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HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 6th (Tue) to Nov 16th (Fri) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Chicago (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/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Krymski, O.S.M., from the National Shrine of St. Peregrine, Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago, Illinois.

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

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND,and a touch of Spain - Saxum Dates: Oct 17th (Wed) to Oct 28th (Sun) 2018 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 - 

SAXUM - Friends

Join the Friends of Saxum and 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). 

 

Departing from: Chicago, O'Hare and New York Kennedy*

*New York departure requires a minimum quorum to be offered

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.

 

Bonus** Spend a day in Madrid, Spain before the pilgrimage begins in the Holy Land. See the main sights of Madrid along with relevant places of St. Josemaria's and Blessed Alvaro's lives!

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as Chaplain and Spiritual Director (To Be Announced)

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 Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Spain
Hungary with Czech Republic - Drew Mariani Dates: Sep 22nd (Sat) to Oct 3rd (Wed) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Juan Landa from Relevant Journeys (Mater Dei) & Drew Mariani from the Drew Mariani Show (Relevant Radio)

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HUNGARY with Czech Republic

and a touch of Austria

with Drew & Cathy Mariani

 

Drew Mariani (and his wife Cathy) from the Drew Mariani Show at Relevant Radio,  on an amazing journey to Hungary, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria. 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, Esztergom, Szentendre, Marianosztra, Tapolca Caves, Veszprem, Herend, and Pannonhalma. In Austria, we visit the beautiful Capital of Vienna! In Czech Republic we visit Prague and Karlstejn Castle.   If you ever wanted to see the "Blue Danube" and the magnificent beauty and amazing history of 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.

 

Spiritual Director:  Catholic Priest, TO BE ANNOUNCED

Tour Director: Juan Landa (Mater Dei Tours) 

Hosts: Drew & Cathy Mariani

Departure city: Chicago 

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Themes: Central Europe, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio Locations: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary
ITALIA ETERNA - U.S.Austin ORDINATIONS IN ROME Dates: Sep 21st (Fri) to Sep 30th (Sun) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Italia Eterna

Pilgrimage for the Diaconate Ordination of Austin Steffen

(Diocese of Madison).

On this pilgrimage you'll be able to witness a most beautiful ceremony of Diaconate Ordination of Seminarians from United States, residing in the North American College, inside St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican! Join the friends and family of Austin Steffen in experiencing this majestic ceremony at the Altar of the Chair of Peter! Enjoy the beauty of this liturgy and celebrate this wonderful occasion! A top-notch visit of Rome’s and Vatican's treasures awaits you 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!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. David Flanagan , Pastor of St. Rose of Lima in Cuba City, Diocese of Madison, WI

* 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
Inspiring Italy Dates: Sep 19th (Wed) to Sep 30th (Sun) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Italia Splendida

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), Cascia (St. Rita) and unforgettable Sasso d'Italia (St. Gabriel's Shrine), Bologna (St. Dominic and more), Manopello (Veronica's Veil), Lanciano (oldest Eucharistic Miracle), Forli (St. Peregrine), Adriatic Coast and so much 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. Shane Wasinger, Roman Catholic Priest, Pastor of St. Gregory the Great, North Branch, MN, 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. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Sep 2nd (Sun) to Sep 13th (Wed) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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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 Blessed 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. See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church.  Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more!

Chaplain: Monsignor James Gunn, Pastor of St. John the Baptist, Waunakee, WI, and St. Mary of the Lake, Westport, WI.

Tour Director: Juan Landa, from Mater Dei.

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Themes: St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Lithuania, Poland
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Aug 18th (Sat) to Aug 28th (Tue) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Denver (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/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ronald Sequeira, O.C.D, Parochial Vicar of St. Francis Cabrini in Littleton, CO.

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

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Camino de Santiago (The Way) + Fatima Dates: Aug 13th (Mon) to Aug 23rd (Thu) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Camino de Santiago, The Way

 

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. 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 Spain: MadridEl Pilar in Zaragoza (where Mary appeared to St. James),  LogroñoSanto Domingo de la CalzadaRioja Wine RegionBurgosPonferrada, Sarria, Potomarin, Palas del Rey, Arzua, O Pedrouzo, Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre 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!

 

Spiritual Director: To be announced

Tour Director: Cesar Higueras 

Departure city: Chicago 

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Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, St. Josemaria Escriva, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Footsteps of a Saint Location: Spain
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jul 16th (Mon) to Jul 26th (Thu) 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!

CHAPLAIN/SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Ed Anderson, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake, WI, Holy Trinity in Haugen, WI, St. John the Evangelist, Birchwood, WI, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Dobie, WI, , DIOCESE OF SUPERIOR, WI

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)
Our Lady of Guadalupe (St. Peregrine) Dates: Jun 22nd (Fri) to Jun 29th (Fri) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Join Mater Dei and the Twin Cities Pilgrims on our 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: Roman Catholic Priest (To be anounced)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

Departs from: Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago O'Hare (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Shrines of Our Blessed Mother - TWIN CITIES PILGRIMS Dates: Apr 16th (Mon) to Apr 27th (Fri) 2018 Details and Registration Form »

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Shrines of Our Blessed Mother

France, Spain & Portugal

 

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 (we visit his birthplace), and so much more!  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. James Leeser, Diocese of Madison, WI

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgrims) 

Departure city: Minneapolis / St. Paul

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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, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
ITALIA BELLISSIMA Dates: Apr 2nd (Mon) to Apr 12th (Thu) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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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 Director:

Fr. Timothy Brandt, Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI, and Pastor of Holy Family in Brillion, 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
Inspiring Italy Dates: Mar 11th (Sun) to Mar 20th (Tue) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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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
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Mar 2nd (Fri) to Mar 9th (Fri) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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  Our Lady of Guadalupe  

Departs from MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

Join Mater Dei on our 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: Catholic Priest (To be Announced )

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
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 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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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)

 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris 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

 

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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: 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)
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)

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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 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.

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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
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

with

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 

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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
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
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
St. Therese & The Shrines of France Dates: Sep 11th (Mon) to Sep 19th (Tue) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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St. Therese and Shrines of France

Join Mater Dei Tours on an amazing and beautiful pilgrimage through some of France's most beautiful shrines, celebrating the 75th anniversary of St. Theresa’s Parish in Palatine, Illinois!  This pilgrimage features a special visit to Lisieux, home of St. Therese of Lisieux, and patron of St. Theresa’s parish.  The pilgrims will visit important sites of historical and cultural interest like Omaha Beach, the most dangerous D-Day invasion landing area where many brave Americans lost their lives in defense of liberty.  Visit the American Cemetery to pay our respects and pray for the souls of these American "martyrs for freedom".

Travel across the Normandy region to visit the uniquely spectacular Mont Saint Michel, a place that is sure to leave you with a memorable impression! Enjoy a ride on the famous TGV train to the famous Marian Shrine of Lourdes, where we learn about St. Bernadette, the peasant girl that conversed with The Immaculate Conception!  Then fly to Paris where the group will have an opportunity to see the incorrupt St. Catherine Laboure at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Paris.  An unforgettable tour of Paris with special inclusions! There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the yellow brochure button above/right for more information.

 

Departure Airport: Airfare included from Chicago O'Hare Airport.  Other departure cities may be available.  

 

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Tim Fairman, Pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Palatine, Illinois.

 

Tour Director: Juan Landa, President and founder of Mater Dei Catholic Pilgrimages!

 

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 Location: France
Shrines of Our Blessed Mother Dates: Sep 1st (Fri) to Sep 12th (Tue) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Shrines of Our Blessed Mother

 

Join one of the most amazing Marian pilgrimages you'll ever experience!  This year, we celebrate 100 years of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

Visit the following Marian Shrines: Lourdes, France; Fatima, Portugal; Torreciudad, Spain; El Pilar, Spain; Sonsoles, Spain; Almudena, Spain; Miraculous Medal, Paris, France!  In addition to these magnificent places, visit Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Barbastro, Zaragoza, Lisbon, Avila (and its amazing medieval Walls), Segovia (with its imposing Alcazar Castle and massive Roman Aqueduct), Alba de Tormes (burial place of St. Teresa of Avila.  Many of these places are Patrimonies of Humanity!  Also pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure (exposed in a glass casket) and St. John of the Cross (not exposed).  Learn about the Saints like St. Vincent de Paul, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Josemaria Escrivá, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, Blessed Jacinta, Blessed Francisco, St. Anthony of Padua (we visit his birthplace), and so much more!  We also witness a Eucharistic Miracle in Santarem, Portugal! To see more details it is best to see the brochure! Click on the yellow button on the upper right side of this box.

Spiritual Director: Fr. Mark Joppa, Pastor of St. Charles in Bayport, MN, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgrims)

Departure cities: Minneapolis or Chicago (*Other cities may be available with an add-on price).

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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, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
EMERALD FAITH - A Pilgrimage to Ireland Dates: Aug 16th (Wed) to Aug 25th (Fri) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Emerald Faith!

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

Join us on this fantastic pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle! 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 Clonmacnoise, Drogheda, Slane, Westport, Sligo - Mass Rock, Marian Shrine of Knock, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Galway City, Cong (The Quiet Man), Cliffs of Moher, River Shannon, Ring of Kerry, Tralee, Killarney, Rock of Cashel, Cork (Cobh), Limerick and 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 Catholic pilgrimage  Join us this August 16th!

 

CHAPLAINS:

Fr. Rob Butz, Diocese of Madison, WI

Fr. Eric Linzmaier, Diocese of La Crosse, WI

Fr. Jim Lucas, Diocese of Green Bay, WI

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa, Mater Dei Tours

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Themes: Irish Pilgrimages, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Ireland
Our Lady of Guadalupe (St. Peregrine) Dates: Jul 14th (Fri) to Jul 21st (Fri) 2017 Details and Registration Form »

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

with The National Shrine of St. Peregrine 

Join Mater Dei and the National Shrine of St. Peregrine on our 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. Chris Krymski, osm (Director, National Shrine of St. Peregrine; Associate Pastor at the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago, IL)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

Departs from: Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago, O'Hare (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, WI Dates: Jul 8th (Sat) to Jul 9th (Sun) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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with His Excellency, Bishop Donald Hying

Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Champion, Wisconsin

A beautiful 2 day/1 night pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, the only approved Marian Apparition in the United States of America. Featuring a Marian Day of Reflection by Bishop Donald Hying from the Diocese of Gary, Indiana.  The pilgrimage includes:

 

  • Chaplain: Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Gary, IN
  • Motor-coach Transportation from Gary, Indiana. Possible additional pick-up locations may be added in Chicago and Milwaukee. 
  • Private Air Conditioned Motor-coach with chauffeur to complement the itinerary.
  • Panoramic drive of Green Bay, including sites like Lambeau Field and a visit to Relevant Radio (pending conformation).
  • 1 night hotel accommodations in the Green Bay area.
  • 2 Meals: 1 Breakfast and 1 Dinner (some beverages are not included at some establishments).
  • A talk about the Story Our Lady and the Evangelization of the Americas.
  • Spiritual Program including Rosary, Meditations, Holy Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Gratuities for breakfast and dinner.
  • Local Hospitality Taxes.
  • Tour Directors/Coordinator:
  • Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours

Come join us on this mini-pilgrimage and learn how Our Blessed Mother's message in Champion, WI is intimately tied to the evangelization of the Americas, from the earliest stages of our Faith in the New World until today!  

