Msgr. Melchor D. David, P.C.
May 27, 2019
France and Italy
Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy. It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life),...ROME
Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy.
It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain.
Rome, as a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2,800 years of existence. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world. With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a “global city.”
The town of Genazzano is home to the original fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel. According to tradition, in the year 1467, in the midst of the festivities for...Genazzo
The town of Genazzano is home to the original fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
According to tradition, in the year 1467, in the midst of the festivities for the Feast of Saint Mark, the residents of the town suddenly heard beautiful music. A mysterious cloud was then said to have descended and obscured an unfinished wall of the parish church. Then, as everyone watched, the cloud dissipated and a beautiful fresco appeared, no thicker than a post card and only about 18 inches square, of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child.
This event naturally led to increased devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel. In 1630 Pope Urban VIII made a pilgrimage to the shrine, invoking the protection of the Queen of Heaven.
As time went on, the Augustinian Order contributed to the spread of this devotion internationally. There are many parishes, schools, hospitals and other institutions named in honor of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Naples is the capital of Campania and the 3rd largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. The historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination....Naples
Naples is the capital of Campania and the 3rd largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan.
The historic centre of Naples has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. It has one of the biggest historical city centres in the world, and its pride are the 448 historical and monumental churches, the highest number in the World for a single city.
Naples is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do. The city is a hidden gem just 2 hours south of Rome, retaining much of its original culture. Its territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples is arguable one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.
San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968. It is a city in the province of...San Giovanni Rotondo
San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968. It is a city in the province of Foggia, Puglia region in southern Italy.
San Giovanni Rotondo centers on the tomb of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick and supernatural gifts. He was declared a saint in 2002.
The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo receives 7 million pilgrims each year. The large and ultramodern Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church was built in devotion to the saint and to accommodate the increasing throngs of pilgrims that visit the place.
The city is renowned for its hospital and medical research center Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for the Relief of the Suffering) founded by St. Pio of Pietrelcina and is considered one of the most efficient hospitals in Europe.
The Miracle of Lanciano is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic miracle. In the city of Lanciano, Italy, around 700, a Basilian monk was assigned to celebrate...Lanciano
The Miracle of Lanciano is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic miracle.
In the city of Lanciano, Italy, around 700, a Basilian monk was assigned to celebrate Mass in the small church of St. Legontian. Celebrating in the Latin Rite and using unleavened bread, the monk had doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
During the Mass, when he said the Words of Consecration (“This is my body. This is my blood”), with doubt in his soul, the priest is said to have seen the bread change into living flesh and the wine change into live blood which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size (the number supposedly corresponds to the number of wounds Christ suffered on the cross: one in each hand and foot from the nails, and the wound from the centurion’s spear).
The elements can still be seen today. The flesh, which is the same size as the large host used in the Latin Church, is fibrous and light brown in color and becomes rose-colored when lighted from the back. The blood consists of five coagulated globules and has an earthly color resembling the yellow of ochre.
Over the last 12 centuries, different Bishops of the diocese of Lanciano made authentications of the holy relics. All testified that these facts were miraculous and true.
Loreto is home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy. It is an important hill town to the south of Anacona. It is inland from the Adriatic...Loreto
Loreto is home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy.
It is an important hill town to the south of Anacona. It is inland from the Adriatic coast in the Marches region of central Italy.
The main attraction for visitors to Loreto – pilgrims or otherwise – is the imposing basilica and fortress complex which also includes the museum and the Holy House of the Virgin Mary.
The Holy House of Loreto is one of the most revered Marian shrines in the world. Since medieval times, the Holy House has been believed to be the very home in which the Virgin Mary lived, conceived and raised the young Jesus.
A large basilica has been built around the small shrine, and the sacred site attracts as many as 4 million Catholic pilgrims and visitors each year.
Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint. Framed by the long, undulating hills of Umbria and the forests of Monte Subasio, Assisi is one...Assisi
Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint.
