Franciscan Pilgrimage to Oberammergau 2020
July 25th- August 2nd, 2020
August 8th- 16th, 2020
PRICE for Pilgrimage: $2500+ Airfare (+$350 for Single Room)
Don't miss out on your opportunity to experience the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, in Bavaria, Germany in 2020.
Having been spared the ravages of the Black Plague, the residents of Oberammergau, Germany vowed they would present the life of Christ every ten years. The first presentation was given in 1634. The year 2020 marks the 42nd time the play has been produced. The seven hour production includes a meal served during intermission.
The full package includes the cost room and board. The following are also included: ● All gratuities for bus drivers, lodging, restaurants and luggage ● Bus transfers and luggage handling ● All group entrance fees ● All taxi/coach services ● All meals (except for 2 meals when pilgrims have some free time to explore the area on their own) ● Eucharist and rituals ● Tickets to the Passion Play ● Input and guidance of two qualified pilgrimage directors ● Solid historical information ● Free time, leisure and good fun with companion pilgrims ● Opportunities to enjoy local cafes and restaurants
Space for this Pilgrimage is limited and is already filling up. If you are interested and would like to reserve your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-427-0570.
Day 1: Departure: All international pilgrims will depart for Germany.
Day 2: Arrival in Munich. Upon arrival our coach will take us directly to the city of Burghausen in southern Bavaria and our lodging at the “House of Encounter of the Holy Spirit”, a spiritual center for the Diocese of Passau. After a rest, we’ll celebrate Eucharist, orient you to the pilgrimage, have supper, and for those who wish, take a leisurely stroll into the center of Burghausen and up to the longest castle of Europe.
Day 3: Altötting and Parzham: St. Konrad, Capuchin Franciscan. Today we set out for the city of Altötting, the site of one of Europe’s important shrines to the Blessed Mother. After an historical visit to the museum and Capuchin friary where St. Konrad himself lived, we will celebrate Eucharist at his tomb. Then we’ll return to Burghausen for lunch and a rest. In the afternoon, we will board our coach to travel to the little village of Parzham where St. Konrad was born and lived as a farmer before entering the Bavarian Province of the Capuchin Franciscans. We’ll visit his birth-home and learn more about this Capuchin Franciscan saint. We’ll return to Burghausen for supper and rest.
Day 4: St. Radegund, Village of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Secular Franciscan – Jerusalem Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ – Marktl, the birthplace of Josef Ratzinger, Benedict XVI. After breakfast, we’ll travel to the village of St. Radegund, home to the World War II conscientious objector, Blessed Franz Jägerstätter OFS, and the possibility of a meeting with his family. We will visit his home and celebrate Eucharist at his tomb. We’ll return to Burghausen for lunch and a rest. In the afternoon, we will return to the city of Altötting to view the Jerusalem Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ. Afterwards we will travel to the village of Marktl, the birthplace of Josef Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, to his birth-home and museum.
Day 5: Altötting to the Marian Shrine- Pilgrimage Museum - Oberammergau. After breakfast we will take a short coach ride to Altötting for an historical visit of the Marian Shrine which dates back to 1489 where we will celebrate Eucharist. After mass, we will visit the Pilgrimage Museum before returning to Burghausen for lunch. After our midday meal, we’ll depart for Oberammergau. On the bus there will be an introduction to the history of the Passion Play and its association with the village of Oberammergau. After checking into our hotel and supper together, you’ll be free for a leisurely stroll.
Day 6: Oberammergau Passion Play. After breakfast we will celebrate Eucharist in one of the local churches. The rest of the morning will be free to explore the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. The Passion Play starts at 2:30 PM and concludes at 10:30 PM with a break for supper. All the meals are provided.
Day 7: Dillingen - Castle Fürstenried. After breakfast our coach departs for Dillingen where we will visit the historical site of the oldest Franciscan congregation of women dating from 1241—fifteen years after the death of St. Francis and while St. Clare was still alive, which congregation still has a province in the United States today. We will have Eucharist, an historical visit, and lunch. Afterwards we’ll depart for Castle Fürstenried, near Munich, where we will lodge for the remainder of the pilgrimage. Supper and rest await us there.
Day 8: Dachau – Munich. Our coach will take us to Dachau to the Carmelite Monastery adjacent to the memorial site of the first Nazi concentration camp where we will pray St. Francis’ Office of the Passion. After a visit to the concentration camp, we will depart for the largest and most important city in all of Bavaria, Munich. There will be free time to visit the sites of Munich. A Eucharist will be celebrated in Asamkirche, a church dedicated to St.-Johann-Nepomuk and formerly staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen. After mass we will return to our lodging where we’ll conclude this historic pilgrimage with a festive supper.
Day 9: Departure Auf Wiedersehen!