Ordinations Week 2018 - Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
July 1-10, 2018
An invitation to Florence, Italy for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest's Ordinations Week 2018 with His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, and His Excellency, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone; a rare window into an extraordinary week in the life of the men who will ensure the continuation of the Classical Roman Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, our most sacred treasure! The crown jewel of the pilgrimage is the awesome Pontifical Mass of Ordination for the Priesthood with Cardinal Raymond Burke followed by a festive banquet at the Institute’s Motherhouse in Gricigliano and a spectacular fireworks show overlooking the hills of Tuscany!
Also travel to the Eternal City of Rome and the Southern Italian shrine-towns of San Giovanni Rotondo (St. Padre Pio), Mont Sant'Angelo and Mugnano del Cardinale (Int'l. Shrine of St. Philomena)!
Come join us on this pilgrimage of gratitude to Christ the King for the tremendous blessing of future priests!
Cost:$3695 from Chicago O'Hare (based on double room occupancy)
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R/T non-stop airfare from Chicago to Rome on United Airlines
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
8 nights at 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 $395 for a single room
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Day 1 - Mid-afternoon departure from Chicago on-board a non-stop United Airlines flight to Rome.
Day 2 - Morning landing at the Rome Fiumicino Airport. Set out on a drive north for Florence, the stunning golden-hued city of the Renaissance, passing by medieval villages, historic abbeys and sprawling vineyards. Afternoon arrival and check-in at Hotel Martelli in Florence, ideally situated near the Institute of Christ the King's Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan where four of the Ordinations Week ceremonies will take place, with the first occuring later this afternoon: the Cassock Reception and Solemn High Mass offered by the Prior General of the Institute, Msgr. Gilles Wach.
Day 3 - A morning return to the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan for a Solemn High Mass at which the seminarians will receive Clerical Tonsure as well as the various Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte, bringing them one step closer to the Holy Priesthood. Some time in the afternoon to take in the glory of Florence at leisure. Early evening drive into the Tuscan Hills of Gricigliano for an evening at the Institute's Motherhouse and Int'l. Seminary of St. Philip Neri, a former medieval castle with towers, an enclosed middle court and a surrounding moat. Enjoy a tour of the seminary grounds and a dinner in the courtyard. Also visit the Convent of the Sister Adorer's of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest, a community of religious sisters dedicated to praying for the priests of the Institute of Christ the King.
Day 4 - A day in Florence beginning with a Solemn High Mass of Ordination for Deacons and Subdeacons at the Church of Saints Michael & Cajetan. At this solemn rite, the candidates for the Diaconate will receive from His Excellency, Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, CA, the final order which prepares them for the Priesthood. Enjoy a wonderful walking tour this afternoon in Florence's historic center to include a visit to Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, an artistic masterpiece of the Fifteenth-century whose experimental architecture sparked the Renaissance.
Day 5 - Today is the crown jewel of Ordinations Week with the Pontifical Mass of Ordination at the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan. The ancient rite opens with drums announcing the entrance of His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, and concludes with the newly ordained processing out of the church which is filled with faithful from all over the world. The epic nature of what has transpired with the birth of new priests leaves the faithful in awe and with a greater understanding of the nature of the holy Priesthood. Early this evening travel to the Seminary for a fitting celebration of our new priests beginning with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and chanting of the Te Deum followed by a candlelight dinner under the Tuscan stars. A spectacular fireworks show synthesised with classical music closes the evening.
Day 6 - Morning departure from Florence for one last visit to the Seminary in Gricigliano for the joy of attending First Blessings and First Masses of the newly ordained. Late morning farewell from Tuscany for an afternoon drive eastwards to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of the Capuchin friar, St. Padre Pio, dramatically situated on a gargano overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Evening arrival and check-in at the Hotel Vittoria, San Giovanni Rotondo (2 nights).
Day 7 - Morning tour with a Capuchin Monk in the footsteps of Padre Pio. Visit the Seventeenth-century Church of Our Lady of Grace where Padre Pio lived. See his cell, the choir loft crucifix (before which he was praying when he received the stigmata), the chair in which he died in 1968 and his tomb. Afternoon excursion to the ancient cave of St. Michael the Archangel in nearby Monte Sant'Angelo; one of the most visited shrines of the early Christians. Here St. Michael appeared on four different occasions from 492 to 1656.
Day 8 - Morning check-out and departure west for Mugnano del Cardinale to visit the Int'l. Shrine of St. Philomena, the Fifteenth-century virgin martyr of whom St. Gregory XVI said "Whatever you ask of her, she will obtain for you". Then continue west towards Rome. Early evening arrival and check-in at Casa di Santa Brigida, the lovely guesthouse of the Bridgettine sister's; former home of St. Bridget, the Fourteenth-century mystic, her daughter, St. Catherine of Sweden, and the newly canonized Mother Elizabeth Hasselblad, just off Piazza Farnese in the heart of historic Rome.
Day 9 - A day in Rome to explore its many jewels at leisure. Within walking distance to the Casa Brigida is St. Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Three Fountains), ancient Trastevere and much more!
Day 10 - Morning flight departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Chicago. Early afternoon arrival at Chicago O’Hare Airport.