Marian Pilgrimages | Pilgrimage to shrines of italy on the Friday, June 3, 2022

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San Giovanni Rotondo
     
Date 03 June 2022 Online Booking
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Naples
Duration 3 nights
Price €599
  • Dublin – Naples return flights with 10kg checked in bag
  • One small handbag (Dimensions: 25cm x 33cm x 20cm)
  • Visit to the town of Pietrelcina
  • Lunch in a local restaurant in Pietrelcina
  • Visit to Piana Romana
  • Four nights accommodation in the Hotel Colonne in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Mass in the ancient Church of Our Lady of Grace
  • Visit to the English Office
  • Guided tour of the capuchin friary
  • Opportunity to attend the celebrations marking the life of St. Pio
  • Visit to the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and crypt
  • Mass at the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Visit to St. Matthew' monastery
  • Travel insurance up to 85 years
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single Supplement €105
  • Gratuities
  • In-flight catering & meals where not stated
  • Check-in luggage €110

 
 

Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1

We will depart in the morning from Dublin to Naples. In the arrivals hall we will be greeted by our Marian Pilgrimages guide and driver who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. The beauty of the countryside will make for an enjoyable drive towards the town of Pietrelcina, birthplace of Padre Pio.

Without doubt one of the most unspoilt pilgrim destinations in Italy, in this quaint town one will learn of the early years of Francesco Forgione (the future Padre Pio) and how he overcame many obstacles to fulfil his dream of becoming “a monk with a beard”.

During a walking tour of the town of Pietrelcina, we will learn of the early life of Francesco Forgione with a visit to his family home and the Church of Sant’ Anna where he was baptised. We will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the Church of the Holy Family and later visit the museum where precious items have been preserved dating back to Padre Pio’s early years in Pietrelcina.

We will drive the short distance to Piana Romana and have time for prayer before the tree beneath which Padre Pio received the first signs of the stigmata. We will enjoy views of the contrasting landscapes as we drive to our destination of San Giovanni Rotondo, home to Padre Pio for over fifty years. After checking into the Hotel Colonne we will have dinner and afterwards time to relax and unpack.


Day 2

This morning we will celebrate Mass in the ancient Church of Our Lady of Grace where Padre Pio spent many hours each day hearing confessions and afterwards in the English Office will receive a blessing with the glove and crucifix used by the capuchin friar.

After lunch, we will walk in the footsteps of Padre Pio during his time in San Giovanni Rotondo. Visiting the capuchin friary will allow us to learn more about the “poor friar who prays” as he often described himself. Here we will have the opportunity to see the cell once occupied by the humble friar and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata.

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, we will learn of the history behind what is regarded as Padre Pio’s greatest creation.

Our day will conclude with a visit to the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina where we will have time for private prayer before the mortal remains of the great saint of our time.


Day 3

Padre Pio had a great devotion to St. Michael the Archangel. This morning we will drive to the nearby Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel in the town of Monte Sant’Angelo. In the sacred cave we will celebrate Mass and afterwards have time to stroll through the cobbled streets of this unique town with its quaint white-washed houses.

Before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo we will visit St. Matthew’s monastery and receive a blessing with the relic of St. Matthew and holy oil.

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. We will have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure for confessions and to return to the crypt of St. Pio.


Day 4

This morning we will check out of our hotel and drive to Naples airport for our return flight to Dublin returning to our homes, filled with a sense of tranquillity, rejuvenation, and peace in our hearts.

*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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