Don't wait to the last minute to locate your passport. This should be the first thing to check upon registering for a pilgrimage. If you need to apply for a new passport, or renew your current one, the Post Office is the place to go.>>More

Barrier Free

We do not wish to discourage anyone from participating in our uplifiting pilgrimages, but we should note that, unlike the United States, Rome, Assisi and the Holy Land are not as sensitive to the barrier free needs of people. Italy has "charming" cobble stone streets and uneven sidewalks. This 12 second video provides a visual of the condition of "normal" streets in Italy. View on YouTube

A Parish Pilgrimage

Your parish may be planning special events to commemorate the anniversary of its establishment. Please consider a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as part of this celebration. Franciscan Pilgrimages will help with the elements of publicity, organization, travel arrangements, housing, and, most importantly, with the content of the pilgrimage. >>More

Fr. James Sabak, OFM

One of the newest members on the pilgrimage staff, Fr. James is a member of the Province of the Holy Name Franciscans, New York. He has extensive experience in the ministry of higher education and is currently a professor of theology at Providence College, Rhode Island >>Read about Fr. James.


All Currently Offered Programs
Pilgrimages...Not Tours

Our History

The Franciscan Pilgrimage Experience is a cross-cultural journeying together in the spirit of Francis and Clare in order to nurture an encounter with Jesus Christ through the spirituality of place. We commit ourselves to serve as sisters and brothers, fostering conversion to a deeper Gospel life and promoting the future vitality of the Franciscan heritage.

Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs is a non-profit ministry of the Assumption BVM Province, Franciscans. During its 45 years of existence, it has guided 20,000+ pilgrims from forty-five countries on pilgrimage, facilitating the sharing of spirituality of place and the Franciscan vision of life

Since the 1970s Franciscan Pilgrimages has provided outstanding and critically acclaimed pilgrimages to those parts of the world that have shaped the faith of Christians. Our staff consists of more than fifty Franciscan and lay men and women from all the branches of the Franciscan family. Many of the pilgrimage leaders enjoy an international reputation as Franciscan scholars. Many have published.

Our logo, the scallop shell and Tau Cross has its origin prior to the middle ages. The Scallop shell was recognized as the symbol of Christian pilgrimage. To this day pilgrims are acknowledged simply by wearing the shell around their neck. One of its purposes was to scoop water from rivers and streams to quench thirst.

The Tau Cross was used by St. Francis as his signature. Wearing the Tau is a declaration of commitment to on-going conversion which was at the core of Francis' spirituality.


Getting Social

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How We Can Help

Office Open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CT, Monday through Friday.
If we are all occupied, you'll get voice mail. Christian holy days and civil holidays are generally "off days".

Mailing Address:

Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, Inc.
P.O. Box 321490
Franklin, WI 53132

Phone 414.427.0570
Fax 414.427.0590

E-mail addresses:

Sr. Linda Tan, OSF E-mail:
Fr. John Cella, OFM, Director , E-mail:
Fr. Paul Reczek, OFM ,Office Manager, Graphics and web development, E-mail:
Andy Tretow, Director of Communications, Email: