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Treasures of Our Faith: Portugal, Spain & France Dates: Apr 3rd (Wed) to Apr 17th (Wed) 2024 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »




Portugal, Spain & France

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

For the first time, Mater Dei has combined our very popular, unique and famous “Shrines of Our Blessed Mother” pilgrimage, with our “Carmelite Pilgrimage” and the “Footsteps of St. Ignatius”, to create a massive Catholic pilgrimage titled “Treasures of Our Faith”.  

Visit the following Marian Shrines: Fatima, Portugal; El Pilar, Spain; Montserrat, Spain;  Lourdes, France; Miraculous Medal, France!  

The pilgrimage also features Carmelite spirituality and the teachings of spiritual giants like St. Teresa of Avila (visiting Alba de Tormes, site of St. Teresa's death and resting place of her incorrupt body. Avila, with the Encarnacion Convent, site of trans-verberation of St. Teresa! Also the Convent of Santa Teresa de Jesus, commemorating the birthplace of the 1st Female Doctor of the Church); and St. John of the Cross (visiting the convent that house his incorrupt body); and St. Therese of Lisieux (visiting the home, the Carmel and the tomb of Sainte Therese de l'Enfant Jesus).

The pilgrimage also follows the early footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits by visiting Monserrat (where he surrendered his sword to Our Lady of Montserrat) and Manresa (where he developed his spiritual exercises)

In addition to these magnificent places, visit Santarem (with its amazing Eucharistic Miracle), Alba de Tormes, Avila (and its amazing medieval Walls), Segovia (with its imposing Alcazar Castle and massive Roman Aqueduct), Sigüenza, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Paris, and also visiting Normandy Beaches (Omaha Beach D-Day Invasion + American Cemetery). Many of these places are Patrimonies of Humanity!  

Adore the Blessed Sacrament in a Eucharistic Miracle

Pray before the remains of incorruptible saints as well as visionaries!

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). 

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. 

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


Spiritual Director:  Bishop John Doerfler, Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, MI 

Hosted by: Deacon Steve & Jackie Gretzinger

Tour Director(s): Juan Landa  

Departure city: Chicago, O'Hare (Bus available from Marquete Diocese area to Chicago O’Hare Airport)


Capacity reached!

Please send your registration now to join the waitlist before the extra rooms appear!


Themes: Marian Pilgrimages, Lourdes, Fatima and the Shrines of Our Blessed Mother, Carmelite Spirituality, Lourdes and France, Fatima and Portugal, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: France, Portugal, Spain
Poland, Land of Mercy, Land of Saints + Lithuania Dates: Jul 1st (Mon) to Jul 12th (Fri) 2024 Details and Registration Form »




Poland & Lithuania

Lands of Mercy, Lands of Saints, Lands of Mary!

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

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

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


Chaplain: Pending TBAAmazing Priest awaits approval from superiors.

Tour Director: Juan Landa, from Mater Dei Tours.

Pilgrimage is open to registrations!



The most complete Divine Mercy pilgrimage!

Themes: Central Europe, St. John Paul the Great, Divine Mercy, Footsteps of a Saint Locations: Lithuania, Poland
EMERALD FAITH - A Pilgrimage to Ireland Dates: Jul 15th (Mon) to Jul 26th (Fri) 2024 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »




Emerald Faith!

with Fr. Brian Park

Come see for yourself why people fall in love with Ireland! Join us on this most memorable 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.

"One of the most complete and faithful Irish Pilgrimages" 

Visit MonasterboyceDroghedaHill of Slane, Downpatrick, Armagh, Sligo - Mass RockMarian Shrine of KnockWestport, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Galway City, Cong (The Quiet Man), Lough Corrib Cruise*Cliffs of Moher, River Shannon Crossing, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Rock of Cashel, Kildare, 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 of Divine Mercy, doctrinal talks and meditations.  

Our Irish Pilgrimages also come with lots of fun, with Irish story telling, singing, great camaraderie, fish and chips, a pint or two, Irish music and more! Come experience Ireland the Mater Dei way! Join us on this Mater Dei Catholic Pilgrimage to Ireland this July 15th!


Airport Departure: Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport: Non-stop via Aer Lingus. Other cities may be available for an add-on price.

CHAPLAIN: Fr. Brian Park (Pastor of St. Michael's, St. Michael, MN, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis) 

TOUR DIRECTOR: Dennis Gaetano (True Catholic Pilgirmages) Mater Dei's top affiliate! 


Pilgrimage has reached capacity!

This pilgrimage is sold out, but send in your registration to join the waitlist!

DO NOT DELAY! Send your registration in now!



* Please pray for the spiritual success of this pilgrimage!!

Themes: Irish Pilgrimages, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Ireland
Our Lady of Guadalupe Dates: Sep 14th (Sat) to Sep 21st (Sat) 2024 Details and Registration Form »



Our Lady of Guadalupe


Join us on Mater Dei's 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. Hike the largest pyramid in the world in Cholula.  Visit the amazing St. Michael’s Miracle and Our Lady of Ocotlán 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 Teotihuacán, the canals of Xochimilco, the churches of Coyoacán, 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. Javier O'Connor, D.C.J.M., Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Catholic Church, Littleton, CO, Archdiocese of Denver, CO


TOUR DIRECTOR(S): Susan Swanson from Stella Maris Tours (Mater Dei ® affiliate)

and Juan Landa, Mater Dei's President, plus Jesús & Guillermo, our Mexican staff.


Airport Departure from: Denver, Colorado & Chicago, O'Hare (Included)

(Other cities may be available for additional airfare)

(Land-Only option also available!)


Pilgrimage open for new registrations!

Hurry before space is sold out!



Join us to see Our Lady of Guadalupe this year!!

Themes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Marian Pilgrimages, Stella Maris Location: Mexico
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