While our Chapter takes part in the 60+ mile Pilgrimage to Chartres, there are other great Catholic Pilgrimages to take part across Europe. The website The Catholic Tour features additional pilgrimages that you can take part in as well and are at different times of the year. Here is a breakdown of additional Catholic tours that you and your friends can take part of.
AVILA / FATIMA / 500th Anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila – 2015
This is an 8 day tour that takes you through Spanish cities of Avila and Fatima. The first part is visiting the city of Avila, the city of Kings and Saints, which is completely surrounded by 11th century walls is the birth place of St. Theresa. Stops included in this part of the tour include Avila’s Cathedral, a museum dedicated to her life, Tomb of St. John of the Cross, and a trip to the town of Alba de Tormes, which possesses St. Theresa’s mortal remains. The second half of the tour takes place in Fatima. Stops in this half of the tour include a trip to Aljustrel, home of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, the three children who witnessed the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother starting in 1917. Additionally, a day is spent in the medieval city of Obidos and a tour of the castle.
THE SHROUD OF TURIN – 2015
Featuring 10 days in Italy at the end of April, this tour features the rare opportunity to view Shroud of Turin. The last time it was publicly displayed was back in 2000 to celebrate the Jubilee year. While briefly displayed back in 2010 at the orders of Pope Benedict XVI, the Shroud of Turin wasn’t scheduled to be on display again until 2025. Additional stops include sites in Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, and ending up in Rome.
If you are interested in additional Catholic Pilgrimages beyond the Pilgrimage to Chartres check out the Catholic Tours website: http://www.thecatholictour.com/catholic_pilgrimages.asp
Back in 2009, PBS filmed a documentary feature about the Pilgrimage to Chartres. The article that is featured along with the video summarizes the 3 day journey and gives a brief history of the tradition of the pilgrimage:
“The pilgrimage began in the Middle Ages. Chartres was always an important place and had great meaning in the life of the Christian world in the kingdom of France in the Middle Ages. Joan of Arc made this pilgrimage. Louis XIV, I believe, made the pilgrimage. After Vatican II there were — there was a lot of confusion that developed in Catholic believers’ minds about what they ought to be doing, what they ought not to be doing, whether they were putting too much of an emphasis on particular practices that somehow or other had become outmoded, and as a consequence things like pilgrimages ended up suffering. It resumed precisely due to the concerns of groups that, by this point, were calling themselves traditionalists who wanted to commit themselves to maintaining practices which they felt to be, spiritually, extremely beneficial.”
The video can be viewed on the link below:
The 2015 Pilgrimage to Chartres is May 22 through May 24. That is roughly 7 months away but it will come quick and you will have some planning to prepare for. Flights to Paris, finding a hotel to stay at before the pilgrimage, and if you arrive a day or two early, find things to do around the city. Below are some ideas to help you keep organized and ahead of deadlines.
Flights to Paris
Depending on what country you are flying out of and what day of the week you plan on leaving for Paris, the cost may vary significantly. The decision to fly straight through or to have a layover, what day of the week to fly out on, how long to purchase your tickets before you travel and even clearing out the cookies in your internet browser can all be factors in the price you will pay to fly out. The folks at CheapAir.com put together a guide, Top 10 Tips for Booking Cheap Flights to help you get the best deal possible.
Much like searching for a flight, the cost of hotels can vary in prices depending on several determining factors. There are three main sub types when it comes to hotels: Luxury, Quality, and Budget. Luxury hotels are considered the 4 to 5 star variety, are in a premium location within the city and provide top notch service at a considerable rate. Quality hotels are more of the 3 star variety and include nicer finishes and are on the outskirts of desirable spots of the city. These typically include more of a chain style hotel. Last but not least is the Budget hotel. Budget hotels mainly consist of chains and are located out in the outskirts and suburbs and feature plain rooms and furniture. For more information regarding the Paris Hotel scene check out this feature by About-France.com.
