Franciscan Study Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome

September 13 - October 7, 2017
September 13 - October 7, 2018

A great sabbatical component!

This program immerses the pilgrim in original Franciscan stories, with time to deepen an awareness of Franciscan history, spirituality and the Rules which guide the Franciscan way of life.  You will explore significant places that played a role in the conversion process of SS. Francis and Clare and their followers, visiting sanctuaries that shorter programs cannot include. The hidden power of sacred places will be experienced through extensive lectures, rituals, prayer, Eucharistic celebrations, study and process time shared with pilgrim companions. In addition to visiting most of the significant sites in Assisi, you will spend time in the Rieti Valley and Rome, and experience the beauty of La Verna, Lago Trasimeno, and Cortona.


Details (Actual program may differ slightly) Overseas flight to Rome ROME [4  Days] You will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, St. John Lateran, (the baptistry of the Franciscan Order and the Vatican of Francis’ day), Tagliacozzo, where Thomas of Celano is buried, and San Francesco a Ripa.  RIETI [4  Days] Visits to the sanctuaries include: Fonte Colombo, Poggio Bustone, La Foresta and Greccio where  Francis dramatized the Christmas event.   ASSISI [15 Days]  Every significant place associated with SS. Francis and Clare will be visited, accompanied by lectures, readings, study and prayer. Lago Trasimeno, Le Celle di Cortona and La Verna are one day excursions. ROME Depart for USA.

Sample Pilgrimage Program. Franciscan Study Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome The actual program schedule varies according to length 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 Departure Day

Day 2

  • Leonardo da Vinci Airport, also known as Fiumicino Airport
  • 2:30 Bus departs for Rome Arrival - Hotel Casa Tra Noi (CTN) Room assignments / settling in
  • 6:00  Ritual – Distribution of Pilgrim’s Companion to Franciscan Places Orientation and money exchange
  • 7:30  Cena (evening meal)

Day 3

  • 06:45  AM  Depart for St. Peter’s Basilica
  • 07:45 Eucharist at the Tomb of St. Peter     
  • 08:45 Breakfast at a local café
  • 09:30  Meet at Information Center
  • 10:00  Visit — St. Peter’s      
  • 01:00  PM  Pranzo (midday meal) at CTN
  • 04:30 Lecture        
  • 05:30 Lecture
  • 06:30  Introductions of each other
  • 07:30  Cena

Day 4

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:45 Depart for Papal Audience
  • 10:30 Papal Audience
  • 01:00  PM  Pranzo at CTN
  • 03:00 Bus departs for San Francesco a Ripa and tour of Rome
  • 04:00  Visit and Eucharist — San Francisco a Ripa       
  • 06:00  Walking tour of Rome; Cena out on one’s own

Day 5

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 09:00 Bus departs for St. John Lateran
  • 09:30 Visit 
  • 10:30  Ritual prelude; Eucharist      
  • 12:00  PM  Bus returns to CTN
  • 01:00 Pranzo
  • 02:30  Bus departs for Tagliacozzo
  • 05:00  Lecture        
  • 06:00 Eucharist
  • 07:00  Cena; Bus returns to CTN

Day 6

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast; Free morning to visit Sistine; Chapel / Vatican Museums / etc
  • 12:30  PM  Pranzo at CTN
  • 01:30 Bus departs for Rieti
  • 03:30  Arrival at Convento Sant’ Antonio al Monte (CSA)
  • 06:30  Orientation
  • 07:00  Prayer — preparation for Poggio Bustone        
  • 07:30   Cena at CSA

Day 7

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:15 Bus departs for Poggio Bustone
  • 09:30  Eucharist      
  • 10:30 Climb to sanctuary    
  • 12:15  PM  Bus returns
  • 01:00 Pranzo at CSA
  • 05:30  Lecture        
  • 07:00  Cena at CSA
  • 08:00  Prayer: preparation for Greccio

Day 8

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:45 Bus departs for Greccio
  • 10:00 Eucharist      
  • 11:00  Visit 
  • 12:00  PM  Bus returns to CSA
  • 01:00  Christmas pranzo
  • 05:30 Lecture        
  • 06:30  Prayer — preparation for Fonte Colombo      
  • 07:00  Cena
  • 08:00   Walk into Rieti

Day 9

  • 7:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:30 Bus departs for Fonte Colombo
  • 09:00 Eucharist      
  • 10:00 Visit ; Renewal of Commitment
  • 12:30  PM  Bus returns
  • 01:00 Pranzo at CSA
  • 05:30  Lecture
  • 06:30  Faith sharing
  • 07:30   Cena

Day 10

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:00  Bring luggage from rooms
  • 08:15  Bus departs for La Foresta                                                                                                     
  • 08:30   Eucharist; Historical visit
  • 11:30   Bus returns to CSA
  • 12:00  PM  Pranzo
  • 01:30 Bus departs for Assisi
  • 04:00 Arrival at Casa Papa Giovanni (CPG) in Assisi                      
  • 06:00  Orientation; Walk through Assisi centro     
  • 07:30  Cena at CPG

