DAY 1 – Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua
We will depart in the morning from Dublin to Verona. Awaiting us in the arrivals hall in Verona airport will be our representative and driver who will remain with us throughout our pilgrimage. Upon arrival at our hotel, we will have lunch and settle into our rooms.
This afternoon we will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the Basilica of St. Anthony. Afterwards we will explore the basilica and have time for private prayer at the tomb of the great saint.
DAY 2 – Marian Shrine of Monteberico & Basilica of St. Justina
This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Marian shrine of Monteberico. The shrine originated in plague-ridden 1426 when an apparition appeared on a hill above Vicenza, to an old woman who described the image as the “likeness of a most beautiful queen,
“I am the Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ,” the woman heard, “I beg you to go and say in my name to the people of Vicenza that they must build in this place a church in my honour, if they want their health back, otherwise the plague will not cease.” Initially nobody believed the old lady until the apparition took place a second time at which point it was decided to immediately build a church.
Today the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Monteberico stands high above the town, welcoming pilgrims, with an estimated 30,000 people arriving at the church on the first Sunday of each month to ask for a grace, give thanks “or simply to pay a visit to the Virgin Mary.”
In the afternoon we will visit the Basilica of St. Justina, patroness of Padua. The Basilica of St. Justina holds the tomb of two evangelists - the tomb of St. Luke and the tomb of St. Matthew. The Basilica was originally built to hold the remains of St. Justina and other Christian Martyrs of the city but was destroyed five hundred years later. After several years, the relics of St. Justina were found along with that of St. Luke.
DAY 3 – Shrine of St. Leopold Mandic & Venice
This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Shrine of St. Leopold Mandic, the Croatian capuchin friar that, despite his disabilities, spent many hours in the confessional and became known as the Apostle of Confession and Apostle of Unity. After Mass we will visit the room in which St. Leopold passed most of his day administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spent time in silent prayer.
There will be the option to remain in Padua and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this historical university town or to take advantage of our proximity to Venice with an optional visit to “The Floating City.” - without doubt one of the most unique cities in the world (optional visit to Venice payable locally).
DAY 4 – Return home
In the morning we will drive to Verona airport for our return flight.
*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.