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    RocamadourAvignonArsParay-la-MonialDijonSt. Elizabeth of the TrinityHotel de DieuHotel de DieuVezelayAlenconMartin FamilyPontmainRocamadourLisieux


    Shrines of France

    in the Alençon Jubilee

    Carmelite logo


    Sept. 2-14, 2018


    Fr. Raymond Bueno, O.C.D., J.C.L.

    Pastor, St. Cecilia's, Stanwood, WA



    A very special pilgrimage to FRANCE to honor the parents of St. Thérèse, Louis & Zelie Martin’; the first couple to be canonized together in the history of the Church! Pilgrims traveling to Alençon in 2018, the year of their 160th wedding anniversary, will be able to receive the graces connected to a Jubilee Year!

    The pilgrim route, bookended by Lourdes in the French Pyrenees and Lisieux in historic Normandy will cover some of the most beautiful cities, regions and shrines of France, including: Rocamadour, Avignon (Provence), Ars, Paray La Monial, Beaune (Musee de l'Hotel-Dieu), Dijon (Elizabeth of the Trinity, the newest Carmelite saint), Vezelay (St. Bernard of Clairvaux), Alencon & Mont Saint-Michel!








    Cost:$4450.00 from LAX (based on double room occupancy)

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    Includes:R/T non-stop airfare from LAX on Delta

    Land transportation by luxury motorcoach

    3 & 4* hotels with private bath

    Breakfast & Dinner daily

    Guided touring as indicated on itinerary

    Daily Holy Mass


    Cost is based on double room occupancy

    Single room cost: $495.00



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    The Village Centre - P.O Box 509

    Bangall, NY 12506




    Day 1 - Afternoon departure from LAX on- board a flight to Pau, France (via Paris).

    Day 2 - Mid-afternoon arrival in Pau and transfer to nearby Lourdes set at the foot of the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains of southern France. Check-in for two nights at Hotel Astoria close to the holy grounds that hosted the eighteen visits between Our Blessed Mother and St. Bernadette (1858). Enjoy a walk along the river that Bernadette was crossing over when she first saw the “Beautiful Lady” at the Grotto of Massabielle, her “heaven on earth”. All are welcome to the nightly Rosary & candlelight Procession.

    Day 3 - A day in the village of St. Bernadette! Set out on a walking tour to the sites connected to her twenty-two years in Lourdes; visit the Boly Mill (her birthplace), the Cachot (her family home at the time of the apparitions) and Parish Church. Time at leisure for the Baths of Lourdes where healing water has been flowing since the time of the ninth apparition when Our Lady asked Bernadette to “Drink from the spring”.

    Day 4 - Morning departure northeast for the medieval cliff-top pilgrimage village of Rocamadour. Early afternoon arrival and check-into our hotel near the shrine enclosing an ancient image of the Black Madonna. Discover the legend of St. Amadour (First-century) and learn how the sword you’ll see in the rock is really the “Sword of Roland”. Also hear how the King of England, Henry Plantaganet, was one of the first to kneel in front of the venerable image and be cured!

    Day 5 - Today depart from Rocamadour on a roadtrip through the scenic Dordogne Valley, the “French Cotswolds”, to Avignon in western Provence! Late afternoon arrival and check-in at our hotel on the outskirts of Avignon.

    Day 6 - Morning in the ancient walled city of Avignon with its Gothic Palais des Papes, residence of seven Fourteenth-century popes! Learn how Avignon played a leading role in the late Middle Ages and have time at leisure in the historical center to visit the Papal Palace, the Romanesque Cathedral and some of the lovely shops. Mid-afternoon departure northwards for Ars in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of eastern France. Early evening arrival and check-in at Hotel Regina in Ars, home of the famous Nineteenth-century pastor, St. Jean-Marie Vianney, who once said to a little boy upon his approach to the village for the first time in February of 1818, “Show me the way to Ars and I’ll show you the way to Heaven.”

