Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
May 18, 2020
Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
The quaint European village of Oberammergau is world famous for the spectacular Passion Play performed solely by its residents just once every 10 years.
A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat – so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. In the year 2020, the Community of Oberammergau will perform the Passion Play for the 42nd time, keeping a pledge made nearly 400 years ago. Watch the most important Passion Play in the world. Join a 15-day Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage with a River Cruise with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on May 18, 2020.
Your pilgrimage begins with a Mass at the Catholic Church of St. Johann Nepomuk in Munich, Germany. This awe inspiring church is an 18th century Baroque and Rococo church built by the Asam brothers. Head south to visit the world-famous Andechs Monastery nestled in the picturesque countryside of the Bavarian Alpine foothills. Steeped in serenity and history, the Andechs Monastery is a hidden gem and surely worth a visit.
Next stop is a visit to the Kloster Ettal Benedictine Abbey. Close to Oberammergau, the Kloster Ettal Benedictine Abbey is rightly called one of the masterpieces of Bavarian architecture. Not to be missed is a visit to the monastery distillery where you will have the chance to sample their world-famous Ettal Abbey liquers which has been brewed for more than 400 years. Onwards to Bad Kohlgrub where you will stay for two nights.
Begin the day with a visit to the awe inspiring Pilgrimage Church of Wies, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Miraculously preserved, the church is a masterpiece of Bavarian Rococo architecture. It was built to house the miraculous statue of the Scourged Saviour after tears were seen coming from the wooden statue of Jesus. Head for Oberammergau to watch the world famous Passion Play. Next stop is a visit to the shrine of the Chapel of Grace in Altotting, which houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Altotting or Black Madonna of Altotting.
Travel onwards to Vilshofenan der Donau to begin your 7-day River cruise. Sail on to Passau, known as the City of Three Rivers, and enjoy a walking tour of the city. Leave Germany for Linz, the third largest city of Austria. Cruise through the Strudengau and Wachau valleys to Weissenkirchen Valley. Marvel at breathtaking views of this splendid town. Visit Melk, home to a marvelous Benedictine Abbey that sits on a steep hill overlooking the town. Continue with your River Cruise to Vienna, the capital of Austria. With many different names like the City of Music and the City of Dreams, Vienna is renowned throughout the world and has a plethora of stunning historical buildings, gardens and establishments. Head for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, also referred to as the Beauty on the Danube. Wind down your pilgrimage in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture, Budapest is nicknamed “Paris of the East.”
As part of a vow to God, the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany, put on a play depicting the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus once every ten years. The villagers originally undertook the play, which involved the entire village as cast members in gratefulness for having been spared from the Bubonic Plague. Be part of this unique experience. Join an Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage with a River Cruise with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on May 18, 2020.
Munich is the capital and the most populous city of Bavaria, Germany. It is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the 12th largest...MUNICH
Munich is the capital and the most populous city of Bavaria, Germany.
It is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the 12th largest city in the European Union.
Munich is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Munich’s cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with the museums even considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality. Many travelers to Munich are absolutely stunned by the quality of the architecture. Although it was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II, many of its historic buildings have been rebuilt and the city center appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s including its largest church, the Frauenkirche, and the famous city hall (Neues Rathaus).
The Benedictine priory and erstwhile abbey of Andechs is a place of pilgrimage on a hill east of the Ammersee in Upper Bavaria in Germany. Andechs Abbey is world famous...ANDECHS
The Benedictine priory and erstwhile abbey of Andechs is a place of pilgrimage on a hill east of the Ammersee in Upper Bavaria in Germany.
Andechs Abbey is world famous for its flamboyant Baroque church and its brewery Klosterbraueri Andechs.
Seen from miles around atop Holy Mountain above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake, Andechs Monastery is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria and since 1850, an asset of the Benedictine monastery, St. Boniface, in Munich. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the church und hold retreats for body and soul.
Ettal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the village of Ettal close to Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany. With a community (as of 2005) of more than 50 monks, with another...ETTAL
Ettal Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the village of Ettal close to Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany.
