Your Trip Includes: Round-trip air from Newark / New York (special round-trip fares from your local airport)
All Airline Fuel Surcharges & Airport Taxes
Accommodations at Rome Oct 17 - 24 for 7 Nights at your desired hotel:
~ Hotel Quirinale, Rome (4-stars)
Transportation by Private Motor Coach as per itinerary
Tour Escort as per itinerary
Breakfast and Dinner daily
Sightseeing & admissions fees including:
~ Christian Rome Tour, Vatican Museum, Catacombs, Assisi (as per itinerary)
Rome City Tax
Full Day Excursions to Assisi & Florence
Luggage Handling Porterage (1 piece per person)
Catholic Piest and Mass daily
Day 1, Tuesday, October 16, 2012: Depart New York/Newark
Departure this evening for your overnight flights to Rome.
Day 2, Wednesday, October 17, 2012: Arrive Rome
Upon arrival in Rome you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3, Thursday, October 18, 2012: Rome - Full Day Tour of Christian Rome
This morning we depart on our sightseeing tour which will offer insight into the most significant Catholic sites in Rome. We will have an opportunity to see the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, which contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. We will see the Holy Stairs and visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, which was the residence of the popes prior to returning to Rome in 1377. We also explore St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St. Paul under its main altar. We will see the Appian Way, the oldest road from Roman times, as well as the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus and the Tomb of Celilia Metella. Our day ends with a special visit to one of the catacombs, such as St. Callixtus, where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution for their devout faith. Time permitting we will also visit the Trevi Fountain to take part in the tradition of throwing 3 coins into the fountain in hopes of returning to Rome. After a day filled with faith and beauty we enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 4, Friday, October 19, 2012: Rome
Today, we continue exploring Rome, the greatest centers of Western Civilization.
Vatican and St. Peters Basilica, the spiritual capital for all the Catholics around the world.
Following Mass visit the Vatican Museums, a group of most impressive edifices with
hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures.
See awe-inspiring relics and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith.
We'll cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel,
Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. Later, enter the largest
church in Christendom St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred.
Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church,
to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches.
Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. We will also visit the grave of Pope John Paul II
located at the Vatican. Before dinner, we'll have some time at leisure, to explore your own paths,
to shop, or just to sit in one of the outside cafes and watch the world go by. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Saturday, October 20, 2012: Rome - Florence - Rome
Enjoy drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, we arrive in Florence.
A paradise for art lovers, Florence drew to itself the greatest artists of the Renaissance:
Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello and many others.
After Mass, we will enjoy guided tour of Florence which includes magnificent Franciscan
church of The Holy Cross or Santa Croce with the beautiful facade, church is a burial
place of nobles, among which is Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Walking tour
through Piazza Signoria, pass by Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Continue
through Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore 13th century cathedral.
Return to Rome for dinner and overnight. Day 6, Sunday, October 21, 2012: Round Trip transfer to Vatican City for Canonization Ceremony
Round trip transfer will be provided to Vatican City for Canonization Ceremony. Dinner and overnight
Day 7, Monday, October 22, 2012: Celebratory Mass
Transfer to Celebratory Mass at a Church TBA. Spend an enjoyable free afternoon for shopping or personal exploration. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Tuesday, October 23, 2012: Rome -
Full Day Excursion to Assisi
We travel to Assisi for our full-day’s excursion. We’ll begin our guided exploration of the quaint hilltop city which still retains much of the atmosphere of the early 1200's, the period when St. Francis began his ministry. We visit the huge 13th-century Basilica where we will see the tomb of St. Francis as well as many of the saint's possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. We continue our with a visit to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica in which St. Francis spent most of his life. Here we see the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. As we continue we see an ancient Roman temple on our way to the Church of St. Clare. St. Clare was the foundress of the Order of Poor Clare's and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. We will see the to see her incorrupt body and visit her tomb before concluding our day. We’ll return to Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Wednesday, October 24, 2012: Return to New York/Newark
Transfer to the airport for your return flights to New York.
