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12 Day Pilgrimage to Majestic Italy
April 30 - May 11, 2015
I would like to take this time to personally invite you, your relatives and friends to join us on this special trip to Italy's greatest cities and the special places dear to everyone's heart.
Our journey begins in Greccio, where the worlds first Christmas Eve procession took place! As we begin our pilgrimage contemplating the Mystery of the Incarnation, we will also walk and pray at the same locations where St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Pio, and many others before us drew closer to God. Our journey continues to Manoppello, where again we will pray and reflect on the Holy Face of Christ!
Our devotion to Padre Pio will find its deepest expressions as we travel to San Giovanni Rotondo, the home of Saint Pio of Pietreclina. We will celebrate Mass and pray at the tomb of Saint Padre Pio and sites that mark his saintly life. Our arrival in the "Eternal City" will mark our pilgrimage in a unique way. Here, we will visit and venerate the sacred sites of our Catholic faith, including St. Peter's Basilica, the Basilicas of St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Paul Outside the Walls. We will celebrate daily Liturgies and have the privilege of attending the Holy Father's general audience.
Visiting Greccio, Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, Pietreclina, Rome, Vatican City, Padua, Venice and Lake Garda rounds out what promises to be an enriching and unforgettable pilgrimage of faith. I hope you will join us on this exciting journey of faith through Majestic Italy. Consider it a gift of yourself to God and a gift of God to you!
Joyfully yours in Christ,
Benefactor's Pilgrimage Office of the Franciscan Mission Associates