Framed by the long, undulating hills of Umbria and the forests of Monte Subasio, Assisi is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world and one of Italy’s most spell-binding gems.
Assisi is closely associated with the work of the Franciscan Order. Its medieval art masterpieces, such as the Basilica of San Francesco and paintings by Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Giotto, have made Assisi a fundamental reference point for the development of Italian and European art and architecture.
Together with almost all its surrounding territory, Assisi was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000, described as constituting a unique example of continuous history: a city-sanctuary beginning with its Umbrian-Roman origins, through the Medieval Age and up until today.
Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, The city is considered a cultural, artistic and architectural gem. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically,...Florence
Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany in Italy, The city is considered a cultural, artistic and architectural gem.
Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Politically, economically, and culturally it was the most important city in Europe for around 250 years; from some time before 1300 until the early 1500s.
Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo’s architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno.
Turin is a city and important business and cultural center in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River. It’s famous...Turin
Turin is a city and important business and cultural center in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River.
It’s famous for being the home of Italy’s royal family. Today, Turin, with its fine, aristocratic atmosphere, old world sophisticated shops, grand boulevards and palaces, leafy park and several art galleries, is an increasingly popular tourist resort.
Turin was the first capital of modern Italy. Its setting is pleasant, with the Po River flowing through the city, the genteel hills overlooking the city and scattered with pleasant villas and surrounded by the Italian Alps off in the distance. Around the city, a crown of churches and castles, some up on a hilltop, some lost in a park, provide plenty of interesting views. Turin also has an aristocratic atmosphere – the centre is filled with posh 19th century cafes, regal-like arcaded mansions, debonair glittering restaurants, and grand churches.
Turin is home to the famous Shroud of Turin. More recently, it has become the home of the Slow Food Movement.
The principality of Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican) and is almost entirely urban. It is a tiny city-state on the Mediterranean Sea...Monaco
The principality of Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican) and is almost entirely urban.
It is a tiny city-state on the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by France, although the Italian Riviera lies a few kilometres farther east.
Monte Carlo is not the capital of Monaco but a government district.
With no natural resources to exploit other than its location and climate, the principality has become a resort for tourists and a tax haven for businesses. Monaco is six times the size of the Vatican and the world’s most densely populated independent country.
The principality of Monaco offers a great balance of historical and modern attractions. There are various museums and palaces to visit as well as shopping malls and casinos. Monaco also offers relaxation spots along the harbor and even around the attractions. It is relatively easy to navigate Monte Carlo and Monaco if you take the time to learn where the various “short cuts” are. City maps are generally available at most news vendor stands and shops for a small fee.
Monte Carlo is one of Europe’s leading tourist resorts. It is situated on a prominent escarpment at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera. Near the quarter’s...Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is one of Europe’s leading tourist resorts.
It is situated on a prominent escarpment at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera. Near the quarter’s western end is the world-famous Place du Casino, the gambling center which has made Monte Carlo “an international byword for the extravagant display and reckless dispersal of wealth.” It is alos the location of the Hotel de Paris, the Cafe de Paris, and Salle Garnier (the casino theatre which is the home of the Opera de Monte Carlo).
Monte Carlo has been visited by royalty as well as the public and movie stars for decades. The Monte Carlo Rally is one of the longest running and most respected car rallies.
Aix-En-Provence also known as Aix is noted for its elegance and high culture. Aix has been settled by some of France’s most preeminent minds and artists. Most notable of all...Aix-En-Provence
Aix-En-Provence also known as Aix is noted for its elegance and high culture.
Aix has been settled by some of France’s most preeminent minds and artists. Most notable of all is Paul Cezanne who immortalised the limestone peak of the Montage Sainte-Victoire, which rises to the east of the city.
Provence is famously scorching in summer, but the streets of Aix are kept cool by the shade of its handsome honey-coloured buildings and plane trees, as well as the spray from the many fountains.