Day 11

  • 07:30  AM  Prayer on Roof Garden          
  • 08:00  Breakfast
  • 09:00 Eucharist
  • 10:30 Lecture
  • 11:30 Historical visit – Piazza Comune
  • 01:00  PM  Pranzo at CPG; Reposo (rest) and reading
  • 04:00 Depart for Rocca Maggiore
  • 04:30  Historical visit / prayer          
  • 07:30  Cena at CPG

Day 12

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 09:00  Eucharist — Chiesa Nuova; Historical visit           
  • 01:00  PM  Pranzo

Day 13

  • 07:30  AM  Reflection on San Damiano Crucifix        
  • 08:00  Breakfast
  • 08:45  Depart for Santa Chaira; Personal prayer before the San Damiano Crucifix
  • 09:30  Taxis depart for San Damiano
  • 10:00  Eucharist; Ritual of the Stones; Historical visit; Pranzo out on one’s own
  • 06:00  PM  Lecture
  • 07:30   Cena at CPG

Day 14

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:15 Depart for city bus
  • 08:45 Bus departs for Porziuncola
  • 09:30 Eucharist      
  • 10:30 Historical visit           
  • 12:00  PM  Picnic ritual  
  • 05:30 Lecture; Reflection / faith sharing
  • 07:30  Cena at CPG

Day 15

8:00  AM  Breakfast

Day 16

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:15 Depart for bus stop
  • 08:45 City bus to Rivo Torto; Historical visit           
  • 09:30 Lecture
  • 10:30  Walk to La Maddalena; Refreshment break
  • 11:30 Eucharist      
  • 12:30  PM  Taxis return to Assisi
  • 01:00 Pranzo
  • 04:00 Lecture
  • 04:30  Depart for San Rufino; Visit
  • 05:30  Baptismal Ritual; Ritual of Departure   
  • 07:30   Cena at CPG

Day 17

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:45 Lecture
  • 10:00 Depart for Bastia via taxis
  • 10:30  Visit 
  • 11:00   Eucharist; Renewal of Vows      
  • 12:15 PM   Return to CPG
  • 01:00  Pranzo at CPG
  • 06:00  Lecture
  • 07:30  Cena at CPG

Day 18

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:15 Lecture        
  • 09:30  Taxis depart for San Damiano
  • 10:00 Eucharist      
  • 11:30 Healing ritual           
  • 12:15  PM  Taxis return
  • 01:00  Pranzo at CPG
  • 05:30  Lecture
  • 07:00  Evening Prayer         
  • 07:30  Cena at CPG

Day 19

  • 06:45  AM  Breakfast
  • 07:30 Bus departs for Cortona; Introduction to Margaret of Cortona       
  • 09:30 Eucharist      
  • 11:00  Bus departs for Passignano
  • 12:00  PM  Boat ride across Lago Trasimeno to Isola Maggiore; Ritual Quiet time for prayer and reflection
  • 04:00 Boat returns
  • 05:00 Bus returns to Assisi
  • 06:00  Cena at Il Paradiso Ristorante

Day 20

  • 07:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 07:30 Depart for Santa Chiara
  • 08:00 Eucharist at the Tomb of St. Clare; Historical visit
  • 12:00  PM  Lecture
  • 01:00 Pranzo at CPG; Free afternoon; Cena out on one’s own

Day 21

  • 0 6:45 AM  Breakfast
  • 07:30 Depart for Porta Nuova
  • 08:00 Bus departs for La Verna; Office of the Passion — prayed on the bus        
  • 09:45 Arrival at La Verna; Bar break     
  • 10:15 Historical visit           
  • 12:00  PM  Eucharist — Stigmata Chapel  
  • 01:00 Picnic lunches; Personal mountain visit
  • 03:00 Procession
  • 04:00  Bus returns to Assisi
  • 07:30  Cena at CPG

Day 22

  • 07:30  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:00  Lecture
  • 09:00 Taxis depart for Carceri
  • 09:30 Historical visit           
  • 10:00   Eucharist; Personal visit
  • 12:15  PM  Taxis return
  • 01:00  Pranzo at CPG
  • 06:00  Lecture; Cena out on one’s own

Day 23

  • 0 8:00  AM  Breakfast
  • 08:30  Depart for Basilica of St. Francis
  • 09:00  Eucharist at the Tomb of Francis; Historical visit           
  • 01:00  PM  Pranzo at CPG
  • 05:00 Evaluation    
  • 06:00  Lucernarium; Cena out on one’s own

Day 24

  • 08:00  AM  Breakfast; Free morning; Packing
  • 12:30  PM  Closing Eucharist       

Day 25

  • 04:00  AM  Depart Casa Papa Giovanni
  • 04:30  Bus departs from Porta Nuova; Arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport
  • 09:40  AM  Flight departs Rome

 

2017 September 13 - October 7, 2017
Pilgrimage Program - Land Only $5000
Air Fare Chicago $1400
New York $1300
Single Room +$450
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; books, notebooks, full services of staff; daily input with lectures and conferences. Snacks and shopping not included.

 

2018

September 13-October 7, 2018 Twenty-four days

The 2018 printed brochure erroneously had "2017" instead of 2018.

Pilgrimage Program Land Only $5100
Pilgrimage and airfare from New York $6200
$6300
Pilgrimage and airfare from Chicago $6300
$6400
Single Room Supplement +$450
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.