with Fr. James Fryar, FSSP
September 9-18, 2017
Join us on a very special Confraternity of St. Peter pilgrimage to Rome, Venice and Slovenia in the X anniversary of the founding of the confraternity!
Beginning in Northern Italy, our route will take us first to the floating city of Venice, the starting point for the Battle of Lepanto! A journey over the Julian Alps to Slovenia is next, highlighting an amazing XIX Century missionary (who helped build the Catholic Church in America) and the Slovene freedom fighters of the Communist Revolution of WWII!
Crowning the pilgrimage will be three days in Rome, the Eternal City, to take part in the celebration of the X anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 2007 Apostolic Letter, on the Usus Antiquior, the "Mass of the Ages".
Cost:$3895 from NY JFK (based on double room occupancy)
Call for the cost from other cities of departure
R/T airfare from JFK
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
3 & 4* hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Traditional Latin Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $495 for a single room
TO RESERVE A SEAT:
Fill out the small application form within the brochure and send with a $500 deposit to the address below.
Or call 1-800-334-5425 and we will be happy to send you one.
The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Evening departure on-board a flight from NY JFK to Venice, Italy.
Day 2 - Morning arrival in Venice! Set out for nearby Padua, the city of St. Anthony; beloved finder of lost objects. Late afternoon check-in at an XVIII cent. villa near Venice (two nights).
Day 3 - An excursion by water taxi to the floating jewel of Venice, a collection of 118 small islands connected by canals and bridges. Travel along an ancient commercial waterway lined with aristocratic villas. Upon arrival, disembark and set out on a tour of this once great maritime power of the Middle Ages and Renaissance era's and the starting point for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto. Visit the Piazza and golden Basilica of San Marco to venerate the tomb of St. Mark, the great "Lion of God", whose body was brought here from Egypt in 828. Continue over the Bridge of Sighs to the FSSP Church of San Simeone on the Grand Canal. Enjoy a gondola ride before returning to our villa!
Day 4 - Morning check-out and departure for central Slovenia by way of the Julian Alps. Afternoon arrival in the capital of Ljubljana, a city under Hapsburg rule up until 1918. Here the Slovene missionary to the native American Indians, Ven. Bishop Frederic Baraga, was ordained in 1823. Known as the "Snowshoe Priest", he traveled 700 miles yearly to the far-flung settlements of Michigan's Upper Peninsula along Lake Superior, eventually becoming the first bishop of Marquette. Evening arrival and check-in at our hotel (3 nts.) in the medieval town of Kranj, set on a rock above the convergence of two alpine rivers.
Day 5 - Morning visit to St. Martin Church in Kranj where Fr. Baraga served as chaplain before emigrating to America. See a monumental statue of the “Great Blackgown” (as the Native American's affectionately called him), revered by those in his homeland as well. Then set out for the Nat'l. Marian Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in Brezje. Constructed in 1860, pilgrims soon flocked here on reports of the many healings granted when faithful prayed in front of an ancient image of the Madonna and Child. Afternoon visit to the beautiful Alpine resort town of Bled on a glacier lake famous for its stunning blue-green waters and fairytale-like church, Our Lady of the Assumption, set on a hill on a tiny island in the middle of the lake. Enjoy a ride on a traditional "Pletna" boat to the island. Late afternoon return to Kranj.
Day 6 - A day to visit the nearby towns of Trebjne, Mala Vas, Zapotok and Zaplaz; sites of Ven. Bishop Baraga and the inspiring freedom fighters of the Communist Revolution of WWII, that took the lives of so many Slovene Catholics. Visit the shrine of 19 year-old Lojze Grozde (d. 1943), the first Slovene martyr to be beatified (2010). Also learn of Vladimir Kozina (d.2014), an exemplary Slovene Catholic priest and author (“Communism as I know it”), who spent seventy years in exile in in the USA after his life was miraculously spared during an invasion of his home that took the lives of three of his family in 1942. Visit his hometown and the Poor Clares convent where his sister lived. Late afternoon return to Kranj.
Day 7 - Morning check-out and departure for Italy traveling southwest over the border towards the Adriatic Sea to the Trieste Airport for a non-stop flight to Rome. Mid-afternoon arrival in Rome and transfer to the heart of the city for three nights on the Piazza Farnese at the Casa di Santa Brigida, the lovely guesthouse of the Bridgettine sister's; home of St. Bridget, the XIV cent. mystic and her daughter, St. Catherine of Sweden.
Day 8 - A day to celebrate the X anniversary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI' Apostolic Letter, "Summorum Pontificum" on the on the sacredness of the Ancient Mass. Have the great honor of attending a Pontifical High Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica, over the martyrdom and burial site of the Prince of the Apostles. Preceding it will be Adoration of the Holy Eucharist at one of Rome's churches followed by a solemn procession along the ancient pilgrim way to St. Peter's Square & Basilica. Afternoon tour beginning with a visit to the IV cent. Basilica of St. John Lateran (original home of the Vatican), built by Emp. Constantine whose conversion ended two centuries of Christian persecutions. Next is the Scala Santa enclosing the staircase that Christ ascended to Pontius Pilate. And then on to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, where the early Christians prayed and buried their dead. Here St. Philip Neri (XVI Cent. "Apostle of Joy"), spent nights in prayer. Pass by the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
Day 9 - Morning Solemn High Mass at the FSSP Church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini. Afternoon walking tour in Rome's historic center passing by the Pantheon and Piazza Navona! Then travel by bus to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, "Our Lady of Snows", built in the IV cent. following a popes vision from Our Lady and subsequent snowfall on Esquiline Hill outlining the floor plan. Under the high altar is a reliquary of the Holy Crib. Buried here is the great Soldier of Christ, St. Pius V, the pope who codified the Tridentine Mass and formed the Holy League of the Battle of Lepanto, instituting the feast of Our Lady of Victory to commemorate its success. Next visit the ancient Cathedral of Santa Praxede. Pass by the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum before returning to our hotel.
Day 10 - Morning flight departure from the Rome Airport to NY JFK.