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Themes: Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio Location: United States
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI Dates: May 12th (Fri) to May 14th (Sun) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Marian Day of Reflection     

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin

 AND

Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima apparitions by joining this beautiful 3 day/2 night pilgrimage to the gorgeous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and the Shrine Of Our Lady of Good Help, in Champion, Wisconsin, the only appoved Marian Apparition in the United States.  The pilgirmage features a Marian Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman from Relevant Radio!  The pilgrimage includes:

  • Motor-coach Transportation from Chicago*, Milwaukee, Madison or Minneapolis.  * Chicago motor-coach stops in Milwaukee and Madison.  Private Air Conditioned Motor-coach with chauffeur to complement the itinerary. Independent quorum must be met by each bus.
  • 2 night hotel accommodations.
  • 5 Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Buffet Lunch and 2 Dinners (some beverages are not included at some establishments).
  • Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman
  • Exclusive presentation about the Story of Guadalupe, Our Lady and St. Juan Diego's Ayate.
  • Exclusive presentation about the Story of Our Lady of Good Help and the evangelization of the Americas.
  • $10 Gift certificate from the Guadalupe Shrine Gift Shops.
  • Cruise of the Mississippi River onboard the La Crosse Queen (dinner included onboard).
  • Panoramic tour of Green Bay, including a visit to Relevant Radio Headquarters.
  • Spiritual Program including Rosary, Meditations, Holy Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Gratuities for included breakfasts, lunch and dinner.
  • Local Hospitality Taxes.
  • Tour Directors/Coordinators:
  • Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours (Illinois & Wisconsin bus)
  • Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Minnesota bus)

Come join us on this unforgettable mini-pilgrimage and receive great spiritual formation during the Marian day of Reflection with Fr. Rocky Hoffman! Learn about the earliest stages of our Faith in the New World and how this story is intimately tied to  evangelization of the Americas as requested by Our Lady of Good Help aparition in Champion!  

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
Shrines of Our Blessed Mother - Drew Mariani Dates: Apr 19th (Wed) to Apr 30th (Sun) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Shrines of Our Blessed Mother

France, Spain & Portugal

with Drew & Cathy Mariani

 

One of the most amazing Marian pilgrimages you'll ever experience!  This year, when we celebrate 100 years of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima to the 3 “Pastorcitos” (little Shepherds) in Fatima, Portugal.**

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, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, Blessed Jacinta, Blessed Francisco, St. Anthony of Padua (we visit his birthplace), and so much more!  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:  Catholic Priest, Fr. John Clote, OFM Conv.

 

Tour Director: Juan Landa (Mater Dei Tours) 

Hosts: Drew & Cathy Mariani

Departure city: Chicago 

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Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, St. Josemaria Escriva, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Carmelite Spirituality, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
ITALIA GLORIOSA - CARDINAL BURKE Dates: Apr 17th (Mon) to Apr 26th (Wed) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Italia Gloriosa!

Pilgrimage to Italy with Raymond Cardinal Burke and the La Crosse Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin.

Join Cardinal Raymond Burke on this unforgettable pilgrimage to Italy to pray at the places made famous by the Saints prominently featured at the amazing Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI.  Visit Netunno (St. Maria Goretti), Anzio (American Cemetery), Genazzano (Our Lady of Good Counsel), Rome & the Vatican, Loreto (Virgin Mary's Nazareth Home), Forli (St. Peregrine), Bologna, Milano and Messero (St. Gianna Molla)!  This pilgrimage will touch your heart forever!  As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures! 

Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Assisi, the home of St. Francis and St. Clare!

Wait! There's more!  As an an added bonus, we have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience*! * (Pending on the Holy Father's schedule) in the Vatican.  Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome!  

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as our Chaplain with a daily spiritual program including daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Relevant Journeys Pilgrimage! Italia Gloriosa - Glorious Italy!

 

Chaplains: Raymond Cardinal Burke on selected days.

Fr. Jacinto Chapin, FFI (Rector of the Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, WI).

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

Departure City: Chicago, O'Hare Airport

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED*

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Mar 28th (Tue) to Apr 7th (Fri) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, or Newark, New Jersey.

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. JOHN PAUL ERICKSON - ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Frequent guest on Relevant Radio)

TOUR DIRECTOR: DENNIS GAETANO 

 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
ITALIA ETERNA Dates: Mar 9th (Thu) to Mar 16th (Thu) 2017 Details and Registration Form »

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Italia Eterna

Catholic Pilgrimage with

Fr. Brandon Moravitz (Diocese of Duluth, MN).

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.  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  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!  There is much more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Brandon Moravitz, Pastor of Sacred Heart and Holy Spirt Parishes, Diocese of Duluth, MN.

* Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Mater Dei's Minnesota affiliate)

* Airfare included from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.  

 

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Feb 10th (Fri) to Feb 17th (Fri) 2017 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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  Our Lady of Guadalupe  

Departs from Chicago, O'Hare (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

Join Mater Dei on our 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. Jorge Miramontes (Diocese of Madison, WI)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa

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Please try July's pilgrimage! Contrary to popular opinion, it is not hot in July in Mexico City area!

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2017 Dates: Jan 1st (Sun) to Jan 31st (Tue) 2017 Details and Registration Form »

2017 OVERVIEW:

* More pilgrimages will be added soon

* Call now to get your name on the advance notification list for the pilgrimage of your choice. You will receive the pilgrimage's details before the pilgrimage is released to the public.

 

  • FEBRUARY 10 - 17, 2017: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (MEXICO)  * Closed!
  • MARCH 9th - 16th, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA (ITALY)    * Closed!
  • MARCH 28 - APRIL 7, 2017:  THE HOLY LAND (ISRAEL)    Closed!
  • APRIL 17 - 26, 2017:  ITALY with Cardinal Burke and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse (ITALY) * Closed
  • APRIL 19 - 30, 2017:  SHRINES OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER [Lourdes, Fatima & much more!](FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL)  * Closed
  • JULY 14 - 21, 2017: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (MEXICO)   *Open for sale NOW! 
  • AUGUST 16 - 25, 2017: IRELAND, Land of Martyrs and Saints (IRELAND) *Open for sale NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER 1 - 12, 2017:  SHRINES OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER [Lourdes, Fatima & much more!](FRANCE, SPAIN & PORTUGAL)* Open for sale NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER 11 - 19, 2017: St. Therese and Shrines of France (FRANCE) * Open for sale NOW!
  • SEPTEMBER 24 to October 5, 2017: IRELAND, Land of Martyrs and Saints with Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, WI (IRELAND) *Accepting resgistrations for second bus!
  • SEPTEMBER 22nd to October 1st, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA - NAC Ordinations (ITALY) From Minneapolis St. Paul Open for sale NOW!
  • OCTOBER 6 - 17, 2017: EL CAMINO (THE WAY) & FATIMA (SPAIN & PORTUGAL) *On sale SOON!
  • OCTOBER 9 - 18, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA (ITALY)   * Open for sale NOW!
  • OCTOBER 16 - 25, 2017: ITALIA ETERNA (ITALY) *Closed! Sold Out!
  • OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 6, 2017:  THE HOLY LAND (ISRAEL)  * Wait list only!
  • NOVEMBER 5 - 16, 2017:  THE HOLY LAND (ISRAEL)  *On sale NOW!
Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrines of Canada, Shrines of the USA, St. Josemaria Escriva, Camino De Santiago (Road of St. James), Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Irish Pilgrimages, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages, St. Joseph Tours Locations: Canada, France, Holy Land (Israel), Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Spain, United States
ITALIA MAGNIFICA Dates: Nov 3rd (Thu) to Nov 12th (Sat) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Other cities may be available at an additional price.

Join Twin Cities Pilgrims, our affiliate office in Minnesota, on this beautiful Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Italy this November!  Visit Naples, Pompeii (Our Lady of the Rosary & Blessed Bartolo Longo), Netunno (St. Maria Goretti), Anzio (American Cemetery), Mugnano (St. Philomena), Assisi (St. Francis and St. Clare), Siena (St. Catherine plus the ongoing Eucharistic Miracle of Siena) and Rome!  As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures! 

As an an added bonus, we have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience*! * (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!  In addition, you will get the chance to cross the Jubilee Doors of Mercy at St. Peter's as well as the other Patriarchal Basilicas!

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as our Chaplain with a daily spiritual program including daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Italia Magnifica Pilgrimage!

 Catholic Priest: Fr. Peter Bauknecht (Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN)

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

 

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
Alvaro & Josemaria: Beatification of Don Alvaro Dates: Nov 3rd (Thu) to Nov 14th (Mon) 2016 Details and Registration Form »

In the Footsteps of St. Josemaria Escriva (Italy)

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with the ST. JOSEMARIA INSTITUTE

Join the St. Josemaria Institute on this amazing and beautiful pilgrimage to Italy following in the footsteps of St. Josemaria, the founder of Opus Dei, during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Staying in great locations and visiting unforgettable places like Sorrento, Pompeii (Cathedral and Archeological Zone), Naples (Cathedral of St. Januarius), Netuno (St. Maria Goretti), Anzio (American Cemetery), Manopello (Veil with Holy Face), Lanciano (Oldest Eucharistic Miracle), Loreto (Nazareth's House of Mary), Padova (St. Anthony) and 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! Enjoy special visits to locations from to the life of St. Josemaria in Italy.  A Papal Audience is scheduled* (always pending on the Holy Father's schedule).  In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy this pilgrimage will provide you with the opportunity to cross the Holy Door at St. notch visit of Rome’s treasures!  Remember that the most amazing gift of a Plenary Indulgence is offered to those pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) cross the Holy Door during the Jubilee Year.  You will also obtain 2 more opportunities for a Plenary Indulgence by following the prescribed requirements when visiting the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Doors of Mercy at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. 

CHAPLAIN: Fr. Charles Fanelli

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa

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

SORRY! THIS PILGIRMAGE IS CLOSED TO NEW REGISTRATIONS!

PLEASE TRY OUR MARCH PIGLRIMAGE WITH A SPECIAL LOW PRICE!

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Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 22nd (Sat) to Oct 31st (Mon) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Departing from Chicago O'Hare Airport.  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!  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, 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/Spiritual Director: Fr. Joachim Mudd, Friar Priest, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, WI  (Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate)

Tour Director: Juan Landa

Sorry! This pilgrimage is SOLD OUT! 

Join the wait list by sending your registration now or join our pilgirmage on March 28th, 2017.

All Mater Dei pilgrimages are 1 bus only!

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Shrines of French Canada Dates: Oct 12th (Wed) to Oct 19th (Wed) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Join Mater Dei and The Compass, award winning Catholic newspaper, on a pilgrimage to the Shrines of French Canada, with the Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay.

