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ITALIA ETERNA Dates: Sep 22nd (Fri) to Oct 1st (Sun) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Italia Eterna

Pilgrimage for the Diaconate Ordination of Colin Jones

(Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis).

On this pilgrimage you'll be able to witness visit an ongoing Eucharistic Miracle in Siena, while you follow in the footsteps of St. Catherine!  A top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures along with a great spiritual visit to Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.  Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!  Another indulgence is offered for those pilgrims who pray at the Patriarchal Basilicas and follow the prescribed indulgence requirements.  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Thomas Wilson, Pastor of All Saints Catholic Church, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.

* This is a St. Joseph edition of Mater Dei's pilgrimages. What is  St. Joseph Tours? Click here for the answer. 

* Airfare included from Chicago O'Hare Airport.  

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint, St. Joseph Tours Location: Italy
EMERALD FAITH - A Pilgrimage to Ireland Dates: Sep 24th (Sun) to Oct 5th (Thu) 2017 Details and Registration Form »

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The Irish Compass!

Departing from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.  Other cities may be available for an add-on price.

Come see for yourself why people fall in love with Ireland!  Join us on this most memorable pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle with the award winning The Compass Catholic Newspaper of Green Bay! Led by the Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, WI! Learn about the heroic life of St. Patrick, and the firm love for God of the Irish Saints! Enjoy the unequaled natural beauty of one of the most beautiful countries in the planet, as you learn about the resiliency of its people in the midst of its troubled history.  Visit MonasterboyceDroghedaHill of Slane, Downpatrick, Armagh, Westport, Sligo - Mass RockMarian Shrine of KnockCroagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Galway City, Cong (The Quiet Man), Cliffs of Moher, River Shannon, Ring of Kerry, Tralee, Killarney, Rock of CashelKilkenny, Glendalough, Dublin and more! As with all of Mater Dei's pilgrimages, a top-notch spiritual program complements the itinerary with daily Mass, rosary, chaplet, talks and doctrinal talks and meditations.  Our Irish Pilgrimages also have lots of fun with Irish story telling, singing, great camaraderie  fish and chips, a pint or two, Irish music and more! Come experience Ireland on a Mater Dei Catholic Pilgrimage. Join us this September 24th!

 

CHAPLAIN: Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI 

SPECIAL ESCORT: Julianne Stanz, Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, WI (and a true Irish Lassie! Smile)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa, Mater Dei Tours (I.B.M. - Irish-by-Marriage)

 

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Themes: Irish Pilgrimages, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Ireland
Camino de Santiago (The Way) + Fatima Dates: Oct 6th (Fri) to Oct 17th (Tue) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Camino de Santiago, The Way

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Fatima, Portugal

 

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. 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.

Visit the following locations: MadridEl Pilar in Zaragoza,  LogroñoSanto Domingo de la CalzadaRioja Wine RegionBurgosPonferrada, Sarria, Potomarin, Palas del Rey, Arzua, O Pedrouzo, Santiago de Compostela, all in Spain.

We are including a visit to famous Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima this year, to celebrate 100 years of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima to the 3 “Pastorcitos” (little Shepherds) in Fatima, Portugal.**

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!

 

Spiritual Director: Fr. John Blum, St. Pete Beach, FL

Tour Director: Juan Landa, Dennis Gaetano & Cesar Higueras 

Departure city: Chicago 

** SORRY! This pilgrimage is sold out! Waitlist open! ** 

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Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, St. Josemaria Escriva, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Portugal, Spain
ITALIA ETERNA Dates: Oct 9th (Mon) to Oct 18th (Wed) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Italia Eterna

Join 2 Catholic Priests, who are true Roman experts, on this awesome Italian pilgrimage! You'll be able to witness visit and pray before an ongoing Eucharistic Miracle in Siena, while you follow in the footsteps of the great St. Catherine!  Make an unforgettable spiritual visit to quaint Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare!  

A top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures awaits you, along with a most memorable visit to Vatican City, including a General Audience with Pope Francis (pending on the Holy Father's schedule). Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to those pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!  There is much more to this pilgrimage, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the yellow brochure button on the upper right for more information.

Spiritual Directors/Chaplains: 

Fr. Eric Sternberg, Pastor of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Diocese of Madison, WI.

Fr. Tait Schroeder, Pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, Ashton, WI, and St. Martin de Tours, Martinsville, WI, Diocese of Madison, WI.

Departure City: Chicago O'Hare Airport

* This is a St. Joseph Tours edition of Mater Dei's pilgrimages.

What is  St. Joseph Tours? Click here for the answer. 

 

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint, St. Joseph Tours Location: Italy
ITALIA ETERNA Dates: Oct 10th (Tue) to Oct 19th (Thu) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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100th Anniversary of the

MI International, in Italy!

Pilgrimage for 100th anniversary of the foundation of the 

MILITIA OF THE IMMACULATA of ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

Join the MI - Militia of the Immaculata of St. Maximilian Kolbe, as they celebrate the 100th anniversary fo their foundation in Rome!  A very unique itinerary has been designed for this event where MI members from all over the world will descend on the Eternal City to celebrate this momentous occasion!  You do not have to be an MI member to join this pilgrimage! MI member or not, you will love it! And if you have a devotion to the great St. Maximilian Kolbe!, you will love the special sites we have in store for you! 

