World Meeting of Families with the Diocese of Victoria
World Meeting of Families with the Diocese of Victoria
August 20 - 30, 2018
Anticipated Papal visit!
Pilgrimage chaplain: Fr. Henderson
The Diocese of Victoria invites you to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, with a Rome and Italy addition! Highlights of this pilgrimage include a sightseeing tour of Dublin, the World Meeting of Families Events (Including the 3-day congress, the Festival for Families, Mass, and celebrations), and an anticipated visit from the pope. We will then head to Rome where we see the four major Basilica's, including St. Peter's, as well as the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, and the Colosseum. We'll see where the Holy Crib of Bethlehem rests, and spend time in Assisi seeing where St. Francis and St. Clare spent their lives.
Your Pilgrimage Includes...
- Roundtrip airfare (including taxes & fees) from YYJ International Airport
- Airfare from Dublin to Rome (including taxes & fees)
- Deluxe motorcoach transportation
- Excellent 4-star hotel accommodations
- Breakfast daily & 6 dinners
- WMOF Registration
- 3 day WMOF Congress ticket
- Entrance to the Festival of Families
- Preferential seating at the Solemn Mass
- Assistance of a Canterbury Tour Manager & local guides
- Sightseeing & admission fees as per itinerary
- Daily Mass & devotions
Your Pilgrimage Itinerary...
August 20, 2018: Our pilgrimage begins as we depart from Victoria on an overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.
August 21: Upon arrival Dublin Airport, we meet our driver and tour guide followed by an orientation sightseeing tour of Dublin. After hotel check-in, we will participate in the opening Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dinner in Dublin City. Overnight Dublin
August 22: Following breakfast we set off for the World Meeting of Families three-day congress Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father. Overnight Dublin
August 23: Following breakfast we set off for the World Meeting of Families three-day congress Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father. Overnight Dublin
August 24: Following breakfast we set off for the World Meeting of Families three-day congress Daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions. Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father. Overnight Dublin
August 25: This morning, after breakfast, we set off to visit Glendalough, an ancient monastic city, established in the sixth century by St. Kevin, in the heart of the valley of the two lakes (Gleann da Loch). There, we’ll celebrate Mass at St. Kevin’s, and then visit the Round Tower, the ruins of the cathedral, and St. Kevin’s Kitchen. This afternoon we’re off to Baltinglass to see the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey and Castledermot to visit the Franciscan Abbey. We return back to Dublin this afternoon to participate in the Festival for Families. A festive time, where we gather to celebrate the gift of family from the perspective of the specific theme of the World Meeting. This will be a cultural celebration of music, dance, song, within a prayerful and joyful setting, and with the aid of stories given by families representing the five continents. Overnight Dublin
August 26: Solemn Eucharistic Celebration. The World Meeting of the Family 2018 will conclude with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity for the gift of family and for its sanctification. Following the closing Mass, we bid farewell to Dublin as we depart on our flight to Rome, Italy. Upon arrival in Rome, we check into our hotel. Overnight Rome
August 27: We begin the day with visits to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Holy Stairs, and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Following lunch, we’ll stop at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where a reliquary containing part of the Holy Crib of Bethlehem rests. Following dinner we will visit the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. Overnight Rome
August 28: Following breakfast, we will make our way by motor coach to Assisi where we will visit the quaint hilltop birthplace of St. Francis, which still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s when St. Francis began his ministry. Before proceeding to the Church of St. Clare, we break for lunch at one of the trattorias in Assisi. St. Clare was the foundress of the Order of Poor Clare’s. Her body lies entombed there, barely corrupt since her death centuries ago. We proceed back down to the basilica of St. Francis to view some of his earthly possessions and the many frescoes depicting his life. Overnight Rome
August 29: This morning, we will participate in a Papal audience (pending the Pope’s schedule) at St. Peter’s Square. Following lunch, we participate in a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. Before dinner, we will visit the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, and the Roman Forum. Farewell dinner tonight. Overnight Rome
August 30: With a renewed sense of Pilgrimage, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we’ll board our plane in Rome for our flight home.