A beautiful Pilgrimage from Mater Dei Tours and The Compass featuring the spectacular St. Joseph’s Oratory as well as Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.  Also St. Anne de Beaupre and Notre Dame du Cap de Madeleine in Trois Rivieres, plus several other beautiful shrines in Quebec like St. Patrick's Basilica in Montreal, and the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal (a scaled version of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican). Cultural visits include quaint and historic Quebec City, Montmorency Falls, Montreal and Trois Rivieres

As with every Mater Dei pilgrimage, a top-notch spiritual/doctrinal program with daily Mass, Rosary, Chaplets, Meditations and Confessions compliments the itinerary.  If you are interested in this pilgrimage, please register soon because this pilgrimage is expected to sell out (as with all other pilgrimages with Bishop Ricken).

Departure City: Chicago (October 12th - Autumn Fall Colors)

* An optional transfer from Green Bay to Chicago O'Hare is offered. Please see registration.

Chaplain: Most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, WI

Tour Director: Juan Landa

** SOLD OUT!! ** ** WAIT LIST IS OPEN *

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Themes: Shrines of Canada, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Canada
St. Peregrine's Italy Dates: Oct 1st (Sat) to Oct 10th (Mon) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Pilgrimage to Italy with the Servites

Departing from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Join Mater Dei on this memorable and unique pilgrimage to Italy following in the footsteps of St. Peregrine while celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy! 

In addition to a top notch pilgrimage program in Rome and Vatican City (including an Audience with the Holy Father* - *always depending on the Holy Father's final schedule), we will also enjoy unforgettable guided visits of Siena (following in the footsteps of St. Catherine and St. Bernardino) and Assisi (following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare)! 

This Year of Mercy pilgrimage will visit the Eucharistic Miracle of Siena, which is an ongoing Miracle you'll be able to witness!   

The pilgrimage will also visit the birthplace of Renaissance, Florence!  This unique city is filled with culture, history and some of the best art in the world.  

Following in the footsteps of St. Peregrine, the pilgrimage visits the beautiful Monte Senario where we learn about the Servite Order and its origins.  The city of Forli is also visited since it is the birthplace of St. Peregrine as well as the resting place of his relics.

As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive Mater Dei's spiritual and doctrinal program!  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!  Additional Year of Mercy indulgences will be granted for pilgrims who travel during the Year of Mercy.   

Chaplain: Fr. Chris Krymski, osm

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (from our Minnesota Affiliate office)

Sorry! This pilgirmage is closed!

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
ITALIA BELLISSIMA Dates: Sep 27th (Tue) to Oct 6th (Thu) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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

Come to Italy with Mater Dei, for this beautiful pilgrimage to Bari, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Loreto, Assisi, and Rome!  We will visit Bari to pray before the resting place of one of the world's most famous Saints!  St. Nicholas! Then visit San Giovanni Rotondo to explore the life of another favorite, Sn Padre Pio! Pray before his incorrupt body!  Then travel to Lanciano, home of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle in the Church (a host turned into heart tissue)!   In this pilgrimage, we will also step into a little piece of the Holy Land when we visit for Loreto, the Basilica which houses the Virgin Mary’s Home from Nazareth!  This pilgrimage will visit beautiful Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.   Wait! 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). Our group will also participate in the crossing of the Church's Main Jubilee Doors for The Year of Mercy!  Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who cross the Jubilee Doors, visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!    

Chaplain/Spiritual Director: Msgr. Charles Schluter, Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Madison, WI, and Pastor of St. Peters Catholic Church in Madison, WI.  Msgr. Schluter is a veteran of Mater Dei pilgrimages and we couldn't be more exited!  

Tour Director: Juan Landa , Mater Dei Tours

Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Year of Mercy Pilgrimage! Italia Bellissima!

Space is now closed. Sorry!

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, Pope Francis, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
ITALIA ETERNA Dates: Sep 23rd (Fri) to Oct 2nd (Sun) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Pilgrimage for the Diaconate Ordination of Andrew Showers

(Diocese of Madison, WI).

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 this Jubilee Year of Mercy for those pilgrims who enter the Door of Mercy at the Patriarchal Basilicas.  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Bart Timmerman, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Diocese of Madison, WI.

* 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.  

Space is closed!

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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
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Sep 9th (Fri) to Sep 16th (Fri) 2016 Details and Registration Form »

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Departs from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago, O'Hare (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

Join Mater Dei on our 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: To be annouced soon!

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

Although deadline has passed,

there might still be space for 2 persons.

Send your registration now!

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints Dates: Sep 6th (Tue) to Sep 17th (Sat) 2016 Details and Registration Form »

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MILITIA OF THE IMMACULATA

Join the MI (Militia of the Immaculata) on this beautiful, one-of-a-kind pilgrimage to Poland, following the life of the great St. Maximilian Kolbe, from his birth to his martyrdom!  Experience unique access to the sites of this amazing Saint!  Visit the great foundation of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Niepokalanow.  You will also have an opportunity to witness Auschwitz and Birkenau, the former nazi concentration camps, to pray before the cell where the great Saint Maximilian gave up his life for the sake of another!  This is arguably the most complete pilgrimage on the life of St. Maximillian Kolbe!  

Here in Auschwitz, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) also gave up her life along with millions of Jews, Poles, Catholics and others.  

The pilgrimage also visits other sites in Poland, a nation that has given birth to so many Saints in the Church!  Follow the life of Saint John Paul the great!  Visit his beloved Archdiocese of Krakow.  See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatras Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Walk around Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla!  

In Warsaw, you will also learn about the heroic lives of other Polish Saints like Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko!  

Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy by visiting the Shrine of Divine Mercy!  Pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the place where Helen (St. Maria Faustina) Kowalska entered the Convent in Warsaw; Pray a Chaplet at her Tomb or before one of the 3 famous Paintings of the Divine Mercy!  

Witness the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (authorship attributed to St. Luke, the Evangelist)!  Visit the unique and amazing Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its magnificent underground displays including a  Church!  Tours of Warsaw, Kalwaria and Krakow are included and so much more! Please read brochure for details.

DEPARTURE CITY: CHICAGO O'HARE AIRPORT. Call for price from other cities.

Spiritual Director: Friar Arturo Felix, OFM Conv.

Tour Director: Juan Landa ~ Mater Dei Tours

This pilgrimage may have 2 seats, and perhaps a few more!  Please call asap or send in your registrations and we will let you know if you are in!

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This pilgrimage will be conducted with the spiritual program followed by the members of the MI (Militia of the Immaculata).

Themes: St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Poland
EMERALD FAITH - A Pilgrimage to Ireland Dates: Aug 16th (Tue) to Aug 25th (Thu) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Departing from Chicago, Illinois.  Other cities may be available for an add-on price.

Join us on this fantastic pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle! 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 Clonmacnoise, Drogheda, Slane, Westport, Sligo - Mass Rock, Marian Shrine of Knock, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Galway City, Cong (The Quiet Man), Cliffs of Moher, River Shannon, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Rock of Cashel and 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 in a Catholic pilgrimage  Join us this August 16th!

 

CHAPLAIN: Fr. Samuel Martin, Diocese of La Crosse, WI

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa, Mater Dei Tours

Trip is closed to new registrations!

* Send your registration in to join the waitlist!

Themes: Irish Pilgrimages, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Ireland
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Jul 8th (Fri) to Jul 15th (Fri) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Departs from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago, O'Hare (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

Join Mater Dei on our 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. T.J. McKenzie (Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

Sorry! This trip is now closed.

Try our September group or next year.

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Jun 8th (Wed) to Jun 19th (Sun) 2016 Details and Registration Form »

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Land of Mercy, Land of Saints!

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

Join Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, and Tom Vorpahl, Chairman of the Board at Relevant Radio (National Catholic Radio Network) and his wife, Ann, on this amazing 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 Blessed 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. See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church.  Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more!

Chaplain: Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, and host at Relevant Radio.

Hosts: Tom and Ann Vorpahl. Tom is the Chairman of the Board at Relevant Radio.

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

Deadline is now passed BUT WE MAY HAVE SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! CALL NOW TO FIND OUT!

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Themes: Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: Lithuania, Poland
Italia Franciscana (Franciscan Italy) Dates: May 23rd (Mon) to Jun 3rd (Fri) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Italia Franciscana (Franciscan Italy)

Pope Francis, St. Francis, St. Clare & St. Anthony

Departing from Chicago O'Hare. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Have you ever wished you had more time in Assisi? Seldom ever you will find a pilgrimage with so much extra time in Assisi and other places where you can follow in the footsteps of St. Francis, St. Clare and everyone's friend, St. Anthony.  

Join Mater Dei and the St. Anthony Spirituality Center on this memorable pilgrimage to Italy during the Jubilee Year of Mercy! Learn about St. Francis' vocation to reignite the Church and meditate about how you can apply Francis' radical love for Jesus to your daily life.  

In addition to enjoying 4 nights in Assisi (following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare), we also visit La Verna, the place in the mountains where St. Francis received the stigmata. We continue north to Padua to pray before the relics of St. Anthony, the great Franciscan preacher and friend to all who have ever lost and recovered a valuable.   End this memorable pilgrimage with a visit to Venice, La Serenissima (the most serene).  Join us on a gondola ride exploring its charming canals with unique Venetian architecture, and learn about Venice's fascinating history!  This pilgrimage will surely create lasting memories which will hopefully ignite your zeal and love for souls, as with St. Francis.

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).  In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy this pilgrimage will provide you with the opportunity to cross the Holy Door at St. notch visit of Rome’s treasures!  Remember that the most amazing gift of a Plenary Indulgence is offered to those pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) cross the Holy Door during the Jubilee Year.  You will also obtain 2 more opportunities for a Plenary Indulgence by following the prescribed requirements when visiting the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!  

Chaplain: Fr. Bob Streveler

Tour Director: Juan Landa or Dennis Gaetano

This pilgrimage is now closed! Please try our Italy pilgirmages in September, October and November.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
Deacon's Jubilee (Year of Mercy) Dates: May 23rd (Mon) to May 31st (Tue) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Departing from Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Join Mater Dei on this memorable pilgrimage to Italy for Permanent Deacons and their spouses, to celebrate the Jubilee for Deacons during the Year of Mercy! 

In addition to the activities in Rome and Vatican City, planned by the Vatican for the Deacons attending, we will also visit Orvieto, Siena (following in the footsteps of St. Catherine) and Assisi (following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare)! 

In honor of the Year of Mercy this pilgrimage will visit 2 Eucharistic Miracles (Orvieto, which inspired the "Tantum Ergo" of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Siena, with its ongoing Miracle you'll be able to witness)!   As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures!

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!  Additional Year of Mercy indulgences will be granted for pilgrims who travel during the Year of Mercy.   

Chaplain: To be announced

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgrims, our Minnesota Affiliate office)

This pilgrimage is now closed.  Please try our Italy pilgrimages in September, October and November!

