Pilgrimage to Italy for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate

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Join Fr. Paul Sullivan, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Phoenix, as he leads a pilgrimage to Italy. This will include attendance at the Transitional Diaconate Ordination of three diocesan seminarians in Rome: Nathaniel Glenn, Gabriel Terrill, and Marvin Soto.

This trip is for a maximum of 30 pilgrims; reserve your seat today!


Friday, September 27 | Day 1 | Departure

Depart the USA to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served aboard your transatlantic flight.

Saturday, September 28 | Day 2 | Rome | Assisi
Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel in Assisi. Depending on the time of arrival, our program may include an introduction to this magnificent area of Umbria! Dinner tonight at your hotel.

Sunday, September 29 | Day 3 | Assisi
Today enjoy a full day in the peaceful and tranquil village of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, St. Francis’ Porziuncola, and Cappella Del Transito. Pray in the Shrine, inspired by Giotto’s frescoes of the life of St. Francis. Visit the monastery and the Basilica of St. Clare to pray before the San Damiano crucifix from which Jesus told St. Francis to rebuild His church. We have a special visit of the Basilica of St. Francis with the Friars. Time to explore Assisi. This evening enjoy dinner in Assisi on your own.

Monday, September 30 | Day 4 | Assisi – Orvieto – Rome, Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls
This morning we depart Assisi for Orvieto. Orvieto is home to a unique 14th century Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Upon arrival, celebrate Mass and tour the Cathedral while learning about the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena. Take time for lunch and meet this afternoon to continue to the eternal city of Rome, one of the most exciting cities of the world! As we arrive in Rome by way of it’s oldest road- the Appian Way, visit the Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls housing the tomb of St. Paul. Check-in at our hotel in the heart of Rome, close to St. Peter’s Basilica, for dinner and overnight.

Tuesday, October 01 | Day 5 | Rome – St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill
This morning we celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica followed by a tour. After the tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, a time will be set to meet after lunch to continue our program of Ancient Rome including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. 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. 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. Dinner as a group and overnight in Rome.

Wednesday, October 02 | Day 6 | Papal Audience – Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva , Church of the Gesù
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). Be sure to bring any religious articles you wish to have blessed by the Holy Father! After lunch, meet for a guided tour of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. Mass at the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, which houses the relics of St. Catherine of Siena. Our day ends at the Church of the Gesù, mother church of the Society of Jesus. Dinner on your own and overnight in Rome.

Thursday, October 03 | Day 7 | Pontifical North American College Diaconal Ordination* – Afternoon free to explore Rome
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 the Mass, take the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore Rome.

Friday, October 04 | Day 8 | Masses of Thanksgiving, Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
We have the special honor of joining the recently ordained Deacons as they celebrate Mass of Thanksgiving. Details will be released as they become available regarding the organization of these Masses. This afternoon, we will tour the Vatican Museum, 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!

Saturday, October 05 | Day 9 | St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, Scala Santa, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
Today we will 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 will also visit Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, one of the seven pilgrim churches in Rome. This evening enjoy our last meal together, a special farewell dinner, sharing memories and photographs from the blessed time we have shared together.

Sunday, October 06 | Day 10 | Rome – USA
After breakfast transfer to the airport in Rome for our flight home. Ciao Italia!

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