Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
October 5, 2020
Portugal, Spain and France
Pilgrimages differ from ordinary vacations in that they’re meant to nourish the soul and help us reflect on what’s most important to us. Take a life-changing journey. Travel with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD on a spiritual adventure to the places where the Blessed Mother has appeared; including a visit to the sites associated with St. Ezekiel Moreno, patron of cancer patients, in Spain. Join a 15-day Marian Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and France leaving on October 5, 2020.
Your pilgrimage begins with a Mass at the Church of St. Anthony in Lisbon, Portugal. The Church of St. Anthony was built on the site where St. Anthony of Lisbon (also known as St Anthony of Padua) was born in 1195. Travel onwards to Fatima, where you will spend two nights at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. The fame of this place is the result of the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary to three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
Leave Portugal for Spain and head for the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Caceres. Marvel at the medieval walled city’s awe inspiring and unique blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Next stop is Guadalupe to visit the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria of Guadalupe, an important monastery in the country for more than four centuries.
Proceed to Madrid to visit Spain’s capital city’s attraction, religious landmarks, and most important sights. Not to be missed is a visit to the colossal La Almudena Cathedral, seat of the Archdiocese of Madrid, which houses the 16th century image of the Virgen de la Almudena.
Head for Alfaro, the birthplace of St. Ezekiel Moreno. Visit the Collegiate Church of St. Michael the Archangel where our endeared saint was baptized. Next stop is a visit to the new Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Huerta in Tarazon, where a relic of St. Ezekiel is encased in the new altar of the cathedral. Continue your pilgrimage to Monteagudo to visit the Convent of Our Lady of the Way. This was where St. Ezekiel Moreno spent his final days and died on August 19, 1906. In 1915 and 1975 his mortal remains were exhumed and found incorrupt.
Leave Spain for France and head for Biarritz, a luxurious seaside tourist destination. Enjoy a walking tour and discover its top attractions. Travel onwards to Lourdes for your 2-night stay in 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 evening rosary procession where the “Ave Maria” is sung in unison and the Rosary is recited in different languages.
Head for Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France and one of Europe’s largest cities. Paris has the well deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities. Enjoy a delightful tour of the city which includes a cruise on the River Seine. Not to be missed is a visit to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Rue de Bac. Next stop is a full day excursion to the pilgrimage town of Lisieux, home town of the endeared St. Therese of Lisieux or St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
Deepen your devotion to the Blessed Mother and St. Ezekiel Moreno and the saints. Join a 15-day Marian Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and France with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on October 5, 2020. May this experience grant all pilgrims the faith to place their lives in the loving mercy of God.
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”).
Caceres is the capital of the province of Caceres in the Extremadura region of Spain. It is considered to be one of the “Most Beautiful Cities in Spain.” Caceres is...CACERES
Caceres is the capital of the province of Caceres in the Extremadura region of Spain. It is considered to be one of the “Most Beautiful Cities in Spain.”
Caceres is an amazing city. It has Roman, Moorish and conquistador architecture, is surrounded by medieval walls, has numerous palaces replete with stork-topped watchtowers and managed to avoid the wars and so remains amazingly intact. It was the first city in Spain to become a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.
Caceres is also a lively university town and hosts an annual WOMAD (world music) festival.
Set on the foothill of Sierra de Altamira, La Puebla de Guadaloupe is an illustrious town, because of its history and the remarkable monumental patrimony that it preserves. This typical...GUADALUPE
Set on the foothill of Sierra de Altamira, La Puebla de Guadaloupe is an illustrious town, because of its history and the remarkable monumental patrimony that it preserves.
This typical mountain village, declared Historic-Artistic Site, grew under the wing of the Sanctuary-Monastery of Our Lady of Guadaloupe. The Monastery, which was declared World Heritage in 1993, was commissioned by King Alfonso XI of Castile in the 14th century as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin, after winning the Battle of Salado (1340).
Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain, located right in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the seat of government and residence of the Spanish...MADRID
Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain, located right in the center of the Iberian Peninsula.
It is the seat of government and residence of the Spanish Monarch. Madrid is likewise the political, economic and cultural center of the country. While Madrid possesses modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets.
As the historically and culturally rich capital of Spain, and the third most-populous metropolis in Europe (after Paris and London), Madrid is a popular tourist destination. It is a very active city with a bustling nightlife, busy business centers and lively streets either by day or night.
Laguardia is a town and municipality located in the southern province of Alava, in the north of Spain. It belongs to the region of Rioja Alavesa in the Basque Autonomous...LAGUARDIA (RIOJA ALAVESA)
Laguardia is a town and municipality located in the southern province of Alava, in the north of Spain.
It belongs to the region of Rioja Alavesa in the Basque Autonomous Community.
The place lies over a hill and it is surrounded by a wall that the King Sancho the Strong ordered to build. There are still preserved five different entries to access the city. The streets and surroundings of Laguardia still keep a medieval atmosphere that give the city an ancient touch.