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI Dates: May 13th (Fri) to May 14th (Sat) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin

A beautiful 2 day/1 night pilgrimage to the gorgeous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, featuring a Marian Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman from Relevant Radio!  The pilgrimage includes:

  • Motor-coach Transportation from Chicago*, Milwaukee, Madison or Minneapolis.  * Chicago motor-coach stops in Milwaukee and Madison.  Private Air Conditioned Motor-coach with chauffeur to complement the itinerary.
  • 1 night hotel accommodations in the area.
  • 3 Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Buffet Lunch and 1 Dinner (some beverages are not included at some establishments).
  • Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman
  • Exclusive presentation about the Story of Guadalupe, Our Lady and St. Juan Diego's Ayate.
  • $10 Gift certificate from the Shrine’s Gift Shop.
  • Cruise of the Mississippi River onboard the La Crosse Queen (dinner included onboard).
  • Spiritual Program including Rosary, Meditations, Holy Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Gratuities for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Local Hospitality Taxes.
  • Tour Directors/Coordinators:
  • Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours (Illinois & Wisconsin bus)
  • Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Minnesota Bus)

Come join us on this unforgettable mini-pilgrimage and receive great spiritual formation during the Marian day of Reflection with Fr. Rocky Hoffman! Learn about the earliest stages of our Faith in the New World and how this story is intimately tied to the evangelization of the Americas!  

Sorry! Space is all gone!  But if you are close by, why don't you come to La Crosse on your own and meet us there on Saturday?

 

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
Argentina & Brazil - TREASURES OF OUR FAITH - DREW MARIANI Dates: Apr 1st (Fri) to Apr 10th (Sun) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Argentina and Brazil

In the Footsteps of Pope Francis

** Note: This tour starts on March 31st!

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Austin TX, and New York Kennedy.  Other cities may be available at an additional price.

Join Drew Mariani, from the Drew Mariani Show at Relevant Radio, on this beautiful pilgrimage to Argentina and Brazil!  

Follow in the footsteps of Jorge Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis! You will visit different places form different times of his life, like his baptismal church, his family's parish church, his teaching school as well as the University where he was rector.  Visit the San Lorenzo soccer team club, Pope's favorite!!

Witness the unforgettable, huge and spectacular Iguazú Falls on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay!  Tour the amazing historical city of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina and learn about the origins of our Faith in South America.  Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Buenos Aires! Taste fine Argentinian wine as you experience a live Gaucho (Argentinian Cowboy) demonstration and enjoy their unique Gaucho dances and mouth watering food! Argentina has the reputation for the best steaks in the world, the world famous "Churrascos".  Pray at the famous Shrine  of Our Lady of Lujan where many famous people, including future Popes and Blessed, have come to visit as pilgrims.  

Admire the unique flora and fauna when you travel to the jungles where the Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio Mini (as in the movie The Mission).  Enjoy a boat ride on the El Tigre Delta of the Paraná River and learn about the lives of the Islander people.  

Ride a train up the Tijuca National Park to visit the amazing "Christ the Redeemer" statue that overlooks all of Rio de Janeiro.  Tour fantastic Rio de Janeiro as you learn about their culture, including their infamous carnival.  Pray the rosary, up high in a promontory overlooking Rio at the Shrine of Our Lady of Penha França!  Visit the iconic Pão da Açucar (Sugar Loaf) mountain to admire spectacular views of Rio's beaches.

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as our Chaplain with Mater Dei's top notch spiritual and doctrinal program including  daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Relevant Journeys Pilgrimage! Treasures of our Faith in Argentina and Brazil!

Hosts: Drew and Cathy Mariani

Tour Director: Juan Landa 

Closed! Sorry!

Themes: Pope Francis, Divine Mercy, Relevant Radio Location: South America
Argentina & Brazil - TREASURES OF OUR FAITH - DREW MARIANI Dates: Mar 31st (Thu) to Apr 10th (Sun) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Argentina and Brazil

In the Footsteps of Pope Francis

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Austin TX, and New York Kennedy.  Other cities may be available at an additional price.

Join Drew Mariani, from the Drew Mariani Show at Relevant Radio, on this beautiful pilgrimage to Argentina and Brazil!  

Follow in the footsteps of Jorge Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis! You will visit different places form different times of his life, like his baptismal church, his family's parish church, his teaching school as well as the University where he was rector.  Visit the San Lorenzo soccer team club, Pope's favorite!!

Witness the unforgettable, huge and spectacular Iguazú Falls on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay!  Tour the amazing historical city of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina and learn about the origins of our Faith in South America.  Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Buenos Aires! Taste fine Argentinian wine as you experience a live Gaucho (Argentinian Cowboy) demonstration and enjoy their unique Gaucho dances and mouth watering food! Argentina has the reputation for the best steaks in the world, the world famous "Churrascos".  Pray at the famous Shrine  of Our Lady of Lujan where many famous people, including future Popes and Blessed, have come to visit as pilgrims.  

Admire the unique flora and fauna when you travel to the jungles where the Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio Mini (as in the movie The Mission).  Enjoy a boat ride on the El Tigre Delta of the Paraná River and learn about the lives of the Islander people.  

Ride a train up the Tijuca National Park to visit the amazing "Christ the Redeemer" statue that overlooks all of Rio de Janeiro.  Tour fantastic Rio de Janeiro as you learn about their culture, including their infamous carnival.  Pray the rosary, up high in a promontory overlooking Rio at the Shrine of Our Lady of Penha França!  Visit the iconic Pão da Açucar (Sugar Loaf) mountain to admire spectacular views of Rio's beaches.

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as our Chaplain with Mater Dei's top notch spiritual and doctrinal program including  daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Relevant Journeys Pilgrimage! Treasures of our Faith in Argentina and Brazil!

Hosts: Drew and Cathy Mariani

Tour Director: Juan Landa

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED! SORRY!

Themes: Pope Francis, Divine Mercy, Relevant Radio Location: South America
CALIFORNIA MISSIONS Dates: Mar 28th (Mon) to Apr 7th (Thu) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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(St. Junipero Serra)

Departing from Minneapolis (other cities may be available for a possible add-on price / land-only price also available)

In honor of the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra by his Holiness, Pope Francis, we are proud to announce the production of another wonderful USA pilgrimage.  Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about the historical beginnings and planting of our Faith on the west coast of the United States.  This is your chance to visit and pray at the Missions of California on an organized Catholic Pilgrimage!  Many of these Missions were founded by Saint Junipero Serra, OFM ~The Apostle of California~, who became the inspiration and driving force for the 21 Missions in our present State of California.  Our Pilgrimage visits what were originally the Alta (Upper) California Missions, starting in San Diego (city which originated as Mission San Diego de Alcala) and ending in the Sonoma wine country (Mission of San Francisco Solano) north of the city San Francisco (which was founded as the Mission of San Francisco de Asis or St. Francis of Assisi).  This spectacular spiritual and historical journey starts on March 28th and ends on April 7th, 2016.  Join us as we travel from San Diego, through San Juan Capistrano, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey Peninsula, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Francisco, Sonoma and San Rafael California.  And there is so much more! Really!  Come with us on this fantastic pilgrimage to sunny California!  

Chaplains: Fr. Allan Paul Eilen & Fr. James Adams (Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis)

Tour Director Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgirms - Minnesota affiliate to Mater Dei Tours)

 

NO LONGER AVAILABLE! 

Call us if you wish to participate in a future pilgirmage to California!

Themes: Shrines of the USA, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Feb 12th (Fri) to Feb 19th (Fri) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Departs from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago, O'Hare (Other cities may be available for a possible add-on price)

Join Mater Dei on our 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. Joachim (Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - La Crosse)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano

Sold out!

Waitlist is open!

Try our July Pilgrimage!

* Otherwise waitlist is open!

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
ITALIA MAGNIFICA Dates: Jan 27th (Wed) to Feb 5th (Fri) 2016 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Italia Magnifica

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Other cities may be available at an additional price.

Join us on this beautiful pilgrimage to Italy this January!  Visit Naples, Pompeii (Our Lady of the Rosary & Blessed Bartolo Longo), Netunno (St. Maria Goretti), Anzio (American Cemetery), Mugnano (St. Philomena), Assisi (St. Francis and St. Clare) and Rome!  As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures! 

As an an added bonus, we have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience*! * (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!  

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as our Chaplain with a daily spiritual program including daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Italia Magnifica Pilgrimage!

 Catholic Priest: Fr. Brandon Moravitz & Fr. Drew Braun (Diocese of Duluth, MN)

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

(Juan Landa will join Fr. Braun only if there is a second bus)

Sorry! This pilgrimage is no longer available*

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, John Paul the Great, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
Footsteps of St. Josemaria Dates: Nov 13th (Fri) to Nov 23rd (Mon) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Footsteps of a Saint: Saint Josemaria Escriva in Spain

Join the St. Josemaria Institute on this amazing and beautiful pilgrimage to Spain following in the footsteps of St. Josemaria, the founder of Opus Dei.  Staying in memorable locations and visiting unforgettable places like Barcelona, Monserrat, Torreciudad, Barbastro, Logroño, Zaragoza, Madrid, Avila and Segovia. Also visiting the following Marian Shrines: Montserrat, Torreciudad, El Pilar and Sonsoles.

 

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa

DEPARTURE CITIES: CHICAGO O'HARE & NEW YORK KENNEDY

Sorry! This pilgirmage is no longer available! Try next year when the St. Josemaria institute visits Italy!

Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Spain
INSPIRING ITALY Dates: Nov 4th (Wed) to Nov 13th (Fri) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Inspiring Italy plus Mini Tour of Paris (Early Angel discount available)

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Mater Dei returns to Italy for this inspiring pilgrimage to Italy!  (with a Bonus: Mini-Tour of Paris!!) This pilgrimage will visit 2 Eucharistic Miracles (Orvieto, which inspired the "Tantum Ergo" of St. Thomas Aquinas; and Siena, with an ongoing Miracle you'll be able to witness!  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; Siena, following in the footsteps of St. Catherine.  A General Audience with Pope Francis is scheduled for this pilgrimage (*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!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Bonus: Mini-Tour of Paris!! See the Eiffel tower, the Arc De Triomphe, Champs Elysees, River Seine, Mass at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal and more!

Chaplain: Fr. John Paul Erickson

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgrims)

Sorry! This pilgirmage is now closed.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, John Paul the Great, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: France, Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 22nd (Thu) to Oct 31st (Sat) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Newark Liberty Airport (New Jersey/New York).  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!  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, 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/Spiritual Director: Fr. Casmir Damor, SVD

Tour Director: Susan Swanson

Sorry!  This pilgirmage is no longer available! Try our October 5th departure!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
ITALIA BELLISSIMA Dates: Oct 20th (Tue) to Oct 29th (Thu) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Italia Bellissima

Bonus: Tour of Zurich, Switzerland! Enjoy a tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and savor a wonderful Swiss Dinner!

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

Come to Italy with Mater Dei, for this beautiful pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Loreto, Lanciano,  Manopello and San Giovanni Rotondo!  We will visit Lanciano, with the oldest Eucharistic Miracle in the Church!   This pilgrimage will visit beautiful Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.   In this pilgrimage, we will also step briefly into a little piece of the Holy Land when we visit for Loreto, housing the Virgin Mary’s Home from Nazareth!  Stay one night near the blue Adriatic Sea area, after visiting Loreto, Manopello (reputed to house Veronica's Veil) and Lanciano.  Wait! 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*! * (Pending on the Holy Father's schedule). Our group will also participate in the Papal Angelus to hear the Holy Father's message and receive his apostolic blessing!  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!    

Bonus: Tour of Zurich, Switzerland! Enjoy a tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and savor a wonderful Swiss Dinner!

