A seven-day pilgrimage into the heart of Ignatius Loyola under the spiritual leadership of Frs. Thomas A. Kane, CSP and Julio Giulietti, SJ
Rome is a deeply prayerful place – the Churches and chapels are inescapable – found around every corner, bookending every piazza, speckled along the skyline, welcoming us into prayer. For Catholics in particular, Rome is the foundational point for the Church. Over the course of this pilgrimage, we will visit sites, precious to the Jesuits and their history and journey into the very heart of Ignatius Loyola. We will not only turn ourselves over to prayer, but be engaged by the various works and voices in the Jesuit world around art and culture, education, the refugee crisis, and so much more. This Pilgrimage is designed for a small group (a maximum of 12) and will focus on Ignatian sites, including a private tour of the Vatican Museum, a journey to La Storta, and a conversation with the staff at the Jesuit Curia. Book now, we expect to sell out quickly because of the limited number. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming to you to Rome as we welcome your prayers for us along our way. Sincerely, Thomas A. Kane, CSP Paulist Pilgrimages Julio Giulietti, SJ Spiritual Director
Thomas A. Kane, CSP is director of Paulist Pilgrimages and has led small groups to various parts of the world for twenty years, exploring the culture, history and spirituality of place. An internationally known ritual maker and videographer, his research interests include the area of arts, communication, liturgy and culture. Dr. Kane studies contemporary worship and celebration and has written and lectured on liturgy, dance and creativity in the US and abroad. He has recently retired from the faculty of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Chestnut Hill, MA. At present, he oversees Paulist Reconciliation Ministries, which sponsors Landings, a lay-led program that welcomes home returning Catholics. He is a member of the Apostolateship of the Sea and enjoys his days at sea.
Fr. Julio Giulietti, S.J. has guided many Loyola Experience pilgrimages with great success. He is a seasoned retreat director in Ignatian Spirituality and a Research Fellow at Georgetown University with a focus on Southeast Asia. He was the coordinator of the Myanmar Leadership Institute and founded the Loyola Vietnam Centre. He has previously served as president of Wheeling Jesuit University, as director of Boston College Center for Ignatian Spirituality, and as director of Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development. He brings a wealth of spiritual insight to our pilgrimage experience.
Friday, June 14: Welcome to Rome Today we arrive in Rome and settle into the Bailey’s hotel on the Via Flavia in the historic center. In the early evening we meet for a Welcome Dinner at the Trattoria Fuocolento. D
Saturday, June 15: Pilgrimage Orientation and St. Ignatius of Loyola
After breakfast, we begin our pilgrimage with a special program at Church of San Patrizio with Rev. Gregory Apparcel, CSP, the rector of the American Church in Rome, who will introduce our pilgrimage to Rome. Afterwards, we celebrate reconciliation. We will be free for lunch and afternoon touring. In the late afternoon we will meet for a liturgy at St. Ignazio, built in 1626. Afterwards, we cross the Via Seminario to the Collegio Bellarmino, where Jesuit graduate students from around the world studying in Rome live, to enjoy a breathtaking view from the roof garden. We stroll through the Piazza della Rotonda to the Pantheon, dating from 25 BC, on our way to dinner at Locanda Vecchia. B/D.
Sunday, June 16: Free afternoon to explore After breakfast, we begin the day with a Eucharist at the Church of San Patrizio near our hotel. After the liturgy the afternoon is free for lunch and to be on your own with an opportunity to visit the Cappuchin Bone Church nearby, the famous Via Veneto and walk tour through the historic section of Rome to the Trevi Fountain. We gather at the hotel for our dinner at Osteria 44. B/D
Monday, June 17: Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Jesuit Curia After breakfast, we travel to the Vatican Museum for a private morning tour and visit the Basilica of St. Peter. Together we will have lunch near the Piazza and in the afternoon, visit the Jesuit Curia, located at Borgo Santo Spiritu, just down the street from the entrance of St. Peter’s. As the administrative center of the Society of Jesus, we will hear of the work of the Society around the world and visit the roof garden, which offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s and the hills of the Eternal City. The remainder of the afternoon will be free with dinner on our own. B/L
Tuesday, June 18: Catacombs and Church of the Gesu We begin the day with a visit to the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla with a prayer service. We return to the hotel, free for lunch and afternoon touring. In the late afternoon we meet for the liturgy at the Gesu, the main Jesuit church in Rome and the prototype of baroque churches, which the Jesuits built in Europe, India and South America. We visit the burial site of St. Ignatius and the original restored rooms of Ignatius where he wrote the Constitutions of the Society, and governed the new Jesuit Order for 17 years. We will have a Roman dinner at Da Giovanni’s near our hotel. B/D
Wednesday, June 19: Pilgrimage to LaStorta and the heart of St. Ignatius After breakfast, we travel by to the small Chapel at La Storta, which commemorates the place where St. Ignatius walked into Rome to ask the Pope for permission to begin the Society of Jesus. Here Ignatius had a vision telling him that Jesus would take care of him in Rome. We conclude our pilgrimage with a special Eucharist and enjoy a festive garden lunch at La Storta before returning to the city with the remainder of the day free to explore or to prepare for our departure. B/L
Thursday, June 20 After breakfast, we say Arrivederci, Roma B
NOTE: While no changes are anticipated, there my be unforeseen occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary, either due to changes in airline schedules or for other reasons. All Masses are subject to local church schedules and substitution with alternate Mass sites if churches mentioned are not available
TOTAL PRICE is $1959.00 LAND ONLY. The price includes includes 4-Star hotel, 2 meals each day, pilgrimage fees & tips.
- Single room supplement is $415 per person with limited availability.
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