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Diaconate Ordination in Rome!

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Andy Bulso

With: Christian Hamrick

Group Leader: Julianne Hansen

*Optional Post Tour to Siena, Florence, Pisa, Padua & Venice:

October 11 – 15, 2024

Scavi Tour – pending confirmation

September 30 – October 11, 2024

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Diaconate Ordination in Rome!

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Andy Bulso

With: Christian Hamrick

Group Leader:

Julianne Hansen

*Optional Post Tour to Siena,

Florence, Pisa, Padua & Venice:

October 11 – 15, 2024

Scavi Tour – pending confirmation

September 30 – October 11, 2024

AB092224

Rome (Pope Francis) · Monte Cassino · San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) · Monte Sant' Angelo (Saint Michael) · Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle) · Loreto (Holy House) · Assisi (St. Francis)

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Rome (Pope Francis) · Monte Cassino · San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) · Monte Sant' Angelo (Saint Michael) · Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle) · Loreto (Holy House) · Assisi (St. Francis)

In Rome, step foot into the four Major Basilicas, see the Square from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, and attend a Papal Audience with his successor, the Pope. In San Giovanni Rotondo, visit sites from the life of St. Padre Pio. In Loreto, visit the “Holy House,” home of the Holy Family and mysteriously transported to Italy by the holy angels. Close out your pilgrimage with several days of prayer and reflection in the beautiful hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.

Fr. Andy Bulso

Christian Hamrick

Julianne Hansen

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Nashville (BNA) and any US major gateway as per https://www.206tours.com/airports/
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 5 nights: Oct 1 - 6: Hotel Savoy Roma, Rome, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 6 - 8: Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
      ~ 3 nights: Oct 8 - 11: BV Grand Hotel Assisi, Assisi, Italy
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 11 - 13: AC Hotel Firenze by Marriott, Florence, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 13 - 15: Four Points by Sheraton Padova, Padova, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Whisper headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & Digital confirmation of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
Hotel Savoy Roma
Rome, Italy
Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio
San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
BV Grand Hotel Assisi
Assisi, Italy
Post Tour Hotels
AC Hotel Firenze by Marriott
Florence, Italy
Four Points by Sheraton Padova
Padova, Italy
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  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, September 30: Depart for Rome

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Rome. Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2 | Tuesday, October 1: Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Rome, also known as “The Eternal City.” Upon landing at Rome airport, claim your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where your tour guide and/or driver will greet you. Following check-in at the hotel, enjoy some free time to unpack, relax, or explore Rome on your own. Your tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later this afternoon, your group will meet in the hotel lobby. You will depart together for Mass, and following Mass, you will attend a welcome dinner. After dinner, you have to opportunity to join in a walk to St. Peter’s Square for the Rosary (optional).

Day 3 | Wednesday, October 2: Papal Audience - Basilica of St. Mary Major – Basilica of St. John the Lateran – Holy Stairs & Santa Croce

This morning we attend the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square or at the Audience Hall. The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Today you will visit the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome, the Archbasilica of St. John the Lateran, the seat of the Bishop of Rome. Cross the street to the very steps that lead up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem which Jesus climbed on His way to trial during his Passion. Holy Mass will be celebrated by our priest at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. This Basilica contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Thursday, October 3: Ordination Ceremony - Vatican Museums - Saint Peter’s

Today we partake in one of the unique highlights of our trip! In the morning we will attend the Ordination to the Diaconate of, Christian Hamrick, a seminarian for the Diocese of Nashville, in St. Peter’s Basilica. This will be one of the most beautiful and moving liturgies you will ever experience. After a break for lunch, we will gather again and head to the Vatican Museums, where we will see some of the greatest works of art ever created, including Raphael’s Transfiguration and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Our day in the Vatican will conclude with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, arguably the greatest and most important Catholic Church in the world. We will then return to our nearby hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, October 4: First Mass -– Catacombs – Saint Paul Outside the Walls

This morning we will attend our new Deacon’s first Mass and hear his first homily as an ordained minister! After lunch, continue down the Appian Way, one of the earliest roads built in ancient Rome to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Catacombs. Witnessing the lives of past Saints and seeing Christian Hamrick walking closer toward his vocation will be a testament to the grace of God throughout all generations. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 6 | Saturday, October 5: Ancient Rome - Downtown walking tour of Rome (Casello Sant Angelo, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Gesu, Trastevere)

This morning we will explore the Colosseum, the grand stadium where ancient Romans gathered for games and festivals, and at times to witness the execution of Christians. Its real name was the Flavian Amphitheater, after the emperors who built it in the first century after Christ. The Colosseum refers to the “colossal” statue of Nero that at one time stood at the entrance. Continue with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar. This day will also include a walking tour of central Rome, including many famous sites like the Pantheon, Casello Sant Angelo and Piazza Navona. Return to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 7 | Sunday, October 6: Rome – Monte Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo

This morning, you will board the bus and enjoy the scenic route to the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the principal monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded by St. Benedict around 530 A.D. Continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, where St. Pio of Pietrelcina (St. Padre Pio) lived for many decades and where thousands of people have flocked to be closer to this great saint and Our Lord. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Day 8 | Monday, October 7: San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant' Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo

Visit the Old Church of Our Lady of Grace and see the confessional from where St. Pio spent an innumerable number of hours listening to confessions. Next, you will board the bus and travel along the beautiful Gargano Peninsula to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Return for dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. *Candlelight Procession – Between May and October, attend the weekly candlelight procession at the Sanctuary of St. Pio after dinner, at 9:00 pm.