Chaplain/Spiritual Director: Fr. Rob Butz , Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Madison, WI, and Pastor of St. Olaf Parish in DeForest, WI, and St. Joseph, in East Bristol, WI.  Fr. Rob is a veteran of Mater Dei pilgrimages and we couldn't be more exited!  

Tour Director: Juan Landa , Mater Dei Tours

Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Year of Faith Pilgrimage! Italia Bellissima!

Space is closed! Land-Only Space may be avialable.

Try our November pilgrimage!

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, John Paul the Great, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 5th (Mon) to Oct 16th (Fri) 2015 Details and Registration Form »

Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Minneapolis /  St. Paul.  Other cities 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!  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, 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/Spiritual Director: Fr. Francis Kabiru

With Deacon Hap Ramsey & Deacon James Clack

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

Several seats remain available!  Available seats may be pulled by the airline at any time! - Register NOW!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints Dates: Oct 4th (Sun) to Oct 13th (Tue) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints

Join us on this beautiful pilgrimage to Poland, a nation that has given birth to so many Saints in the Church!  Follow the life of Saint John Paul the great!  Visit his beloved Archdiocese of Krakow.  See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Walk around Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla!  You will also learn about the heroic lives of other Polish Saints like St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) and St. Faustina Kowalska. Visit the great foundation of St. Maximilan Kolbe in Niepokalanow.  You will also have an opportunity to witness Auschwitz and Birkenau, the former nazi concentration camps, to pray before the cell where the great Saint Maximilian gave up his life for the sake of another! Here too, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) gave up her life along with millions of Jews, Poles, Catholics and others.  Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy by visiting the Shrine of Divine Mercy!  Attend Mass (on her Feast Day) at the place where Helen (Faustina) Kowalska entered the Convent in Warsaw; Pray a Chaplet at her Tomb or before one of the 3 famous Paintings of the Divine Mercy!  Witness the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (authorship attributed to St. Luke)!  Visit the unique and amazing Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its magnificent underground displays including a  Church!  Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more! Please read brochure for details.

DEPARTURE CITY: CHICAGO, IL. Call for price from other cities.

Spiritual Director: Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, M.I.C.

Tour Director: Susan Swanson ~ Stella Maris (Our Colorado affiliate)

Space is closed.  If you still wish to join, call us to see if we can find space.  Otherwise try our Poland Pilgirmages next year!

Themes: John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Stella Maris Location: Poland
Shrines of Our Blessed Mother Dates: Sep 12th (Sat) to Sep 23rd (Wed) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Shrines of Our Blessed Mother

 

One of the most amazing Marian pilgrimages you'll ever experience!  This year, when we celebrate 500 years of the birth of the great reformer of the Carmelite Order and 1st female Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Jesus (St. Teresa of Avila), our pilgrimage will have a special focus on this Saint and her Carmelite Spirituality. **

Visit the following Marian Shrines: Lourdes, France; Fatima, Portugal; Torreciudad, Spain; El Pilar, Spain; Sonsoles, Spain; Almudena, Spain; Miraculous Medal, Paris, France!  In addition to these magnificent places, visit Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Barbastro, Zaragoza, Lisbon, Avila (and its amazing medieval Walls), Segovia (with its imposing Alcazar Castle and massive Roman Aqueduct), Alba de Tormes (burial place of St. Teresa of Avila.  Many of these places are Patrimonies of Humanity!  Also pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure (exposed in a las casket) and St. John of the Cross (not exposed) and St. Teresa of Avila (not exposed).  Learn about the Saints like St. Vincent de Paul, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Josemaria Escriva, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, Blessed Jacinta, Blessed Francisco, St. Anthony of Padua (we visit his birthplace), and so much more!  We also witness a Eucharistic Miracle in Santarem, Portugal! To see more details it is best to see the brochure! Click on the yellow button on the upper right side of this box.

Spiritual Directors:

- Fr. Daniel Griffith, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

- Msgr. Chad Gion, Diocese of Bismarck, ND

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgrims)

Departure cities: Chicago and Minneapolis, and Bismarck* (*with an add-on price).

** Waitlist available!

Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Carmelite Spirituality, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
EMERALD FAITH - A Pilgrimage to Ireland Dates: Sep 8th (Tue) to Sep 18th (Fri) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Emerald Faith!

Departing from Chicago, Illinois.  Other cities may be available for an add-on price.

Join us on this fantastic pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle! 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 Drogheda, Slane, Armagh, Belfast, Westport, Sligo Abbey, Mass Rock, Marian Shrine of Knock, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Galway City, Cong (The Quiet Man), Cliffs of Moher, River Shannon, Tralee, Branna Strand, Ring of Kerry, Skellig Experience, Killarney, Blarney Castle, Cashel, Kilkenny, Glendalough and Dublin.  As with all of Mater Dei's pilgrimages, a spiritual program complements the itinerary with daily Mass, rosary, chaplet, talks and meditations.  Our Irish Pilgrimages also have lots of fun with Irish story telling, great camaraderie  fish and chips, a pint or two, Irish music and more! Come experience Ireland in a Catholic pilgrimage  Join us this September 8th, Our Lady's Birthday!

 

CHAPLAINS: Msgr. James Gunn, Diocese of Madison, WI

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa, Mater Dei Tours

Waitlist available! 

Themes: Irish Pilgrimages, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Ireland
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Jun 25th (Thu) to Jul 2nd (Thu) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Join Mater Dei on our 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! 

Departure City:  Minneapolis/St. Paul included. Other cities may available for the same or for an add-on price.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. Jim Perkl (Arcdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano (Twin Cities Pilgrims)

* Sorry! Registration closed! 

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
SHROUD OF TURIN and great Saints Dates: Jun 6th (Sat) to Jun 15th (Mon) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Minneapolis MN, Chicago, IL and JFK New York NY.  Other cities may be available at an additional price.

Join Fr. Joe Bambenek, and Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Mater Dei's affiliate in Minnesota), on this beautiful pilgrimage to Italy to pray before the world famous Shroud of Turin!  The original Shroud will be fully exposed for a limited time only this spring.  The pilgrimage will also follow in the footsteps of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frasatti, a young lay man who gave his life for Christ while attracting all his friends to the Church though his personality and his silent suffering.  Also learn about the holy lives of great saints by praying before the remains of St. Ambrose (Doctor od the Church, Confessor of St. Monica and mentor to St. Augustine), St. John Bosco (the Saint who turned the poor uneducated youth of Italy from a life of crime to a life of holiness - founder of the Salesians), St. Dominic Savio (a boy Saint that will melt your heart for Christ), St. Dominic (great founder of the Dominicans Order), St. Catherine of Bologna (author of the 7 Spiritual Weapons necessary for Spiritual Warfare - Abbess - incorrupt body), St. Anthony of Padua (everyone's favorite Saint when they need to find something lost and great homilist- see his incorrupt tongue), St. Pius the X (the holy Pope who restored frequent Communion and defended the Church against modernism), St. Lucy (Early christian virgin who allowed the Holy Spirit to speak through her while being interrogated and tortured publicly - incorrupt body), and St. Mark (the great Evangelist early companion of St. Paul and later on of St. Peter).  Visit Milan, Turin, Pollone, Alps, Bologna, Ravenna, Riese, and romantic Venice!  Have you ever witnessed the incorrupt body of a Saint? Have you ever witnessed miracles? Then join us and you will see for yourself!  Have you ever navigated the canals of Venice in a gondola?  Have you ever admired classic original works of art? Have you ever experienced a pilgrimage with Mater Dei?  Then join us and give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a Catholic Pilgrimage! Your travels will never be the same! This pilgrimage is perfect for those who have visited Italy before as well as those who are visiting this beautiful country for the 1st time.  Summertime is a great time to bring your family, at Mater Dei, your children are welcome!  You and your family will receive great graces for making a pilgrimage.  This is a fully escorted pilgrimage with an awesome staff and a deep, spiritual program including daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this powerful pilgrimage! 

Shroud of Turin and great Saints!

Catholic Priest: Fr. Joe Bambenek, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

 

SORRY! THIS PILGRIMAGE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Canonizations and Beatifications, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI Dates: May 16th (Sat) to May 16th (Sat) 2015 Details and Registration Form »

A beautiful 1 day pilgrimage to the gorgeous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, featuring a Marian Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman from Relevant Radio!  The pilgrimage includes:

  • Motor-coach Transportation from Lakeville, MN.in a Private Air Conditioned Motor-coach with chauffeur to complement the itinerary.
  • 1 with Relevant Radio and Relevant Journeys staff & personalities.
  • Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman
  • Presentations and talks at the Shrine and Coach.
  • Spiritual Program including Rosary, Meditations, Holy Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Gratuities for lunch.
  • Tour Director/Coordinator: Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Minnesota Bus)

Come join us on this joyful mini-pilgrimage and receive great spiritual formation during the Marian day of Reflection with Fr. Rocky Hoffman! Learn about the earliest stages of our Faith in the New World and how this story is intimately tied to the evangelization of the Americas!  

Registration Open - Register now before it sells out! Smile

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
ITALY TREASURES OF OUR FAITH - DREW MARIANI Dates: Apr 10th (Fri) to Apr 21st (Tue) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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

Join Drew Mariani, from the Drew Mariani Show at Relevant Radio, on this beautiful pilgrimage to Italy to pray before the world famous Shroud of Turin!  The original Shroud will be fully exposed for a limited time only this spring.  Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Italy! Visit Naples, Pompeii, Netunno, Anzio (American Cemetery), Rome, Lanciano, Manoppello, Loreto, Bologna, Milan and Turin!  This pilgrimage will visit 1 Eucharistic Miracle (Lanciano, the oldest Eucharistic Miracle in the Church - where the Host became human heart tissue)!  We stay one night near the blue Adriatic Sea area, after visiting Manoppello, reputed to house Veronica's Veil! As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures! A great spiritual visit to Nazareth is experienced when you enter the Holy House of Loreto, housing the Virgin Mary’s Home from Nazareth!  Have you ever witnessed an incorrupt body? Join us and you will see for yourself   Pray before St. Catherine of Bologna. Pray before the tomb of St. Dominic!

Wait! There's more!  As an an added bonus, we have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience*! * (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!  

Catholic Priest will accompany the group as our Chaplain with a daily spiritual program including daily Mass, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditational reading and spiritual talks!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Relevant Journeys Pilgrimage! Treasures of our Faith in Italy!

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED*

Shroud is expected to be shown again in 2025.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Canonizations and Beatifications, John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Mar 9th (Mon) to Mar 19th (Thu) 2015 Details and Registration Form »

The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Chicago, Illinois.  

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: MONSIGNOR CHARLES SCHLUTER - DIOCESE OF MADISON, WI

TOUR DIRECTOR: JUAN LANDA 

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  SEND YOUR REGISTRATION BEFORE SPACE IS GONE! 

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
ITALIA PAOLINA Dates: Mar 4th (Wed) to Mar 13th (Fri) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Twin Cities Pilgrims and Mater Dei travel to Italy.   This pilgrimage will include a visit of Rome’s treasures featuring special events at the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Paul's Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The pilgrimage includes a great spiritual visit to Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare, Eucharistic Mircale, the Manopello, Loreto (the Nazareth house of Mary) and St. Giovanni Rotondo.  A General Audience with Pope Francis is scheduled for this pilgrimage (*pending on the Holy Father's schedule).  Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit a Patriarchal Basilica in Rome as well as the Porziuncula in Assisi!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. John Ubel, Rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, MN.

