Footsteps of the Cristeros, Mexico with CALL Chicago Chapter

Footsteps of the Cristeros, Mexico with CALL Chicago Chapter

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July 14 - 20, 2018


Your pilgrimage includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Chicago, IL
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Hotel accommodations (3 & 4-stars)
  • Breakfast daily 
  • Assistance of a professional tour manager & local guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Opportunity for Daily Mass and devotional activities
  • Tips included


Your Pilgrimage Itinerary:

Day 01, July 14 (Saturday): Exiting customs at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico city, we proceed directly to the church of the Holy Family for Mass celebrated by Bishop Rojas. We then enjoy a private visit at the Father Pro Museum adjacent to the church.  The museum is the primary repository of the relics for this icon of the Cristero War. Following our visit we head to the hotel for dinner and a free evening. 

Day 02, July 15 (Sunday): We arrive early at Tepeyac, the most frequented pilgrimage site in all of Mexico. Here at the renowned National Basilica of Saint Mary of Guadalupe we are blessed to celebrate Sunday Mass, and at the feet of Saint Juan Diego’s Tilma we commend our week of pilgrimage to our Blessed Mother.  Concluding our visit we head for the Cerro del Cubilete, the third most popular pilgrimage destination in Mexico.  At the base of the mount we will visit the Shrine of Saint Mary of the Martyrs, housing the relics of the 25 martyrs canonized by Saint John Paul II. Following the local pilgrims’ tradition, we will pray our way on foot to the the mount’s peak, where we will adore the Blessed Sacrament at the National Shrine of Christ the King. Hotel and free evening in the colonial gem of Guanajuato, Gto. 

Day 03, July 16 (Monday): After an early breakfast we head to Atotonilco, Gto, for a day of retreat with the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Solitude.  Prior to joining the monks on their daily schedule of prayer and contemplation, we will stop on the way to admire the baroque splendor of the Shrine of Jesus the Nazarene, a World Heritage Site and known as “The Sistine Chapel of the Americas”. Night at the Monastery in Atotonilco, Gto.

Day 04, July 17 (Tuesday):  With an early start we leave the Monastery and the state of Guanajuato for Encarnacion de Diaz, in the state of Jalisco, where we visit the Center for Cristero Studies Alfredo Hernanez Quesada.  The Center’s museum has a varied archive of photographs, clothing, arms, oral and video history records, and relics stemming from the Cristero War. Our pilgrimage route takes us next to Santa Ana de Guadalupe, Jalisco, to visit the Shrine of Saint Toribio Romo where we will celebrate Mass.  Saint Toribio is the  most well known of the canonized martyrs and is a beloved miracle worker, Patron of the many migrants who head north to provide for their families. Later in the day, we arrive at Teocatitlan de Guadalupe to visit the Shrine of Saint Pedro Esqueda, close to the spot where he received martyrdom. We end the day with a free evening and hotel at San Juan de los Lagos, where those who wish may visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Los Lagos, the second most popular destination of pilgrimage for the Mexican people. 

Day 05, July 18 (Wednesday): Today we visit the birthplace of the Cristiada, in San Julian Jalisco. We will pay special homage to Saint Julio Alvarez, the priest whose execution is memorialized in the film ‘For Greater Glory’.  The pilgrimage route next leads us to Guadalajara where we will celebrate Mass and visit the ossuary of the Cristero Martyrs at Assumption of Our Lady Cathedral. We will end the day with a visit to the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where hundreds of lay men and women gave armed resistance to government troops at the start of the Cristiada, and where now repose the principal relics of the martyrs canonized by Saint John Paul II. Free evening and overnight in Guadalajara.

Day 06, July 19 (Thursday): Early in the day we continue, making our final pilgrimage stop in Sahuayo, Michoacan.  We will devote our visit today to Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio, canonized in October of 2016 and the youngest of the Cristero martyrs.   We will stop at the church of Saint James Apostle, where Saint Joselito was held prisoner when government troops turned the church into a military barracks.  Here repose his principal relics and we will celebrate Mass at his shrine. We will also visit the church and catacombs of Sacred Heart parish, and the Municipal Cemetery, where St Joselito bravely gave witness of his loyalty to Christ the King.  Completing our pilgrimage route at the monument to Christ the King, we head to Patzcuaro, our final destination.  In this romantic colonial town we can wonder through its artesans’ market or reflect on the week past at the shores of lake Janitzio.  We share a final farewell dinner accompanied by local musicians and close our final night in Mexico.

Day 07, July 20 (Friday): Led by Bishop Rojas we offer a Mass in thanksgiving for the fruits of our pilgrimage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. We depart from Patzcuaro for the international airport for our return to Chicago.

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