World Meeting of Families & England with Fr. Bill & Sherri McNeeley
World Meeting of Families & England with Fr. Bill & Sherri McNeeley
August 20 - September 1, 2018
Anticipated Papal visit!
Pilgrimage chaplain: Fr. Bill McNeeley
Join Father Bill McNeeley on a Pilgrimage to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, with an optional extension to England! Highlights of this trip include the World Meeting of Families Congress in Dublin with an anticipated visit from the Pope. We'll also see the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Castle, ancient Irish Monastaries, and Knock Shrine. Then join the optional extension to England to see Stonehedge, Salisbury Cathedrale, and the city of Canterbury where St. Thomas A-Becket was martyred, as well as many more spiritually and historically significant sites!
Your Pilgrimage Includes...
- Roundtrip airfare (including taxes and fees) from Knoxville, TN
- Flight from Ireland to England (extension)
- Deluxe motor coach transportation
- Excellent 4-star hotel accommodations
- Breakfast daily and 6 dinners
- WMOF Registration
- 3 day WMOF Congress ticket
- Entrance to the Festival of Families
- Preferential seating at the Solemn Mass
- Assistance of professional 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 Knoxville on an over-night 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 begin our pilgrimage journey with opening Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Dinner in Dublin City. Overnight Dublin
August 22-24: 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 Families 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 depart Dublin for Knock Shrine, an important pilgrimage center, 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. From this miraculous occurrence, Knock was given the indelible seal of Vatican approval and has been a place of pilgrimage for both St. John Paull II and Mother Teresa. Following, we make our way to Galway for hotel check in. Overnight Galway
August 27: This morning we’ll enjoy an orientation of Galway city, a true delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, bohemian musicians and pubs. Next, we visit the Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. We continue onward for lunch in Westport where we will have a guided tour followed by Mass at St. Mary’s. Back to Galway in time for dinner cruise on the River Corrib & Lake. Overnight Galway
August 28: This morning we travel through the Burren Region. First populated by humans 6,000 years ago, the region shelters a mixture of flora and archaeological sites which have attracted visitors for centuries. We see here the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Here we visit O' Brien's Tower and Atlantic Edge- a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays & 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 serves as 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
August 29: After a final breakfast at your hotel we depart for the airport with renewed faith and memories to last a lifetime.
Optional Extension to England...
August 29: We say farewell to Ireland this morning as we depart on our flight to England. On arrival, we will transfer by motorcoach to the medieval city of Salisbury. Our day in Salisbury will include a visit to the world-famous prehistoric Stonehenge landmark, the Salisbury Cathedral which houses the Magna Carta, and Old Sarum, the site of the earliest settlement in Salisbury. Overnight Salisbury
August 30: Following breakfast, we transfer to the capital city of England, London. When we arrive, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of central London to see famous landmarks including: St.Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column and lions of Trafalgar Square. We’ll view the Big Ben, towering over the Houses of Parliament and Hyde Park. We’ll stop to visit the Tower of London to view the magnificent Crown Jewels, guarded by Beefeaters in their distinctive Tudor uniforms. We’ll have the oportunity to celebrate Mass at the Westminster Cathedral. We'll enjoy dinner in London this evening. Overnight London
August 31: This morning, we will visit the city of Canterbury where St. Thomas a Beckett was murdered in his own cathedral. We’ll then visit the “White Cliffs of Dover”, which are part of a chalk deposite that stretches underneith the English Channel all the way to France. We finish the day with a visit to the Aylesford Priory of the Carmelite Order, which is a popular pilgrimage stop where our Spiritual Director will have the oputunity to celebrate Mass. We will make our way back to London this evening for dinner. Overnight London
September 1: With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we’ll board our plane for the return flight home.
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