Things to Do and See in Paris
Depending on when you plan on arriving in Paris for the Pilgrimage to Chartres you might have a day or two to tour the city. When you think of Paris the first things that come to mind are the Eifel Tower and the Louvre. Really the city has numerous sites to see and are broken down to the Top 30 Things to do in Paris by TravelAdvisor.com. From Museums to even the starting point in the pilgrimage, the Notre Dame Cathedral, from a tourism standpoint this city truly has it all.
Now that you have an idea of things to plan for to travel for the pilgrimage, it is a good idea to start your checklist. In the coming months, more tips will be provided including what to wear, how to train for a 60+ mile walk, and proper nutrition/hydration for the journey. If you have any questions regarding traveling for the pilgrimage or are interested in joining be sure to click HERE.
Many people ask and the answer is no, we are not affiliated with the Remnant Tour group. We are an independent group of individuals that provides not only American’s, but any English speaking person in the world a chapter to walk in the Pilgrimage to Chartres. Originating from the the Midwest in the United States, we are not a tour group nor are we seeking any funds. We just want to provide people that have a desire to walk in the 2015 Pilgrimage to Chartres as well as future years a stable Chapter.
It is never to early to start planning for the 2015 Pilgrimage to Chartres. The American Chapter of the Knights of Malta are currently looking for people who would like to walk with our group. Our group is looking for anybody, from any country that wants to enjoy the 2015 Pentecost Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres next spring. The dates of the pilgrimage are May 23 through May 25. If you are under the age of 18 and are interested in walking with us, find our parental waiver form located on our CONTACT US PAGE. We would love for you to join our Chapter for the 2015 Pentecost Pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres.
The official 2014 banner for the Pilgrimage to Chartes has been posted on their official website. You can view the site HERE.
The Pilgrimage to Chartres 2014 is taking place June 6th, 7th and 8th. If you want to walk with the Knights of Malta – American Chapter please contact us HERE!
During the three day adventure, be sure you are prepared for what June weather can bring to Paris, France region. This article by www.holiday-weather.com helps you understand the average temperatures and possible weather conditions you will experience along the Pilgrimage to Chartres. (Picture provided by LA Times)
June is a fantastic time to visit Paris, France, when the weather is mostly warm, dry and sunny. The average temperature at this time of year rises up from 16°C (61 degrees F) on June 1st up to 18.5°C (65.3 degrees F) by June 30th. Daily highs tend to range from 21°C to 23° C (69 – 73 F) over the course of the month, very rarely rising above 29°C (84 F) or falling below 16°C. Daily low temperatures range from 11°C to 14°C (52-57 F) throughout June, only falling below 8°C (46 F) or rising above 18°C one day out of every ten.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Paris in June in recent times is 35°C (95 F), with the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month being 1°C (33 F). Take a look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 16°C – and it’s clear that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday. The longest cold spell in 2013 took place between May 14th and June 6th – that’s 24 consecutive days which had cooler than average low temperatures.
Throughout June, Paris is subject to an average of 25mm of rainfall which is spread across 11 days throughout the month. With so many days receiving some type of precipitation, it’s highly likely you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday, so be prepared and pack an umbrella. Moderate rain is the most common type of precipitation and tends to fall around June 1st. Thunderstorms are the second most likely type of precipitation and usually occur around June 24th. The likelihood of rainfall decreases as the month develops, falling from 50% on June 1st down to 45% by June 30th. In spite of the fair quantity of rainfall, Paris is only affected by fog on less than one day each June and snow is almost unheard of for this time of year.
At 14°C (57 F), the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris in June is much higher than any of the previous months. Despite the increase in temperature, 14°C is usually considered to be too cold to enjoy a dip, so you’re best off sticking to indoor swimming pools if you’re eager to have a swim. Throughout the month, the average daily humidity is 66%, made up of highs of 92% and lows of 50%.
Paris enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine each day throughout June – that’s one more hour each day than in May. Throughout the month, the sunshine and daylight hours stay roughly constant, with the day increasing by only 16 minutes between June 1st and June 30th.
Over the course of June, wind speeds tend to vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, almost never rising above 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around June 13th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around June 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.
Full article located here.