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano, Twin Cities Pilgrims 

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

SOLD OUT! ~ Please try the waitlist or June, October or November.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jan 26th (Mon) to Feb 5th (Thu) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Denver, Colorado.  

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 feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

 

CHAPLAINS: FR. TOM COYTE

TOUR DIRECTOR: SUSIE SWANSON (STELLA MARIS)

Pilgrimage registration deadline has passed.  There are still possibilities of joining this pilgrimage. Send your registration now and we will confirm within 24 business hours!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jan 15th (Thu) to Jan 26th (Mon) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Holy Land, the Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Minneapolis /  St. Paul.  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!  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, 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. William Baer (Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

 

Pilgrimage's registration deadline has passed. Air space might still be available upon request. Pilgrimage is still availble in a land-only basis

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jan 5th (Mon) to Jan 15th (Thu) 2015 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Holy Land, the Amazing Pilgrimage!

(plus one day mini-tour of Switzerland!)

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare.  

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 feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

 

Chaplain: Fr. Samuel Martin, Diocese of La Crosse

Tour Director: Juan Landa

* Pilgrimage's registration  deadline has passed. Air space might still be available on request. Pilgrimage is still availble in a land-only basis!

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Switzerland
INSPIRING ITALY Dates: Nov 5th (Wed) to Nov 14th (Fri) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul or Chicago O'Hare Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Mater Dei returns to Italy for this inspiring pilgrimage to Italy!  This pilgrimage will visit 2 Eucharistic Miracles (Orvieto, which inspired the "Tantum Ergo" of St. Thomas Aquinas; and Siena, with an ongoing Miracle you'll be able to witness!  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; Siena, following in the footsteps of St. Catherine.  A General Audience with Pope Francis is scheduled for this pilgrimage (*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!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

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

Sorry but this pilgrimage is no longer available.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 2nd (Sun) to Nov 12th (Wed) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Holy Land, The Amazing Pilgrimage!

(plus one day mini-tour of Switzerland!)

Departing from Chicago O'Hare.  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!  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, 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. Jacob Strand

Tour Director: Juan Landa 

Pilgrimage registration is closed. Please try our Holy Land pilgrimages in January and March 2015.

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Switzerland
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 21st (Tue) to Oct 31st (Fri) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Minneapolis /  St. Paul.  Other cities 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!  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, 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/Spiritual Director: Fr. Tom Wilson

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano

Sold out! Call in to see if there is a last minute chance to join or at least join the waitlist!  

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Oct 19th (Sun) to Oct 25th (Sat) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Join the most Reverend David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay on our 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 and of course, visit twice the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the only true picture of Our Lady that is Divinely created! 

Departure from Chicago included. Other cities available for an add-on price.  ** An optional bus service from Green Bay will be offered (see registration).

SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Bishop David Ricken (Diocese of Green Bay, WI)

* Sorry! This trip is now closed.  Wait-list is open!

Theme: Our Lady of Guadalupe Location: Mexico
ROMA ETERNA Dates: Sep 26th (Fri) to Oct 5th (Sun) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Pilgrimage for the Diaconate Ordination of Scott Emerson (Diocese of Madison, WI).

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!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB

* 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.  

* This trip is full!  Sorry!

Please try our new Italy Pilgrimage departing on November 5 - 14, 2014!

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Footsteps of a Saint, St. Joseph Tours Location: Italy
Beatification of Venerable Alvaro del Portillo Dates: Sep 25th (Thu) to Oct 1st (Wed) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, with St. Mary of the Angels parish.

Join St. Mary of the Angels parish in Chicago on this beautiful trip to Madrid, Spain and its surroundings.  Trip includes the Beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Visits include Madrid, Segovia, Avila, Alcala de Henares. This is a St. Joseph Tour which means that this group will meet their tour director in Madrid.

 

CHAPLAIN: FR. JOHN WAISS

DEPARTURE CITY: CHICAGO, O'HARE

SORRY! SOLD OUT. TRY THE WAIT LIST!

Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, Canonizations and Beatifications, Footsteps of a Saint, St. Joseph Tours Location: Spain
Beatification of Venerable Alvaro del Portillo - for Priests Dates: Sep 24th (Wed) to Sep 30th (Tue) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Pilgrimage for Pirests during the Beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, with St. Josemaria Institute.

Join St. Josemaria Institute on this beautiful trip to Madrid, Spain and its surroundings.  Trip includes the Beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo. Visits include Madrid, Segovia, Avila and Escorial. This is a St. Joseph Tour which means that this group will meet their tour director in Madrid.

** FOR PRIESTS ONLY ** 

CHAPLAIN: FR. Mark Mannion

DEPARTURE CITY: CHICAGO, O'HARE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SORRY! This trip is closed

Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, Canonizations and Beatifications, Footsteps of a Saint, St. Joseph Tours Location: Spain
Alvaro & Josemaria: Beatification of Don Alvaro Dates: Sep 20th (Sat) to Sep 30th (Tue) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Beatification of Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, with the St. Josemaria Institute.

Join the St. Josemaria Institute on this amazing and beautiful pilgrimage to Spain attending the Beatification of Don Alvaro, and following in the footsteps of St. Josemaria, the founder of Opus Dei.  Staying in great locations and visiting unforgettable places like Barcelona, Monserrat, Torreciudad, Barbastro, Logroño, Zaragoza, Madrid, Avila and Segovia.

CHAPLAINS: Fr. Javier Del Castillo & Fr. Peter Armenio

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa

DEPARTURE CITIES: CHICAGO, O'HARE & NEW YORK KENNEDY

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: This pilgrimage is FULL.

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Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, Canonizations and Beatifications, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Spain
Poland, In the Footsteps of Karol Wojtyla Dates: Sep 19th (Fri) to Sep 26th (Fri) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

POLAND, In the Footsteps of Karol Wojtyla

Join our friends at Marian Travel on this beautiful pilgrimage following the life of the soon-to-be Saint John Paul the great!  Visit his beloved Archdiocese of Krakow.  See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Walk around Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla!  You will also learn about the heroic lives of other Polish Saints like St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) and St. Faustina Kowalska. Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy by visiting the Shrine of Divine Mercy!  Attend Mass at the place where Helen (Faustina) Kowalska entered the Convent in Warsaw; Pray a Chaplet at her Tomb or before one of the 3 famous Paintings of the Divine Mercy!  Witness the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (authorship attributed to St. Luke)!   Visit Auschwitz, the former nazi concentration camp (place where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross were martyred).  Visit the unique and amazing Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its magnificent underground displays including a  Church!  Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more! Please read brochure for details.

DEPARTURE CITY: TAMPA, FL. Call for price from other cities.

Spiritual Director: Fr. John Blum

Tour Director: Theresa Marie Spatt ~ Marian Travel

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Themes: John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Marian Travel Location: Poland
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Sep 9th (Tue) to Sep 19th (Fri) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Denver, Colorado.  

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 feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

 

CHAPLAINS: FR. STEVEN VOSS & FR. TOM COYTE

TOUR DIRECTOR: SUSIE SWANSON (STELLA MARIS)

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Stella Maris Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Shrines of Our Blessed Mother Dates: Sep 4th (Thu) to Sep 15th (Mon) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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; Miraculous Medal, Paris, France!  In addition to these magnificent places, visit Paris, 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 body of St. Catherine Laboure (exposed in a las casket) and St. John of the Cross (not exposed).  Learn about the Saints like St. Vincent de Paul, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Josemaria Escriva, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, Blessed Jacinta, Blessed Francisco, St. Anthony of Padua (we visit his birthplace), and so much more!  We also witness a Eucharistic Miracle in Santarem, Portugal! To see more details it is best to see the brochure! Click on the yellow button on the upper right side of this box.

Spiritual Director: Msgr. Jame Gunn, Diocese of Madison

Tour Directors: Juan Landa & Dennis Gaetano

Departure cities: Chicago and Minneapolis

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Themes: St. Josemaria Escriva, Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Carmelite Spirituality, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Mexico Dates: Jul 11th (Fri) to Jul 17th (Thu) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Want to see the true face of Mary, your mother?

Then join Mater Dei's flagship pilgrimage!  An inspirational Marian Pilgrimage visiting fascinating places where we learn about the early stages of our faith in the Americas. Enjoy a fantastic pilgrimage during the mild summer of Mexico City (70's). Experience the gorgeous colonial city of Puebla. In Cholula, visit the largest pyramid in the world with the Church of Our Lady of Good remedy on it's top. See St. Michael’s Miracle and the magnificent Shrine to Our Lady of Ocotlan; both in Tlaxcala, Mexico's smallest State.  Experience all the beautiful and cultural places of the western world’s largest city, Mexico City, including Tulpetlac, the home of St. Juan Diego.  Pray before the remains of Blessed Miguel Pro and learn about the Cristero War featured in the movie For Greater Glory.  Visit ancient Teotihuacan.  And of course, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the only real picture of Our Lady that is Divinely created!  Read brochure for more details.  

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Sacred Heart and the Shrines of France Dates: Jun 19th (Thu) to Jun 30th (Mon) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Join the Apostleship of Prayer, June 19, 2014, on an amazing and beautiful pilgrimage through some of France's most beautiful shrines!  A pilgrimage with the Sacred Heart in France will feature the Feast of the Sacred Heart in the very place where the Sacred Heart appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Paray le Monial)! In addition to this wonderful celebration, this pilgrimage includes a visit to Lisieux, home of St. Therese of Lisieux, co-patron of the Apostleship of Prayer!  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 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 another opportunity to see 2 more incorrupt Saints: St. John Marie Vianney in Ars, and St. Catherine Laboure in Paris.  Additionally, the pilgrims will visit important sites of historical and cultural interest like Omaha Beach, the most dangerous D-Day invasion landing area where many brave Americans lost their lives in defense of liberty.  Visit the American Cemetery to pay our respects and pray for the souls of these American "martyrs for freedom".  Tours of cities like Paris and Lyon 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. James Kubicki, S. J., National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer and a  veteran of Mater Dei Catholic Pilgrimages!

Tour Director: Juan Landa, President and founder of Mater Dei Catholic Pilgrimages!

Airfare included from Chicago O'Hare Airport.  Other departure cities may be available.  Come join us for this unforgettable and unique pilgrimage that is sure to leave a mark on your soul!

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Themes: Lourdes and France, Footsteps of a Saint Location: France
Inspiring Italy Dates: Jun 2nd (Mon) to Jun 12th (Thu) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Chicago O'Hare Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Mater Dei returns to Italy for this inspiring pilgrimage to Italy!  This pilgrimage will visit 2 Eucharistic Miracles (Orvieto, which inspired the "Tantum Ergo" of St. Thomas Aquinas; and Siena, with an ongoing Miracle you'll be able to witness!  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; Siena, following in the footsteps of St. Catherine;   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!  There is more, but it is easier to read the brochure! Just click on the brochure button for more information.

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. John Sasse, Diocese of Madison

* 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.  Other departure cities may be available.  Come join us for this unforgettable and unique pilgrimage that is sure to leave a mark on your soul!

