Past Pilgrimages: No two are exactly the same
Canterbury Pilgrimages is a dedicated Catholic pilgrimage company. Our pilgrimages are our ministry for Jesus Christ. No two of our pilgrimages are exactly the same because we believe people are called to pilgrimage. Once the Holy Spirit calls someone to pilgrimage, Canterbury works with that person to create a unique itinerary based on the spiritual needs of the pilgrim group.
Our hearts and souls are poured into service to the Lord on behalf of our pilgrims. Our past pilgrimages, some of which are highlighted below, offer a chance for people to better discern the call to pilgrimage. We have worked to serve the following bishops and their dioceses, as well as smaller parish groups, affinity groups, choir groups, and more:
Dioceses & Bishops
- Cardinal Avery Dulles
- Archdiocese of Denver, Archbishop Aquila
- Diocese of Manchester, Bishop Libasci
California Missions with Patrick Madrid
California | Oct. 2 – 9, 2016
Radio host and popular Catholic Apologist, Patrick Madrid joined Bishop James Wall and 150 pilgrims on a pilgrimage touring all 21 California Missions founded by St. Junipero Serra and his fellow Franciscans in the late 1700’s. The pilgrimage also included a visit to the famous Christ Cathedral with its stunning façade and the magnificent gardens, a walk through the only remaining original Spanish Plaza in California, touring in the Sonoma Wine Region, crossing the Golden Gate bridge and spending time in contemplation at St. Junípero Serra’s sarcophagus as well as that of three of his fellow missionaries.
“The Bishop and both priests were WONDERFUL! They were incredible. A true blessing to all of the pilgrims. God bless! =-}” – Mark F.
“It was more than I expected and would do it again if offered.”- Dianne M.
"Excellent tour, we were VERY impressed with the quality of hotels we stayed in and the tour representatives could not have been more helpful." - Pat A.
Pilgrimage to the Canonization of Mother Teresa with Abby Johnson
September 1 – 8th, 2016 |Rome, Assisi & Siena
Pilgrims joined Abby Johnson, famous pro-life activist and speaker, on a pilgrimage to Rome to personally witness the historical Canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa. In addition, pilgrims on this trip toured the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, and the Roman Forum. They passed through the Holy Door and enjoyed a guided-tour at St. Peter’s Basilica. They visited the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. Later in the week pilgrims toured St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major- where a reliquary containing part of the Holy Crib of Bethlehem rests. In Assisi, Pilgrims spent time at the church of St. Mary of the Angels as well as the cave where St. Francis often retired to pray. At the Church of Saint Clare, pilgrims had the opportunity to venerate the tomb where St. Clare’s body lies, barely corrupt after many centuries. Pilgrims traveled then to the Medieval city of Siena, home of St. Catherine where they adored the Eucharistic Miracle of Siena.
"We had a fabulous experience in Italy with the Mother Teresa Canonization trip. We saw many amazing & beautiful churches...scenery and the Canonization Mass was beautiful!! Great view of altar!!! And being able to venerate the relic of Mother Teresa was amazing and spiritually incredible!! Thank you for all the organizing and plans you sooo amazingly put together :):)" - JoEllen V.
Magnificat: Leadership Conference
Washington, D.C. | April 23 - 26, 2015
Magnificat, a ministry to catholic women, gathers at a leadership conference every two years to encourage the good works of modern-day holy women. This year's theme for the conference was Proclamation of the Kingdom. The speaker line-up included various leaders: Bishop Sam Jacobs, Fr. Robert Cruz, Sr. Briege McKenna, Kathleen Backman, Gloria Gomez, and many others!
Shroud of Turin
Venice + Padua + Florence + Assisi + Siena + Rome
May 19 - 29, 2015
Pilgrims visited the Church of Our Lady of Help of Christians, venerated at the Holy Shroud, celebrated Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, and explored the birthplace of St. Francis, among other experiences!
World Meeting of Families
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | September 22 - 28, 2015
Pope Francis made his way to the United States after a brief visit in Cuba to celebrate the World Meeting of Families Conference with thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Canterbury worked with 40 dioceses, 35 buses, and 1,600 pilgrims to help pilgrims be in the presence of the Holy Father!
"First, let me say what an outstanding job our bus ambassador, Catie Hall, did while leading us on the pilgrimage. She remained very composed throughout the trip and dealt with complaints in a respectful and professional manner. ... I think Canterbury [Pilgrimages] did an outstanding job under the circumstances. The Hilton Hotel was excellent and the bus driver was very proficient. The excursions to the shrines were interesting and prayerful, and the Mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa was beautiful. ... I would certainly consider using Canterbury Tours for another pilgrimage," Claire M., Diocese of Fall River
"The pilgrimage and being in the presence of Pope Francis was an opportunity of a life time. Thank you for helping to make this happen." - Carolee C., Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
"The entire experience was wonderful," Patricia B. and Anne F., Diocese of Norwich
"Thank you -- Canterbury Pilgrimages did a 'brilliant job' of all the arrangements." - Lori R., Diocese of Sioux Falls
PNAC Rome Pilgrimage
Orvieto + Florence + Padua + Venice | Sept. 28 - Oct. 6, 2015
Deacon Ernie Abbott led a pilgrimage to Rome to attend the Pontifical North American College Diaconate Ordination for Mr. Tobias Letak. The pilgrimage included general sightseeing of historical monuments such as the Colosseum and spread into Catholicism with Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. On another day, the pilgrims ventured to St. Peter’s Square for the Diaconate Ordination of Mr. Tobias Letak and the class of 2016 at the Altar of the Chair, St. Peter. Following, the pilgrims also went to Janiculum Hill for a wonderful view of Rome, followed by guided tour of St. Francesco a Ripa Sanctuary where St. Francis stayed when in Rome; see the stone that was his pillow, and an original portrait. The final day of pilgrimage was crowned with exploring Venice all day: the famed Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica where the saint is interred, the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Palace of the Doges.
St. Theresa of Avila
Spain & Portugal | Sept. 29 - Oct. 12, 2015
The In the footsteps of St. John of the Cross and St. Theresa of Jesus, Year of Consecrated Life Pilgrimage celebrates the centenary year of the 500th birthday of St. Theresa of Jesus. St. Theresa of Jesus is the first woman doctor of the church and founder of the Reformed Carmelite Order. Pilgrims journeyed to various sites in Spain, including: Granada, Madrid, Burgos, Soria, Palencia, etc.
"Those were joyful days with the Lord for me. May God bless all of you for all you do helping God's people." - MariaJulieta E.
"It was a great adventure into the Order of Discaled Carmelites (OCD) through the footsteps of St. Teresa who founded the first 17 OCD monasteries for nuns as well as several for OCD Friars during her lifetime. There must be thousands all over the world currently. As a Secular member of the order, it was such a privelege to be able to join the trip visiting well known and obscure convents from Burgos in the north to Seville in the south. The trip was led very well by a Secular member of the Order, Gloria Sison. She thoroughly prepared us prior to visiting each convent/holy place with historial background and spiritual perspective. The local guide assigned was Ms. Maria Jesus who was also so capabale and dedicated to serve the pilgrims' needs. She elaborated as well on the historical/cultural aspects of each stop. The priests who came on the trip were wonderful. Aside from the Masses, they provided opportunities for spiritual discussions and sharing. Needless to say, our driver, Luis, had to be very experienced and patient to get us in and out of very tight spaces and roads not well traveled." - Isabel J., Footsteps of St. Teresa 2015