"Land of Our Lady"
with Fr. Ken Dos Santos, MIC
May 9-17, 2019
With Fátima in the heart of central Portugal as a base, have the opportunity to daily visit the Cova da Iria, the holy grounds of the apparitions, and the nearby village of Aljustrel, site of the shepherd children's home and the place where the Angel of Peace prepared the children for Our Lady. Also enjoy day excursions to the beautiful and historic sights of Lisbon (birthplace of St. Anthony) and Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle)! Then travel to Portugal's northern region to the ancient cities of Coimbra, Braganza, Balazar, Braga and the Monastery of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception on Mt. Balsamao! Experience a country steeped in tradition, history and faith! Be in Fátima to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the May 13, 1917 appariton!
Cost:$2895 from Newark (based on double room occupancy)
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R/T United Airlines non-stop airfare from Newark, NJ
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
4 nights at the Casa Das Irmas Dominicanas in Fatima
2 nights on Mt. Balsamao
1 night in Braga
All meals except three lunches
All touring as on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass
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Day 1 - Evening departure from Newark, NJ Airport on-board a United Airlines flight to Porto, Portugal.
Day 2 - Late morning arrival in Porto. Set out on a panoramic drive through Portugal's second largest city, built up along the hillsides overlooking the Douro river. Continue south to the holy city of Fatima for a late afternoon arrival at Casa Dominicanas. Nightly Rosary & Candlelight Procession.
Day 3 - Set out for the Fatima Shrine built up over the same fields where Our Blessed Mother appeared to the three Fatima shepherd children, Jacinta & Francisco Marto and Lucia Santos, from May to Oct. of 1917, as Europe was in the midst of WWI. When describing the visions, Lucia said that the young woman identified herself as the "Lady of the Rosary" and appeared "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and brighter than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water". Her message was a reiteration of the Gospel: prayer, repentance, sacrifice and reparation. She asked the children to pray a Rosary daily for peace and an end to the war. See the chapel of apparitions and the basilica wherein are the shepherds tombs.
Day 4 - A full day excursion to Portugal’s world class capital of Lisbon, the maritime city of St. Anthony, the great finder of lost objects! Mid-morning arrival and visit to the Poor Clares convent, a former orphanage that little Jacinta stayed at before her death in a Lisbon hospital. Drive along the scenic River Tagus, stopping at Jeronimos Monastery and passing by historical monuments telling of Portugal's great Age of Discoveries. Lastly visit the church built over St. Anthony’s birthplace. Late afternoon return to Fatima with a stop in Santarem to visit the Church of St. Stephen; site of the 13th Cen. Holy Eucharistic Miracle.
Day 5 - On this day, 102 years ago, as the shepherd children played in the fields and tended their flock, the Blessed Virgin came to them for the first time. Join with pilgrims at the shrine for an inspiring anniversary ceremony beginning with the Rosary followed by Holy Mass and finishing with a procession of the Pilgrim Virgin statue as multitudes of faithful wave white handkerchiefs in farewell to Our Lady. Afternoon visit to the hamlet of Aljustrel where the shepherd children lived with their families. Take in the unspoiled beauty of the area as we visit the Marto family home and the Parish Church where they were baptized. Also visit Valinhos (place of the Aug. 1917 Marian apparition) and Loca Cabeco (place of the Angel's apparitions in 1916).
Day 6 - Morning check-out and departure for Portugal's remote northern region of Tras-os-Montes (Behind the Hills), one of the most beautiful and least explored parts of the country. Stop en-route in the historic university city of Coimbra to visit the Carmel where Sr. Lucia, the oldest of the Fatima seers, lived for over fifty years prior to her death in 2005. Pass by terraced vineyards, whitewashed villages and roadside shrines that still speak of a lifestyle passed down by the traditions and history that formed this land centuries ago. Late afternoon arrival on Mount Balsamao for check-in at the lovely hilltop guesthouse of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
Day 7 -Morning excursion to the royal city of Braganza whose roots date back to Portugal's founding. Just miles south of the Spanish frontier, this medieval city was first established by the Celts and later fortified by the Romans. Ultimately it took its name from its native Royal House of Braganca, the last line of Portuguese monarchs, who led Portugal and its colonial Empire for almost three centuries. Afternoon return to Mount Balsamao to visit a museum devoted to the 200 year history of the Marian Fathers in Portugal.
Day 8 - Morning check-out and departure for the ecclesiastical city of Braga; one of the oldest Christian cities in the world and once the ancient Roman capital of Iberia. En-route, stop in the village of Balazar to visit the home of Bl. Alexandrina Maria de Costa, one of the greatest mystics of modern times. Late afternoon arrival and check-in at Hotel Bom Jesus in Braga, close to the shrine of the same name, famous for its Baroque 15th Cen. double staircase of 1000 steps, a catechism in stone. Farewell Dinner and overnight.
Day 9 - Morning flight departure from nearby Porto Airport to Newark.