with Fr. Stephen Wirkes, St. Agatha, Canastota, NY
Sept. 18-28, 2017
Discover Portugal; the country chosen by Heaven to host the Blessed Virgin Mary on her earthly mission one hundred years ago! With the lovely House of Dominican Sisters in Fatima as a base, experience the holy city's many treasures and celebrate the great Centenary of the apparitions! Take part in nightly Rosary and majestic Candlelight processions! Visit the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem, University city of Coimbra, Monastery of Our Lady of Victory in Batalha, medieval Knights Templar Castle in Tomar and the seaside resort of Nazare - all steeped in history, faith and tradition! Spend the last two nights in the Old World maritime city of Lisbon, birthplace of St. Anthony!
Cost:$3295 from Newark or Philadelphia
Call for the cost from other cities
All costs are based on double room occupancy
Add $350 for a single room (single rooms are limited)
R/T non-stop air from Newark or Philadelphia on AA or DL
All airport taxes
All land transportation by luxury motorcoach
7 nights in Fatima and 2 nights in Lisbon at lovely hotels with private bath
Breakfast and dinner daily and 7 lunches
All touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass
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 -Mid-afternoon flight departure from Newark or Philadelphia on-board a flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2 - Morning arrival in Lisbon. Transfer north to Fatima, arriving mid-day at the Casa Dominicanas for check-in. Nightly Rosary & candlelight procession at the shrine.
Day 3 - Enjoy a day in Fatima to visit the Sanctuary and surrounding area. Upon entering the wide open expanse of the sanctuary grounds one can imagine what it was like in 1917 when the three shepherd children, Lucia Santos (age 10) and Jacinta & Francisco Marto (ages 7 & 9) were shepherding their flock in the fields of the Cova da Iria when the first apparition of Our Blessed Mother took place. At the sanctuary today one can visit the Capelinha (chapel of apparitions) and the Rosary Basilica wherein are the shepherds tombs. Also visit the Peace & Light Museum to see a video on the apparitions followed by a tour through a gallery exhibiting the ecelectic and valuable collection of gifts given to the shrine over the years.
Day 4 -A day excursion to Coimbra, an ancient royal city founded in the 13th Cen. on the banks of the Mondego River. Here Lucia, the oldest of the Fatima seers, lived as a Carmelite nun for over fifty years prior to her death in 2005. Visit her convent and a new museum telling her life story. Continue on to the Church of Santa Clara dedicated to Portugal's revered queen and patron, St. Isabella. Pass by the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest and most prestigious centers of learning in Europe, boasting of St. Anthony as one of its first students. Continue north to the fairytale castle of Bussaco in the forest of Luso built for the last king of Portugal in 1885.
Day 5 - A day to visit the picturesque hamlet of Aljustrel where the shepherd children lived with their families. Upon arrival, take in the unspoiled beauty of the fields of olive groves where the children played and shepherded their flocks. Walk along a cobblestone path to visit two sites of heavenly apparitions; Valinhos (site of the Aug. 1917 apparition of Our Lady) and Loca Cabeco (site of two angelic apparitions in 1916). See the original homes of the shepherd children and their parish church.
Day 6 - Full day excursion through the scenic countryside of central Portugal to the rugged Atlantic Coast. Pass by terraced olive groves and ancient villages and castles looming in the distant dating back centuries ago to an era when these lands were won back from the Moors by the first king of Portugal. Stop at the Dominican Monastery of Batalha, a 14th Cen. architectural jewel, built to thank the Virgin Mary for victory over the Spaniards. Upon reaching the coast enjoy the quaint fishing village of Nazare with its tiny chapel at the edge of one of Europe’s steepest cliffs, built to commemorate a miracle in 1181.
Day 7 - A day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima with Sunday morning Mass at the Sanctuary. Afternoon excursion to Tomar, a charming city dominated by the Convent of Christ Castle. Built by the Crusading order of the Knights Templar in the 12th Cen., this medieval castle was built as part of a defense system to strengthen the frontier of the Christian kingdom against the Moors. Within the convent chapel is a reliquary containing the Precious Blood of Christ. Continue on to another hilltop citadel rising above the plains near Fatima - the Castle of Ourem. Learn of Portugal's newest saint, the 14th Cen. Count of Ourem and founder of the Portuguese Royal House, Don Nuno Alveres Pereira.
Day 8 - A day in Fatima! This morn ing set out along the Hungarian Calvary to contemplate the Stations of the Cross. These stations were donated by the Hungarian Freedom Fighters and the path is the same distance as the Via Sacra in Jerusalem. Afternoon visit to the Sanctuary of Fatima's newest church, the Basilica of the Holy Trinity (consecrated in 2007) to see a special Centennial exhibition.
Day 9 - Morning at leisure in Fatima. Early afternoon check-out and departure for Lisbon, stopping en-route in Santarem to visit the Church of St. Stephen enclosing a reliquary containing a 13th Cen. Eucharistic Miracle. Late afternoon arrival at our hotel in the maritime capital of Lisbon.
Day 10 - A wonderful day in Old World Lisbon, a city set on seven low hills along the River Tagus. Visit the convent where little Jacinta of Fatima stayed in before her death in Lisbon (a former orphanage). Then drive by the famous Cristo Rey monument overlooking the river. Stop at historical Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery; both telling of the Age of Navigations when the great 15th Cen. Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, was the first European to reach India by sea, opening up new trade routes, expanding missionary activity and thereby changing the course of history. A visit to the Church of St. Anthony, built over the beloved saints birthplace, will complete our day.
Day 11- Morning flight departure from the Lisbon Airport to Newark or Philadelphia.