Regarding the economy, its main strength is the wine industry. Indeed, the wine is elaborated and processed in numerous wineries.
Logrono is the capital of the province of La Rioja in northern Spain. The city is famous for its red wine and for being a stopover on the Camino de...LOGRONO
Logrono is the capital of the province of La Rioja in northern Spain.
The city is famous for its red wine and for being a stopover on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage that cuts across northern Spain.
In recent years, Logroño has become an up and coming destination in Spain. After being named one of the top cities to live in throughout Spain, Logroño was also just awarded the prestigious honor of the 2012 Gastronomic Capital of Spain. Unaffected by the mass tourism that has swept across Spain in the past few decades, Logroño feels like a “traditional” Spanish town with a modern twist, especially when it comes to food and wine.
Alfaro is a town and municipality in La Rioja, northern Spain. Alfaro has a spectacular colony of storks, the world’s largest nesting on one single building. More than 400 of...ALFARO
Alfaro is a town and municipality in La Rioja, northern Spain.
Alfaro has a spectacular colony of storks, the world’s largest nesting on one single building. More than 400 of these birds choose the San Miguel Collegiate Church for their nests. Watching this number of storks flying through the air is an unforgettable spectacle.
Alfaro is the birthplace of St. Ezequiel Moreno y Diaz, OAR, patron of cancer patients.
Tarazona is a town and municipality in the Tarazona y el Moncayo comarca, province of Zaragoza, in Aragon, Spain. It is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of...TARAZONA
Tarazona is a town and municipality in the Tarazona y el Moncayo comarca, province of Zaragoza, in Aragon, Spain.
It is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tarazona.
Tarazona is an episcopal and Mudejar city. Its cathedral is one of the most unusual of the nine in Aragón, since added to the original Gothic structure are Mudejar towers and a dome base, as well as a Renaissance façade.
Some distance from the cathedral are the Episcopal Palace and the church of La Magdalena. Tarazona also has a polygonal bullring from the 18th century formed by houses which are still lived in today.
The small town of Monteagudo stands just a few kilometres to the Northeast of the city of Murcia. Whilst the town itself is nothing out of the ordinary, it is...MONTEAGUDO
The small town of Monteagudo stands just a few kilometres to the Northeast of the city of Murcia. Whilst the town itself is nothing out of the ordinary, it is dominated by a ruined castle topped by the largest statue of Jesus Christ in the whole of Spain. It is so big that you simply cannot fail to notice it if you are in the area.
From his assignment to the Philippines, St. Ezekiel Moreno returned to Spain to serve as prior in Monteagudo for three years. Then he gave all his energy to various forms of ministry in Colombia, South America until shortly before his death. Struck by cancer he returned to Spain at the insistence of his priests in order to receive treatment, and died there at Monteagudo on August 19, 1906 at the age of 58.
Biarritz is a large beachside town on the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in south-west France. It is known for the Hotel...BIARRITZ
Biarritz is a large beachside town on the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in south-west France. It is known for the Hotel du Palais, built for the Empress Eugenie around 1855, its casinos, and its surfing culture.
Biarritz is very pedestrianised, and it is easy to get around the town centre, to the beaches, and to the best spots for surfing or shopping.
In a magnificent setting on the Bay of Biscay in France’s Basque country, the celebrated seaside resort of Biarritz is synonymous with elegance and upper-class style. Biarritz was a favorite summertime destination of the Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III), who transformed the sleepy fishing village into a fashionable beach town. To entertain her court, the empress built a grand palace (which has been converted into a luxury hotel).
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 is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. It is the cosmopolitan capital of France and one of the largest agglomerations in Europe. Located in the north of...PARIS
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth.
It is the cosmopolitan capital of France and one of the largest agglomerations in Europe. Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of art, fashion, food and design.
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.
Lisieux is considered the second most important pilgrimage town in France, thanks to its 19th century saint, Therese Martin. St. Therese joined the Carmelite nunnery at the age of 15,...LISIEUX
Lisieux is considered the second most important pilgrimage town in France, thanks to its 19th century saint, Therese Martin.
St. Therese joined the Carmelite nunnery at the age of 15, by special dispensation. Not just because of her exemplary pious life, but also because of her clear writings on faith, she became one of the best-loved Catholic figures of her century. She died young, having achieved a great deal. In the 1920s, she was made a saint, as Sainte-Thérèse de l’Enfant Jésus. In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared her just the 33rd Doctor of the Catholic Church because of her spiritual writings – at the time, she was the only woman to be given the exceptional title.
The Basilique Sainte-Therese is the largest church built in France in the course of the 20th century. This enormous domed edifice stands out on the hillside above town. The interiors, visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year, are dazzlingly ornate, decorated in neo-Byzantine style. There are sections on the saint’s life and on the Carmelite Order.
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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