Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Ret. Rev. Fr. Dom Austin P. Cadiz, OSB

  • Departure Date:

    March 17, 2020

  • Countries:

    Spain and Italy

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare Manila/Barcelona x Rome/Manila
  • One way economy airfare Barcelona/Rome
  • Roundtrip airport and departure transfers
  • 3-4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B-Hot/Cold buffet Breakfast; D-Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary with services of an English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Services of a Filipino Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels (subject to availability)

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St. Benedict, known as the founder of Western monasticism, was born in the Italian city of Norcia in the year 480. The Rule of St. Benedict, which he crafted, has for centuries been the guide of religious communities. Benedictine spirituality (or Monastic spirituality) can provide a tangible experience of the presence of God in a time that has forgotten the transcendent. It stresses the necessity for making space for prayer in a time when every minute of the day is filled with anything but silence and contemplation. Trace the life of St. Benedict through Rome to Norcia, Subiaco and Montecassino, where his body is preserved along with his sister, Scholastica. Spend two nights in Montserrat, where the Founding Fathers of our Abbey of Montserrat, Mendiola, Manila came from. Embark on a 10-day Journey to Benedictine Spirituality with Ret. Rev. Fr. Dom Austin P. Cadiz, OSB leaving on March 17, 2020. May this pilgrimage deepen your love for God and like St. Benedict encourage all to put Christ first in thoughts and action.

Begin your pilgrimage in Barcelona, Spain. Marvel at Antoni Gaudi’s iconic structures around the city. Not to be missed is the awe inspiring, Sagrada de Familia, a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882. Proceed to Montserrat where you will have the chance to join the community of monks in prayers and meditation at the Monastery of Montserrat.

Take a morning flight to Rome. Head for the beautiful, monastic village of Farfa to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria di Farfa, an important monastic center in the middle ages.  Continue your pilgrimage to Norcia to visit the Monastery of St. Benedict on the Mountain, built over the birthplace of the twin saints, St. Benedict and St. Scholastica.

Next stop is Subiaco to visit the Monastery of St. Benedict which enshrines the Sacro Speco, a Holy Cave in which St. Benedict lived as a hermit before he organized his first monastic community.  See the Monastery of Santa Scholastica, dedicated to St. Benedict’s twin sister. Journey on to Montecassino where St. Benedict and his faithful monks built the first abbey of Montecassino in 529. It was in this place where St. Benedict wrote the most important Rule of St. Benedict. Celebrate Mass at the Abbey di Montecassino.

Cap off your pilgrimage with a 3-night stay in Rome, the heart and home of the Catholic Church. Visit Rome’s major pilgrimage sights such as the Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican Museum, Scala Santa, The Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls,  Sistine Chapel and others. Celebrate Mass at the Benedictine Abbey of Sant’ Anselmo on Aventine Hill, which serves as the home of several entities of the Benedictines including the Abbot Primate.

Join a 10-day Journey to Benedictine Spirituality with Ret. Rev. Fr. Dom Austin P. Cadiz, OSB leaving on March 17, 2020. May the Benedictine way of life punctuated by virtues of prayer and work – ora et labora – become a lived reality for every pilgrim.

Pilgrimage Highlights

Monreale is a Sicilian hill-town famous for its mosaic-filled cathedral. The World Heritage listed Cattedrale di Monreale is one of Sicily’s greatest cultural treasures. It is one of the greatest...

MONREAL

Monreale is a Sicilian hill-town famous for its mosaic-filled cathedral.

The World Heritage listed Cattedrale di Monreale is one of Sicily’s greatest cultural treasures. It is one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture in Europe, and its mosaic-encrusted interiors are pure medieval majesty. Architectural wonders asdie, the town also offers commanding views over Palermo, the Conca d’Oro (Golden Valley) and the Tyrrhennian Sea.

As the former capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, Palermo has long been regarded as one of the most important and dynamic cities in the Mediterranean. The Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines,...

PALERMO

As the former capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, Palermo has long been regarded as one of the most important and dynamic cities in the Mediterranean.

The Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Greeks, Arabs and Normans all left their mark on the city making it a fascinating place to discover. Palermo is Sicily’s cultural, economic and tourism capital. Numerous tourists are attracted to the city for its good Mediterranean weather, its renowned gastronomy and restaurants.

Cefalu is a popular tourist resort on Sicily’s northern coast, beside the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a sandy beach, and an appealing town. It is considered as one of Italy’s finest...

CEFALU

Cefalu is a popular tourist resort on Sicily’s northern coast, beside the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a sandy beach, and an appealing town.

It is considered as one of Italy’s finest resort towns celebrated for its Norman cathedral, medieval old town, archaelogy museum, and seafood-heavy fare.

Sciacca is a historic fishing port on the southern coast of Sicily. A workaday town rather than a polished tourist destination, Sciacca is famed for its ceramics, its thermal baths...

SCIACCA

Sciacca is a historic fishing port on the southern coast of Sicily.

A workaday town rather than a polished tourist destination, Sciacca is famed for its ceramics, its thermal baths and its religious festivals, as well as its large fishing fleet. Sciacca’s location on the sea between the two Greek archaelogical sites of Selinunte and Agrigento makes it a good stopover on a tour of the region.

Realmonte is a combination of beaches, beautiful coast and historic sights. It is well known for the “Scala dei Turchi” (Stairs of the Turks), a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently...

REALMONTE

Realmonte is a combination of beaches, beautiful coast and historic sights.

It is well known for the “Scala dei Turchi” (Stairs of the Turks), a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently into stairs, allowing for easy pillaging.

The village of Scavuzzo belongs to the municipality of Realmonte, in the province of Agrigento, region of Sicilia. It is just a short walk from Scala dei Turchi.

SCAVUZZO

The village of Scavuzzo belongs to the municipality of Realmonte, in the province of Agrigento, region of Sicilia.

It is just a short walk from Scala dei Turchi.

Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains...

AGRIGENTO

Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world.

Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient town, much of which still lies intact under today’s fields and orchards. Selected excavated areas throw light on the later Hellenistic and Roman town and the burial practices of its early Christian inhabitants.

Syracuse is a historic city on the island of Sicily. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphithetres, architecture, and as the the birthplace of the preeminent...

SYRACUSE

Syracuse is a historic city on the island of Sicily.

The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphithetres, architecture, and as the the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes.

This 2,700 year old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea.

Syracuse was once known to be the most beautiful city of the ancient world, standing parallel to Athens in terms of beauty and prestige.

Taormina is Sicily’s most famous and long established tourist resort, with a picturesque setting, wonderful views and ancient ruins. Taormina became a thriving Greek and then Roman town. The size...

TAORMINA

Taormina is Sicily’s most famous and long established tourist resort, with a picturesque setting, wonderful views and ancient ruins.

Taormina became a thriving Greek and then Roman town. The size and elegance of the town cathedral and many of its buildings are evidence of Taormina’s moderate prosperity over the centuries. Over the last decades, travellers have come for the views, the ancient ruins, the seaside, the town’s film festival, an outdoor theater season, the fine hotel and more.

Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, and one of the most active in the world. Its impressive size (more than 3,327 meters high with an average basal diameter...

MOUNT ETNA

Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, and one of the most active in the world.

Its impressive size (more than 3,327 meters high with an average basal diameter of 40 km) overlooks the whole region. Its spectacular eruptions and its fiery lava flows, has always aroused the interest of scientists along with the curiosity of visitors from all over the world.

Since 2013, Mount Etna is in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its geological peculiarities of planetary relevance.

Castelmola is a tiny, picturesque village perched on a craggy hilltop, above and slightly inland from Taormina. You can see it from Giardini Naxos and from some of Taormina’s viewpoints,...

CASTELMOLA

Castelmola is a tiny, picturesque village perched on a craggy hilltop, above and slightly inland from Taormina.

You can see it from Giardini Naxos and from some of Taormina’s viewpoints, and if you don’t’mind some steep uphill sections, you can hike from Taormina to Castelmola and back. The village makes a very worthwhile outing, whether you walk, drive or take the bus.

Messina is the third largest city in Sicily, Italy. It is mainly an agricultural center and a busy port, which is a focal point for ferries travelling to various other...

