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New Orleans Food and Faith Pilgrimage Tour – Spirits, Saints, and Shrines

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New Orleans Food Tour with Tour of Faith

New Orleans,  also known as the Crescent City, appeals to Catholic Pilgrims in various ways and has inspired many world-famous artists, authors, and musicians throughout its 300 years of existence!  This charming city of old-world charm and architecture, legendary hospitality and music, and distinctive culture and cuisine, also has a long history permeated by the Catholic faith. Catholicism continues to be a source of enrichment for those who visit or call New Orleans home, and the city is blessed with a number of renowned Catholic shrines. Join us on this Food and Faith Journey to New Orleans as we visit the Shrines and Sacred Sites, and inspire your faith in a profound way through the time-honored tradition of a Catholic pilgrimage! 

Highlights include:

  • Visit the Blessed Seelos Shrine, where you will see the Museum, and St. Mary’s Assumption Church, and have time to pray at the tomb of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R.
  • Visit the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center located at the Old Ursuline Convent where you will see the St. Lazarus Chapel & St. Mary’s Church, and the Special Exhibit on the Life and Ministry of Archbishop Philip Hannan.
  • Visit the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, where you will see the monument to the Venerable Henriette DeLille, a free woman of color who founded the order of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
  • St. Roch Cemetery tour and the Chapel containing hundreds of mementos of cures attributed to St. Roch.
  • Visit the Shrine to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (Mother Cabrini), the foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the first U.S. Citizen to become a Saint, and see the beautiful Chapel and orphanage.
  • Visit and Celebrate Mass at the National Votive Shrine to Our Lady of Prompt Succor, patroness of New Orleans.
  • Taste some of the best food and drink in New Orleans.
  • Visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice — Or you can choose land only and make your own flight arrangements.

New Orleans is also easily accessible by car and train.

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare listed below Airfare is included for most major airports
  • Hotel Accommodations - First Class Hotelswith Porterage
  • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Daily except days of departure and returnWine & mineral water with dinners
  • All transportation in destination locationAirconditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water and WiFi available onboard
  • Tour Guide - Professional Catholic Guides
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary New Orleans Food and Faith Pilgrimage Tour

Day 1 WednesdayArrival in New Orleans, Welcome Mass and Dinner

Upon arrival in New Orleans, you will be met by a Catholic Journeys representative in the Baggage Claim area and escorted to your waiting motorcoach, which will bring you to your First-Class Hotel, centrally located in the Downtown area. After check-in, you will have time to relax and freshen up, before gathering for a Welcome Mass at the National Votive Shrine to Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Patroness of New Orleans. A Welcome Dinner will immediately follow in a local restaurant.  

Day 2 ThursdayThe Old Ursuline Convent, St. Mary’s Church and St. Louis Cathedral - Catholic Cultural Heritage Center - St. Jude

st. louis cathedral new orleans pilgrimageAfter breakfast at your hotel, you will board your coach and head for the Old Ursuline Convent, part of what’s known as the Catholic Cultural Center, in the French Quarter. Now a Catholic museum, the old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley.  Constructed by French Colonial engineers under the auspices of the crown, the convent was completed in 1752-1753.  Over the centuries, this building has been a convent for the Ursuline nuns, various schools, the archbishops’ residence, the archdiocesan central office, and a meeting place for the Louisiana Legislature.  Later it served as a residence for priests and then housed the archdiocesan archives.  Today, you will enjoy a guided tour of the galleries and artifacts housed within the old convent, and have Mass in St. Mary’s Church, which is attached to the building and was originally built as the Bishop’s Chapel. After Mass, there will be a talk, followed by some time to visit the gift shop before walking to Jackson Square, where you will visit The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. Inside you will see the Venerable Henriette Delille Prayer Room. Mère Henriette Delille (1812-1862) founded the Sisters of the Holy Family to care for the sick, the dying, and the orphans, and to catechize and instruct people of color, both slave and free.  Enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant

