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September 18 - 26, 2017, with Patrick Madrid & Bishop James Wall

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PILGRIMAGE EXTENSION TO FATIMA

(Optional) September 26 - 28

Patrick Madrid

Author and Radio host

 

The rich and ancient culture of Catholic Ireland is deeply intertwined with the histories of America and Canada, which is why our pilgrimage to the fabled Emerald Isle will both inspire and exhilarate you as we immerse ourselves in Ireland’s Catholic antiquities, cultural treasures, and celebrated natural beauty.”

 

Most Rev. James S. Wall

Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico

 

"Ireland has a storied Catholic history involving countless great saints. Men and women, such as Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid, Saint Columba and many more, lived out their Catholic faith in Ireland with legendary fervor and fidelity. This pilgrimage will allow us to walk together in their footsteps and be renewed in our own Catholic faith.”

Price Per Person

Double occupancy: $3,795

Single occupancy: $4,324

Fatima Extension:

Double Occupancy: $395

Single occupancy: $505

 What's Included

 

  • Roundtrip airfare (incl. taxes and fees) from most Major U.S. Airports
  • Hotel accommodations along the route such as the Citywest Hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 4 Dinners and 2 Banquets with Entertainment
  • Wine served with some dinners
  • Deluxe Air-conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Shannon Car Ferry ride
  • Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park
  • Assistance of professional Tour Manager & local guides
  • Sightseeing & admission fees as per itinerary
  • Daily Mass & devotions along pilgrimage way
  • Commentary along the way by Patrick Madrid

Travel Dates

September 18 - 26, 2017

Itinerary

 

Monday, September 18

Our Pilgrimage begins as we depart the USA for an overnight flight to Europe and the beautiful country of Ireland.

 

✈ Overnight Flight

 

Tuesday, September 19

Upon arrival at Dublin Airport, we meet our driver and guide and enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin City. This area offers many striking monuments such as the General Post Office, O’Connell Street, the Custom House along the quays and Phoenix Park. Next, we visit Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and the oldest University in Ireland. We will complete the day with our opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Wall at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, built on the site of the12th-century Cistercian abbey of St. Mary. Welcome dinner at hotel.

 

☾ Overnight Dublin, Ireland

 

Wednesday, September 20

Today we journey from Dublin to County Donegal, stopping first at Monasterboice, home to an impressive collection of ruins dating back to the 5th century. Our next stop brings us to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. We celebrate Mass in the Neo Gothic style cathedral which features a very distinctive tabernacle holder and crucifix, Austrian oak woodwork with an Irish granite altar and an ornate painted ceiling.

 

☾ Overnight Donegal, Ireland

 

Thursday, September 21

Following breakfast, we begin a full day touring in the Donegal region. We tour Glenveagh National Park; its 10,000 acres of protected wilderness boast beautiful lakes set in dramatic ice-carved cliffs and deep peat bogs. We visit Glenveagh Castle and Colmcille Heritage Centre, an exhibition featuring the life of St. Colmcille, Patriarch of the Irish Monasticism and Scottish Church. His story is told through stained glass, artefacts, a wax model with authentic clothing and a step-by-step illustration of ancient manuscript fabrication. Dinner tonight in a traditional Irish Pub.

 

☾ Overnight Donegal, Ireland

 

Friday, September 22

Today we depart for Galway. We visit and celebrate Mass at Knock Shrine, famous for over a century as the site of apparitions and miraculous cures. The story of Knock began in 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared to fifteen people at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. Knock has been a place of pilgrimage for both St. John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa. We enjoy an orientation tour of Galway city, a true delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, bohemian musicians and busy pubs. We finish our day at the Collegiate of St. Nicholas of Myra, built in 1320.

 

☾ Overnight Galway, Ireland

 

Saturday, September 23

This morning we travel through the Burren Region and we see the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. We visit O’Brien’s Tower and Atlantic Edge — a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays and experiences exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher. We then take the Shannon Car Ferry. This pleasant, 20-minute journey travels across the Shannon Estuary which is home to a group of bottle nosed dolphins and a habitat for migrating birds and wild fowl. Dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage for a traditional Irish night with traditional music and costumed dancers.

 

☾ Overnight Kerry, Ireland

 

Sunday, September 24

After breakfast at the hotel we begin a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula and discover the Ring of Kerry. We take in spectacular scenery — mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. We pass through Glenbeigh and step aboard a jaunting car to discover areas of the National Park that we might not otherwise visit. Our Jarvey [driver] takes us through the magnificent scenery of Killarney National Park, stopping often to allow for photographs. We will cap the day with Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney, a beautiful Gothic-style building.

 

☾ Overnight Kerry, Ireland

 

Monday, September 25

Today we depart for Limerick, first visiting Cahir Castle. Here guided tours help us fully understand the history of Cahir, its town, its castle and the surrounding area. We move forward to the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick visited in AD 450. After Mass celebrated by Bishop Wall at St. Augustine’s Church, we enjoy a medieval banquet and entertainment at Bunratty Castle.

 

☾ Overnight Limerick, Ireland

 

Tuesday, September 26

With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, new friends, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we’ll board our plane for the return journey home.

 

 

Extended Pilgrimage to Fatima (optional)

 

Tuesday, September 26

This morning, we will make our way to the airport for our flight to Fatima, Portugal. Upon arrival in Lisbon, we will visit the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua, as well as St. Stephen’s Church in Santarém, to adore the miracle of the Bleeding Host. This afternoon, we will settle into our hotel in Fátima. We will enjoy dinner tonight before joining in the candlelight Rosary procession at the Sanctuary of Fatima (pictured below).

 

☾ Overnight Fatima, Portugal

 

Wednesday, September 27

Today in Fatima, Mass will be celebrated at the Capelinha, built over the holm oak tree where Our Lady appeared five times to the three shepherd children—Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Afterwards, we’ll tour the basilica and shrine. That afternoon, we will visit Aljustrel, where the angel of Fátima appeared, and Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared in August of 1917. At night, we’ll participate in the candlelight Rosary procession.

 

☾ Overnight Fatima, Portugal

 

Thursday, September 28

This morning, we say farewell to Our Lady and head to the Lisbon airport for our flight home.

 

 

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