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Italy & Portugal! Dates: May 20th (Wed) to May 29th (Fri) 2020 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Italy & Portugal

Join Fr. Chris Krymski, O.S.M. on this amazing and beautiful pilgrimage to Italy and Portugal! Visiting unforgettable places like Bologna (St. Dominic), Forli (St. Peregrine), Monte Scenario (foundation of the Servite Order), Siena (St. Catherine & Eucharistic Miracle), Ravenna, Florence (home of the Renaissance), Padua (St. Anthony) and Venice (St. Mark's Basilica & Square and more).

In Portugal, visit Lisbon (birthplace of St. Anthony), Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle), and Fatima (world famous Marian Apparition Shrine).

As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, Mater Dei's top-notch spiritual program is included. 

CHAPLAIN: Fr. Chris Krymski, O.S.M.

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

DEPARTURE CITIES: CHICAGO, O'HARE - Other airports may be available. Please call for possible add-on price.

 

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Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: Italy, Portugal
The Great Shrines of France Dates: Jun 14th (Sun) to Jun 25th (Thu) 2020 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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The Great Shrines of France

Join Twin Cities Pilgrims (our Minnesota affiliate), June 14, 2020, on an amazing and beautiful pilgrimage through some of France's most beautiful shrines!  A pilgrimage with a spiritual retreat at the Marian Shrine of Lasalette, with a spectacular French Alps setting! Visit the site of the Apparition of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paray-Le-Monial. The pilgrimage will be during the Feasts of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary! In addition, this pilgrimage includes a visit to Lisieux, home of St. Therese of Lisieux!  We also visit the famous Marian Shrine of Lourdes, where we learn about St. Bernadette, the peasant girl that conversed with The Immaculate Conception! Later on visit Nevers, home of the Convent of St. Gildard, where St. Bernadette lived the last years of her life.  St. Bernadette's incorrupt body is displayed in a glass coffin in the convent's chapel. The group will get more opportunities to witness 2 more incorrupt Saints: St. John Marie Vianney in Ars, and St. Catherine Laboure in Paris!  Additionally, the pilgrims will visit important sites of great interest like Chartres, home of the amazing Cathedral which houses the only known relic of the Virgin Mary! Her Veil!  Tours of cities like unforgettable Paris and gorgeous Annecy, are also included.  Enjoy a ride on the famous TGV train!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Marc Paveglio, Pastor of St. Rose of Lima and Corpus Christi Parishes, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN. Co-chaplain: Fr. Gaurav Schroff, Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA.

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano, of Twin Cities Pilgrims (Mater Dei's affiliate in Minnesota)!

Group Departure City: Airfare included from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an extra cost.  

Come join us for this unforgettable and unique pilgrimage that is sure to leave a mark on your soul!

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Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, Lourdes and France, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: France
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jul 15th (Wed) to Jul 26th (Sun) 2020 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

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

BONUS: Mini-tour of Madrid, Spain!

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

 

Postponed to July 20 - 30, 2021!

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Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Oberammergau Passion Play (Switzerland, Austria & Germany) Dates: Jul 27th (Mon) to Aug 7th (Fri) 2020 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Oberammergau Passion Play!

Switzerland Austria  Germany

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Juan Landa & Drew Mariani

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

Join Drew Mariani, from the Drew Mariani Show (Relevant Radio), on this beautiful pilgrimage to Switzerland, Austria and Germany

Experience for yourself the quaint and romantic Lake Lucerne, in Switzerland, and the unforgettable and majestic Mt. Pilatus! Pray at the beautiful Marian Shrines of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in Switzerland, Maria Plain in Austria and Our Lady of Altötting in Germany!  Enjoy a festive Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, as well as an unforgettable Mozart Dinner Concert! Visit Marktl Am Inn, the birthplace and Baptismal church of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Walk Old Munich and pray in its amazing churches! See the astonishingly beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria! As part of our German portion of the tour, you will get to visit the Oldest Brewery in the World! 

Experience the famous once-every-10-years, Passion Play of Oberammergau! Witness for yourself why generations of Christians from all over the World, have always flocked to Germany to see this most amazing performance!

There is so much more! Please review the brochure and read all about it! 

Hosts: Drew and Cathy Mariani

Chaplain, Catholic Priest: Fr. Chris Alar, MIC

Tour Director: Juan Landa 

Pilgrimage has 2 buses! There will not be a 3rd bus!

**NEWS** Local authorities in Oberammergau have postponed the Passion Play to 2022! More details to follow on the week of April 6th (Holy Week).

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Themes: Bavaria and Alpine Countries, Marian Pilgrimages, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Relevant Radio Locations: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Sep 4th (Fri) to Sep 11th (Fri) 2020 Details and Registration Form »

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Join Mater Dei on its 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. Visit 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! 

SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ronald Sequeira, O.C.D.

