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Camino de Santiago (The Way) + Fatima Dates: Apr 22nd (Thu) to May 3rd (Mon) 2021 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »

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Camino de Santiago, The Way

 with the

The Most Reverend, Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison

in celebration of the

75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin

Join us on this amazing pilgrimage following the footsteps of the Apostle St. James the Greater, evangelizer of Spain, brother of St. John the Evangelist, son of Zebedee. One of the most spectacular journeys you'll ever experience!  Our pilgrimage will be walking the famous Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) across Spain, the second oldest pilgrimage route in Christendom.

Bonus! The pilgrimage will be making 3 brief visits to amazingly beautiful Marian Shrines! Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, site of the apparitions of The Immaculate Conception to St. Bernadette! Shrine of the Virgin of Torreciudad, sitting on the foothills of the Aragonian Pyrenees, and site of many conversion miracles. Shrine/Co-Cathedral/Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, site of Mary's visitation to St. James, the first ever recorded apparition (a bilocation to be exact) of Mary (40 AD).   

During the first days of the pilgrimage there will be sporadic walking across Spain, but the last 100 kilometers (66 miles approximately) of the itinerary will be on foot in order to obtain the coveted pilgrimage certificate of The Camino, given by the Diocese of Santiago de Compostela. If you are not concerned about receiving the Camino Certificate, then walking on the Camino is not compulsory.

Visit the following locations: In France, Lourdes and the French Pyrenees. In Spain: Spanish Pyrenees, Torreciudad, El Pilar in Zaragoza (where Mary appeared to St. James),  Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Rioja Wine Region, Burgos, Ponferrada, Sarria, Portomarin  Palas del Rey, Arzua, O Pedrouzo, Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre (Land's End) or Fisterra, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Camino! Join us! This pilgrimage will provide many opportunities for deep prayer and conversation with God along the Way.

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

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

 

 Chaplain(s):

* Bishop Donald Hying, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison

* Fr. Steve Brunner, Priest of the Diocese of Madison

Pilgrimage Director: Juan Landa

Tour Director: Cesar Higueras 

Departure city: Chicago O'Hare Airport *Optional airport bus transfers from Madison, WI to Chicago O'Hare are offered (see registration - page #5 and 6 of brochure - click yellow button above right)

 

Pilgrimage postponed! New dates will be August 15 - 27, 2022

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Notes! 

NOTE 1: This pilgrimage is limited to one bus only. Hurry and register now to avoid disappointment later on! 

NOTE 2: This pilgrimage is expected to sell out before its registration deadline (January 11, 2021) 

NOTE 3: There is an "Early Angel" discount if you register prior to November 6, 2020 ($100 off per person) 

NOTE 4: Pilgrims who wish to complete this pilgrimage in it's entirety, in order to receive the certificate from Diocese of Santiago de Compostela, should know that there is an excessive amount of walking required (from 2 to 22 miles a day). However, there are options for those who wish to avoid excessive walking. Pilgrims may opt to walk portions of "The Way" some days and relax on others. Those who wish to do this, will not qualify for the Diocesan Certificate (we remind here that the certificate should not be the reason for joining this pilgrimage), but in any case, those pilgrims who choose not to walk "The Way", should at least be able to walk between 2 to 3 miles a day. 

NOTE 5: In case one or both of our Chaplains become unable to participate, the pilgrimage will continue to operate and every effort will be made to obtain a substitute Priest(s).

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

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Hungary and Poland

with The Compass

Join The Compass, the award winning Catholic newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI,  on an amazing journey to Hungary and Poland. Learn about the origins of our Faith in Central Europe and how these Christians heroically defended our Faith against invading forces. Visits in Hungary include Budapest (Gellert Hill, St. Stephen's Basilica, Fisherman's Bastion, St. Mathias, Heroes Square, Danube Cruise), Mariaremette (Marian Shrine), Lazar Equestrian Farm and much more. In Poland, we visit the rebuilt Capital of Warsaw and the gorgeous old Royal Capital of Krakow! We also visit the City of the Immaculate of St. Maximilian Kolbe (Niepokalanow) as well as the place of his martyrdom (Auschwitz). Enter St. John Paul's apartment at his birthplace in Wadowice, and see his Baptismal Font at the Basilica there. Descend thousands of feet to witness the spectacular art inside Salt Mines of Wieliczka! Pray Divine Mercy Chaplet at the tomb of St. Faustina at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki. Also in Lagiewniki is the new amazing complex called The St. John Paul II Center. You can't go to Poland without visiting your mother! That's why we go to Czestochowa, home of the Monastery in Jasna Gora, housing the famous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa!

If you ever wanted to see the "Blue Danube" and the magnificent beauty and amazing history and strong Faith found in these places, then say yes! Come join us on this unforgettable pilgrimage!

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

 

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

Tour Director: Juan Landa (Mater Dei Tours) 

Host: The Compass Newspaper's Amy Kawula

Air Departure city: Chicago O'Hare

NOTES: Note 1) Compass pilgrimages ALWAYS sell out before the deadline! 

Note 2) Register now and take advantage of the "Early Angel Discount" of $100 per person (must register by Friday, November 6, 2020, to obtain this discount).

Note 3) Compass pilgrimages come with extra inclusions, like all the tips are already included.

