Bishop Duncan Tsoke • 6 - 16 September 2020 Visit the Holy Land on a prayerful pilgrimage with Radio Veritas and Bishop Duncan Tsoke of the archdiocese of Johannesburg....
Led by Fr Keith Gordon-Davis • 21 May to 4 June 2020
Join this special pilgrimage to Lourdes, Medjugorje, Rome, Assisi and other places. Dedicated to Our Lady, it is presented by the parish of the Resurrection in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Going to France, Italy, Croatia and Bosnia.
Thursday, May 21
We depart from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg to catch our flight and begin our pilgrimage to Lourdes, Rome, Assisi, Bari, Dubrovnik and Medjugorje.
Friday, May 22
On arrival in Toulouse we transfer by bus to Lourdes. On arrival in Lourdes we check into our hotel, which is near the sanctuary, and then have Mass. We have time at leisure to explore the town of Lourdes. After dinner in our hotel, we have an opportunity take part in the nightly torchlight procession through the sanctuary. Overnight: Lourdes
Saturday, May 23
After breakfast we have Mass and then enjoy a guided tour of the sites connected to St Bernadette, such as Boly Mill (where she was born), the Cachot (the converted jail where her family lived) and so on. We then have time at leisure to go to the famous Baths (mind the opening times), venerate at the Massabielle Grotto of the apparition, explore the tiered Basilicas of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception and the Rosary,
see the underground Basilica of St Pius X , meditate at the Gave de Pau river, visit the nearby Church of St Bernadette, which is on the spot where St Bernadette stood during the final apparition. and so on. Overnight: Lourdes
Sunday, May 24 – Monday, May 25
One of these two days we dedicate to following the Stations of the Cross. We have plenty of time to see the sites mentioned above to make the most of our time in Lourdes. Overnight: Lourdes
Tuesday, May 26
After breakfast at the hotel we transfer to Toulouse airport to catch your flight to Rome. In Rome we are met by our tour director who will accompany us throughout our time in Italy. We check into our hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Rome
Wednesday, May 27
Today we see the pope at the general papal audience in St Peter’s Square. It is an unforgettable experience to see Pope Francis close-up (subject to the pope being in Rome at the time). After lunch we enjoy a guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica, and then we follow the Appian Way to visit one of the Catacombs there. We then visit the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls with the authenticated tomb of St Paul the Apostle, and the images of every pope in history, from St Peter to Pope Francis, represented in medallion mosaics. Overnight: Rome
Thursday, May 28
Today we see St John Lateran Basilica, which is the official cathedral of Rome and of the pope. We visit the Holy Stairs, which are said to be the steps on which Jesus walked to his trial before Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. At St Mary Major Basilica Pope Francis has a special devotion to the statue of Mary Salus Populi Romani in the basilica which he visits before every foreign trip. We then explore the Rome of the Renaissance, including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Navona Square as well as the Pantheon. We also have opportunity to see the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Overnight: Rome
Friday, May 29
After breakfast we leave Rome and go to Assisi, the town of St Francis and his companion St Clare. The 13th-century Basilica of St Francis contains the sacred tomb of Francis and Giotto’s beautiful frescoes of his life. St Clare Basilica, also from the 13th century, houses the relics of St Clare, original robes that belonged to her, as well as the miraculous crucifix that spoke to Francis. In the afternoon, we visit the Eremo delle Carceri, in the caves on the slope of Mount Subasio just outside the walls of Assisi, St Francis and his followers established their first home at the Carceri Hermitage. He often returned here during his life to pray. At San Damiano Convent St Francis first received his miraculous calling in 1205 and St Clare died there in 1253, it is an important stop on the pilgrimage to the Franciscan holy city. Overnight: Assisi
Saturday, May 30
After breakfast we visit the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli (St Mary of the Angels), just outside Assisi. This is the place where St Francis’ great mission really began and where he died. Inside the grand Baroque basilica is the Porziuncola, the tiny church in the meadows which St Francis was called to renovate.
We then drive to the Adriatic coast to the city of Bari where we visit the 12th-century Pontifical Basilica di San Nicola, which contains the tomb of St Nicholas, the early Christian bishop who is the model for Santa Claus, and a famous 11th-century bishop’s throne. We then proceed to Bari’s port to board our ferry to Croatia. Overnight: Cabin on the ferry
Sunday, May 31
We arrive in Dubrovnik, the Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea often rated as one of Europe’s most beautiful. On our guided tour we discover Dubrovnik, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site with its medieval fortresses. Note the many statues of the city’s patron, St Blaise, who is known Croatian as Sveti Vlaho, after whom the city’s most popular church is named. We also visit the Renaissance St Saviour Church, next to the popular Franciscan Church and Monastery. The Cathedral of Dubrovnik from the 18th century is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (South Africa’s patroness). The fortress-like Dominican Monastery is now a famous library. We see the Big Onofrio’s fountain of 1438, and Renaissance buildings like the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace.
Our bus then takes us to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the evening we participate in the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, Holy Mass, Blessings of Objects, Prayer for health of soul and body, and the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. Overnight: Medjugorje
Monday, June 1
Monday and Tuesday are devoted entirely to Our Lady and her Son, Jesus. We have a guided tour of Medjugorje and there will be opportunity for encounters with visionaries of Medjugorje. Three of the visionaries still see the Blessed Virgin every evening during the recitation of the Rosary at 18:40. There will be time for prayer, silent adoration and, if requested, confession. We climb the Hill of the Apparitions where bronze plaques depicting the Mysteries of the Rosary help us meditate on the life of Our Lord. On top is the site of the first apparitions of the Virgin, a place of contemplation. We also follow the Way of the Cross on Mount Krisevac. The massive cross on the peak was erected long before the apparitions, in 1934 to mark the 1,900th anniversary of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Overnight: Medjugorje
Wednesday, June 3
Today we leave Medjugorje and return to Dubrovnik to take our flight home, departing at 21:05. Depending on our arrival there, we may have some hours at leisure in this beautiful city.
Thursday, June 4
We arrive in Johannesburg in the morning, physically tired but spiritually raised by our holy journey which brought us in contact with Our Lord, Our Lady and many great saints.
MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED EVERY DAY.
INCLUDES DAILY LUNCH ON 8 DAYS OF OUR JOURNEY
Est. Price: R44,980 (sharing, ex-Jhb; subject to currency, airport tax fluctuations, calculated on 35 passengers; R16,28 to the Euro)
Includes: All flights ex-Johannesburg (incl. airport taxes), accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels (sharing) with breakfast and dinner, lunch (on eight days), ferry from Bari to Dubrovnik (accommodation in cabin, with dinner and breakfast), travel insurance (up to age 75), transfers, travelling on air-conditioned luxury buses, English-speaking guides and tour escort, entrance fees as per itinerary.
Excludes: Visas (Schengen only), tips & hotel taxes (mandatory, estimated at €10 p/d), personal expenses, travel to and from O.R. Tambo Airport/Jhb.
A deposit of R4,800 secures your place on this unique pilgrimage. Booking form and details in the illustrated itinerary.
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