Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.

  • Departure Date:

    November 6, 2017

  • Countries:

    South Korea

Pilgrimage Highlights

Seoul

Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea and unquestionably the economic, political and cultural hub of the...

Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea and unquestionably the economic, political and cultural hub of the country.

Today, Seoul is considered a leading and a rising global city and is the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Skyscrapers and high rise abound. The subway system is the third largest in the world and perhaps one of the finest, providing 4G, LTE, Wifi and DMB inside subway cars.

In recent years, Seoul has been swamped with tourists from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. However, recently things have been changing. Tourism numbers to Seoul have been exploding in the past five years or so with no indication of slowing down or stopping.

Mirinae

The word “Mirinae” is a pure Korean word for the Milky Way. The site holds the graves of St. Kim...

The word “Mirinae” is a pure Korean word for the Milky Way. The site holds the graves of St. Kim Dae-geon, Korea’s first Catholic Saint; his mother, Ursula; Bishop Ferreol, the third head of the Joseon parish who ordained St. Kim; and Vincentius Lee Minsik who buried St. Kim’s body.

The reason it came to be called “Mirinae” is that Korean Catholics came to this place in secret to avoid persecution during the late Joseon Dynasty, and the lamplight coming from their homes in the village where they settled resembled the starlight of the Milky Way.

St. Kim was executed at the age of 26 and was not permitted a funeral. But 40 days after the execution, Vincentius Lee Minsik was able to steal St. Kim’s body with great difficulty. He carried it on his back eventually burying it in Mirinae.

At the center of the site stands a grand memorial church and the Way of the Cross behind it has 15 bronze sculptures depicting the passion of Jesus being captured by Roman soldiers, crucified, suffering, passing away and being interred.

Gwangju

Gwangju Metropolitan City is the fifth largest city in South Korea. It has consistently played an important role in the...

Gwangju Metropolitan City is the fifth largest city in South Korea. It has consistently played an important role in the history of Korea’s democracy and human rights movement, the most recent of which was the Gwangju Massacre of May 18, 1980, in which at least 207 students were killed by army forces suppressing a pro-democracy demonstration.

Gwangju has a thriving youth and arts, culture where any visitor will notice a generally more fashion conscious populace.

The city holds an annual Kimchi Festival that draws visitors from all over the country.

Naju

The Blessed Virgin Mary began weeping through her statue owned by Julia Kim in Naju, Korea, on June 30, 1985....

The Blessed Virgin Mary began weeping through her statue owned by Julia Kim in Naju, Korea, on June 30, 1985.

Since then, she has brought many messages and other miraculous signs, urging all her children in the world to hurriedly repent of their sins and return to God.

The original image of the Blessed Virgin Mary owned by Julia Kim, is now housed in the House of the Blessed Mother where masses, prayers and devotions are regularly held.

Situated five miles west of the House of the Blessed Mother is the Naju Holy Mountain, site of a miraculous spring which has been instrumental for numerous healings. The place is a replica of Mount Calvary with a large Crucifix and statues of Our Lady, St. John, St. Mary Magdalene and a Roman soldier. Encircling the whole place is the Way of the Cross with fifteen stations. Frequently, the air on the Mountain is filled with the fragrance of roses.

Solmoe

Solmoe, which means a thick mountain of pine trees,  is the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean...

Solmoe, which means a thick mountain of pine trees,  is the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean Catholic priest.

Upon entering the shrine, you will be able to see the house where St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon was born and raised. There you will learn about the martyrdom of four generations of the Kim family, including his great grandfather, his uncle and his father. The Kim clan produced as many as eleven martyrs.

At the heart of Solmoe Shrine is a boat-shaped church which symbolizes the Rapahel, a small boat the St. Kim arrived in. The arena and statues of the 12 disciples were built to commemorate the exemplary life of St. Kim.

Last August 2014, the Asian Youth Day was held here graced by the presence of Pope Francis.

Solmoe is also known as the Birthplace of Korean Catholicism.

Haemi

Haemi is home to Haemi Fortress,  Korea’s largest sacred ground. It is the site where over 1,000 nameless Roman Catholics,...

Haemi is home to Haemi Fortress,  Korea’s largest sacred ground. It is the site where over 1,000 nameless Roman Catholics, most of them commoners and farmers were martyred for their faith.