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, St. Joseph Tours Location: Italy
Footsteps of John Paul II, Italy (Canonization) and Poland Dates: Apr 24th (Thu) to May 5th (Mon) 2014 Details and Registration Form »

Join us on this amazing pilgrimage to the Canonization of Blessed John Paul II.   Enjoy Mater Dei's top-notch visit to Rome's treasures, including the Mass of Canonization of Blessed John Paul II.   After the memorable visit to Italy, fly to Poland, and immerse yourself in the life of Karol Wojtyla by visiting his  birthplace in Wadowice, his first parish, the place where he was made the Bishop of Krakow!  See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Live the story of Divine Mercy by praying the Chaplet at the Divine Mercy Shrine (site of the Tomb of St. Faustina).  Pray before the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa!  Visit Auschwitz, the former nazi concentration camp (place where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross were martyred).  Visit St. Maximilian Kolbe's City of the Immaculate.  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church.  Tours of Warsaw (including the tomb of Fr. Jerzy) and Krakow are included and so much more!

Visit  the great sites of Rome and the Vatican! Then fly to Poland to follow in the footsteps of the soon to be Saint John Paul the Great and learn as well about the lives of other great Saints likeSt. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Canonizations and Beatifications, John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: Italy, Poland
Canonization of John Paul II (ROME) Dates: Apr 21st (Mon) to Apr 29th (Tue) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare.  Other cities available at an addtional price.

Relevant Radio invites you to travel to Italy with Mater Dei, to witness a once in a lifetime event!  The canonization of Blessed John Paul II and John XXIII!  This beautiful pilgrimage has a superb visit of Rome and the Vatican.  As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch spiritual program. We have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience*! * (Pending on the Holy Father's schedule). Hear the Holy Father's message and receive his apostolic blessing! Our group will also participate in the Papal Mass of Canonization of the soon to be "Saint" John Paul the Great!   Remember that a Plenary Indulgence is offered to pilgrims (meeting all the traditional requirements) who visit the 4 Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome.   

Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this memorable Pilgrimage! 

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Canonizations and Beatifications, John Paul the Great, Footsteps of a Saint, Relevant Radio Location: Italy
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Mar 31st (Mon) to Apr 11th (Fri) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Join us on this amazing pilgrimage following the lives of great Saints like Blessed John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). 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! Continue the Divine Mercy Saga in Poland by visiting the Birthplace of St. Faustina and also the place where she first saw the Divine Mercy Vision!  Pray a Chaplet at the Divine Mercy Shrine (site of the Tomb of St. Faustina).  Pray before the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa!  Visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Blessed John Paul II!  Visit Auschwitz, the former nazi concentration camp (place where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross were martyred).  See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church.  Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more!

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Themes: John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy Locations: Lithuania, Poland
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Mar 23rd (Sun) to Apr 2nd (Wed) 2014 Details and Registration Form »

The Amazing Pilgrimage!   (plus one day in Switzerland!)

Departing from Chicago O'Hare.  Other cities 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!  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, 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!

+ As an added bonus, visit Zurich, Einsidlen and its famous Marian Shrine, and the quaint city of Lucerne (depending on time, a similar town to Lucerne might be selected instead)

Tour Director: Juan Landa / Chaplain: Msgr. Gerard Healy

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Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Mar 7th (Fri) to Mar 13th (Thu) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Our 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 and of course, visit twice the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the only true picture of Our Lady that is Divinely created! 

Departure from Chicago included. Other cities available for an add-on price.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: Fr. David Johannes (Diocese of Madison, WI)

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Theme: Our Lady of Guadalupe Location: Mexico
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Feb 11th (Tue) to Feb 21st (Fri) 2014 Details and Registration Form »

The Amazing Pilgrimage! 

Departing from Minneapolis /  St. Paul.  Other cities 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!  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, 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!

Tour Directors: Juan Landa & Barbara Conder / Chaplains: Fr. Ryan Moravitz & Fr. Brandon Moravitz

Space may be available on land-only basis.  CALL TO INQUIRE, OR SEND YOUR REGISTRATION NOW TO BE PART OF THE WAITLIST!

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Jan 27th (Mon) to Feb 5th (Wed) 2014 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Denver, Colorado.  

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 feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

 

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
ITALIA BELLISSIMA Dates: Nov 8th (Fri) to Nov 18th (Mon) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Chicago, O'Hare.  Other cities available at an addtional price.

Come to Italy with Mater Dei, for this beautiful pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Loreto, Lanciano,  and Manopello!  In honor of the Year of Faith this pilgrimage will visit 1 Eucharistic Miracle (Lanciano, the oldest Eucharistic Miracle in the Church)!   In honor of our new Pope, this pilgrimage will visit beautiful Assisi, following in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.  As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures along with a great spiritual visit to Loreto, housing the Virgin Mary’s Home from Nazareth!  Wait! There is more! We stay one night near the blue Adriatic Sea area, on the way to visit Manopello, reputed to house Veronica's Veil!  As an an added bonus, we have requested to participate in Pope Francis' General Audience*! * (Pending on the Holy Father's schedule). Our group will also participate in the Papal Angelus to hear the Holy Father's message and receive his apostolic blessing!  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!  Additional Year of Faith indulgences will be granted during the Year of Faith (see our home page).   

Spiritual Director: Monsignor James Gunn, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Waunakee, WI, Diocese of Madison, WI, will be our Chaplain.  Msgr. Gunn is a veteran of Mater Dei pilgrimages and we couldn't be more exited!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Year of Faith Pilgrimage! Italia Bellissima!

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, John Paul the Great, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Nov 2nd (Sat) to Nov 12th (Tue) 2013 Details and Registration Form »

The Amazing Pilgrimage!

Departing from Minneapolis/St.Paul.  Other cities 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!  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 feeling of this pilgrimage!! The Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano // Chaplain: Fr. Jim Perkl

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Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
HOLY LAND, The Amazing Pilgrimage! Dates: Oct 25th (Fri) to Nov 4th (Mon) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

The Amazing Pilgrimage! (plus one day in Switzerland!)

Departing from Chicago O'Hare.  Other cities 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!  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, 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!

Tour Director: Juan Landa / Chaplain: Fr. Robert Butz

SORRY!!  THIS TRIP IS CLOSED.  WAIT-LIST IS OPEN!  CALL OR SEND YOUR REGISTRATION NOW TO BE PART OF THE WAITLLIST!

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Locations: Holy Land (Israel), Switzerland
CARMELITE PILGRIMAGE Dates: Oct 12th (Sat) to Oct 23rd (Wed) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Back by popular demand!  Our Carmelite Pilgrimage!  A one of a kind pilgrimage featuring Carmelite spirituality and the teachings of spiritual giants like St. Teresa of Avila (Santa Teresa de Jesus), St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) and St. Therese of Lisieux (Sainte Therese de l'Enfant Jesus).  Learn about their lives and visit places like the birthplace of St. Teresa, the Lisieux home of St. Therese, the Carmel of Lisieux and the Encarnacion Convent in Avila!  Pray before the remains of all 3 saints!  Participate in the procession of St. Teresa during her feast day in Avila and enjoy all the local festivities! Stay in accommodations in superb locations including the 16th century palace which once belonged to St. Teresa's mother's family (now a beautiful hotel).  Also visiting Carmelite locations in Alcala de Henares, Segovia (plus Alcazar Castle, Cathedral and resting place of St. John of the Cross), Alba de Tormes (plus St. Teresa's place of death and resting place), Lisieux (plus Basilica, home of St. Therese, and more).  Additionally, visit places like Fatima (Marian Apparition), Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle), Lisbon (birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua + so much more), Normandy Beaches (Omaha Beach D-Day Invasion + American Cemetery) and Paris (Miraculous Medal Marian Apparition and so much more!), pray before several "incorruptibles"!  Come join us on this unique pilgrimage that promises to be a once in a lifetime experience!  Airline tickets included from Chicago, O'Hare airport.  Other departure cities may be available.  

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Themes: Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Carmelite Spirituality, Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
The Marian Route including Lourdes, Madrid & Avila Dates: Oct 11th (Fri) to Oct 21st (Mon) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

La Ruta Mariana as is commonly known in Europe consists of a beautiful pilgrimage that includes the amazing Marian Shrines of Montserrat (atop the mountains near Barcelona, Spain), La Merced in Barcelona); El Pilar, the 1st recorded apparition of Mary and the oldest shrine in Spain, where Mary appeared to St. James, standing on top of a column or Pillar (the Pillar is still there in Zaragoza); Torreciudad, nestled above the clouds in the Aragonian Pyrenees, a shrine famous for its conversion miracles, where we also learn about  St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, and his incredible love for Mary; And the beautiful and well known Marian Shrine of Lourdes, where we learn about St. Bernadette, the peasant girl that conversed with The Immaculate Conception!  In addition, this particular pilgrimage also visits the Cathedral of Our Lady of Almudena, Patroness of Madrid, with an amazing story!  Also the Castilian Shrine of Our Lady of Sonsoles, located on the rural outskirts of Avila, with another amazing story of its own.  The pilgrims will also get a chance to visit cities of historical, cultural and religious interest like Madrid, the Walled City of Avila (following on the footsteps of Santa Teresa de Jesus ~ St. Theresa of Avila), Barcelona and Zaragoza.  As an added bonus, the group will stop in Toulouse, France, to pray before the tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas!  

Spiritual Director/Chaplain: Fr. Dan Griffith from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Minneapolis, MN, and St. Thomas Aquinas University, a veteran of Mater Dei and Twin Cities Pilgrims Pilgrimages! Airfare included from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.  Other departure cities may be available.  Come join us for this unforgettable and unique Marian pilgrimage that is sure to leave a mark on your soul!

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Themes: Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Lourdes and France, The Marian Route, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: France, Spain
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI Dates: Sep 13th (Fri) to Sep 14th (Sat) 2013 Details and Registration Form »

A beautiful 2 day/1 night pilgrimage to the gorgeous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The pilgrimage is sponsored by St. Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend, Wisconsin, and it includes:

  • Motor-coach Transportation from West Bend, WI (St. Francis Cabrini Parish).
  • Private Air Conditioned Motor-coach with chauffeur to complement the itinerary.
  • 1 night hotel accommodations.
  • 4 Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 2 Buffet Lunches and 1 Dinners (some beverages are not included at some establishments).
  • Presentations and talks at the Shrine. Professional Presentation about the Story of Guadalupe, Our Lady and St. Juan Diego's Ayate.
  • $10 Gift certificate from the Shrine’s Gift Shop.
  • Cruise of the Mississippi River onboard the La Crosse Queen (2nd dinner included onboard).
  • Spiritual Program including Rosary, Meditations, Holy Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Gratuities for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Local Hospitality Taxes.
  • Tour Directors/Coordinators:
  • Juan Landa and Dennis Gaetano 

Come join us on this unforgettable mini-pilgrimage! Learn about the earliest stages of our Faith in the New World and how this story is intimately tied to the evangelization of the Americas!  

