Franciscan Pilgrimages Program

 

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 nearly 50 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.

Assisi & 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, and lectures.

Holy Land

A Franciscan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is one journey that addresses a new dimension to Christian faith.  Through an integration of prayer, reflection and relaxation, you will feel a spiritual awakening touch your hearts. As you follow in the footsteps of Christ, you will see the stories of the Bible come to life.

California Missions

Many visit the California missions; few do so from the stance of a pilgrim with faith, prayer and Franciscan spirituality. Led by well-trained Franciscan and historical guides, you will journey through the missions as the mystery and meaning of each place is explored. 

Join us in Oberammergau in 2022!

Since 1634 the residents of Oberammergau, Germany, have performed the Passion Play, depicting the Last Supper, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ every 10 years

Spots for this pilgrimage are going fast!

CLICK HERE to sign up or for more information

 

We can’t wait to Pilgrimage with you in 2022!

After a long, hard, and difficult last year we are excited that we are “back in business” and are getting excited for pilgrimages later this year and in 2022!

 

“Tourgrimage” to Florence, Venice, Rome, and Assisi!

When on pilgrimage have you ever thought about seeing other parts of Italy such as Florence or Venice? If you answer is yes, we have a pilgrimage for you! Next year kicks off our brand new TOURgrimage experience! On this trip you will get to take in the things you would see on a normal pilgrimage but with the added sights, sounds, and tastes of the tourist portions of the country. Sound interesting? Click here for more information!

 

2022 Pilgrimage Dates!

If you are already looking to next year for overseas travel, why not make it a pilgrimage? You can book your 2022 pilgrimage by clicking here.

Pilgrimage Perspective Podcast!

Take a look at our latest episodes of the Pilgrimage Perspective vidcast!  We talk with our wonder leaders about topics related to pilgrimages, Ss. Francis and Clare of Assisi, and much more!  Click here for the full list of episodes!

American Cuisine Available in Italy!

Send in your prayer request so that we can pray for you and your intentions.  Click here to access the form.

Passports

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

Franciscan Book Sale!

You won’t find cheaper prices anywhere(including on Amazon!).
Click Here to Browse Store

Tips for Papal Wednesdays on Pilgrimage

Read an awesome article written by a Roman about the Papal Wednesdays.  He gives some helpful tips about how to approach your time in St. Peters Square. Click here to read it.

Tour the Basilica of St. Francis from home!

Have you ever wanted to take a tour of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi by yourself? No pressure to keep moving along because there are so many things to see, no crowds to fight through, and no entrance fee to one of the most beautiful churches on the earth. Well, the link below allows you to take a virtual tour of the Basilica frame by frame so there won’t be an inch you won’t be able to stop and examine. Enjoy! Your tour starts by, clicking here.

National Catholic Reporter article on Pilgrimage!

Read an article published in the National Catholic Reporter by Fr. Dan Horan.  He talks about the importance of pilgrimage in our lives.  Read it by clicking here!

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

Recently Pope Francis released his latest encyclical called Fratelli Tutti. Some of the most respected scholars in the Franciscan world developed a study guide that would help us to understand the document better. Click Here to reach each summary of his eight chapters.

Pilgrim Poetry and Songs

We have received many poetry and song submissions over the years.  They have now been made available to you.  Click here Pilgrim Poetry and Songs to read the wonderful moving words that have come from those who have experienced pilgrimage. 

Monthly Reflection Newsletter

To offer a contemplative moment in your day, as well as some Franciscan resources, Franciscan Pilgrimage Program staff member, Mary Beth Wisniewski, is writing a monthly reflection newsletter. To read past newsletters, MORE.

For more information or to sign up, call the Pilgrimage Communications Office at 414-427-0570.

Listen Here: The Franciscan Pilgrimage Podcasts

Welcome to the home of the FPP Podcast Homepage! Here you will find information about pilgrimages, experiences, and important information about upcoming adventures that we may be offering.  MORE

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

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

 

 

For the Pilgrimage Staff:

Leader Login

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:

Fr. John Cella, OFM, Director , E-mail: JCellaFPP@thefranciscans.net
Andy Tretow, Director of Communications, Email: AndyFPP@thefranciscans.net 
Sr. Nancy Celaschi, OSF, Office Staff, Email: NancyFpp@thefranciscans.net
Jenell Klovas, Office Staff, Email: JenellFPP@thefranciscans.net                                                 

General Questions can be sent to InfoFPP@thefranciscans.net

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