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Fatima & Rome

with a special event: The Ordination to the Diaconate

Join Rev. Donato Infante and Deacon Stephen Kohut on pilgrimage this Fall!

Sept. 21 – 30, 2018

Sign up online! First 5 to register receive $100 credit off invoice.

Father Donato Infante grew up in Southborough, Massachusetts, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Worcester on June 20, 2015.  He studied for the priesthood in Rome, where he obtained an STB at the Pontifical Gregorian University and an STL at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He now serves happily at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Charlton.  He is excited to make a pilgrimage to Fatima and to return to Rome, where he lived for five years, bringing others along to see the place where Saints Peter and Paul, Princes of the Apostles, were martyred for the faith.  The diaconate ordination put on by the North American College is a glorious event, proving to us that while empires come and go, the Church founded by Christ on Peter will never be overcome and lives on.

“The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.” _ Pope Saint John Paul II

 

Our Itinerary

 

Friday, September 21 | Day 1 | USA – Lisbon

Depart the USA for your overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Saturday, September 22 | Day 2 | Arrive Lisbon

This morning we arrive in Lisbon and begin our pilgrimage by celebrating Mass., Today’s highlights include the Basilica of the Star, Rossio Square and Commerce Square. We will also visit the Cathedral, St. Jerome’s Monastery and St. Anthony’s Church. Later check into the hotel and have the balance of the day to rest after our long journey. This evening we enjoy a filling dinner together. (D)

Sunday, September 23 | Day 3 | Lisbon – Santarém – Fatima

Today we travel to Santarém and the Church of St. Stephen, the place of the oldest known Eucharistic miracle. We celebrate Holy Mass and continue to Fatima where Our Blessed Virgin appeared to three children, crying for peace. (B, D)

Monday, September 24 | Day 4 | Fatima – Aljustrel

Spend all day today in Fatima, the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel and Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared when the children returned from being falsely imprisoned. We will walk the Stations of the Cross along Via Sacra ending at the Chapel of Calvary, with a beautiful view of Fatima. Participate in the nightly candlelight procession. (B)

Tuesday, September 25 | Day 5 | Fatima – Lisbon – Rome

This morning we depart Fatima early for the Lisbon Airport. We board our flight to Rome. We hit the ground running upon arrival in Rome. Begin with a visit to the famous monument of Ancient Rome – the Colosseum. We take you around and explain the history of the arena and the events that took place here, including tales of emperors, gladiators and the Roman mob. From here, go by the Roman Forum between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. One of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the world, the Roman Forum was the social and political center of one the greatest empires of ancient times. We enjoy our first Roman meal together in this Eternal City. Today’s itinerary depends on the arrival into Rome. Some activities my be realized later in the week. (B, D)

Wednesday, September 26 | Day 6 | Papal Audience – Vatican Museums

In the morning we will attend the Papal Audience and receive a Blessing by His Holiness the Pope in St. Peter’s Square. (Pending schedule of the Holy Father, subject to change at last moment). After lunch, we will tour the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Room, and more. Take this evening at your leisure, enjoying dinner wherever you like. Be sure to ask your guide for suggestions! (B)

Thursday, September 27 | Day 7 | Pontifical North American College Diaconal Ordination*

We awake early, enjoy breakfast, and make the short walk to St. Peter’s Basilica for the Pontifical North American College Diaconal Ordination. Here, the “election” takes place: the bishop declares that he has chosen the candidates to be ordained. The candidates will lay prostrate on the floor and undergo an examination and promise of prayer and obedience. Truly, this is a very special moment. After Mass we welcome the newly ordained deacons at a reception held at the Pontifical North American College. Later this afternoon, we meet with Alfredo for dinner with his family at a local restaurant. (B, D) *After successfully preparing for Diaconate Ordination, and having been called to orders by Bishop McManus, Worcester seminarian, Alfredo Porras, is scheduled to be ordained at this Mass.

Friday, September 28 | Day 8 | Mass of Thanksgiving – Visits to the Major Basilicas:  St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major – Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

We have the special honor of celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving with our newly ordained Diocese of Worcester Deacon, Alfredo Porras. After Mass we visit two of the  four Papal Basilicas, St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major. The oldest of the four major basilicas in Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran is home to relics of Peter and Paul. Our most recent Popes are installed as the Bishop of Rome here. We also visit  the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme; one of the seven pilgrim churches in Rome. This afternoon is open to your leisure to explore Rome. (B) 

Saturday, September 29 | Day 9 | Catacombs of St. Callixtus – St. Paul Outside the Walls – Tre Fontane Abbey

We start our day at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. These catacombs are the resting place of 10 martyrs, 16 popes, and many faithful. We will tour through these catacombs and our guide will explain the importance that they hold in Rome. We visit another of the four Papal Basilicas, St. Paul Outside the Walls by the oldest Roman road, the Appian Way. We also have the unique privilege of visiting the Tre Fontane Abbey which is known for raising the lambs whose wool is used to weave the pallia of the new metropolitan archbishops. This afternoon we celebrate a Vigil Mass together and share our last meal together, a special farewell dinner, sharing memories and photographs  from the blessed week we have shared together.

(B, D)

Sunday, September 30 | Day 10 | Rome – USA

After breakfast transfer to the airport in Rome for our flight home. Ciao Italia! (B)

Lisbon

Santarem, Portugal

Fatima

Rome

Hurry while there are still seats available!

*This is a limited availability pilgrimage.*

Package Inclusions

Package Inclusions

  • Round Trip Air Transportation from BOS, other departures available, please inquire
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing as per itinerary in a Private Deluxe Motor coach overseas, with Guide/Escort
  • 4 star US equivalent hotel accommodations double occupancy with bath or shower (single supplement +$600)
  • Breakfasts in hotel, dinners at hotels and at local restaurants. As indicated (B, D)
  • Daily Mass
  • Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)
  • US airport taxes, fuel surcharges included** (subject to change in the rare occasion that gov’t/airline fees and fuel costs increase drastically)
  • Tips to local guides and hotels are included. $200 value!
    NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: Passport fees, meals not indicated in itinerary, items of personal nature, optional tours, tips for JPPT escort, etc. See Terms

Package Cost per person: $3,750.00
First 5 pilgrims to register with deposit receive $100 discount applied at first invoice
$1000 deposit due at registration
Full Payment Deadline: May 25, 2018
Tour ID: 18-09.21 SJCC

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