Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Larry Faraon

  • Departure Date:

    April 16, 2019

  • Countries:

    France, Spain & Portugal

Pilgrimage Highlights

Toulouse is the capital of the French department of Haute-Garonne and of the region of Occitanie. The city is on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kms from the...

Toulouse

Toulouse is the capital of the French department of Haute-Garonne and of the region of Occitanie.

The city is on the banks of the River Garonne, 150 kms from the Mediterranean Sea. Toulouse is the center of the European aerospace industry. The University of Toulouse is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and, with more than 103,000 students, it is the 4th largest university campus in France.

A city with unique architecture made of pinkish terracotta bricks, which earned it the nickname la Ville Rose (“the Pink City”), Toulouse count two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Canal du Midi; and the Basilica of St. Sernin.

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...

Lourdes

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 of 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 possess healing properties and to date,  sixty seven cures have been officially recognized as miraculous by the Roman Catholic Church.

The Franciscan Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu is located in Onati, in the province of Guipuzcoa, Basque Country, Spain. The location enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of the Aizkorri mountain...

Arantzazu

The Franciscan Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu is located in Onati, in the province of Guipuzcoa, Basque Country, Spain.

The location enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of the Aizkorri mountain range. At this site, according to very old legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd, Rodrigo de Balanzategui in 1468.

According to this legend, the figure of Mary was in a thorn bush, and Rodrigo cried out, “Arantzan zu?” (Thou, among the thorns?!). This gave rise to the place’s name. An explanation of the word origin is that it stems from a combination of arantza and zu, “place abounding in hawthorn.” Thus Mary is often referred to here as Our Lady of the Thorns.

St. Ignatius of Loyola spent the night in vigil at this shrine and made a vow of chastity.

The historic capital of Burgos is a picture book city packed with Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. The...

Burgos

The historic capital of Burgos is a picture book city packed with Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Burgos is a city in northern Spain and the historic capital of Castile. The city is bedecked with lovely 15th and 16th-century buildings built with local white limestone, which gives Burgos cityscape its own regal character.

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.

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

Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is a town located 142 km (88 miles) north of Lisbon.  Fatima’s...

Fatima

Fatima is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

It is a town located 142 km (88 miles) north of Lisbon.  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”).

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. It is a port city, an economic center, a cultural powerhouse and a thriving mix of Portugal’s rich history and vivid contemporary culture....

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal.

It is a port city, an economic center, a cultural powerhouse and a thriving mix of Portugal’s rich history and vivid contemporary culture.

Lisbon is the political center of the country, as seat of Government and residence of the Head of State.

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines  Roundtrip airport and departure transfers
  • First Class Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Land transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Hot/Cold buffet breakfast; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary with an Englishspeaking local guide
  • Services of a Pilgrimage Chaplain and Filipino Tour Leader all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels only (Subject to availability)

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The Blessed Mother is our constant companion throughout our life’s pilgrimage. As a true Mother, She walks at our side, and shares with our struggles. This Holy Week, embark on a prayerful journey to two of the most endeared Marian apparition sites, Lourdes and Fatima. Join a 9-day Blessed Holy Week Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Lourdes and Fatima with Fr. Larry Faraon leaving on April 16, 2019.

Your pilgrimage begins with a 3-night stay in Lourdes, France, the most famous healing shrine in the world. Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, St. Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Mother on February 11, 1858, Offer your prayer petitions at the Grotto of Massabielle, the famous apparition site, where Our Lady revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. During her 9th apparition, St. Bernadette was directed to a spring that exists until today. Miraculous cures have been associated with Lourdes ever since. And today, the town welcomes more than five million pilgrims a year.

Head off for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu in Spain, where St. Ignatius of Loyola spent a night in vigil and made his vow of chastity. Ignatius referred to this night vigil at this sanctuary, as a time of great grace for strengthening his resolve to follow Christ.

Onwards to Fatima in Portugal, where you will spend two nights at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world. The fame of this place is the result of the apparitions of Our Lady to three shepherd children – Lucia, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta – between May and October 1917. Not to be missed is a moving candlelight, rosary procession.

Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmospheres of Lourdes and Fatima. Join a 9-day Blessed Holy Week in the Shrines of Lourdes and Fatima pilgrimage with Fr. Larry Faraon leaving on April 16, 2019. Let this journey of faith with Mary, the Mother of God, bring you closer to Jesus as you reflect on his passion, death and resurrection during Holy Week.

Things We Love

  • Join a moving evening Rosary and Candlelight procession in Lourdes and Fatima where the “Ave Maria” is sung in unison in different languages.
  • Enjoy the scenic bus ride through the countryside of France, Spain and Portugal.  An excellent opportunity for reflection, relaxation and bonding time with fellow pilgrims.
  • Celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of Burgos, a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Find the time to go to confession during the pilgrimage and be ready to experience the healing love of God through the sacrament.
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, and recall the profound love of Jesus for mankind.

Things To Do

  • BATHS.

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

  • WRITE.

    Ask your friends to write their prayer petitions on a piece of paper which you can drop in a box  at the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France.

  • SAVOR.

    Savor the silence and peaceful atmosphere of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu, Basque Region, Spain. An opportune time to think about the love of Jesus for all mankind.

  • REFLECT.

    Reflect on the message of Fatima on your visit to this holy place. Fatima’s message is an exhortation to prayer as the pathway to salvation, and the summons to penance and conversion.

  • WITNESS.

    Witness the “saint’s dance” during the Easter Proclamation Procession in Burgos, Spain on Easter Sunday.

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Testimonials

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca Pilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec Cabusora

Leclec Cabusora

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

(applicable only to Philippine passport holders)

  • 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
  • Original and Photocopy of Business Registration (if in business)
  • Original Employment Certificate (if employed
  • 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 7,500.00 (Subject to change without prior notice).

Booking Conditions

1)A US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservation together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure), Pilgrim’s Profile with a passport-size photo, visa, 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
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 20 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.
> US$ 300.00 Admin Fee for any visa denial.

Terms and Conditions

BASIC 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, drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, tips for drivers, guides, tour escorts, 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 subagents 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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