Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Gerard Deveza

  • Departure Date:

    May 7, 2018

  • Countries:

    Germany, Belgium, France, Spain & Portugal

Pilgrimage Highlights

Fatima

Fatima is a town located 142 km (88 miles) North of Lisbon. Fatima is one of the most important catholic...

Fatima is a town located 142 km (88 miles) North of Lisbon. Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima’s Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. Fatima’s fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. Between May and October of 1917, the three children witnessed several apparitions. The last one, on October 13th, was confirmed by a miracle witnessed by 60,000 people known in the catholic world as “the day the sun danced”.

Our Lady of Fatima is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by those who believe that she appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on 13 May, the Fatima holiday. The title of Our Lady of the Rosary is also used in reference to the same apparition; the children related that the apparition specifically identified herself as “the Lady of the Rosary.” It is also common to see a combination of these titles, i.e., Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (Portuguese: ”Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima”).

Burgos

Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. It is situated on the confluence of...

Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. It is situated on the confluence of the Arlanzon river tributaries, at the edge of the Iberian central plateau. It has about 180,000 inhabitants in the actual city and another 20,000 in the metropolitan area. It is the capital of the province of Burgos, in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon.

Castilian nobleman, military leader, and diplomat El Cid Campeador is a significant historical figure in the city, as he was born a couple of miles north of Burgos and was raised and educated here.

The city forms the principal crossroad of northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago, which runs parallel to the River Arlanzon.

Burgos has been selected as the Spanish Gastronomy Capital of 2013.

Loyola

The Sanctuary of Loyola or Shrine and Basilica of Loyola consists of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque...

The Sanctuary of Loyola or Shrine and Basilica of Loyola consists of a series of edifices built in Churrigueresque Baroque style around the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola,  founder of the
Society of Jesus.

The sanctuary stands along the river Urola at the neighbourhood of Loyola (Loiola, a place-name meaning ‘foundry made in clad’, or possibly ‘hut made in clad’) in the municipality of Azpeitia, Basque Country, Spain.

Ignatius of Loyola, whose real name was Iñigo López de Loyola, was the son of the Lord of Loyola, Beltrán Ibáñez de Oñaz and Marina Sánchez de Licona, member of an important Biscayan family. He was born in 1491 in his family house in Loyola.

After he died his birthplace became a place of veneration. In the seventeenth century the house where he was born was given to the Society of Jesus. The Order built there, near the birthplace of its founder, the Sanctuary of Loyola.

Lourdes

Lourdes is a small town in the Hautes-Pyrenees departement in southwest France .  It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination...

Lourdes is a small town in the Hautes-Pyrenees departement in southwest France .  It is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in France and one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the world.

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary revealed herself to a poor shepherd girl, Bernadette Soubirous. Eighteen such apparitions were reported.

The most sacred site at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is the Grotto of Massabielle, also known as the Miraculous Cave or the Cave of Apparitions. The Grotto of Massabielle is the site of St. Bernadette’s vision of the Virgin Mary where she revealed herself as the Immaculate Concepcion. The Virgin Mary is said to have pointed out a previously undiscovered spring in the grotto and instructed St. Bernadette to “Go and drink at the spring and wash there.” The spring water from the grotto is believed to posses healing properties and to date,  sixty seven cures have been officially recognized as miraculous by the Roman Catholic Church.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare
  • Roundtrip arrival and departure transfers
  • First class hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Breakfast; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary with services of local guide
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Daily Masses
  • Services of a Pilgrimage Chaplain and Filipino Tour Escort all throughout the tour ! Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels

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Lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is known as a place that offers hope and consolation to all who are in need of healing and peace. In 2018, the Sanctuary celebrates the 160th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette. Join a Pilgrimage to the Great Marian Shrines of Europe (Germany-Belgium-France-Spain-Portugal) with Fr. Gerard Deveza leaving on May 7, 2018.

Your pilgrimage begins with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in Schoenstatt, Germany. The Schoenstatt Shrine is a place steeped with prayer and serenity where one experiences the presence of Our Lady, the Mother of God.

