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50th Anniversary Pilgrimage - Feast Day of St. Pio
Benevento & San Giovanni Rotondo
     
Date 17 September 2018 Online Booking
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Naples
Duration 7 nights
Price €955
  • Dublin – Naples return flights
  • Two nights accommodation in the Grand Hotel Italiano on a half board basis
  • Mass & walking tour of Pietrelcina
  • Visit to Piana Romana
  • Visit to the capuchin friary in Morcone
  • Mass in the cathedral in Benevento
  • Visit to the capuchin friary of Sant’Anna in Foggia
  • Five nights accommodation in the Hotel Colonne in San Giovanni Rotondo (4 nights full board / 1 night half board)
  • Mass in the ancient church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Visit to the English Office & tour of the sanctuary
  • Mass at the hospital, ‘Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza’
  • Visit to the house of Mary Pyle
  • Mass at the sacred cave in Monte Sant’Angelo
  • Time at leisure for shopping and personal sightseeing in the town of Monte Sant’Angelo
  • Visit to the cemetery in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Attend the Vigil ceremony in the open Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Time for private prayer at the crypt of St. Pio
  • Complimentary comprehensive pilgrim travel insurance up to 85 years
  • One item of carryon luggage (10 kg)
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single room supplement €350 (limited availability)
  • 20 kg Check-in bag (€50 return - subject to airline conditions)
  • Gratuities
  • In-flight catering & meals where not stated

 

Pilgrimage Itinerary

Monday, 17th September

We will depart in the afternoon from Dublin to Naples. Upon arrival in Naples we will be met by our Tour Escort and transfer to the Grand Hotel Italiano in Benevento where we will stay for two nights on a half board basis.


Tuesday, 18th September

This morning we will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the Church of Sant’Anna where Francesco Forgione (the future Padre Pio) was baptised. Afterwards we will walk through the town visiting the Forgione family home and see the room where Padre Pio was born. After free time for lunch in Pietrelcina we will visit Piana Romana and see the tree beneath which Padre Pio received the Invisible Stigmata.

In the afternoon we will visit the capuchin friary in nearby Morcone where Padre Pio entered on the 6th of January 1903. We will have a tour of the friary and see the cell where the young novice occupied. Afterwards we will return to Benevento for our evening meal.


Wednesday, 19th September

This morning we will continue in the footsteps of St. Pio and celebrate Mass in the cathedral in Benevento where Padre Pio was ordained on the 10th of August 1910.

After Mass we will travel to Foggia and visit the capuchin friary of Sant’Anna where Padre Pio arrived in February 1916. We will visit the museum and have time for prayer in the ancient church before continuing onto San Giovanni Rotondo, arriving for lunch.We will check into our rooms and have the afternoon at leisure.


Thursday, 20th September

We will mark the 100th anniversary of the Stigmata with morning Mass in San Giovanni Rotondo. Afterwards we will visit the English Office where we will learn more of the incredible life of the saint and receive a blessing with the glove and crucifix of the humble friar.

In the afternoon we will visit the capuchin friary and see the cell where Padre Pio lived and died and the crucifix before which he received the Stigmata. We will visit the old tomb where the remains of Padre Pio rested for almost forty years and afterwards the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. After time for private prayer before the mortal remains of the saint we will return to our hotel for evening meal.


Friday, 21st September

This morning we will celebrate Mass in the hospital, ‘Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza.’ and afterwards take a tour of the hospital, considered to have been Padre Pio’s greatest creation.

In the afternoon we will visit the house of Mary Pyle. ‘L’Americana’, as she was popularly known by the locals of San Giovanni Rotondo, gave up her wealthy lifestyle to dedicate her life to Padre Pio. She built a house close to the friary and welcomed into her home the many pilgrims arriving to San Giovanni Rotondo to attend Mass and confess to Padre Pio. We will have remainder of the afternoon at leisure.


Saturday, 22nd September

This morning we will travel to Monte Sant’ Angelo, home to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Here we will celebrate Mass and afterwards have time for sightseeing. As we return to San Giovanni Rotondo we will visit the cemetery where the parents of Padre Pio and Mary Pyle are buried.

We will have the afternoon at leisure to prepare for the Vigil ceremony which will take place tonight as we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of this great saint of our time.


Sunday, 23rd September - Feast Day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

After breakfast we will celebrate Mass and afterwards walk the Way of the Cross.

In the afternoon we will return to the crypt in the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and have time for private prayer. This evening we will join with the local people as the statue of St. Pio is brought in procession through the town of San Giovanni Rotondo, home to Padre Pio for over 50 years.


Monday, 24th September

This morning we will depart from San Giovanni Rotondo and travel to Naples airport for our return flight to Dublin.

*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.

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