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Pilgrimages in April 2024

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)


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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
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