With a community (as of 2005) of more than 50 monks, with another five at Wechselburg, the Abbey is one of the largest Benedictine houses and is a major attraction for visitors.
Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian in the Graswang valley. The foundation legend is that Ludwig’s horse genuflected three times on the site of the original church building, where a marble statuette of the Madonna and Child now stands. The statue was brought by Ludwig from Pisa as a gift for his new foundation. It soon became an object of pilgrimage. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.
Since the 17th century, the monk’s distillery has been producing the legendary and world famous Ettal Abbey liqueurs from more than 50 carefully selected herbs. This centuries-old recipe is still distilled at the monastery by the monks.
Bad Kohlgrub is in the Garmish-Partenkirchen district of Upper Bravaria. It is a small skiing resort and spa on the Ammergau railway between Murnau and Oberammergau. The town’s “home mountain”...BAD KOHLGRUB
Bad Kohlgrub is in the Garmish-Partenkirchen district of Upper Bravaria.
It is a small skiing resort and spa on the Ammergau railway between Murnau and Oberammergau. The town’s “home mountain” is the Hornle mountain, accessible by chairlift.
Bad Kohlgrub was Bavaria’s frist “WellVital town,” a Garden of Eden for health and wellness in all its facets.
Oberammergau Passion Play is a passion play performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. The play is a staging of Jesus’...OBERRAMERGAU PASSION PLAY
Oberammergau Passion Play is a passion play performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany.
The play is a staging of Jesus’ passion, covering the short final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion.
In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play thereafter for all time every 10 years depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate among the adults had risen from one person per 1000 per year in October 1632 to twenty in the month of March 1633. After their vow, the adult death rate slowly subsided to one in the month of July 1633. The villagers believed they had been spared and thus kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634.
On Holy Thursday 1417 a peasant stole a consecrated Host, which, in the course of his journey, escaped from his hands and flew away in the air. He tried in...SANCTUARY OF THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD (ERDING)
On Holy Thursday 1417 a peasant stole a consecrated Host, which, in the course of his journey, escaped from his hands and flew away in the air. He tried in vain to catch the Sacred Host. It was only thanks to the direct intervention of the Bishop that he was able to recover the Sacred Particle. A chapel was immediately built on the site where the miracle occurred. There were many cures and wonders attributed to the veneration of this miracle.
On Sept 19, 1677, Bishop Kaspar Kunner of Freising blessed the new church, which was dedicated to the Most Precious Blood. Various relics were brought to the sanctuary among which was that of the Most Precious Blood of Christ. Since 1992 the sanctuary has been under the care of the monks of St. Paul of the Desert.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Altotting, also known as the Chapel of Grace, is the national shrine of Bavaria dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is known for...SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF ALTOTTING
The Shrine of Our Lady of Altotting, also known as the Chapel of Grace, is the national shrine of Bavaria dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is known for the many healings which are said to have taken place there, and is commonly called “the Lourdes of Germany.”
The octagonal chapel which houses the image of Our Lady dates to about AD660, and is the oldest Marian shrine in Germany. The image of Mary venerated there is a Black Madonna of great antiquity (possibly about 1330), carved from lindenwood.
The shrine became a popular pilgrim destination when it became known for the miraculous recovery in 1489 of a young boy who had been drowned, after his mother laid his body before the image and prayed to the Blessed Mother for a miracle.
Burghausen is the largest town in the Altotting district of Upper Bavaria in Germany It is situated on the Salzach river, near the border with Austria. Burghausen castle rests along...BURGHAUSEN
Burghausen is the largest town in the Altotting district of Upper Bavaria in Germany
It is situated on the Salzach river, near the border with Austria.
Burghausen castle rests along a ridgeline, and is the longest castle in the world.
The city is thus aptly named as “Burg” is the German name for castle.