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

Departs from: DENVER, with add-ons from Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago O'Hare (Other cities may be available for additional airfare)

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Shrines of Our Blessed Mother Dates: Sep 19th (Sat) to Sep 30th (Wed) 2020 Details and Registration Form »

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Shrines of Our Blessed Mother

France, Spain & Portugal

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One of the most amazing Marian pilgrimages you'll ever experience!  

 

Visit the following Marian Shrines: Lourdes, France; Fatima, Portugal; Torreciudad, Spain; El Pilar, Spain; Sonsoles, Spain; Almudena, Spain!  In addition to these magnificent places, visit Madrid, Lisbon, Barbastro, Zaragoza, Lisbon, Avila (and its amazing medieval Walls), Segovia (with its imposing Alcazar Castle and massive Roman Aqueduct).  Many of these places are Patrimonies of Humanity!  Also pray before the incorrupt remains of St. John of the Cross (not exposed).  Learn about the Saints like St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Josemaria Escriva, Saint Jacinta, Saint Francisco, St. Anthony of Padua, and so much more (we have surprises)!  We also witness a Eucharistic Miracle in Santarem, Portugal! For more details it is best to read the brochure! Click on the yellow button on the upper right side of this box.

 

Spiritual Director:  Fr. Ivan Monteiro, O.C.D., Carmelite Priest ministering in the Archdiocese of Denver, CO

Tour Director(s): Susan & David Swanson  (from our affiliate Stella Maris Pilgrimages) 

Departure city: Denver

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Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, St. Josemaria Escriva, Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Carmelite Spirituality, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint, Stella Maris Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
Hungary and Poland with The Compass Dates: Oct 2nd (Fri) to Oct 14th (Wed) 20 Details and Registration Form »

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Hungary and Poland

and a touch of Slovakia

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, and a bit of Slovakia. 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, Mariaremette, Lake Balaton, Tapolca Caves, Veszprem, Herend, 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! A morning visit to Bratislava, Slovakia, is also in our itinerary!

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) 

Hosts: The Compass Newspaper

Air Departure city: Chicago O'Hare

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COMPASS PILGRIMAGES SELL OUT EVERY TIME!

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Themes: Central Europe, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Hungary, Poland
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 5th (Mon) to Oct 16th (Fri) 2020 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).

Bonus: Mini-tour of Madrid, Spain!

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. Ron Serrao, from the Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin

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

Join now! Back by popular demand! Fr. Ron Serrao! His last pilgirmage sold out before the deadline! Don't wait too long to resgiter this time!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Spain
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Oct 19th (Mon) to Oct 30th (Fri) 2020 Details and Registration Form »

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Poland & Lithuania

Land of Mercy, Land of Saints!

Departure city: Chicago, O'Hare. Other cities may be available at a possible add-on cost.

Join us on this amazing Divine Mercy pilgrimage following the lives of great Saints like Saint John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, and many others.

Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy by visiting Vilnius, Lithuania, to witness the original Painting of Divine Mercy!  Also in Lithuania visit the site of the Apparition of Our Lady of Siluva and the famous Hill of Crosses and the famous icon of Our Lady, Gate of the Dawn!  Continue the Divine Mercy Saga in Poland by visiting the Birthplace of St. Faustina and also her Baptismal Church. Pray at the place where she first saw Jesus of the Divine Mercy!  Pray a Chaplet where she entered the Convent in Warsaw, and also at the Divine Mercy Shrine (site of the Tomb of St. Faustina).  Pray before the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jasna Gora!  Visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Saint John Paul II!  Visit Auschwitz & Birkenau, the former nazi concentration camps (place where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross were martyred).  Learn about the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe at the City of the Immaculata in Niepokalanow.  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church.  See for yourself why John Paul II loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane* area. Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are also included and so much more!

Chaplain: Pending TBAAmazing Priest awaits approval from superiors.

Tour Director: Juan Landa, from Mater Dei Tours.

Pilgrimage is now open!

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The most complete Divine Mercy pilgrimage  Register now!

Themes: St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Lithuania, Poland
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 28th (Wed) to Nov 7th (Sat) 2020 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)

Back by popular demand! Fr. Brandon Moravitz returns to the Holy Land! Accompanied by Fr. Drew Braun! Don't wait to register!  Limited to one (1) bus only! Expected to sell out!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 7th (Sat) to Nov 17th (Tue) 2020 Details and Registration Form »

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HOLY LAND

The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Chicago O'Hare, Illinois.  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

 

Open for Registrations! Limited to one (1) bus only!

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Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 16th (Mon) to Nov 27th (Fri) 2020 Details and Registration Form »

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Thanksgiving in 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, both from the Diocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

Back by popular demand! Fr. Kevin Finnegan returns to the Holy Land! Don't wait to register!  Limited to one (1) bus only! 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
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