with Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP
Confraternity of St. Peter
Oct. 23 - Nov. 1, 2019
Travel to Rome, Italy for the Eighth annual Summorum Pontificum Int'l. Pilgrimage in gratitude for Pope Emeritus Benedict's 2007 Apostolic Letter on the sacredness of the Traditional Latin Mass. Spend four days in the Eternal City for the official pilgrimage events; devotions and Solemn Masses with clergy and faithful from around the world, to conclude with a procession through the streets of Rome to St. Peter's Basilica for a Pontifical High Mass at the Chair of St. Peter with His Excellency, Bishop Dominique Rey, of the French Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon. See the most important pilgrim sites of the Eternal City, the heart of the Catholic Church, and witness to the eternal youth of the Ancient Mass! Also take an excursion to the palace where St. Thomas Aquinas, the "Angelic Doctor", was imprisoned for two years by his own family!
Spend the next four days traveling in the heart of central Italy, visiting Manoppello (Holy Veil), Assisi (Ss. Francis and Clare), Norcia (twin saints, Benedict and Scholastica), Cascia (St. Rita) and Loreto, site of the house of the Holy Family!
Cost:$3495 from Newark
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R/T non-stop airfare from Newark 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 $495 for a single room
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Day 1 - Evening overnight United Airlines flight departure from Newark (NJ) to Rome, Italy.
Day 2 - Morning arrival at the Rome Fiumicino Airport and transfer into the city, stopping at St. Paul Outside the Walls, the first of the four ancient, Papal, major basilica's that we'll visit in the Eternal City. Continue on to the Casa Brigida, the medieval guesthouse of the Bridgettine Sisters, overlooking Piazza Farnese in the historic city centre, close to the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the FSSP Church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrino. After-noon to rest. Later today, visit the rooms where St. Bridget of Sweden, XIV Century wife, mother, mystic and foundress of the Order of the Most Holy Saviour, lived out half of her life, along with her daughter, St. Catherine of Vadstena. Learn of a newly canonized Bridgettine, St. Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870–1957) from Sweden, whose conversion to Catholicism came after nursing the sick and dying of NYC at the turn of the last century and eventually led her to this house where she reestablished St. Bridget's Order after four hundred years
Day 3- A day to take in the treasures of Christian Rome, the physical heart of our holy Catholic Church! Our first stop will be at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, built by Emperor Constantine, whose IV century conversion ended two hun-dred years of Christian persecutions. Visit the Scala Santa next, the church enclosing the staircase that Christ ascended to Pontius Pilate. Next will be a stop at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, "Our Lady of Snows", the IV century Marian shrine built upon 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, Pope St. Pius V, who codified the Tridentine Mass and form-ed the Holy League that led the Christ-ian forces in the Battle of Lepanto. Due to the miraculous success of the battle, he instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory, a feast that the Church cele-brates to this day! Also visit the the ancient and marvelous Cathedral of Santa Praxede. Pass by the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum before arriving at Palatine Hill for the Stations of the Cross; the opening of the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage.
Day 4 -A day to celebrate the XII anniversary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Apostolic Letter, "Summorum Pontificum" 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 excursion to one of the Catacombs where the early Christians prayed and buried their dead.
Day 5 - Feast of Christ the King
A day excursion to honor St. Thomas Aquinas, XIII Century "Angelic Doctor"! Travel to the southernmost part of the Lazio region to Monte San Giovanni Campano, site of the Palace of Corte d'Avalos, former home of the Aquinas Family. This is where St. Thomas' parents imprisoned him to prevent him from joining the Dominican's. After two years they relented and released him and as history tells he went on to become the "Prince of Theologians", whose "Summa Theologica", has been a major reference for the philosophy and theology of the Catholic Church ever since. Pray the Holy Mass at the Chapel of St. Thomas connected to the prison and enjoy a splendid Banquet Lunch at the Palace.
Day 6 - Today we say depart Rome and head north into the beautiful Italian countryside to Loreto in the region of Marche, near the Adriatic Sea. En-route stop in the town of Manoppello (Province of Abruzzo) to visit the Capuchin Monastery of the Holy Face, containing a mysterious cloth believed to be Veronica’s Veil, bearing the image of a man’s wounded face that is thought to be the actual face of Christ. Pope Emeritus Benedict was a pilgrim here in 2006. Late afternoon arrival in Loreto and visit to the basilica protecting the Holy House of Mary. According to an ancient tradition this sacred dwelling was miraculously transported here in 1291, just before the final expulsion of Crusaders from the Holy Land. Overnight in Loreto.
Day 7 - A morning in Loreto to visit the Holy House at leisure. Mid-day departure for the wild Umbrian hill town of Cascia (Province of Perugia); town of St. Rita, XIV Century wife, mother, Augustinian nun and mystic. She is known as the "Saint of the Impossible" because of her difficult life and how God manifested His glorious ways through her and continues to do so. Late afternoon arrival in Cascia for check-in at Hotel for two nights.
Day 8 - A morning in Cascia to visit the basilica enclosing the tomb of St. Rita and have an opportunity to venerate a significant relic of a miraculous Eucharistic Host. Also visit the Aug-ustinian convent where she lived out the last thirty years of her life. Afternoon excursion to Norcia; birthplace of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica in 480. Visit the Monastery of San Benedetto in Monte, rising above the ancient town. In the jubilee year 2000, this internation-al community of monks was given care of the Basilica of San Benedetto, built over the birthplace of the twin saints. For the next 16 years the monks lived there in monastic tradition according to "Sancta Regula", the holy rule of St. Benedict. In 2016, a series of earthquakes destroyed the monastery forcing them to begin work on a new, seismic proof monastery, where they live to this day.
Day 9 - Morning check-out and departure for Assisi, the city of Sts. Francis and Clare. Upon a mid-morning arrival, walk along the narrow cobblestone streets to visit the places connected to their lives. Beginning at Santa Chiara, see the Cross from which St. Francis heard Our Lord imploring him to rebuild His church. Visit the crypt wherein is the tomb of St. Clare. Visit the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (a former Roman Temple) and the XIII Century Basilica of St. Francis, enclosing his tomb. Finally visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (built over the chapel that Francis repaired in 1207). Continue on to our hotel overlooking the Tiber in Fiumicino for our Farewell Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 - Mid-morning flight departure from Rome to Newark, NJ. Afternoon arrival in Newark.