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Join us on this amazing pilgrimage following the footsteps of the Apostle St. James the Greater, evangelizer of Spain, brother of St. John the Evangelist, son of Zebedee. One of the most spectacular journeys you'll ever experience! Our pilgrimage will be walking the famous Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) across Spain, the second oldest pilgrimage route in Christendom.
Bonus! The pilgrimage will be making 3 brief visits to amazingly beautiful Marian Shrines! Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, site of the apparitions of The Immaculate Conception to St. Bernadette! Shrine of the Virgin of Torreciudad, sitting on the foothills of the Aragonian Pyrenees, and site of many conversion miracles. Shrine/Co-Cathedral/Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, site of Mary's visitation to St. James, the first ever recorded apparition (a bilocation to be exact) of Mary (40 AD).
During the first days of the pilgrimage there will be sporadic walking across Spain, but the last 100 kilometers (66 miles approximately) of the itinerary will be on foot in order to obtain the coveted pilgrimage certificate of The Camino, given by the Diocese of Santiago de Compostela. If you are not concerned about receiving the Camino Certificate, then walking on the Camino is not compulsory.
Visit the following locations: In France, Lourdes and the French Pyrenees. In Spain: Spanish Pyrenees, Torreciudad, El Pilar in Zaragoza (where Mary appeared to St. James), Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Rioja Wine Region, Burgos, Ponferrada, Sarria, Portomarin Palas del Rey, Arzua, O Pedrouzo, Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre (Land's End) or Fisterra, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Camino! Join us! This pilgrimage will provide many opportunities for deep prayer and conversation with God along the Way. For more details it is best to read the brochure! Click >> HERE << to see the brochure.
NOTE 1: This pilgrimage is limited to one bus only. Hurry and register now to avoid disappointment later on!
NOTE 2: This pilgrimage is expected to sell out before its registration deadline (January 11th, 2021)
NOTE 3: There is an "Early Angel" discount if you register prior to November 6, 2020 ($100 off per person)
NOTE 4: Pilgrims who wish to complete this pilgrimage in it's entirety, in order to receive the certificate from Diocese of Santiago de Compostela, should know that there is an excessive amount of walking required. However, there are options those who wish to avoid excessive walking. Pilgrims may opt to walk portions of "The Way" some days and relax others. Those who wish to do this, will not qualify for the Diocesan Certificate (we remind here that the certificate should not be the reason for joining this pilgrimage). In any case, all pilgrims should be able to walk at least between 2 to 3 miles a day.
NOTE 5: In case one or both of our Chaplains become unable to participate, the pilgrimage will continue to operate and every effort will be made to obtain a substitute Priest(s).
Chaplain(s): * Bishop Donald Hying, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, and Fr. Steve Brunner, Priest of the Diocese of Madison
Pilgrimage Director: Juan Landa // Tour Director: Cesar Higueras
Departure city: Chicago O'Hare Airport *Optional airport bus transfers from Madison, WI to Chicago O'Hare are offered (see registration - page #5 and 6 of brochure - click yellow button above right)
Join The Compass, the award winning Catholic newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, on an amazing journey to Hungary and Poland. Learn about the origins of our Faith in Central Europe and how these Christians heroically defended our Faith against invading forces. Visits in Hungary include Budapest (Gellert Hill, St. Stephen's Basilica, Fisherman's Bastion, St. Mathias, Heroes Square, Danube Cruise), Mariaremette (Marian Shrine), Lazar Equestrian Farm and much more. In Poland, we visit the rebuilt Capital of Warsaw and the gorgeous old Royal Capital of Krakow! We also visit the City of the Immaculate of St. Maximilian Kolbe (Niepokalanow) as well as the place of his martyrdom (Auschwitz). Enter St. John Paul's apartment at his birthplace in Wadowice, and see his Baptismal Font at the Basilica there. Descend thousands of feet to witness the spectacular art inside Salt Mines of Wieliczka! Pray Divine Mercy Chaplet at the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki. Also in Lagiewniki is the new amazing complex called The St. John Paul II Center. You can't go to Poland without visiting your mother! That's why we go to Czestochowa, home of the Monastery in Jasna Gora, housing the famous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa!
If you ever wanted to see the "Blue Danube" and the magnificent beauty and amazing history and strong Faith found in these places, then say yes! Come join us on this unforgettable pilgrimage!NOTES: Note 1) Compass pilgrimages ALWAYS sell out before the deadline! Note 2) Register now and take advantage of the "Early Angel Discount" of $100 per person (must register by Friday, November 6, 2020 to obtain this discount). Note 3) Compass pilgrimages come with extra inclusions, like all the tips are already included. Note 4) Chaplain will be the one and only Fr. John Girotti, from the Green Bay Diocese!
May 3rd - 13th, 2021
Keep the promises you make to yourself!!!
Fulfill your resolution to go to the Holy Land on a true Catholic Pilgrimage! See for yourself why so many Mater Dei pilgrims return with a renewed love for Jesus and His Church. A promise: The Holy Mass, the rosary, the Holy Scriptures will never be the same! Your life cannot be the same after you experience our pilgrimage! Learn, hear, see, touch, taste and experience the Holy Land!!
No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!!