Day 9 | Tuesday, October 8: San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Loreto - Assisi

After breakfast, we leave for Assisi. On the way, we stop in Lanciano for private Mass at the Convent/Church of Saint Francis built on top of the antique Church of St. Longinus – the site of a Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the eighth century. At the time of the miracle, there was a Basilian monk, who struggled with the belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist. During the time of Mass, the monk, with doubt in his voice, said the words of consecration, and the bread and wine transformed into physical flesh and blood. Leave for the Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. Tradition holds that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived, before it was transported several times by angels, to its current location. End the day in Assisi, hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare, with dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 10 | Wednesday, October 9: Assisi (St. Francis)

Tour of the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see the tomb of St. Francis, and can view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint’s possessions. Next you will visit the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is, the first millennial to be declared Blessed. Continue tour by walking through this picturesque town, where St. Francis and St. Clare both followed God’s call to rebuild his church. Enjoy some free time – for additional prayer, shop and lunch. After lunch, board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure is the “Porziuncola” and the second is the “Capella del Transito” which is the place where St. Francis died. Return to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 11 | Thursday, October 10: Assisi

After breakfast, we will visit the Church of San Damiano. A 12th-century church and monastery located near Assisi, Italy. It is the first monastery of the Order of Saint Clare and is said to be the place where Saint Francis of Assisi received a vision from Christ that inspired him to find the Franciscan Order. Afterwards, we will visit the Hermitage of the Carceri (Eremo delle Carceri). This Franciscan hermitage was a favorite place of Saint Francis of Assisi, who would often come here to pray and contemplate. He is said to have slept in a cave in the forest, which is now known as the Cave of Saint Francis. Return to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 12 | Friday, October 11: Return to the USA

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, you will leave for Rome Fiumicino airport for a return flight home.

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.

Optional Post Tour to Siena, Florence, Pisa, Padua & Venice

October 11 – 15, 2024
  • Return flight from Venice on Oct 15th, 2024
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Whisper headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Friday, October 11: Assisi - Siena - Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine “Doctor of the Church”, and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit the Basilica of St. Catherine (which is also known as the Basilica of St. Domenico). St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this Basilica. It is here you will also view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. After, visit the Shrine of St. Catherine, which occupies the site of her family home. Enjoy your walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy’s finest squares, the Piazza Del Campo, where you will be given free time to spend at your own leisure. There are a number of restaurants surrounding the square to have lunch, as well as shops for gifts and souvenirs. Continue on to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world-renowned artists are from Florence such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 2 | Saturday, October 12: Florence

In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce, where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. Next, a visit to L’Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and the ever-famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 | Sunday, October 13: Florence - Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motorcoach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes”, St. Anthony. You will begin a sightseeing tour of the city, including a view of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, the University of Padua, as well as the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the “Patron Saint of Padua.” The tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Monday, October 14: Padua - Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, you will have early breakfast and then board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass, enjoy a tour of the “city paved with water!” Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance to view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Tuesday, October 15: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Venice airport for return flights home.

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About Rome:

Rome has been one of history’s most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter’s Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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Optional Post Tour to Siena, Florence, Pisa, Padua & Venice

October 11 – 15, 2024
  • Return flight from Venice on Oct 15th, 2024

  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Whisper headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Friday, October 11: Assisi - Siena - Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine “Doctor of the Church”, and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit the Basilica of St. Catherine (which is also known as the Basilica of St. Domenico). St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this Basilica. It is here you will also view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. After, visit the Shrine of St. Catherine, which occupies the site of her family home. Enjoy your walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy’s finest squares, the Piazza Del Campo, where you will be given free time to spend at your own leisure. There are a number of restaurants surrounding the square to have lunch, as well as shops for gifts and souvenirs. Continue on to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world-renowned artists are from Florence such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 2 | Saturday, October 12: Florence

In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce, where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. Next, a visit to L’Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and the ever-famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 | Sunday, October 13: Florence - Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motorcoach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes”, St. Anthony. You will begin a sightseeing tour of the city, including a view of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, the University of Padua, as well as the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the “Patron Saint of Padua.” The tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Monday, October 14: Padua - Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, you will have early breakfast and then board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass, enjoy a tour of the “city paved with water!” Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance to view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Tuesday, October 15: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Venice airport for return flights home.

About your trip

About Rome:

Rome has been one of history’s most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter’s Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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