In addition to Roman sites associated with the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, on this pilgrimage you'll be able to witness experience a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures. Visit an ongoing Eucharistic Miracle in Siena, while you follow in the footsteps of St. Catherine Enjoy a great spiritual visit to Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.  Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the foundational place of the MI during its anniversary. There will be additional opportunities to receive a Plenary Indulgence by praying the prescribed requirements at the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!  There is so much more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the yellow brochure button (above right) for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Stephen Boyle, O. Praem

Special Escort: John W. Galten, MI National President 

Jason Jones, MI member and producer of the movie Bellawill join our MI National Pilgrimage to Italy

* Airfare included from Chicago O'Hare Airport via American Airlines, non-stop* to Rome (* Schedule changes can always occur at the airline's discretion)

Pilgrimage is now closed!

 

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* This is a St. Joseph edition of Mater Dei's pilgrimages. What is  St. Joseph Tours? Click here for the answer. 

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint, St. Joseph Tours Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 26th (Thu) to Nov 6th (Mon) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land Pilgrimage!  

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS CHRIST

with ST. JOSEMARIA

and BLESSED ALVARO DEL PORTILLO

- St. Josemaria Institute - 

Join the St. Josemaria Institute on this amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ! 

St. Josemaria Escriva wrote that: “to be Christ himself, we must see ourselves in him. It's not enough to have a general idea of the spirit of Jesus' life; we have to learn the details of his life and, through them, his attitudes. And, especially, we must contemplate his life, to derive from it strength, light, serenity, peace. 

“When you love someone, you want to know all about his life and character, so as to become like him. That is why we have to meditate on the life of Jesus, from his birth in a stable right up to his death and resurrection” (Christ is Passing By, no. 107). 

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 complements the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem, 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! Our special pilgrimage will also follow in the footsteps of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo! Our group will visit one Blessed Alvaro's initiatives, the Saxum Center.

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as Chaplain and Spiritual Director

Mater Dei Tour Director: Juan Landa

Mater Dei Local Guide: George Sa'id

 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), St. Josemaria Escriva, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 5th (Sun) to Nov 16th (Thu) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land Pilgrimage!  

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS CHRIST

with Fr. Richard Simon

from Fr. Simon Says show at Relevant Radio

Join Relevant Radio on this amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage, and follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ! 

Departing from Chicago O'Hare Airport and options are available from the New York area, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Austin, TX.  Land-only option is available too! Other cities may be available at a possible add-on price! 

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 complements the pilgrimage.  Other cities: Caesarea, Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Cana (renew your wedding vows), Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. Tabor, Jericho, Dead Sea, Ein Karem, 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! Our special pilgrimage will feature Fr. Richard Simon, live, with the group in the Holy land!

Chaplain and Spiritual Director: Fr. Richard Simon

Mater Dei Tour Director(s): Juan Landa & Dennis Gaetano

Mater Dei Local Guide: George Sa'id

 

Pilgrimage is closed for new registrations! But waitlist is open! We are trying to obtain more space! Those in the waitlist will get in first!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jan 9th (Tue) to Jan 19th (Fri) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

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!

CHAPLIAN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Michael Skluzacek + Fr. Therodore Campbell, both from the ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, MN

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO 

Mater Dei Local Guide: George Sa'id

 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jan 9th (Tue) to Jan 19th (Fri) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare, with options from Denver and Minneapolis.

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/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. John Kleinschmidt from the DIOCESE OF GREEN BAY, WI

TOUR DIRECTOR: SUSAN SWANSON from STELLA MARIS TOURS (Mater Dei's affiliate in Denver)

 

OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Inspiring Italy Dates: Mar 11th (Sun) to Mar 20th (Tue) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Inspiring Italy

Join us on this amazing and beautiful pilgrimage to Italy staying in great locations and visiting unforgettable places like Rome, Assisi (land of St. Francis and St. Clare), Loreto (Nazareth's House of Mary), Padova (St. Anthony) and unforgettable Venice (St. Mark's Basilica & Square and more).

As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, a top-notch visit of Rome and Vatican City is planned! A Papal Audience is scheduled* (always pending on the Holy Father's schedule).  Remember that the most amazing gift of a Plenary Indulgence is offered to those pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome.

CHAPLAIN: Fr. Erik Lundgren, Roman Catholic Priest, Pastor of Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims, Mater Dei's affiliate in Minnesota.

DEPARTURE CITIES: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport - Other airports may be available. Please call for possible add-on price.

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
ITALIA BELLISSIMA Dates: Apr 2nd (Mon) to Apr 12th (Thu) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Italia Bellissima

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare.  Other cities may be available at an additional price.

Come to Italy with Mater Dei, for this beautiful pilgrimage to Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Manopello, and Rome! 

Visiting unforgettable places like Sorrento, Pompeii (Cathedral and Archeological Zone), Naples (Cathedral of St. Januarius), and Mugnano (St. Philomena). Then visit Pietrelcina San Giovanni Rotondo to explore the life of another favorite, San Padre Pio! Pray before his incorrupt body! See the amazing caves at Monte Sant'Angelo which commemorates the miraculous events with St. Michael the Archangel.

Then travel to Lanciano, home of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle in the Church (a host turned into heart tissue)! Continue to Manopello, to pray before the Veil of the Holy Face. Learn the amazing similarities between this Veil and the Shroud of Turin, the Sudario of Oviedo and even the Divine Mercy image!

There is more!  As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures!  And as an an added bonus, we have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience* and receive his apostolic blessing!! * (Pending on the Holy Father's schedule). Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!    

Chaplain/Spiritual Directors:

Fr. Jose Castaneda, Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, and Pastor of St. Anthony in Tigerton, St. Mary in Marion, and Holy Family-St. William in Wittenberg, Wisconsin.

Fr. Jess Berdol, Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, and Pastor of St. Mary in Peshtigo and St. Jospeh and St. Edward in Walsh, Wisconsin. 

Tour Director: Juan Landa , Mater Dei Tours (this tour will be conducted in English and Spanish).

Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on Italia Bellissima!

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
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