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Special Pilgrimage with
The MIR Group
"the Young & Young at Heart" to
San Giovanni Rotondo


Fr. Mike Snyder-Spiritual Director

& Terri Smith - Group Leader
June 4 - 16, 2019

Proposed Itinerary


Day 1 – Depart New Orleans for Europe

Depart New Orleans on your connecting flights to Europe. Dinner and breakfast are served aboard transatlantic flight.


Day 2 - Arrive Italy
Upon arrival into Bari you will be greeted by your Guide who will accompany you to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of Saint Padre Pio for dinner and overnight,

Day 3 - San Giovanni Rotondo (Full Day)
This morning you will visit the Old Church to celebrate Mass and tour the sanctuary. It is here that you will view the crucifix, in front of which St. Pio received the stigmata, and visit the confessional from where St. Pio spent an innumerable amount of hours listening to confessions. The afternoon is free for prayer and reflection. After dinner, you may choose to join the weekly Candlelight Procession and Rosary at the Sanctuary of St. Pio at 9:00 PM.

Day4 - Lanciano - Manoppello
Today you will head to Lanciano and have Mass at the Church of St. Longinus, site of the Eucharistic Miracle.. After time for reflection, you will travel through the Italian countryside on the way to Manoppello where you will visit the church containing the miraculous image of Christ's face on a veil, the "veronica" (true icon) in the Santuario del Volto Santo. You will have time for prayer and veneration, before returning to San Giovanni for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 - Pietralcina - Monte Santangelo - O/N Ferry
This morning you will visit Pietralcina, the town where Padre Pio was born. You will see his native house and the Church of the Holy Family, with an adjacent convent and museum dedicated to Padre Pio. You will also visit the pilgrim’s house which was built to welcome pilgrims from around the world and the parish church, Santa Maria degli Angeli, located in the center of the town. This was the church where Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass. After time for lunch, you will travel along the beautiful Gargano Peninsula to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, a shrine consecrated by St. Michael. Himself. Following the visit to the grotto, travel to the Port of Bari, where you will board your overnight ferry to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight onboard.

Day 6 - Dubrovnik - Medjugorje
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will be greeted by your Guide who will escort you to the Old City where you will have time to explore on your own. Inside this Medieval Walled City you will see the Church of St. Blase, the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik. After re-boarding the bus, you will drive up the scenic Adriatic Coast on your way to Medjugorje. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje.

Day 7 to 12 - Medjugorje
Here are some of the activities planned for the week:

Daily Mass:
Each morning, at 10:00am (noon on Sunday), the group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass and the blessing of religious articles immediately following.

Climb Apparition Hill:
Recite the Rosary while climbing the hill to the place where the visionaries first allegedly encountered Our Lady.

Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain):
In 1933, the villagers built a 30' high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus' passion and death on the cross. Climb to the top, stopping 15 times along the way to Pray the Stations of the Cross.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to Her Son. Join fellow pilgrims for Adoration on Tuesday and Saturday at the outside altar of St. James Church, and for Veneration of the Cross on Friday inside the church. Adoration is also available in the Chapel every afternoon.

Meetings with the Visionaries:
Pending their availability, the guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries.

Visit to the Community of Cenacolo:
Founded by the Sisters of Charity, Cenacolo is a community for young men and women who have lost their way in life, and are on the road to recovery. We will hear their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.

Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: Pray at the bronze statue located on the grounds of St. James Church, and witness the droplets of water that miraculously seep out of Christ's right knee.

Day 9 - Medjugorje - USA
After an early breakfast, depart for Sarajevo (Split or Dubrovnik) Airport for return flights to the USA.

Tour Features Included in Price:


• RT air from New Orleans, incl. airport taxes & fuel surcharges
• 3 nights accommodations in San Giovanni Rotondo
• 1 night stateroom accommodations aboard Overnight Ferry
• 7 nights accommodations in Medjugorje
• Transfers between Airports and Medjugorje via Private Motorcoach
• Professional English Speaking Guide in Italy & Medjugorje
• Breakfast and Dinner daily
• Back Pack & portfolio of all travel documents
• Daily Mass and Spiritual activities coordinated by Fr. Michael Snyder



San Giovanni & Medjugorje Tour # PPM19 0604-TS
Tour Price: $4,285* from New Orleans

(includes ALL Airport Taxes & Fuel Fees)
*Price based on double occupancy

Single Rooms & Optional Travel Insurance Available

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