Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.

  • Departure Date:

    April 8, 2019

  • Countries:

    South Korea

Pilgrimage Highlights

Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. It is unquestionably the economic, political and cultural hub of the country. Today, Seoul is considered a leading and a...

Seoul

Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea.

It is unquestionably the economic, political and cultural hub of the country. Today, Seoul is considered a leading and a rising global city and is the world’s 4th largest metropolitan economy. Skyscrapers and high rises abound. It has become the headquarters for many international companies like Samsung, LG, Hyundai and Kia.

The subway system is the third largest in the world and perhaps one of the finest, providing 4G, LTE, Wifi and DMB inside subway cars.

The Mirinae Shrine holds the graves of St. Kim Dae-geon, Korea’s first Catholic Saint; his mother, Ursula; Bishop Ferreol, the third head of the Joseon parish who ordained St. Kim;...

Mirinae

The Mirinae Shrine holds the graves of St. Kim Dae-geon, Korea’s first Catholic Saint; his mother, Ursula; Bishop Ferreol, the third head of the Joseon parish who ordained St. Kim; and Vincentius Lee Minsik who buried St. Kim’s body.

St. Kim was executed at the age of 26 and was not permitted a funeral. But 40 days after the execution, Vincentius Lee Minsik was able to steal St. Kim’s body with great difficulty. He carried it on his back eventually burying it in Mirinae.

At the center of the site stands a grand memorial church and the Way of the Cross behind it has 15 bronze sculptures depicting the passion of Jesus.

Gwangju Metropolitan City is the sixth largest city in South Korea. It has consistently played an important role in the history of Korea’s democracy and human rights movement, the most...

Gwangju

Gwangju Metropolitan City is the sixth largest city in South Korea.

It has consistently played an important role in the history of Korea’s democracy and human rights movement, the most recent of which was the Gwangju Massacre of May 18, 1980, in which at least 207 students were killed by army forces suppressing a pro-democracy demonstration.

Gwangju has a thriving youth and arts, culture where any visitor will notice a generally more fashion conscious populace.

Located in the heart of the agricultural Jeolla region, the city is also famous for its rich and diverse cuisine.

The Blessed Virgin Mary began weeping through her statue owned by Julia Kim in Naju, Korea, on June 30, 1985. It is now housed in the House of the Blessed...

Naju

The Blessed Virgin Mary began weeping through her statue owned by Julia Kim in Naju, Korea, on June 30, 1985. It is now housed in the House of the Blessed Mother where Masses, prayers and devotions are held regularly.

Situated five miles west of the House of the Blessed Mother is the Naju Holy Mountain, site of a miraculous spring which has been instrumental for numerous healings. The place is a replica of Mount Calvary with a large Crucifix and statues of Our Lady, St. John, St. Mary Magdalene and a Roman soldier. Encircling the whole place is the Way of the Cross with fifteen stations. Frequently, the air on the Mountain is filled with the fragrance of roses.

Solmoe is the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean Catholic priest. Upon entering the shrine, you will be able to see the house where St. Andrew Kim...

Solmoe

Solmoe is the birthplace of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean Catholic priest.

Upon entering the shrine, you will be able to see the house where St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon was born and raised. There you will learn about the martyrdom of four generations of the Kim family, including his great grandfather, his uncle and his father. The Kim clan produced as many as eleven martyrs.

At the heart of Solmoe Shrine is a boat-shaped church which symbolizes the Rapahel, a small boat the St. Kim arrived in. The arena and statues of the 12 disciples were built to commemorate the exemplary life of St. Kim.

Last August 2014, the Asian Youth Day was held here graced by the presence of Pope Francis.

Solmoe is also known as the Birthplace of Korean Catholicism.

Haemi is home to Haemi Fortress,  Korea’s largest sacred ground. Haemi Martyrdom Holy Ground is the site where nearly 1,000 Catholics in Chungcheongnam-do were buried alive during the time between...

Haemi

Haemi is home to Haemi Fortress,  Korea’s largest sacred ground.

Haemi Martyrdom Holy Ground is the site where nearly 1,000 Catholics in Chungcheongnam-do were buried alive during the time between the Byeongin Persecution in 1866 and 1882.

At that time, Catholics were executed outside Haemieupseong Fortress’ Seomun Gate (West Gate). As it was difficult to execute them one by one, the martyrs were buried alive in a big hole all at once. When confronted with their death, the martyrs prayed while singing ‘Yesumaria’ (Jesus Maria). Because is also sounds like “Yeosumeori” (여수머리), the place was called ‘Yeosutgol’ as well.

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang, also known as “Rosary Hill,”is one of the places where a large number of Catholics were martyred during the Great...

Namyang

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang, also known as “Rosary Hill,”is one of the places where a large number of Catholics were martyred during the Great Byungin Persecution.

