Vatican visit and honoring Virgin Mary in Italy
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement of Graymoor will conduct an Italian pilgrimage, “Dreams and Devotions: In Honor of Our Lady,” from May 15 to 26.
Pilgrims will depart from New York by plane to tour Palermo, take an overnight cruise to Monreale, then see Naples and Ischia, Pompeii, Lenola and Assisi. The trip ends with two days in Rome. In each city, there will be visits to cathedrals, basilicas and chapels that honor the Virgin Mary. During the stay in Rome, pilgrims visit St. Peter’s Basilica for a general audience with Pope Francis, followed by a visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum.
The final full day in Rome includes Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), which houses a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Throughout the pilgrimage, there will be opportunities to pray and reflect as pilgrims under the spiritual leadership of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, as well as to enjoy the history, people, shopping and food that Italy has to offer.
The cost per person for this 12-day itinerary is $3,489, plus departure and fuel surcharge, and includes round trip airfare from New York, accommodations in first-class, centrally located hotels, an overnight dinner cruise and most meals. It also includes professional tour escort from arrival to departure, local guides and entrance fees.
Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a $500 deposit is required at the time of reservation. Full payment must be made before March 15. For more information, visit AtonementFriars.org/pilgrimage or email pilgrimage@AtonementFriars.org. Travel arrangements and reservations are made through Renaissance Group, LLC, 1-800-304-8259.