museums. Gather back at the hotel for dinner and relax for the rest of the evening. You will have plenty of time to pack your luggage and prepare for departure the next day.
Day 9, Wednesday, October 27: Washington DC – Alexandria – Return Home
Enjoy the Return Home Breakfast in the morning, followed by celebrating a farewell Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in the Old Town of Alexandria. Founded in 1795, the Basilica is the first Catholic parish in the Commonwealth of Virginia and West Virginia. President George Washington made the first contribution for the creation of the Catholic Parish. With heartfelt farewells to your fellow pilgrims, you will board our evening transfers to the airport for our return flights home.