In the afternoon, we will travel to New Orleans’ oldest church building, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. It was built on the edge of what was then the city of New Orleans (known today as the French Quarter) as a mortuary chapel located in front of the St. Louis Cemeteries 1 and 2, to bury the many victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic in the mid-1800s. Today it is also the site of the International Shrine of Saint Jude.  Staffed by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate since 1918, it is a center of popular devotion and daily prayer.  The shrine honors Saint Jude the Apostle, known as the patron for impossible cases.  His 17-foot image, the world’s largest, stands in the Peace Garden.  The shrine’s solemn Saint Jude Novena every three months draws numerous people from various religious backgrounds who seek God’s Will and Favor in their sometimes desperate situations.

Day 3 Friday National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos -Sazerac House Tour and Tasting

blessed seelos logo new orleans pilgrimage tourAfter breakfast at your hotel, you will board your coach and head for the Seelos Center.  This popular, prayerful pilgrimage site to a saintly favorite, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, is located one block off the vibrant Magazine Street dining and shopping corridor. Known as the “Cheerful Ascetic,” this Redemptorist priest possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life.  Many miracles are attributed to Father Seelos’ intercession both during his life and after his death in the 1867 New Orleans yellow fever epidemic.  This sanctuary of hospitality, hope, and healing is within the historic and sumptuous Saint Mary’s Assumption Church, Louisiana’s oldest German Catholic church. Enjoy a video presentation and have a chance to visit the museum and gift shop within the center, before having Mass and a talk in St. Mary’s Church. Afterward, there will be time for prayer at the tomb and relics of Blessed Seelos, before departing for the National World War II Museum for lunch. 

and then a tour and tasting at Sazerac House in New Orleans circa 3:30 pm.

 

Day 4 SaturdaySt. Frances Cabrini Shrine and Chapel - Faubourg Brewery Tour and Tasting

Mother Cabrini, Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, arrived in New Orleans in 1892 when there was a huge influx of immigrants to America in search of a better life.  Their deplorable living conditions worsened due to the yellow fever epidemics.  In 1905, Mother Cabrini established the second of her two orphanages on Esplanade Avenue, along Bayou St. John.  She is the Patroness of Immigrants, and today we will hear the story of her life, visit her bedroom where she lived and have Mass and a presentation in the Sacred Heart Chapel, all located on the grounds of what used to be her orphanage, now home to Cabrini High School for girls. Today we will have lunch in a nearby restaurant, 

Free time in the French Quarter.

Tasting and tour at Faubourg Brewery circa noon.  Faubourg Brewery is owned by Gayle Benson, and prominent and devout Catholic here in New Orleans.

Day 5 SundayMass at the Jesuit – Immaculate Conception Church – Departure from New Orleans

immaculate conception church new orleans food and faith pilgrimageThis morning we will have an early breakfast and walk to the Immaculate Conception Church, affectionately known in New Orleans as “the Jesuit.” The distinctive Islamic design of the domes and other architectural elements throughout the church are by Fr. Cambiaso, a Jesuit priest who admired the Moorish architecture found throughout Spain at the time. Here we will celebrate our last Mass before checking out of our hotel, and heading back to the airport for our return flights home. 

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Make a Deposit to reserve your place. Prices start at circa $1,999 for Land Only

This pilgrimage is available to groups only sized 20-40 in 2024 or 2025.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jimmy or Fr.  Paul if interested.

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FAQ for New Orleans Food and Faith Pilgrimage Tour

 

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Are your guides Catholic?  All of our guides are Roman Catholic!  Absolutely!  We are the only pilgrimage tour agency with a Roman Catholic priest on staff!

Do you have other Food and Faith Pilgrimages?  Yes. We have several Food and Faith pilgrimages to choose from!

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A fantastic video about the Ursuline sisters and the National Shrine to Our Lady of Prompt Succor!  Please watch.

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