The Pilgrim Project provides the gift of encounter by bringing young people into contact with the holy places where disciples have heroically responded to God’s calling. Such encounters are challenging and transformational, thus allowing pilgrims to become more attuned to the work of God in their own lives.
Each pilgrimage is carefully planned with opportunities to complete service projects, explore area churches and historical sites, participate in group-led discussions, attend daily Mass celebrations, and devote time to individual prayer and spiritual direction.
The people behind the Pilgrim Project are looking for young people interested in their pilgrimage to Rome this summer, from 30 August to 5 September. Here’s a breakdown of the plan:
Day 1: Sunday 30 August – HOME/ROME
Depart for Rome, the Eternal City.
Day 2: Monday 31 August – ROME
Arrive in Rome and transfer independently to the Hotel Cicerone. Meet the tour leader and complete check-in formalities, then settle in and adjust to the new time. Meet in the late afternoon for a walk to the nearby church of St. Joachim to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for a safe trip. This evening’s dinner will be served at a restaurant near the hotel.
Day 3: Tuesday 1 September – ROME
An early Mass at St. Peter’s will mark the beginning of your day. Continue with a tour of the most magnificent of churches, St. Peter’s Basilica. After enjoying the afternoon at your leisure, meet with the group at the hotel in time for dinner at a restaurant nearby.
Day 4: Wednesday 2 September – ROME
What a way to begin the day, at St. Peter’s Square to attend the General Papal Audience given by His Holiness Pope Francis. Afterwards, take part in a Scavi Tour, the excavations beneath St. Peter’s Basilica. After some free time for lunch, a guided tour will introduce the major sites of Ancient Rome which include the majestic Colosseum and the Roman Forum, one of the largest archeological sites in the world. The tour ends with a visit of the Basilica of St. Mary Major where Mass will be celebrated. The evening is yours to try out independently one of Rome’s endless fine restaurants.
Day 5: Thursday 3 September – ROME
Begin the day with an early Mass. In the morning, a guided tour of the Vatican Museums led by the patrons unveils treasures of famous artists and the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece. The rest of the day is yours to discover on your own all that Rome has to offer.
Day 6: Friday 4 September – ROME
The day starts with a tour of the 4th Century Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. Move on to the Catacombs and admire a network of underground cemeteries which are a vivid sign of the origin of Christianity. After the tour, celebrate Mass. The remainder of the day is open for last minute independent sightseeing, i.e. the Trevi Fountain where you can toss that coin that assures your return to Rome, shopping or packing. In the evening, an “Arrivederci Roma” toast is in order at the Farewell Dinner arranged in a nearby restaurant.
Day 7: Saturday 5 September – ROME/HOME
Celebrate an early Mass at St. Peter’s. Independent departures from the hotel.