Note 4) Registration deadline: January 22nd, 2021.

 

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PILGRIMAGE POSTPONED! New date will be: May 2 - 13, 2022.

 

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See you in May 2022!

Themes: Central Europe, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Hungary, Poland
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Aug 2nd (Mon) to Aug 13th (Fri) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Poland & Lithuania

Lands of Mercy, Lands of Saints!

Departure city: Minneapolis/St. Paul. Other cities may be available at a possible add-on cost.

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

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

Chaplain: Fr. Michael Skluzacek, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano, from Twin Cities Pilgrims.

Departure City: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Register now! This pilgrimage is expected to sell out before the registration deadline!

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The most complete Divine Mercy pilgrimage!  We hope to see you in August 2021!

Themes: Central Europe, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Twin Cities Pilgrimages Locations: Lithuania, Poland
Poland & Czech Republic, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints Dates: Sep 14th (Tue) to Aug 25th (Wed) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Poland & Czech Republic

Lands of Mercy, Lands of Saints!

Departure city: Denver, CO. Other cities may be available at a possible add-on cost.

Join Stella Maris Tours (Mater Dei’s Affiliate Office in Colorado) 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, St. John Nepomucene and many others.

Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy in Poland by visiting the Birthplace of St. Faustina and also her Baptismal Church. Pray at the place where she first saw Jesus of the Divine Mercy!  Pray a Chaplet where she entered the Convent in Warsaw, and also at the Divine Mercy Shrine (site of the Tomb of St. Faustina).  Pray before the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jasna Gora!  Visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Saint John Paul II!  Visit Auschwitz & Birkenau, the former nazi concentration camps, 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 (Niepokalanow).  Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church. See for yourself why Karol Wojtyla, the future St. John Paul II, loved the mountain area of Poland in Zakopane. Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are also included and so much more!  

Depart Poland and journey to the Czech Republic. Learn about this country’s rich history by visiting Prague, Capital of the Czech Republic. Internationally renown as one fo the most beautiful cities in the entire world. Prague’s unique architecture and impressive city design (amazing squares), will certainly captivate your heart! Visit the unforgettable St Vitus Cathedral of Prague situated in the majestic Prague Castle. Walk the historic old town inside the castle walls and descend from the promontory until reaching the infamous Charles Bridge, where St. John Nepomucene was martyred defending the Seal of Confession. Pray at the Carmelite Church Our Lady of Victory, home of the famous small statue of Jesus that started a worldwide devotion, The Infant Of Prague. In the Czech Republic, we also Karlstejn Castle, and impressive structure built for the safekeeping of the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech Crown Jewels, Holy Relics, and other royal treasures. 

Come join us on this unforgettable pilgrimage to see the magnificent beauty and amazing history of these places.

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. Israel Gonsalves, O.C.D., Carmelite Priest serving in the Archdiocese of Denver (Pastor Of St. Frances Cabrini, Littleton, CO)

Tour Director: Susan Swanson (Stella Maris Tours) 

Departure city: Denver, Colorado

Register now! This is a popular pilgrimage and it may sell out before the registration deadline!

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We hope to see you in September 2021!

Themes: Central Europe, Carmelite Spirituality, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint, Stella Maris Locations: Czech Republic, Poland
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Sep 26th (Sun) to Oct 7th (Thu) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Poland & Lithuania

Land of Mercy, Land of Saints!

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

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

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

Chaplain: Pending TBAAmazing Priest awaits approval from superiors.

Tour Director: Juan Landa, from Mater Dei Tours.

Open for registrations now!

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The most complete Divine Mercy pilgrimage!

Themes: Central Europe, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Lithuania, Poland
Footsteps of St. Paul: Greece & a touch of Turkey Dates: Oct 13th (Wed) to Oct 24th (Sun) 2021 Details and Registration Form »

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Footsteps of St. Paul

Greece and touch of Turkey, with The Compass

Join Mater Dei ® and The Compass, the award winning Catholic newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI,  on an amazing land & cruise pilgrimage to Greece and a bit of Turkey! Learn about St. Paul, his journeys and the origins of our Faith in Europe! A model of tenacity and untiring apostolate, St. Paul heroically christianized the pagan world of his time. Visits in Greece include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala, Kalambaka, Meteora (Cliff Monasteries), Delhi, Athens, Corinth and much more. Enjoy a beautiful cruise of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, visiting Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, and Patmos (where St. John the Evangelist wrote the Book of Revelations while he was exiled). In Turkey, we visit the charming port of Kusadasi and Ephesus (location of the famous Council and home to the Virgin Mary for a period of time). 

If you ever wanted to see the "Blue Aegean Sea" and the magnificent beauty and amazing history and strong Faith found in these places, then say yes! Come join us on this unforgettable pilgrimage/cruise!

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

 

Spiritual Director:  Fr. Luke Ferris, Diocese of Green Bay, WI

Tour Director: Juan Landa (Mater Dei Tours) 

Host: The Compass Newspaper's Amy Kawula

Air Departure city: Chicago O'Hare

NOTES: Note 1) Compass pilgrimages ALWAYS sell out before the deadline! 

Note 2) Compass pilgrimages come with extra inclusions, like all the tips are already included.

Note 3) Registration deadline: June 4th, 2021.

 

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Themes: Central Europe, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Greece
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