    Day 7 - A morning in the quaint country village of Ars to walk in the steps of Père Vianney, Patron of all priests! Visit the presbytery and the church where he offered daily Holy Mass for over fifty years, hearing confessions for up to sixteen hours a day, making this once obscure village famous throughout France as a “Hospital for Souls”. Here his incorrupt body lies in repose. Mid-day departure north for the pretty Burgundian town of Paray-le-Monial where Our Lord chose a Seventeenth-century Visitation Sister, Margaret Mary Alacoque, to be the messenger of His Sacred Heart. Afternoon arrival in Paray-le-Monial to visit the chapel where the mystical revelations took place and where St. Margaret Mary's mortal remains repose. Also visit the Chapel of St. Claude de la Colombiere, her confessor, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Continue northeast to Beaune for check-in at Hotel Carline for two nights.

    Day 8 - A day in the rich wine producing area of Beaune & Dijon (capital of Burgundy) to discover a Catholic hospital that cared for the poor for over five centuries and two Burgundian saints, Elizabeth of the Trinity (Mystic of Dijon) and Bernard of Clairvaux, the Mellifluous (honey-tongued) Doctor! The former, being a contemporary of St. Thérèse, is the most recent Carmelite to be canonized. In her twenty-six years of life, the last five in Carmel, she bore suffering heroically and wrote of the “Presence of God” in every soul. Visit her family home, the Church of St. Michel (wherein are her relics) and the Carmel of Flavigneron-Dijon in the hills outside the city. On to nearby Fontaine-lès-Dijon to visit the Basilica of Saint-Bernard, built over the birthplace of the Twelfth-century Cistercian champion of monasticism whose faith and charisma were so attractive that the majority of his immediate and extended family embraced the monastic life as well. Finally we will visit Musee Hôtel Dieu de Beaune, a very successful hospital
    founded in 1443 to care for the poor in the wake of the Hundred Years’ War. It was in operation until 1971 when it became the museum and art gallery that it is today, telling of a little heaven on earth!

    Day 9 - Today travel west across north-central France into the historic coastal region of Normandy, stopping en-route at the Basilica of Vezelay, a major medieval pilgrimage site as it once held the relics of St. Mary Magdalen. Here was launched the Second & Third Crusades, the latter by St. Bernard of Clairvaux in 1146. A cross on the hill-top marks the spot. Early evening arrival in the lace-center of Alençon, town of Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin; parents of beautiful St. Thérèse”. Overnight in Alençon.

    Day 10 - Morning in bustling Alençon to come to know the life of the joyful Martin Family and have the opportunity to receive the graces connected to the Jubilee Indulgence! ! Visit the home of the only spouses ever canonized together in history. Here they raised up five daughters; the youngest being Thérèse, a child with an exceptional destiny! Also visit the church where they were married. Afternoon departure towards the coast stopping en-route in the village of Pontmain, site of a Marian Apparition in 1871 to four children in response to the faith-filled villagers prayers during the Franco/ Prussian War. Early afternoon arrival and visit to the Sanctuary of Pontmain. Continue west for an early evening arrival at Hotel Ariane in Pontorson near Mont Saint-Michel.

    Day 11 - Morning on Mont Saint-Michel spectacularly overlooking the Gulf of Saint Malo. Here St. Michael appeared to the local bishop in 708! Visit the Benedictine Abbey where monks and pilgrims have honored the great archangel for ten centuries! Enjoy the old village and then travel north to Lisieux, the town of St. Thérèse, "the Little Flower". Late afternoon arrival and check-in at Hotel Grand L’Esperance near the Carmel for the next two evenings.

    Day 12 - Enjoy a full day in beautiful Lisieux to see the sites dear to the “Little Flower”; the Carmel (where she died in 1897), Les Buissonettes (her family home), St. Peter's (where she made her 1st Communion) and the awesome Cathedral dedicated to her. Time in the afternoon at leisure.

    Day 13 - Morning departure for Paris CDG Airport for an afternoon flight to LAX. Evening arrival in LAX.