Blessed Sister Marianne Cope
Blessed Sister Marianne Cope:
Utica-native Mother Marianne Cope will be canonized a saint on October 21, in Rome, Italy. German-born Blessed Marianne Cope was a Sister of St. Francis in New York. She ministered as a teacher and hospital administrator and helped found two of the first hospitals in the central New York area. In 1883 and emissary from Hawaii came to visit, asking for Catholic sisters willing to provide healthcare on the island of Molokai. Blessed Marianne agreed to go and spent the last 30 years of her life ministering to people with leprosy, or Hansen’s Disease in Molokai. In 1884 she met St. Damien de Veuster who was already ministering to lepers in Molokai. In 1889 she was chosen to be St. Damien’s successor at the Boys Home in Kalawao. Blessed Marianne died in 1918 of natural causes. She once promised her order that no sister who went to minister on the island would contract Leprosy. To this day no sister has contracted the disease.
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha: Kateri was born in what is today Auriesville, New York and died at Caughnawaga in Canada in 1680. Born to a Christian Algonquin Mother and a Mohawk Father, Blessed Kateri is known as “Lily of the Mohawks.” In 1667, at the age of 11, she met Jesuit missionaries who had been sent to help make peace with the French. That was her first contact with Christianity. It wasn’t until she was 18 that she asked to be baptized. She lived her faith in the face of a community that was increasingly hostile towards her faith. She died at the age of 24 in Caughnawaga where she had been living with a Christian native woman. A devotion to Kateria began to be manifested almost immediately by her people.
Blessed Pedro Calungsod: Pedro was born in 1654 in Molo, Phillipines. Very few details exist about his early life prior to missionary work. He studied in the Jesuit town of Loboc in Bohol, before sailing to Guam. He was a 17 year old Roman Catholic Filipino, when a Chinese merchant spread rumors that the baptismal water used by the missionaries was poisonous. Following his death, Blessed Pope John Paul II beatified him on March 5th, 2000 at Saint Peter’s Square, in Rome. His first alleged miracle was the healing of a man with bone cancer.
Blessed Anna Schaffer: Anna was born on February 18, 1882 in Roman Catholic Bavaria, Germany. She was a strong and healthy girl and she was among the best in school. After her First Communion, she vowed to spend her life serving God. Following an injury at work, she was unable to walk or work anymore. Despite her physical accidents and disease, she accepted her infirmity as a way of sanctification. She received Holy Communion every day thanks to a nearby parish. She saw Saint Francis, who was ready to accept her sacrifices of reparation. From that time on, she bore the wounds of Christ. Her stigmata was, however, unknown to many people as she preferred to conceal it to avoid any sensationalism. Her grave has been a pilgrimage site since her death in 1925. As a Blessed, she has been viewed as a Saint, but not entered in the roster of Canonized Saints.
Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamartaa
Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamartaa:
Giovanni, An Italian priest, born in Brescia in 1841, founded the “Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth for Men” and the “Humble Servants of the Lord for Women”. He was always sensitive to the problems of young people and those of the working class. And through that, he gave birth to a new congregation of priests who devote themselves the care of children, especially those without families. He died in 1913, at the age of 72.
Blessed Jacques Berthieu: Jacques, A French Jesuit priest, born in 1838. He was a diocesan priest for nine years before he decided to enter the Society of Jesus at age 35. He was appointed to the Madagascar mssion even before he finished novitiate. While the Jesuits were forced into exile by the French government, he spent his time gardening and growing food until he was allowed to exercise his priestly duties again. He had 18 mission stations to visit, but was interrupted numerous times because of warfare. On June 6th, he was advised to lead the people to the capital, Tananarive. They were attacked on the way, and took refuge in nearby villages. When he was caught, he was given the choice of becoming a counselor to the Menalamba, or they will not spare his life. He declared that he would never abandon his religion, and he was martyred in Madagascar in 1896.
Carmen Salles y Barangueras
Blessed Carmen Salles y Barangueras: Carmen was Born on April 9th, 1848, The Spanish founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. She worked with disadvantaged girls and prostitutes and saw that early education was essential for helping young women. She died in 1911.