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrines of the USA, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
EWTN PILGRIMAGE Dates: Sep 9th (Mon) to Sep 13th (Fri) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Join us on this wonderful pilgrimage to EWTN with vistis in Kentucky and Alabama. Pick up locations in Madison, Waukesha and Milwaukee, Wisocnsin, as well as 3 diffrent locations in the Chicago area. See brochure for more detailed information.

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Theme: Shrines of the USA Location: United States
The Year of Faith in Italy ~ Italia Magnifica Dates: Aug 19th (Mon) to Aug 30th (Fri) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Chicago O'Hare Airport. Other departure cities may be available for an additional cost.

Mater Dei returns to Italy for this inspiring pilgrimage to Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Assisi, Loreto, Lanciano, Manopello, Netuno and Anzio!  In honor of the Year of Faith this pilgrimage will visit 3 Eucharistic Miracles (Orvieto, which inspired the "Tantum Ergo" of St. Thomas Aquinas; Siena, with an ongoing Miracle you'll be able to witness; Lanciano, the oldest Eucharistic Miracle in the Church)!   As with all Mater Dei pilgrimages to Italy, you will receive  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; Siena, following in the footsteps of St. Catherine; and Loreto, housing the Virgin Mary’s Home from Nazareth!  Wait! There is more!  We stay for one night near the the blue Adriatic Sea area, on our way to visit Manopello, reputed to house Veronica's Veil!  As an an added bonus, we will pray before the remains of St. Maria Goretti, a champion Saint of Holy Purity!  In honor of our Troops and Veterans, we will stop at the moving American Cemetery in Anzio Beach! Many Americans think this is as beautiful as the American Cemetery in Omaha Beach in Normandy.  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!  Additional Year of Faith indulgences will be granted during the Year of Faith (see our home page).   

Spiritual Director: Fr. Sam Martin, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield, WI, Diocese of La Crosse, WI, will be our Chaplain.  Fr. Sam Martin is a veteran of Mater Dei pilgrimages and we couldn't be more exited!  Strengthen your faith in a most unique way! Join us on this Year of Faith Pilgrimage!

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Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Italy
CALIFORNIA MISSIONS Dates: Jun 24th (Mon) to Jul 2nd (Tue) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

In honor of the 300th anniversary of Blessed Junipero Serra's birth, we are proud to announce the production of another wonderful USA pilgrimage.  If you are one of those pilgrims desiring a domestic pilgrimage, then don't miss this great opportunity to learn about the historical beginnings and planting of our Faith on the west coast of the United States.  This is your chance to visit and pray at the Missions of California on an organized Catholic Pilgrimage!  Many of these Missions were founded by Blessed Junipero Serra, OFM ~The Apostle of California~, who became the inspiration and driving force for the 21 Missions in our present State of California.  Our Pilgrimage visits what were originally the Alta (Upper) California Missions, starting in San Diego (city which originated as Mission San Diego de Alcala) and ending in the Sonoma wine country (Mission of San Francisco Solano) north of the city San Francisco (which was founded as the Mission of San Francisco de Asis or St. Francis of Assisi).  This spectacular spiritual and historical journey starts on June 24 and ends on July 2nd, 2013.  Join us as we travel from San Diego, through San Juan Capistrano, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey Peninsula, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, San Francisco, Sonoma and San Rafael California.  And there is so much more! Really!  Come with us on this fantastic pilgrimage to sunny California!  

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Themes: Shrines of the USA, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
Eternal Italy + Norway Optional Pilgrimage Dates: Jun 22nd (Sat) to Jul 3rd (Wed) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Departing from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Other departure cities may be available for n additional cost.

Mater Dei’s classic pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Orvieto.  This journey features a general audience* with the Holy Father * (Pending on the Holy Father’s schedule).  As with all our Italy pilgrimages, a top-notch visit of Rome’s treasures is included along with a great spiritual visit to Assisi and Orvieto. In this pilgrimage, you will have the opportunity to witness the  Eucharistic Miracle which inspired the Pope to ask St. Thomas Aquinas to compose the "Tantum Ergo", The Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto (also known as the Miracle of Bolsena).  Learn about St. Francis and St. Clare the Mater Dei way! Our expert is amazing!  Plus all our tours come with several surprises.  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!  The unique post-Italy optional pilgrimage to beautiful and peaceful Norway following in the footsteps of St. Olaf is no longer offered. Click above for your brochure! 

Spiritual Director: Fr. Brian Konopa, a Mater Dei veteran, is the chaplain for this fantastic pilgrimage.  

 

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Theme: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father Locations: Italy, Norway
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI Dates: May 17th (Fri) to May 19th (Sun) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A beautiful 3 day/2 night pilgrimage to the gorgeous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, featuring a Marian Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman from Relevant Radio!  The pilgrimage includes:

  • Motor-coach Transportation from Chicago* or Minneapolis.  * Chicago motor-coach stops in Milwaukee and Madison.  Private Air Conditioned Motor-coach with chauffeur to complement the itinerary.
  • 2 night hotel accommodations in the La Crosse area.
  • 6 Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Buffet Lunches and 2 Dinners (some beverages are not included at some establishments).
  • Day of Reflection by Fr. Rocky Hoffman
  • Presentations and talks at the Shrine.
  • $10 Gift certificate from the Shrine’s Gift Shop.
  • Cruise of the Mississippi River onboard the La Crosse Queen (2nd dinner included onboard).
  • Spiritual Program including Rosary, Meditations, Holy Mass & Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Professional Presentation about the Story of Guadalupe, Our Lady and St. Juan Diego's Ayate.
  • Gratuities for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Local Hospitality Taxes.
  • Tour Directors/Coordinators:
  • Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours (Illinois & Wisconsin bus)
  • Dennis Gaetano from Twin Cities Pilgrims (Minnesota Bus)

Come join us on this unforgettable mini-pilgrimage and receive great spiritual formation during the Marian day of Reflection with Fr. Rocky Hoffman! Learn about the earliest stages of our Faith in the New World and how this story is intimately tied to the evangelization of the Americas!  

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Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Apr 9th (Tue) to Apr 20th (Sat) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Join Drew Mariani, host of Relevant Radio's Drew Mariani Show, on this amazing pilgrimage following the lives of great Saints like Blessed John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Faustina Kowalska, St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). 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! Continue the Divine Mercy Saga in Poland by visiting the Birthplace of St. Faustina and also the place where she first saw the Divine Mercy Vision!  Pray a Chaplet at the Divine Mercy Shrine (site of the Tomb of St. Faustina).  Pray before the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa!  Visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Blessed John Paul II!  Visit Auschwitz, the former nazi concentration camp (place where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross were martyred).  See for yourself why John Paul loved his Tatra Mountains by visiting Poland's Zakopane area!  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church.  Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more!

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Themes: John Paul the Great, Relevant Radio Locations: Lithuania, Poland
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Mexico Dates: Mar 7th (Thu) to Mar 13th (Wed) 2013 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Join the Catholic Times Newspaper on an inspirational Marian Pilgrimage visiting fascinating places where we learn about the early stages of our faith in the Americas. Experience the gorgeous colonial city of Puebla. In Cholula, visit the largest pyramid in the world with the Church of Our Lady of Good remedy on it's top. See St. Michael’s Miracle and the magnificent Shrine to Our Lady of Ocotlan; both in Tlaxcala, Mexico's smallest State.  Experience all the beautiful and cultural places of the western world’s largest city, Mexico City, including Tulpetlac, the home of St. Juan Diego.  Pray before the remains of Blessed Miguel Pro.  Visit ancient Teotihuacan.  And of course, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the only real picture of Our Lady that is Divinely created!  Read brochure for more details.  

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TRY JULY'S PIGLRIMAGE WITH NICE WEATHER (70'S) IN MEXICO CITY!

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
The Holy Land Dates: Nov 8th (Thu) to Nov 18th (Sun) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

An 11-day Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. David Simonetti. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Relevant Radio Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Italia Bellissima Dates: Nov 1st (Thu) to Nov 11th (Sun) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

An 11 day Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Bill Baer.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
The Holy Land Dates: Oct 16th (Tue) to Oct 27th (Sat) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A 11-day Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Jon Kelly. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Proclamation of The Year of Faith Dates: Oct 4th (Thu) to Oct 14th (Sun) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A 10 day Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. John Putzer from the Diocese of Madison.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
St. Josemaria, Our Lady, and the Streets of Madrid Dates: Sep 25th (Tue) to Oct 4th (Thu) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A 10 day pilgrimage to France and Spain with Fr. Joe Landauer.

Themes: Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Lourdes and Fatima, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: France, Spain
Germany during Oktoberfest Dates: Sep 20th (Thu) to Sep 29th (Sat) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A 10-day Spiritual Journey to Bavaria with Fr. Scott Haynes, S.J.C. and Tom Diez from St. John Cantius.

Theme: Bavaria and Alpine Countries Locations: Austria, Germany
The Holy Land Dates: Sep 7th (Fri) to Sep 17th (Mon) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

An 11-day Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Thomas Sullivan C.P.M. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus!

Theme: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus) Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Shrines of Canada & USA Dates: Aug 29th (Wed) to Sep 9th (Sun) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Relevant Journeys to the Shrines of Canada, including four in the United States.

A beautiful Pilgrimage from Mater Dei Tours and Relevant Radio with pick-up points in different areas of Wisconsin and Illinois via motor-coach.  With a visit by Bishop Ricken of Green Bay. Featuring the spectacular St. Joseph’s Oratory as well as Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.  Also St. Anne de Beaupre and Notre Dame du Cap de Madeleine near-by and several other beautiful shrines in Canada and the USA like Our Lady of Martyrs in NY, and the North American Martyrs in Midland, ON. Cultural visits include Quebec City, Montmorency Falls, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls.  Tour ends at Our Lady of Good Help (the only Church approved Marian Apparition in the US).  As with every one of our pilgrimages, our spiritual program with daily Mass, Rosary, Meditations and Confessions compliment the itinerary.  If you are interested in this pilgrimage, call us for a detailed brochure. 2012 Departure: August 29th (Autumn Fall Colors)

Themes: Canada, Shrines of the USA, Relevant Radio Location: Canada
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Jul 20th (Fri) to Jul 26th (Thu) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A 7 day Catholic Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Mexico
Inspiring Italy Dates: Jun 1st (Fri) to Jun 11th (Mon) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

An 11 day Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Robert Pish.

Themes: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Italy
The Holy Land Dates: Mar 18th (Sun) to Mar 29th (Thu) 2012 Details and Registration Form »

A 12-day Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus!

Themes: Holy Land (Footsteps of Jesus), Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: Holy Land (Israel)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Mar 2nd (Fri) to Mar 8th (Thu) 2012 Details and Registration Form »

A 7 day Catholic Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Relevant Radio Location: Mexico
Bishop Morlino's Ad Limina Dates: Feb 12th (Sun) to Feb 23rd (Thu) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Bishop Morlino's Ad Limina visit: a 12-day Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy.

Theme: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father Location: Italy
California Missions Dates: Jan 29th (Sun) to Feb 8th (Wed) 2012 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

Pilgrimage to the California Missions: the early history of the Church in the West Coast.

Themes: Shrines of the USA, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Location: United States
Eternal Italy Dates: Nov 1st (Tue) to Nov 12th (Sat) 2011 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

A 10 day Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Robert Pish.

Theme: Rome, Vatican, and the Holy Father Location: Italy
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