Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    a Pilgrimage Chaplain

  • Led By:

    Bro. Bo Sanchez

  • Departure Date:

    September 27, 2022

  • Countries:

    Portugal, Spain, France

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare
  • Roundtrip airport and departure transfers
  • 4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Meals (B-Hot/Cold buffet Breakfast; D-Dinner)
  • One-way 2nd class TGV train ticket Lourdes – Paris
  • 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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A pilgrimage is always a life-changing experience. It is a time of spiritual nourishment, of deepened faith, and, yes, of fun, enjoyment, and new friendships too.

Join “Finding Joy in God’s Presence”- A 14-day
Marian Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain, and France with a Pilgrimage Chaplain and led by best-selling author and Kerygma preacher, Bro. Bo Sanchez, leaving on September  27, 2022. Attend this traveling retreat with Bro Bo, as he guides you to commune with God while visiting beautiful sacred sites.

Begin your pilgrimage with a tour of Lisbon, Portugal. Stop at the Belem Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage site often portrayed as a symbol of Europe’s Age of Discoveries. View the Jeronimos Monastery, the Castle of the Moors, and the impressive Black Horse Square. Travel onwards to Fatima, where you will spend two nights at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of FatimaThe fame of this place is the result of the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary to three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta.

From Fatima, head for Coimbra to visit the Chapel of the Carmelite Convent of St. Teresa, where Sister Lucia lived and died. Continue with a panoramic view of the city of Braga, the third largest city in Portugal. Visit the magnificent Shrine of Bom Jesus do Monte (Shrine of Good Jesus of the Mountain), well known for its intricate zigzag Baroque style staircase, about 600 steps, that leads up to the main Basilica. Leave Portugal for Spain with a visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James the Great, one of the apostles of Jesus. The cathedral-basilica is at the end of a pilgrimage route known as the Way of St. James.

Head for the region of Asturias, in northern Spain, to pray before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Covadonga, enshrined at the Santa Cueva de Nuestra Senora de Covadonga (Holy Cave of Our Lady of Covadonga). Next stop is a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu, where St. Ignatius of Loyola spent a night in vigil and made his vow of chastity. Ignatius found it a time of great grace to strengthen his resolve to follow Christ.

Leave Spain for France to spend two nights at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, an apparition site of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858. Here, 18 apparitions were reported. Pray the rosary and spend time in quiet reflection at the Grotto of Massabielle, the Blessed Mother’s apparition site. Not to be missed is the moving evening rosary procession, where the “Ave Maria” is sung in unison and the rosary is recited in different languages.

Journey on to Paris to celebrate Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Rue de BacIt was here where in 1830, Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure and instructed her to have a medal made, and all who wear it will receive great graces. Continue your journey with a full day tour of Paris, the beautiful City of Lights and City of Love. Paris has captured the world’s imagination with its beauty, style, and romance. A capital city of global significance, Paris will stun you with its iconic attractions, art, boulevards, and buildings. Not to be missed is a delightful Bateaux Parisiens Cruise on the River Seine.

Cap off your pilgrimage with a visit to Lisieux, hometown of the endeared St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. The holiness of St. Therese does not rest on extraordinary phenomena. It consists of doing very ordinary things in an extraordinary way!

Learn more about the people and places that helped shape our faith and the devotions they inspired. Join “Finding Joy in God’s Presence”- A 14-day Marian Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain, and France with a Pilgrimage Chaplain led by Bro. Bo Sanchez, leaving on September 27, 2022.  Let this experience help deepen your faith and love for Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and the Saints.

Pilgrimage Highlights

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. It is situated on seven hills at the wide mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo) where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. A port city,...

Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal.

It is situated on seven hills at the wide mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo) where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. A port city, an economic centre, a cultural powerhouse and a thriving mix of Portugal’s rich history and vivid contemporary culture, Lisbon enchants travellers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.

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.

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 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”.

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”).

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.

Things We Love

  • Discover Paris and view its finest monuments from the River Seine while on a Bateaux Parisiens Cruise.
  • Pray for healing in Lourdes. Since 1858, the Catholic Church has verified 70 miracles or cures in Lourdes!
  • Light a candle at every pilgrimage site for prayer requests from friends and families back home.

  • Enjoy the scenic bus ride through the countryside of Portugal, Spain, and France. This is an excellent opportunity for reflection, relaxation, and bonding time with fellow pilgrims.

  • Ask for special graces from Our Lady of Arantzazu, just like St. Ignatius, on your visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu.

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.

  • JOIN.

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

  • PRAY.

    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 the 15th is built in memory of the Resurrection.

  • HUG.

     It is customary for pilgrims who visit the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to give St. James the Apostle a hug. This tradition is called “Abrazo del Apostol,” meaning “hug the apostle.”

  • MARVEL.

    The Baroque basilica of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga is 400 meters above sea level and provides visitors with an awesome, sweeping view of Braga.

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Testimonials

The whole pilgrimage is a new and fulfilling moment in my life. It’s a nice feeling being with the Lord in His important day. And also, gaining new friends and becoming my new extended family is something I will treasure. I hope that this is just the beginning and we’ll continue to get in touch with one another despite the distance.

Brenda

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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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
  • 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 coverage 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 9,500.00 (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 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
>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: 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.

THE PILGIRMS’ CENTER – 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. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

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