DAY 1 - San Giovanni Rotondo
Our morning flight from Dublin will take us to Naples airport where we will be greeted by our Marian Pilgrimages representative and driver who will remain with you for the duration of your pilgrimage.
As we drive to San Giovanni Rotondo we will hear of some of the episodes from the early years of Padre Pio and his time spent in his native Pietrelcina. Upon arriving in San Giovanni Rotondo, we will check into the four-star Hotel Parco delle Rose and have time to relax in our rooms before coming together in the evening time to celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage.
DAY 2 - English Office, Capuchin friary, Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
The English Office was founded by Fr. Alessio Parente to welcome English-speaking pilgrims arriving in San Giovanni Rotondo. After the celebration of morning Mass, we will visit the English Office and learn more of the life of Padre Pio before receiving a blessing with the glove and crucifix used by the humble friar.
In the afternoon, our guided tour of the sanctuary will allow us to walk in the footsteps of Padre Pio during his years in San Giovanni Rotondo. Our guide will take us to the ancient Church of Our Lady of Grace where Padre Pio celebrated Mass and heard confessions before continuing onto the capuchin friary, where we will learn more about the poor friar who prays as Padre Pio often described himself. Our day will conclude in the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina where there will be time for private prayer before the remains of the great saint of our time.
DAY 3 - St. Matthew's Monastery & Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel
After breakfast, we will enjoy a morning drive to the nearby St. Matthew's Monastery. Located along the Pilgrims Path, the monastery is a place rich in history, art, culture and above all, faith, and spirituality. During our visit we will receive a blessing with the relic of St. Matthew and Holy Oil.
Padre Pio had a great devotion to St. Michael the Archangel and travelled on pilgrimage to the shrine in Monte Sant Angelo. During our afternoon drive to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael, we will hear of the apparitions of the Archangel Michael and have the privilege of celebrating Mass in the sacred cave.
DAY 4 - Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, Way of the Cross, Torchlight Procession
In 1956 Padre Pio presented to the world his greatest gift, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza which today is now one of the most important hospitals in Europe. An important part in the story of Padre Pio, after morning Mass we will visit to the hospital and learn of the history behind what is regarded as Padre Pio's greatest creation, and of the wonderful work that continues to this day.
Walking the Way of the Cross in the afternoon will allow us as Christians, to pause and enter reflectively into those last moments of Jesus's journey of love. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure will give us the opportunity for confessions or to return to the crypt for private prayer. After dinner we will return to the sanctuary and have the opportunity to participate in the Torchlight Procession.
DAY 5 - Pietrelcina
This morning we will depart San Giovanni Rotondo and drive to the town of Pietrelcina. Upon arrival in the quaint town, we will celebrate Mass in the Church of the Holy Family and afterwards visit the museum which has carefully preserved items dating back to Padre Pio's time in his native town. Our guided tour of the town will take us to the Forgione family home where Francesco was born and the Church of Sant Anna where he was baptised.
Our pilgrimage will conclude with a visit to nearby Piana Romana where we will have time for prayer before the tree beneath which Padre Pio received the first signs of the stigmata. Afterwards, we will drive the short distance to Avellino and after checking into our rooms have time to relax before our farewell dinner.
DAY 6 - Return home
After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and drive the short distance 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.