Aix has a lot to offer. It is a quiet, clean and comfortable city. The city center is mostly pedestrian and, though it is quite small (you can cross the centre in 15 min by foot), offers long hours of nice walks. As in all Provençal towns, the city centre consists of narrow streets, lined with interesting buildings from 17th century hotels to paved plazas.
Aix is famous for its fountains. The largest and most famous is on the Cours Mirabeau, the main avenue through town, as well as a moss-covered fountain which draws its water from a hot spring. Cours Mirabeau is the boulevard where Camus and Hemingway would have come for lunch when they lived in the city.
Aix is also known for its architecture. The varied and often intricate doors are a key feature, as well as the bell towers. The bell towers throughout Aix-en-Provence, and Provence more generally, are made of wrought iron. This allows the strong winds of the Mistral to flow straight through them, since solid stone would be destroyed by the force of the winds.
Lourdes 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...Lourdes
Lourdes 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, seventy cures have been officially recognized as miraculous by the Roman Catholic Church.
Paris, city and capital of France, has the reputation of being the most romantic of all cities. Located in the north of France on the river Seine, the city is...PARIS
Paris, city and capital of France, has the reputation of being the most romantic of all cities.
Located in the north of France on the river Seine, the city is brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of art, fashion, food and design. It is one of the most beautiful cities on earth.
Dubbed as the City of Light, a large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world’s most visited tourist site, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, etc. making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.
A pilgrimage is a homecoming. It is a special time that is set aside to reconnect with God and reflect on your own life’s pilgrimage. It is an opportune time for prayer and meditation, learning and enrichment, and to lift up your own special intentions. Join a Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy and France with Msgr. Melchor D. David, P.C. leaving on May 27, 2019. And enjoy the fullness of peace that can only be found in the loving presence of God.
Begin your pilgrimage in the Eternal City of Rome, the heart and home of the Catholic Church. Spend two nights in this magnificent city and enjoy its numerous treasures which include a visit to the Vatican city and Sistine Chapel. Celebrate Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the burial place of St. Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles.
Head for the town of Genazzano, home to the original fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel. This sanctuary became known owing to a sacred image of Our Lady tenderly holding her Divine Son in her arms, which travelled miraculously from Albania, crossing the Adriatic Sea and descended onto one of the church’s unfinished walls.
Continue your pilgrimage to Naples to visit the Crowned Mother of Good Counsel Church. The church has its roots in two miracles observed by local girl Maria di Gesu Landi. Known for her devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel, she created a painting of the saint in 1884, which apparently stopped an outbreak of cholera in the city in that year. 22 years later, the same painting appeared to clear the ash clouds from the 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Journey on to San Giovanni Rotondo, well known as the native city of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick and supernatural gifts. Next stop is Lanciano to visit the Church of St. Legontian, site of an 8th century Eucharistic Miracle. Head for Loreto to visit the Basilica of the Holy House, a shrine believed to be the house where our Blessed Mother was conceived and born, and where the Holy Family lived. Pious devotees believe that the same house was flown over by Angelic beings from Nazareth to Dlamatia (modern day Croatia). Then the house was again transported to the hilltop town of Loreto in Italy in 1294.
Head for Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, one of the most inspiring saints of the Catholic Church. Onwards to Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance. The Historic Center of Florence is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, and monuments. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Proceed to Turin to visit the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the current resting place of the Shroud of Turin.
Visit the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, a shrine built by St. John Bosco as a monument to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also the Mother Church and spiritual center of the Salesian Congregation, founded by St. John Bosco.
Leave Italy for France to visit 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.
Cap off your pilgrimage in Paris, France. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Church of the Miraculous Medal, where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine and advised her to have a medal made where great graces will be received by those who wear it. Proceed to an enjoyable tour of the major sights of Paris.
Learn more about the people and places that helped shape our faith, and the devotions they inspired. Join a Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy and France with Msgr. Melchor D. David leaving on May 27, 2019. Let this experience help deepen your faith and love for Jesus, the Blessed Mother and the Saints.
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 FrancaPilgrimCora 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 CabusoraLeclec 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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