September 17-26, 2014
- The Monastery of San Benedetto, Norcia; birthplace of Sts. Benedict & Scholastica
- Joining the Monks of Norcia for Vespers & Compline
- Abbey of Monte Cassino and other sites of the twin saints
- Assisi, birthplace of Sts. Francis & Clare
- Rome, the Eternal City
- Papal Audience with Our Holy Father, Pope Francis
**The deadline for registration and the $500 deposit is June 14th, 2014.
The balance is due on July 29th, 2014.**
- Approximate Cost: $3695.00
- R/T non-stop airfare from NY JFK
- Land travel by luxury coach
- 3/4* hotel accommodations w/ private bath
- Breakfast & dinner daily
- All entrance fees where needed
- Cost is based on dbl. room occ.
Day 1 – Early evening departure from NY onboard a flight to Rome, Italy.
Day 2 – Morning arrival in Rome. Set off into the wild hills of Umbria for the medieval walled town of Norcia; birthplace of St. Benedict and his twin sister, St. Scholastica, in 480. Upon a mid-afternoon arrival, meet with the monks of the Monastery of San Benedetto, our hosts during our stay in Italy. While in Norcia all are invited to join the monks for Vespers and Compline. Overnight in Norcia.
Day 3 – Morning visit to the Monastery of San Benedetto, built over the birthplace of the twin saints. Afternoon visit to the nearby 12th Cnt. Abbey of Sant’Eutizio and the Church of San Scholastica. Take in the pastoral scenery of the hills that surrounded the saints in the time of their youth when their Christian formation was nurtured by the monastic tradition of the local monks. Arrive first at the Abbey of Sant’Eutizio, built upon the land that St. Spes and his hermits lived on in the years preceding the birth of Benedict & Scholastica. As Benedict often came here to pray during his youth, this abbey has been referred to as the “cradle of the Benedictine Order”. Next, continue on to the Church of San Scholastica. Tradition tells of the twin saints sharing a close spiritual bond from childhood and that after Benedict left for Rome, Scholastica also dedicated her life to God by living in community with other holy woman on an area of land near Norcia. It was on this land that the Church of Santa Scholastica was built centuries later. Overnight in Norcia.
Day 4 – Morning visit to the future monastery of the Benedictine Monks of Norcia. Afternoon at leisure in Norcia. Overnight in Norcia.
Day 5 – Today enjoy an excursion to Assisi, the 12th Cnt. birthplace of St. Francis & St. Clare, who, like Benedict & Scholastica, dedicated their lives to God and changed history. Upon a late morning arrival, step back in time and imagine life as it was for them as we walk along the narrow cobblestone streets to visit the places connected to their lives; the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (built over the chapel that Francis repaired in 1207), the Basilica of St. Clare (wherein is the Cross from which Christ spoke to Francis, saying: “repair my house which is falling into ruins”), the Basilica of St. Francis (where his mortal remains repose) and more. Late afternoon return and overnight in Norcia.
Day 6 – Morning departure for the Monastery of Sacro Speco in Subiaco. Early afternoon arrival at the Monastery of Subiaco built into a mountain cliff overlooking spectacular natural scenery. This monastery enshrines the sacred cave where St. Benedict spent three years living a hermetic life before initiating the beginning of Western monasticism. Also visit the Monastery of Santa Scholastica, also founded by St. Benedict. Overnight in Subiaco.
Day 7 – Morning departure for Rome, stopping en-route to visit the Abbey of Monte Cassino, where in 529, St. Benedict founded an abbey on the ruins of a pagan fortress. Late morning arrival in Monte Cassino, world renowned as a beacon of holiness and culture and also as the burial place of its beloved founder. Early afternoon departure for Rome, the Eternal City, arriving in the mid-afternoon for check-in at our hotel near the Vatican. Following check-in, set off for the nearby Vatican; the smallest state in the world and residence of Pope Francis. Visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, built over the burial site of St. Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. Overnight in Rome at Palazzo Cesi.
Day 8 – This morning we will have the awesome opportunity to attend a Papal Audience with Our Holy Father, Pope Francis (pending confirmation) at St. Peter’s Square. Afternoon walking tour in Rome’s ancient area of Trastevere to visit the Church of San Benedetto in Piscinula (originally a 4th Cnt. villa of Benedict’s relatives where he lived while studying in Rome) and the Basilica of San Crisogono (see the tomb of 18 th Cnt. Bl. Anna Maria Taigi and a fresco of St. Benedict healing a leper). Continue on to visit one of the Catacombs (underground tunnels where the early Christians buried their dead). Time in the late afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 9 – Morning tour of Christian Rome. Our first stop will be at the Basilica of St. John Lateran (original home of the popes), the oldest of the major basilicas of Rome. Within its main altar is the altar on which St. Peter offered Mass while in Rome. Then on to Scala Santa, a church built to enclose the staircase that Christ climbed to meet Pontius Pilate. Pass by the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Coliseum to visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the first shrines dedicated to Our Lady. See the Crypt of the Nativity which contains the relics of Our Lord’s cradle. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Rome.
Day 10 – Morning departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport to NY. Afternoon arrival at NY JFK.
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