Pilgrimage for Educators, Administrators, Alumni and Staff of Franciscan Colleges and Universities

Being a part of a Franciscan college or university is an exciting experience.  To be connected to a school that values the Franciscan charism is a challenge, both personally and as a part of the educational institution. St. Francis valued the person and his/her relation with God as pivotal. He also considered the person a unique creation in the world and someone who has meaning in whatever position of life s/he is in. Francis also valued the gift of education when it helped the person better understand his/her relationship to creation, to one another and to the Creator.

In an effort to support you in your ministry at your Franciscan school, we invite you to participate in a pilgrimage to Italy to visit places in Rome and Assisi where Francis lived. When you return from your pilgrimage you will have had a more personal experience of Franciscan life and will be able to share that with others, whether they be students, alumni or staff.

Details Overseas flight to Rome. ASSISI [6 Days] You will be introduced  to Assisi, the city of SS. Francis and Clare. You will see the sanctuaries of  Chiesa Nuova, Francis’ paternal home; San Damiano, site of the rebuilding mission given to Francis; the Porziuncola, the heart of the Franciscan movement; La Verna, where Francis received the stigmata; and the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare. GRECCIO [Rieti Valley] Enroute to Rome  you will visit the sanctuary where St. Francis revitalized the crèche.  ROME [3 Days]  You will see St. John Lateran, (the baptistry of the Franciscan Order and the Vatican of Francis’ day), and  St. Peter’s Basilica. A bus tour will take you to significant Roman sites. There will be time for leisure, evaluation, and a final dinner together.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Each pilgrimage consists of input by well-prepared, trained staff • wholesome meals served family style • visits to sacred Christian and Franciscan places • solid historical information • free time • good fun with companion pilgrims • daily prayer and Eucharist at holy places • spiritual conferences • opportunities to enjoy local cafes and restaurants • time to revisit places of special meaning • suggestions on where to shop • time to enjoy the beautiful countryside and culture • time for quiet.

Full package prices include departure from two airports:  JFK (in New York City) and ORD (in Chicago) -- (Connecting flights from most major cities into these two airports are available at a reasonable fee.  The Pilgrimage office will help make your travel arrangements.) • All airline taxes, security fees and airport taxes • Lodging in all cities • All gratuities for bus drivers, lodging, restaurants and luggage • Bus transfers and luggage handling • All group entrance fees • All taxi services in Assisi • All meals (except for a few meals, depending on the particular pilgrimage when pilgrims have some free time to explore an  area on their own) • Daily Mass and Rituals • Input and guidance of two qualified Pilgrimage Leaders.

2018 May 20 - May 30 Eleven Days
Pilgrimage Program Only $3600
Pilgrimage and airfare from New York $4698
$4900
Pilgrimage and airfare from Chicago $4798
$5000
Single Room +$350
Pilgrimage cost includes: pensioni that is clean, comfortable, secure and well located; three meals per day with few exceptions; transportation by air-conditioned coach; all tips, offerings and sanctuary fees; full services of staff; daily input with lectures and conferences. Snacks and shopping not included.