Fr. Manny Cruz
September 27, 2017
Portugal, Spain and France
The Blessed Mother and the Saints are a gift of God to the world. They inspire the faithful by their life examples and intercession in heaven. Get closer to Jesus through Mary and the Saints in this heart warming Pilgrimage in communion with Mary and Saints (in commemoration of the 100th year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima) with Fr. Manny Cruz leaving on September 27, 2017.
Your pilgrimage begins in Avila, the birthplace of St. Teresa of Jesus, one of the great mystics of the Roman Catholic Church. The Convent of St. Teresa is a 17th century convent built over the house where St. Teresa was born. It contains her relics, along with her friend St. John of the Cross, in a small museum.
Next stop is Fatima, one of the most important Marian shrines in the world. Join thousands of pilgrims in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. Not to be missed is a moving evening Rosary and Candlelight procession.
Continue with a panoramic view of the city to Braga, the third largest city of Portugal. Visit the magnificent sanctuary 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 lead up to the main Basilica. Join hundreds of pilgrims that walked the Way of St. James on your visit to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the place where St. James is buried.
Leave Spain and cross the border to France. Stop by the awe inspiring Covadonga, home to the Holy Cave where Our Lady of Covadonga is enshrined. Spend two nights in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, an apparition site of the Blessed Mary in 1858. The most sacred site in Lourdes is the Grotto of Massabielle, the site of St. Bernadette’s visions of the Blessed Mother.
Cap off your pilgrimage in the beautiful City of Paris. Visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, where Our Lady appeared before St. Catherine of Laboure and instructed her to have a medal made and all who wear it will receive great graces.
Have this once in a lifetime journey. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal. Join a pilgrimage in communion with Mary and the Saints with Fr. Manny Cruz leaving on September 27, 2017. Be inspired and spiritually uplifted as you dwell in the places where the Blessed Mother has appeared and great Saints have lived.
Dear Pilgrim 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 CabusoraMs. 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