Ordinations Week 2019
Institute of Christ the King
June 30-July 8, 2019
An invitation to Ordinations Week in Florence, Italy for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest; 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 followed by a festive banquet at the Institute’s Motherhouse in Gricigliano overlooking the hills of Tuscany!
Also visit Eternal Rome, where so many early Christian martyrs gave their lives! With the guesthouse of St. Brigid of Sweden as our base, visit St. Peter's Basilica (built over the martyrdom site of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles), the ancient Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Enjoy a day excursion to Naples, the most prominent port city of Southern Italy, and home to St. Moscati, the "holy doctor of Naples" and the annual miracle of San Gennaro!
Come join us on this pilgrimage of gratitude to Christ the King for the tremendous blessing of future priests!
Cost:$3495 from NY JFK (based on double room occupancy)
Call for the cost from other cities of departure
R/T American Airlines non-stop air from JFK
Land transportation by motorcoach and or train
Good 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 by mail 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 - Late afternoon departure on-board an American Airlines non-stop flight from NY JFK to Rome, Italy.
Day 2 - Early morning arrival in Rome and transfer directly north to Florence, the stunning golden-hued city of the Renaissance. Mid-day check-in at Hotel Albani Firenze (or similar) in the heart of the city near the 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 - Morning Solemn High Mass at the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan 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. Free time in the afternoon to take in the glory of Florence. Early evening drive into the Tuscan Hills surrounding Florence for a visit to the Institute of Christ the King’s Motherhouse and International 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 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.
Day 4 - Morning Solemn High Mass of Ordination for Deacons and Subdeacons at the Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan. At this solemn rite, the candidates for the diaconate receive the final order that prepares them for the priesthood. A free afternoon in Florence to take in the Duomo, an artistic masterpiece of the 15th-century as well as the other sites of this art capitol of the world, a virtual open-air museum!
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 arrival of the presiding cardinal, Msgr. Gilles Wach and priests and seminarians
of the Institute and concludes with the newly ordained leading the Recessional out of the church 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. This evening travel to the Seminary for
a joyous celebration beginning with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and chanting of the Te Deum followed by a candlelight dinner under the Tuscan stars and
an awesome fireworks show.
Day 6 - This morning we’ll make one last visit to the Seminary in Gricigliano to attend the First Low Masses of the newly ordained and receive their First Blessings. Mid-day farewell from Tuscany for an afternoon drive south to Rome. Early evening arrival in Rome's historic district for check-in at the Casa di Santa Brigida, the lovely guesthouse of the Bridgettine sister's; the former home of St. Bridget, her daughter, St. Catherine and Sweden's newest saint, Elizabeth Hesselblad, whose conversion to the holy faith dates back to her time spent in NYC.
Day 7 - A full day in Ancient Rome! Visit one of the most sacred sites of our holy Faith, St. Peter's Basilica, built over the martyrdom of Peter the Apostle, first Bishop of Rome. Also visit the marvelous Pantheon, Piazza Navona (Bernini's four rivers fountains) and the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (tomb of St. Catherine of Siena) where Pope Pius V formed the Holy League that went on to save the Christian West at the Battle of Lepanto.
Day 8 - Today enjoy an excursion to unforgettable Naples, one of Italy's oldest and most beautiful cities. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic center beginning at Piazza Gesu Nuovo (enclosing the tomb of St. Giuseppe Moscati, "holy doctor of Naples”). Continue along a lively pedestrian street, passing by the street of the Nativity Scene makers, to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (cared for by the Institute since 2017) and the Cathedral of San Gennaro, wherein is kept the holy reliquary of the blood of St. Januarius, 4th-century bishop and martyr, which has liquified yearly for the last six hundred years! Late afternoon return to Rome for our last evening in Rome.
Day 9 - Morning flight departure from Rome non-stop to NY JFK.