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GOD & COUNTRY, Chapter One: True Beginnings (Florida) Dates: Dec 3rd (Thu) to Dec 9th (Wed) 2020 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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God & Country, Chapter One: True Beginnings!

Land-only pilgrimage starting in Orlando, FL and visiting the northeast coast of Florida (we will send you information about booking your own flights).

Mater Dei Tours and Drew Mariani, from the Drew Mariani Show, on Relevant Radio®, have developed a  US-based pilgrimage series with the title God & Country. It will be a yearly domestic pilgrimage, with a shorter length than our regular international pilgrimages.  On December 3rd, the series debuts with God & Country, Chapter 1: True Beginnings.True Beginnings features the true beginnings of the Christian Faith in the United States. The true first Thanksgiving with Native Americans in an established European settlement (56 years before the traditional first Thanksgiving taught in history books). Pilgrims will be able to attend Mass at the same place where Mass was ever celebrated in the United States.  Includes: Mission Nombre de Dios/National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (1st Mass n there USA, the 1st Thanksgiving), St. Augustine (1st American City), Carmelite Monastery, Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Kennedy Space Center and so much more! God & Country: True Beginning's destination will be Central and Northern Florida. We encourage you to pray and consider joining us on this interesting and faith-inspiring pilgrimage!

HOSTS: DREW & CATHY MARIANI from the Drew Mariani Show (on Relevant Radio®)

CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Catholic Priest, to be announced

TOUR DIRECTORS: JUAN LANDA from Mater Dei & DENNIS GAETANO from True Catholic Pilgrimages (Mater Dei's affiliate)

Sorry! This pilgrimage is no longer available!!

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Next pilgrimage with Drew Mariani will be from June 4 to 11, 2021 in Mexico!!

Themes: Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio Location: United States
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Mar 15th (Mon) to Mar 27th (Sat) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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HOLY LAND

The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Other cities may be available at a possible add-on price!

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  Our solid Mater Dei spiritual program compliments the itinerary.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem (Visitation and birth of St. John the Baptist), Bethany and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

 

Chaplain: Fr. Matthew Roehrig, S.S.P., Priest of the Society of St. Paul, Pastor of St. Paul Seminary and Director of the Holy Family Institute, Canfield, Ohio

Tour Director: Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours

 

Hurry!! Open for registrations now!

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Most complete Catholic pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Apr 5th (Mon) to Apr 15th (Thu) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

CHAPLAIN(s)/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR(s): Fr. Brandon Moravitz and Fr. Drew Braun, both from the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota.

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Mater Dei's affiliate in Minnesota)

Pilgrimages with Fr. Brandon Moravitz usually sell out, and now with Fr. Drew Braun, may be even faster. This pilgrimage will be limited to one (1) bus only! Expected to sell out! Do not delay! Send your registration soon!

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Hope you can join us! It will be a pilgrimage of a lifetime!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Apr 19th (Mon) to Apr 30th (Fri) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Chicago O'Hare (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

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CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ron Serrao, from the Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO from True Catholic Pilgrimages (Mater Dei's affiliate)

Hurry! Fr. Serrao Pilgrimages usually sell out!!

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Register now before space is gone!!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Spain
Camino de Santiago (The Way) + Fatima Dates: Apr 22nd (Thu) to May 3rd (Mon) 2021 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Camino de Santiago, The Way

 with the

The Most Reverend, Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison

in celebration of the

75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin

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 on the yellow button on the upper right side of this box.

LIMITED TO ONE BUS! (scroll down to see notes below)

 

 Chaplain(s):

* Bishop Donald Hying, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison

* 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)

 

Initial CAPACITY REACHED! WAITLIST AVAILIABLE! Please send your registration in ASAP to join the young waitlist!

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Notes! 

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 11, 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 (from 2 to 22 miles a day). However, there are options for those who wish to avoid excessive walking. Pilgrims may opt to walk portions of "The Way" some days and relax on 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), but in any case, those pilgrims who choose not to walk "The Way", should at least be able to walk 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).

Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, St. Josemaria Escriva, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Lourdes and France, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: France, Spain
Hungary and Poland with The Compass Dates: May 3rd (Mon) to May 13th (Thu) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Hungary and Poland

with The Compass

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!

For more details it is best to read the brochure! Click on the yellow button on the upper right side of this box, above the blue arrow.

 

Spiritual Director:  Fr. John Girotti, Diocese of Green Bay, WI

Tour Director: Juan Landa (Mater Dei Tours) 

Host: The Compass Newspaper's Amy Kawula

Air Departure city: Chicago O'Hare

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) Registration deadline: January 22nd, 2021.

 

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Themes: Central Europe, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Hungary, Poland
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Jun 4th (Fri) to Jun 11th (Fri) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Join Fr. John Clote, O.F.M., Conv., Drew Mariani (from the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio ®), and Juan Landa, from Mater Dei Tours ®, on Mater Dei's most spiritually impacting and inspirational Marian Pilgrimage visiting fascinating places where we learn about the early stages of our faith in the Americas. See the places where evil was conquered under the mantle of the Blessed Virgin Mary!  Experience the gorgeous colonial city of Puebla. Hike the largest pyramid in the world in Cholula.  Visit the amazing St. Michael’s Miracle and Our Lady of Ocotlan where you'll hear about astounding testaments of faith.  Experience all the beautiful and cultural places of the new world’s largest city, Mexico City, including the home of St. Juan Diego, the remains of Blessed Miguel Pro, Ancient Teotihuacan, the canals of Xochimilco, the churches of Coyoacan, and of course, visit twice the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the only true picture of Our Lady that is Divinely created! 

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SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. John Clote, O.F.M., Conv.

HOST: Drew Mariani, from the Drew Mariani Show (Relevant Radio®)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa, Mater Dei's President

Departures from:

Chicago O'Hare (Included)

Phoenix (Included)

Houston (Included)

Minneapolis/St. Paul (add-on fee) 

Austin (add-on fee) 

(Other cities may be available for additional airfare)

 

HURRY! Pilgrimage is now available and expected to sell out before the registration deadline!

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Do not delay! Register today!

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Relevant Radio Location: Mexico
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jun 14th (Mon) to Jun 25th (Fri) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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The Holy Land!

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

CHAPLAIN(s)/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR(s): Fr. Kevin Finnegan, from the Diocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Mater Dei's affiliate in Minnesota)

Limited to one (1) bus only! Expected to sell out before deadline! Open for resgistrations now!

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Hope you can join us for a pilgrimage of a lifetime!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jul 19th (Mon) to Jul 30th (Fri) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Chicago O'Hare, IL (other cities may be available for additional cost).

Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Walk the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters (right where Jesus was Baptized)! Immerse yourself in the Gospels, visiting sites like the Annunciation by St. Gabriel, the Archangel, to Mary Immaculate, in Nazareth, the Nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem, the Last Supper, Calvary and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where Jesus was buried and where He resurrected!  Scriptures come alive!  A solid spiritual program compliments the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem and still so much more!!!  Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the experience of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

  • CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Vincent Brewer, Diocese of Madison
  • TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours

 

Register for this pilgrimage today! Expected to sell out before deadline!

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Do not delay and register now! "Early Angel" Discount available!

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
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