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
To prepare for the Pilgrimage to Chartres, Our Lady of the Rosary chapter has started Novena (nine day prayers) on May 25th and will commence with their departure to France on June 2nd, 2014.
Is this your first year on the Pilgrimage to Chartres? Have wanted to experience the pilgrimage but are having second thoughts of experiencing this amazing journey? Enjoy this entertaining and heartfelt description by Dominic de Souza about this first time he made the three day trek to Chartres back in 2005 and what a life changing experience it was for him. Catch his story here!
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