The sacred place is also called “Yeosutgol” as the martyrs prayed and sang “Yesumaia” (Jesus Maria) as they confronted death.

Despite the brutal history, the Haemieupseong Fortress is one of the most well-preserved town fortress in Korea. Built in 1491, the fortress has walls over 2 kilometers with three gates ― South Gate, East Gate and West Gate.

Namyang

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang, also known as “Rosary Hill,”is one of the places where...

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang, also known as “Rosary Hill,”is one of the places where a large number of Catholics were martyred during the Great Byungin Persecution. To memorialize their martyrdom as proof of their faith, Namyang was designated as a Holy Site on October 7, 1991, the feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary.

The highlights and symbols of Rosary Hill are the ever-merciful appearance of the Namyang Holy Mother’s statue and the 20-Decade Rosary Road which is a lovely path surrounded by trees and shrubs.

The “5 Joyful Mysteries” Road that resembles Mary’s own mercy may be mentioned as another outstanding feature at the Holy Site, all of which express the miraculous love and presence of the Holy Mother at Rosary Hill.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Philippine Airlines
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • First class hotel accommodation on twin-sharing basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Breakfast ; L – Lunch ; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking guide all throughout the pilgrimage
  • Daily Masses
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of a Filipino Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the tour
  • Travel Insurance (valid for 10 days

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About Your Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage is a unique spiritual journey that helps us grow closer to God. Take a break from your daily tasks and join a travelling retreat with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD as he leads a Pilgrimage to South Korea with Our Lady of Naju.

Begin your pilgrimage at the Mirinae Shrine where the remains of St. Andrew Kim Daegun lie. Delight yourself in the breathtaking display of colorful autumn leaves at the Shrine. Journey on to Naju. Spend time in prayer at the House of the Blessed Mother which houses the miraculous image of the Blessed Mother known to have shed tears and blood. Relive the Passion of the Lord as you pray the Way of the Cross at the Naju Holy Mountain with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD and fellow pilgrims.

Travel onwards to Solmoe, the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean Saint and Catholic priest. Learn more about his life and indomitable spirit that couldn’t be crushed in spite of severe punishment and persecutions that he and his companions suffered for their faith.

Next stop is the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang, also known as Rosary Hill. Here, a large number of Catholics were martyred during the Great Byungin Persecution. A highlight of your visit is the opportunity to pray the rosary at the 20-decade Rosary Road, which is a lovely path surrounded by trees and shrubs.

Wind down your travel with a sightseeing tour of Seoul, one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities.

Take a rest from your busy lifestyle. Embark on a Pilgrimage to South Korea and Our Lady of Naju with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on November 6, 2017. A perfect respite to be grateful for the blessings received, as the year is about to end, and make new plans for the year about to come. God loves you, Mama Mary loves you!

Things We Love

  • Daily masses and inspiring homilies by Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD.
  • Peaceful ambience at the Shrine of Solmoe, a sanctuary for martyrs who were willing to offer their lives for their faith.
  • Tasty and deeply satisfying Korean cuisine served in classy restaurants already included in the package cost.
  • Pray the “Hail Mary” as you touch each Stone Rosary Bead on your walk along the Rosary Road at the Shrine of Our Lady of The Rosary of Namyang. A very moving experience.
  • Feel the crisp, cool breeze and feast your eyes on the wonderful burst of colors of nature that only happens during Autumn

Things To Do

  • WEAR

    See how you would look like wearing a Hanbok, Korea’s National Costume, on your visit to the Traditional Costume Experience

  • WATCH

    Delight in the colorful changing of the guards on your visit to the Gyeongbok Palace, the main and largest palace built by the Joseon Dynasty.

  • BRING HOME

    Bring home water taken from the miraculous spring of the Naju Holy Mountain to share with family and friends.

  • IMPLORE

    Recall the merciful love of God at the Garden of Merciful Jesus at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang where the a crown of thorns, the nail and hammer, the hands and feet nailed to the cross, and the spear-pierced heart of the Suffering Jesus is displayed.

  • RECONCILE

    Avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation while on pilgrimage. A perfect time to reconcile with God.

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Visa Requirements

  • Passport with six (6) months validity from date of departure
  • Visa Application Form
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Booking Conditions

1) A non-refundable US$ 300.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile plus the visa fee.

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

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

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