Head off to Banneaux in Belgium to visit the Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor. Here, the Blessed Mother appeared eight times to a young girl, Marietta Beco. A chapel was built in her honor where a sacred spring  exists, that has brought healing to numerous pilgrims. Next stop is Beauraing to celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing, known also as the Virgin with the Golden Heart. At this place, Our Lady appeared 33 times to five children to whom she promised conversion of sinners.

Journey on to the romantic city of Paris, France.  Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, which includes a visit and Mass at the Church of the Miraculous Medal. From Paris, travel down south to Nevers and visit the St. Gildard Convent where the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette lies. Head for Paray Le Monial, hometown of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Leave for Ars to visit the Basilica of Ars where you will find the reliquary containing the body of St. Jean Marie Vianney. Not to be missed is a visit to the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of La Salette in La Salette, France.

Continue your pilgrimage with a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Spend time in quiet reflection at the Grotto of Massabielle, the Blessed Virgin’s apparition site. Make sure to find time to bathe in the Baths where numerous healings were reported and confirmed by the Catholic Church.

Proceed to Loyola in Spain, the birthplace of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits Order. Celebrate Mass at the Chapel of Conversion where St. Ignatius was converted while convalescing after an injury in battle.

Cap off your pilgrimage in Fatima, Portugal where you will spend two nights at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. Here, Our Lady appeared to 3 shepherd children — Lucia, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta – between May and October 1917.

Follow in the footsteps of St. Bernadette and celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes. Join a Pilgrimage  to the Great Marian Shrines of Europe with Fr. Gerard Deveza leaving on May 7, 2018. May you find  this pilgrimage to be a meaningful experience that lingers in your spirit even long after the pilgrimage is over.

Things We Love

  • Reminder to make a covenant of love with Mary to live as God’s instruments in your daily life, while on a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt.
  • Pray for healing in Lourdes. Since 1858, there have been 69 verified miracles or cures in Lourdes!
  • Light a candle in every pilgrimage site  for prayer requests of friends and families back home.
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross at the Hungarian Calvary in Fatima where 14 little chapels are built in memory of the Passion of Jesus, and a 15th in memory of the Resurrection.
  • Enjoy a leisurely and prayerful walk along the path leading to the apparition site at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette in La Salette, France.

Things To Do

  • CRUISE

    Enjoy an enchanting Seine River Cruise and rediscover the full splendor of the river banks and monuments of Paris.

  • BATHS

    Find time to immerse yourself in the BATHS in Lourdes where water from a spring at the Grotto of Massabielle flows.

  • SHOP

    Shop for rosaries, medals and other religious souvenir items while on pilgrimage and let your pilgrimage chaplain bless them before heading home.

  • JOIN.

    Join a moving evening Rosary and Candlelight procession in Lourdes and Fatima where the “Ave Maria” is sung in unison in different languages.

  • VISIT.

    En route to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, is a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Laus, one of the five places of Marian apparitions in France officially recognized by the Catholic Church

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Testimonials

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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Visa Requirements

  • Passport with six (6) months validity from date of departure
  • Visa Application Forms
  • Two (2) pcs. passport-size pictures
  • Original and Photocopy of Latest Income Tax Return
  • Original Bank Certificate (both Pesos and/or U.S.Dollars) for each embassy
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  • Photocopy of International Credit Cards (if available)
  • Travel Insurance with minimum coverarage of Php2.5 Million (valid for 30 days)
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (signed and notarized by sponsor if financially incapable)
  • If married, copy of Authenticated Marriage Contract
  • Copy of hotel voucher (to be supplied by ERI)
  • Personal appearance by the applicant ” Processing Time: 15 – 30 days
  • VISA FEE: Php 7,000.00 (Subject to change without prior notice).

Booking Conditions

1) A US$ 500.00 non-refundable deposit is required upon reservation together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months fromdate of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile with a passport-size photo plus the visa fee and travel insurance payment.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than 30 days before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 45 days before departure date – US$ 500.00 (non-refundable deposit)
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 20 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited

Terms and Conditions

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Visa fees and documentation expenses, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation (20 kgs.), drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various contractors. Executive Resources, Inc., its employees or its sub-agents therefore only act as agents for the contractors providing the various services described in the tour and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure”. All tours and arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

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