Vilshofen is a small town on the Danube. Known as the “Little Three Rivers Town,” Vilshofen is situated at the entrance of the Lower Bavarian-Upper Austrian Danube Gorge. The captivating...VILSHOFEN
Vilshofen is a small town on the Danube.
Known as the “Little Three Rivers Town,” Vilshofen is situated at the entrance of the Lower Bavarian-Upper Austrian Danube Gorge. The captivating four-block, cobblestone old town sits close to the waterfront, with its streets and alleyways framed by a Baroque town tower and the Church of St. John.
A popular embarkation port for Danube River cruises, the German town of Vilshofen provides a friendly introduction to the charming small towns that you’ll encounter throughout your trip. The river is so important to the town that it’s part of the official name: Vilshofen an der Donau, which translates to “on the Danube.” (The river Vils, which meets the Danube here along with the Wolfach, is responsible for the first part of the name.)
Vilshofen is best known for the Abbey Schweiklberg. The Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg, with its twin towers, is the dominant sight on the hillside climbing away for the river. The abbey is now home to the Africa Museum.
Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as “The Three...PASSAU
Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border.
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as “The Three Rivers City”.
The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes.
In the heart of Passau on the Old Town’s highest point rises St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ sounds. Sitting high above the rivers, the majestic fortress Veste Oberhaus on the Danube’s side and the Pilgrimage Church “Mariahilf” on the Inn’s side frame the city outstandingly beauty.
Passau with its unique charm and its atmosphere is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube.
Linz is the third largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria. The great combination of historical buildings, stunning architecture, vast areas of green space, and...LINZ
Linz is the third largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria.
The great combination of historical buildings, stunning architecture, vast areas of green space, and modern innovations mean that Linz has as much to offer as such high-ranking Austrian cities as Vienna and Salzburg.
Since 2014 Linz has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network and this is apparent with the brilliant array of museums you can visit here.
Linz is well known for the Linzer torte, which is said to be the oldest cake in the world, with its first recipe dating from 1653.
Named after the large fortified church which dominates the town (Weissenkirchen = “white church”), the town began in the 9th century as a monastic vineyard. Today, it is still known...WEISSENKIRCHEN VALLEY
Named after the large fortified church which dominates the town (Weissenkirchen = “white church”), the town began in the 9th century as a monastic vineyard.
Today, it is still known for its excellent wines, and attracts many tourists travelling through the Wachau region.
Vienna is the federal capital, largest city and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primate city. It is the 7th largest city by population within city...VIENNA
Vienna is the federal capital, largest city and one of the nine states of Austria.
Vienna is Austria’s primate city. It is the 7th largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Apart from being regarded as the “City of Music” because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be the “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psychoanalyst – Sigmund Freud.
The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late 19th century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
Bratislava is the capital and largest city in Slovakia. It is situated in the south west of Slovakia, stretches on both banks of the Danube, and in the foothills of...BRATISLAVA
Bratislava is the capital and largest city in Slovakia.
It is situated in the south west of Slovakia, stretches on both banks of the Danube, and in the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mountains. It is also referred to as the Beauty on the Danube.
Bratislava has a very pleasant medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets, a hill-top castle next to the river Danube, and many historic churches and buildings to visit. The Old Town is centred on two squares. Hlavne namestie (main square) and Hviezdoslavovo namestie (Hviezdoslav square, named after a famous Slovak poet).
Budapest is the capital and most populous city of Hungary. It is the tenth largest city in the European Union. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture, Budapest is...BUDAPEST
Budapest is the capital and most populous city of Hungary.
It is the tenth largest city in the European Union. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture, Budapest is nicknamed “Paris of the East.”
Budapest is actually made up of 3 unified cities, with Buda and Óbuda on the west bank of the Danube and Pest on the east bank. Much of the city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and many visitors consider the city to be amongst the most beautiful cities in Europe.
The city successfully mixes its fascinating history with a brilliant, laid-back contemporary artistic style. There are a wide range of different things for visitors to see and do, from museums to thermal spas.
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
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 CabusoraLeclec 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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