To memorialize their martyrdom as proof of their faith, Namyang was designated as a Holy Site on October 7, 1991, the feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary.

The highlights and symbols of Rosary Hill are the ever-merciful appearance of the Namyang Holy Mother’s statue and the 20-Decade Rosary Road, which is a lovely path surrounded by trees and shrubs.

The “5 Joyful Mysteries” Road that resembles Mary’s own mercy may be mentioned as another outstanding feature at the Holy Site, all of which express the miraculous love and presence of the Holy Mother at Rosary Hill.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Philippine Airlines
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • First class hotel accommodation on twin-sharing basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Breakfast ; L – Lunch ; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking guide all throughout the pilgrimage
  • Daily Masses
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of a Filipino Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the tour
  • Travel Insurance (valid for 10 days

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“It is a fast and noisy world we are living in, and a lot of us hardly have the time to make the necessary stop just to rest, reflect, and recharge. So focused on making a living, many of us just exist without a life worth living. So busy meeting a lot of people, many of us hardly connect with persons. So engrossed with the crowd, we hardly have time to be with and to really listen to God.”
~ Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD

Take some time off from your daily tasks and spend time in the midst of God and Our Mother. Join Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD on a 6-day Pilgrimage to the Catholic Shrines of South Korea with Our Lady of Naju leaving on April 8, 2019.

Begin your pilgrimage at the Mirinae Shrine where the remains of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon lie. Delight yourself in the abundant trees and greenery in the Shrine. Head off for Naju to visit the House of the Blessed Mother, which houses the weeping statue of Our Lady of Naju. Recall the Passion of the Lord as you pray the Way of the Cross at the Naju Holy Mountain with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD and fellow pilgrims.

Travel onwards to Solmoe, the birth place of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon, the first Korean Saint and Catholic priest. Learn more about his life and indomitable spirit that couldn’t be crushed in spite of severe punishment and persecutions that he and his companions suffered for their faith. Celebrate Mass at Haemi Shrine, Korea’s largest sacred ground where nearly 1,000 Roman Catholics were martyred.

Next stop is the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang, also known as Rosary Hill. Here, a large number of Catholics were martyred during the Great Byungin Persecution. A highlight of your visit is the opportunity to pray the rosary at the 20-decade Rosary Road, which is a lovely path surrounded by trees and shrubs.

Wind down your travel with a sightseeing tour of Seoul, one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities.

Take a pause from your everyday concerns and embark on a life changing journey. Join a Pilgrimage to the Catholic Shrines of South Korea with Our Lady of Naju with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on April 8, 2019. Let this pilgrimage be a stepping stone that will move you in your pilgrimage closer to Jesus.

Things We Love

  • Daily masses and inspiring homilies by Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
  • Peaceful ambience at the Shrine of Solmoe, a sanctuary for martyrs who were willing to offer their lives for their faith.
  • Tasty and deeply satisfying Korean cuisine served in classy restaurants already included in the package cost.
  • Pray the “Hail Mary” as you touch each Stone Rosary Bead on your walk along the Rosary Road at the Shrine of Our Lady of The Rosary of Namyang. A very moving experience.
  • Feel the crisp, cool breeze and feast your eyes on the wonderful burst of colors of nature that only happens during Autumn.

Things To Do

  • Wear.

    See how you would look like wearing a Hanbok, Korea’s National Costume, on your visit to the Traditional Costume Experience.

  • BRING HOME.

    Bring home water taken from the miraculous spring of the Naju Holy Mountain to share with family and friends.

  • MARVEL.

    Enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul on board a cable car from the base of Namsan Mountain up to the Seoul Tower.

  • CARRY.

    Carry a cross while praying the Way of the Cross at the Naju Holy Mountain.

  • REFLECT.

    Reflect on the message of Our Lady of Naju, which is to repent of our sins and to ask for the grace to forgive others who may have hurt us.

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Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

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 Franca Pilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

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

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 Form
  • Two (2) pcs. passport-size pictures
  • Latest Income Tax Return (personal TIN No. must be indicated in the form)
  • Original Bank Certificate (both Pesos and/or US Dollars) – must include account type, current balance, account opening, and six (6) months average
  • Original or certified true copy of Bank Statement for the last (3) months
  • Employment Certificate (if employed) – must be in company’s letterhead and must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, and company’s address, telephone number, and email address
  • Photocopy of Business Registration (if in business)
  • Photocopy of International Credit Cards (if available)
  • If married, copy of Marriage Contract
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (signed and notarized by sponsor if financially incapable)
  • Processing time: 7-10 working days
  • Visa Fee (Service Charge only): Php 1,500.00

Booking Conditions

1) A non-refundable US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile plus the visa fee.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than thirty (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.

Terms and Conditions

BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: 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, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

THE PILGRIMS’ 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 subagents 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

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