1. ITALY AND FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Dates: August 1, 2007
to August 15, 2008
Price: about $2,570.
Day 1: Leave the United States
Day 2: Arrive at the beautiful, medieval city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea
Day 3: Explore the fortified town, pray and meditate in its ancient churches, nurse your jet leg or swim in the sea.
Day 4: to Medjugorje, where Our Lady has been appearing daily since 1981. Pray and meditate on Apparition Hill during sunset.
Sunrise on Apparition Hill
Photo by Elisa Holdener
Moonrise on Cross Mountain
Photo by Larry Landolphi,
taken with camera
attached to telescope
Day 5: In Medjugorje
Mother Mary's birthday is celebrated on this day
with lot's of singing and dancing in the streets.
Join thousands of pilgrims in the church while Mary
appears to the visionaries in their homes in the
Day 6: : Sunrise mass on Cross Mountain. Free afternoon.
Day 7: early to Split, explore this Roman and medieval gem of a city. Catch the 10:30 p.m. over night ferry to Ancona, Italy.
Day 8: 7:45 a.m.
arrive in Ancona, on to Loreto, historically
the center of Marian power in Western Europe.
Meditate in "the Holy House of Mary" where
the Angel Gabriel announced Jesus' birth to
her. Tradition says it was brought from Nazareth
to Loreto on Angels' wings in order to be
safeguarded from destruction by invading Muslim
Black Madonna of Loreto
Day 9: On to Foligno to meditate at the tomb of Angela of Foligno, perhaps the most enlightened mystic in Christian history. Then spend two days and nights in Assisi at holy sites imbued with the blessings of Sts. Francis and Clare.
Day 10: Hike to the cave-hermitage (Carceri) where St. Francis went into retreat and/or take a shorter walk to San Damiano, the convent of St. Clare and her sisters.
Day 11: : Visit the neighboring village Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis died and consecrated a beautiful, holy chapel as a "door to heaven". On to Rome; settle into our convent in the big city.
Day 12: Morning meditation
in Santa Maria en Trastevere, the first church in
Rome to be dedicated to the Madonna in 340 C.E.
Midday meditation in Santa Maria in Aracoeli, which
holds one of the most venerated images of the Romans:
a very holy statue of baby Jesus. From around the
corner we'll have beautiful views of the Forum Romanum,
the central mall of ancient Rome, with the Colosseum
right behind it. Each can explore according to their
Day 13: Morning meditation at Tre Fontane, the apparition site of Our Lady of the Revelation (1947) and at the site of Paul's martyrdom across the street. Midday meditation at the tomb of another great mystic, St. Catherine of Siena. Then visit the Pantheon around the corner.
Our Lady of Revelation
Apparition site in 1947
Day 14: Morning meditation
at Santa Maria Maggiore, (15th century), one of
the most grandiose churches dedicated to Our Lady.
(This is where you'll find the mosaic of Jesus and
Mary depicted on our home page.) Visit the Vatican
in the afternoon.
Day 15: Return home.
Our Lady of Guadalupe-detail
Day 1: Settle into hotel next to the Basilica de Guadalupe and pay a first visit to Our Lady.
Day 2: Explore every corner of Tepeyac, Her sacred hill in Mexico City.
Day 3: See Mexico City.
Day 4: Visit the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
Day 5: Go to Tepotzlan, one hour South of Mexico City.
Day 6: Visit the local pyramid and the church of St. Mary Magdalene.
Day 7: Celebrate Mardi Gras.
Day 8: Join the annual Ash Wednesday pilgrimage of the people of Tepoztlan to Chalma, a miraculous place holy to Christians and native shamans alike. Thousands will walk and pray together all day.
Day 9: Return to Mexico City
Day 10: Return home or hit the beach.
Dates: February 2008,
exact dates to be arranged
Price: about $ 1,200.
: Mary Magdalene and
Left: a French fantasy: Mary Magdalene,
the hermitess, dressed only in her hair
Right: her cave made into a church and monastery
Day 1: Leave the
2: Arrive in Toulon, Provence;
wash away your jet
lag in the Mediterranean
Sea; check into our convent in
for two nights.
3: Beautiful, easy 40 minute hike to the
Mary Magdalene is said to have lived the last
30 years of her life. Another 40 minute
hike to the top of the cliff, where a chapel marks
the place where
angels used to feed Mary.
4: Visit the
Basilica of Mary Magdalene in
where presumably her scull and sarcophagus are
kept. Short stop in Aix-en-Provence
to see the B
Spend the night in the beautiful city of
everything from a Roman colosseum to a Christian
Day 5: Visit the
church of St. Martha of
Madonna in Tarascon, and the medieval castle
across the street.
the black patron saint of the Gypsies, Sainte
Sarah. Tradition says she was the
Egyptian servent of
Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother
of James, in the
town of Saintes Maries de la Mer.
Enjoy the beach and
the hotel overlooking the Sea.
St. Sara la Kali
Beautiful but fairly long (5
hours) drive to
in the Pyrenees.
Here the Virgin Mary,
Queen of Heaven, is honored with nightly
candle light processions
by thousands of her devotees.
Bathe in the miraculous spring
that Our Lady had
uncover by digging in the dirt. Some say
this was symbolic for how we have to dig
through the dirt
of our subconscious in order to uncover the
miraculous well of the divine that dwells
Day 8: Long
6 hour drive to Le Puy en Velay in the
into the monastery right next to the
basilica that holds two
Black Madonnas and the
miraculous "Fever Stone"
for two nights.
Day 9: Explore
the magic town and sanctuary of Le Puy.
the Fever Stone of Le
Day 10: See a couple of
Black Madonnas between Le Puy
Our Lady of the Sacred Spring, whose waters are
said to heal depression and
apathy. Hotel in
Day 11: Visit the
Riom, and Thuret. Check into the seminary
in Chartres for two nights.
Day 12: Visit the
magic cathedral, built by the
Templars, and housing three
Black Madonnas, the veil of
the Virgin, the world famous labyrinth,
and countless other
Day 13 and 14: Check
into our seminary in Paris. Visit
Mary Magdalene, the
of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal,
Black Madonnas, the
Louvre.... You'll be free to roam.
Day 15: Return home.
Dates: July 19th
- August 2nd, 2008
About 2,500.- including air fare, if you
share a room
with one person. Staying at convents and 2 star hotels
keeps the price down.