MESSINA

Messina is the third largest city in Sicily, Italy.

It is mainly an agricultural center and a busy port, which is a focal point for ferries travelling to various other destinations along the coast. The important international fair of Sicily is held here every year and, beneath its urban façade, Messina is a culturally and historically important town that has had its share of ups and downs through the centuries. In more recent years, Messina has been able to resurrect its fate and became an important tourist destination and economic hub.

Things We Love

  • The awe inspiring La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is one of Gaudi’s most famous works. It is considered as an architectural masterpiece.
  • Frescos which adorn the walls of the Monastery of St. Benedict in Subiaco including the portrait of St. Francis of Assisi painted during his lifetime.
  • To join the community of monks in the various monasteries that will be visited while on pilgrimage in their prayer and meditation.
  • Breathtaking scenery of the Aniene Valley from the Monastery of St. Benedict in Subiaco
  • Indulge in a cone of Gelato in Rome – heavenly delight!

Things To Do

  • OFFER.

    Offer your prayers before the miraculous image of the Black Madonna, also known as Our Lady of Montserrat.

  • HISTORY.

    The stunning Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria di Farfa is a national historical monument as it hosted Charlemagne before his coronation.

  • LISTEN.

    The Monks of Norcia is well known for their best selling album, Benedicta, an album of stunning Gregorian chant that transports the listener to the Monks’peacful idyllic monastery in Norcia. The CD is available for sale at the Monasterio di San Benedetto in Monte, Norcia.

  • TASTE.

    Birra Nursia, authentic monastic beer, brewed by the Monks of Nursia has gained popularity and is now being sold across the globe.

  • STROLL.

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the original medieval streets of Farfa, a beautiful monastic village tucked into the Sabine Hills.

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Testimonials

Hello Co-Pilgrims,

It was indeed a wonderful Pilgrimage: very rich in history, a thanksgiving of blessings, a spiritual renewal and nourishment, and finally ending in a test of Faith.

Thank you so much Pilgrim Leader, Ging Igual, for standing beside us up to the last stretch of our 13-day journey - more particularly in the handling of an unexpected situation (cancelled flight in Mexico and re-direction of flights to make sure the 38 Pilgrims reach LA for their respective flight bookings). Ging, you were an angel to us so blessed with energy, passion, love and Milagrosa. We really felt the presence of Our Lady of Guadalupe fielding angels every step of the way.

The Pilgrimage to California Mission Churches and Our Lady of Guadalupe gives me personal inspiration for the work and activities of the next chapter of my lifetime: farming with promotion of agriculture for millennials (inspired by the scenic view of farms in California), tourism (which is a major industry in all places we visited), and support for a favourite major seminary in Tagaytay and a scholarship fund for deserving individuals (thru a non stock non profit institution).

Thank you to my Co-Pilgrims and prayer partners for the prayer support, sharing of life experiences and friendships;  Fr. Tony, thank you for your spiritual reflections and service;  Fr. Jerry Orbos for an overflowing spiritual reflections and enabling us to have the needed personal encounter with Jesus and Mama Mary (it was like a 12-day Holy Retreat); and the Executive Resources for making a very nice pilgrimage package a part of our lifetime.

Ms. Emma

Lord, we cannot find words enough to say how grateful we are to You. Our pilgrimage made us realize that Your love for us is more than what we deserve.

To all our co-pilgrims, thank you for making us feel we belong to this new family. To Fr. Dante, thanks for your prayers and pieces of advice for our spiritual nourishment. To Sis Lea, for taking care of each one of us. To Sis Joy, thanks for the contagious joys and laughters.

To our prayer partners, Sis Maribel, Melvy and Didick and Bro Mon and Sis Jot, thank you for your prayers. We will pray for you, too!

To The Pilgrim’s Center - Executive Resources, thank you for accommodating us in this Eastern Europe Pilgrimage.

God bless us all always!

Albert and Adee

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

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout.

Ann Arguelles Cortes

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 and Vir Franca

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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3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
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BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Philippine Travel Tax (PHP1,620.00), airport taxes, 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.

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