Marian Shrines Pilgrimage to France, Spain & Portugal
Moderate – High
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Going on a pilgrimage is one of the most ancient and traditional means of deepening one’s faith. On this journey we will be praying, feasting, and enjoying the many sights and experiences of ancient and contemporary France, Spain, and Portugal.
We will visit religious sites where we will have the opportunity to express our devotion to the Blessed mother. We will celebrate Mass at various Marian Shrines including Lourdes in France where She appeared to St. Bernadette, and Fatima in Portugal where She appeared to Blessed Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia 100 years ago. Our journey begins in Barcelona with a visit to La Sagrada Familia. We will also have the opportunity to walk a small portion of the El Camino in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, at the tomb of St. James. Our pilgrimage comes to an end in Portugal as we explore the enchanting city of Lisbon.
We look forward to each other’s company as we celebrate our faith and enrich our understanding and appreciation of these special places associated with Mary, the Mother of God, and Christ’s disciples. This will be a great opportunity and privilege for us to journey together as part of our faith and community.
Fr. Charles Ugochukwu
Pastor, Risen Savior Catholic Community, Albuquerque, NM
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Upon arrival in Barcelona, we are met by our HLTC representative and immediately begin our pilgrimage by exploring the colorful markets of Las Ramblas before transferring to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Barcelona (D)
After breakfast we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Barcelona including panoramic views of the harbor area, Montjuic, Plaza de Espana and Plaza de Catalunya. We will then visit Barcelona Cathedral followed by a visit to Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, a magnificent, unfinished Roman Catholic basilica of impressive proportions. We will continue on to the Tibidabo Hill where we will visit the Church of the Sacred Heart and see a statue of Christ whose extended arms overlooking Barcelona reminds one of Rio de Janeiro. Overnight: Barcelona (B, D)
This morning we will travel outside of Barcelona to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat, the spiritual heart of Catalonia and home to a dramatically set Benedictine monastery. For 700 years this Marian shrine has attracted thousands of pilgrims from around the world. We pause here to visit the Black Madonna of Montserrat, probably Spain’s most fervent devotion to the Blessed Mother. Continue to hotel for check in and overnight. Overnight: Montserrat (B, D)
This day we start with mass at the Grotto of Massabielle, where our Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858. Later we take our official group photo in front of the Basilica, followed by our guided tour of Lourdes. The sanctuary of the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world’s largest underground church. The Basilica, The Baths, where thousands of miraculous cures have taken place is the most respected shrine and sanctuary in France. In the afternoon our group will join the Blessed Sacrament Procession and Blessing of the sick, (if available on that day). Overnight Lourdes (B, D)
Lourdes / Loyola / Santander
This morning we depart Lourdes and drive through the Pyrenees Mountains of Loyola, the hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. We continue to Santander for dinner and overnight. Overnight Santander (B, D)
Oviedo / Santiago De Compostela
Depart Santander this morning and drive to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias region. Here we will visit the Cathedral which houses the tombs of Asturian kings and the Camara Santa, a restored 9th century chapel containing expressive statues of Christ and the Apostles. We then head to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight. Overnight Santiago de Compostela (B, D)
Santiago De Compostela
This morning we begin our visit of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous shrines in the world, where the tomb of St. James (brother of St. John the Divine) was discovered. St. James was given the task of spreading Christianity in the distant Hispanic lands and is known as the first pilgrim. Since the discovery of the tomb, numerous miracles have taken place here and every year thousands of faithful gather on July 25 to celebrate the Feast Day. We begin with a visit to the Cathedral of St. James, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. As pilgrims, we have the opportunity to climb the stairs behind the high altar to visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved, touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria), view the ‘botafumeiro’ and admire the wealth of medieval art inside the Cathedral, before visiting the cloister museum. Enjoy a stroll on own, though the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostela, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and others. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela. Overnight: Santiago de Compostela (B, D) Optional Morning Walking Tour ~ This morning we set out to join the walking pilgrims at the Monte del Gozo from which the spires of the Cathedral are first visible. We will walk the last couple of miles of El Camino arriving at the Cathedral of St. James, the destination we have been yearning to reach. Continue to the Cloister Museum with our group.
Santiago De Compostela / Porto / Fatima
Today we depart Santiago de Compostela and continue to Porto to see the wine factory and enjoy sampling the best wine. We then visit the church of St. Francis before continuing on to Fatima. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel before joining the candlelight procession. Overnight Fatima (B, D)
This morning we visit Fatima, where Our Blessed Mother visited three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and her cousins Bl. Jacinta & Bl. Francisco Marto in 1917. We participate in the Rosary & Candlelight Procession. Overnight Fatima (B, D)
We drive to Lisbon and stop en route in Santarem, the Church of Marvila and the site of the Eucharistic Miracle. Time for mass is available. We continue to Lisbon where we enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon including Pombal square, Liberty Avenue, Rossio Square, Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Romanesque Cathedral, the Se. We will then check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Lisbon (B, D)
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