Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome

These programs offer you an opportunity to deepen your personal relationship with God through visits to the major sanctuaries associated with SS. Francis and Clare of Assisi. Your life is enriched and transformed through participation in rituals, prayers, Eucharistic celebrations, historical visits and lectures. By journeying through their life stories, these two saints help us to fix our gaze on God.

Details Overseas flight to Rome ASSISI [7 or days] Every significant place associated with SS. Francis and Clare will be visited. LA VERNA This is the sanctuary where Francis received the stigmata. GRECCIO [Rieti Valley] Celebrate Christmas liturgy where Francis revitalized the custom of the Christmas crèche.  ROME [3  days] You will see St.  John Lateran, the baptistry of the Franciscan Order and the Vatican of Francis’ day,  St. Peter’s Basilica and  San Francesco a Ripa.  Depart for USA.

Sample Pilgrimage Program

The actual program schedule varies according to length of the pilgrimage and days of the week. (E.g.; A Papal Audience is possible only on Wednesdays). This example is provided to give the pilgrim a general idea of the pilgrimage content. Your program will have differences.

Day 1 Depart from USA to Rome

Day 2

  • 02:00  PM Pilgrims arrive at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, also known as Fiumicino
  • 03:00 Bus departs for Assisi; Break on the road (rest stop);
    Orientation on Bus; Money Exchange
  • 06:00 Arrival, Keys, room assignments
  • 07:00 Opening Ritual
  • 07:30 Cena (evening meal)
  • 08:30  Introductory walk through the city 

Day 3

  • 08:00  AM     Breakfast
  • 08:45 Presentation         
  • 10:00 Eucharist at Chiesa Nuova  
  • 11:15 Piazza del Comune; Visit to Casa Paterna, San Francesco Piccolino          
  • 01:00  PM Pranzo (midday meal); Riposo (rest)
  • 04:00  Meet at Fountain; To Maria Maggiore, Visit, Ritual     
  • 06:45 Presentation on San Damiano Cross       
  • 07:30  Cena

Day 4

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:15 Presentation
  • 09:15 To Santa Chiara: Personal Prayer before San Damiano Crucifix
  • 09:45  Taxis to San Damiano
  • 10:00   Eucharist at San Damiano
  • 11:00   Visit; Ritual for Conversion and Healing  
  • 12:00  PM  Taxis for return (optional)
  • 01:00 Pranzo and Riposo
  • 04:00 Presentation
  • 05:15 Depart for San Rufino; Visit / Ritual        
  • 07:30  Cena

Day 5

  • 08:00  AM Breakfast
  • 08:45 Presentation
  • 10:00 Piazza del Comune — taxis depart for Carceri
  • 10:15 Eucharist in the crypt        
  • 11:15 Visit        
  • 12:30  PM Taxis return to Assisi
  • 01:00 Pranzo
  • 04:00 Meet at fountain in Piazza Comune; Taxis to La Maddalena; Presentation; Visit and
    Ritual of the Lepers         
  • 06:00 Taxis return
    07:30 Cena

Day 6

  • 07:30  AM Breakfast
  • 08:15 Depart for city bus
  • 08:45 Bus to Porziuncola; Visit
  • 10:00 Eucharist; Time for Prayer
  • 12:00  PM Picnic lunches / ritual; Afternoon free; Cena on one’s own

Day 7

  • 07:00 AM Breakfast
  • 08:00 Bus departs for La Verna
  • 10:00 Arrival and break
  • 10:30 Historical visit 
  • 12:00 PM Eucharist in Stigmata Chapel 
  • 01:00 Lunch (optional picnic on the mountain)
  • 03:00 Procession (optional)
  • 04:00 Bus returns to Assisi
  • 07:30 Cena

Day 8

  • 07:30 AM Breakfast
  • 08:30 Depart for Basilica of St. Francis
  • 09:00 Eucharist at Tomb of Francis 
  • 10:30 Visit
  • 01:00 PM Festive pranzo; Afternoon free; Cena on one’s own

Day 9

  • 07:00 AM Breakfast — luggage at front door
  • 08:00 Bus departs for Greccio
  • 11:00 Eucharist 
  • 12:00 PM Visit 
  • 01:00 Pranzo at Ristorante Belvedere
  • 02:30 Bus departs for Rome
  • 04:30 Arrival at Residenza Madri Pie
  • 06:00 Orientation to Rome; Walk in the city of Rome; Cena on one’s own during the walk

Day 10

  • To be Determined

Day 11

  • 06:45  AM Breakfast
  • 07:15 Depart for San Pietro
  • 07:45 Eucharist at Tomb of St. Peter       
  • 09:00 Meet in Piazza
  • 09:15 Historical visit; Pranzo out on one’s own
  • 03:00  PM Bus departs for St. John Lateran
  • 03:30 Visit        
  • 04:00 Ritual in the Canon’s Chapel         
  • 05:00 Departure for San Francesco a Ripa
  • 05:30 Visit / prayer at San Francesco a Ripa        
  • 06:15 Bus returns. Cena out at Staff’s expense

Day 12

  • 08:00  AM Breakfast; Free time to visit Vatican; Museum, Sistine Chapel; Pranzo out on one’s own
  • 05:00  PM Evaluations
2017 June 25-July 7 July 23 - August 4 October 15 - 27
Pilgrimage Program
13 days
$3350
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Air Fare New York $1300
Chicago $1400
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Chicago $1400
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Chicago $1400
Single Room +$350 +$350 +$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.

 

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Pilgrimage Program Only
13 days
$3400
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$3400
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Pilgrimage and airfare from New York $4499
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Pilgrimage and airfare from Chicago $4599
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Single Room +$350 +$350 +$350 +$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.