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John Paul the Great

ITALIA BELLISSIMA Dates: Apr 2nd (Mon) to Apr 12th (Thu) 2018 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »



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
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Sep 2nd (Sun) to Sep 13th (Wed) 2017 Details and Registration Form »



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
Inspiring Italy Dates: Sep 19th (Wed) to Sep 30th (Sun) 2018 Details and Registration Form »



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
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