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EMERALD FAITH - A Pilgrimage to Ireland Dates: Sep 19th (Mon) to Sep 30th (Fri) 2022 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »




Emerald Faith!

Departing from Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Non-stop via Aer Lingus. 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 most popular show host in Catholic radio, Drew Mariani, and Juan Landa, President of Mater Dei ® Catholic Pilgrimages! The Chaplain will be Fr. Mark Baron, MIC, veteran of previous Mater Dei pilgrimages with Drew Mariani! 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, 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 the Mater Dei way! Join us on this Mater Dei Catholic Pilgrimage to Ireland this September 19th!


CHAPLAIN: Fr. Mark Baron, M.I.C. (Marians of the Immaculate Conception) 

SPECIAL ESCORT: Drew Mariani (and his wife CathySmile)

TOUR DIRECTOR: Juan Landa (I.B.M. - Irish-by-Marriage) 


Pilgrimage registration is closed!

We may have another Ireland in 2023.



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

Themes: Irish Pilgrimages, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Ireland
Footsteps of St. Paul: Greece & Turkey Dates: Oct 11th (Tue) to Oct 22nd (Sat) 2022 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »



Footsteps of St. Paul

Greece and 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 pilgrimage to Greece and 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. Follow in the Footsteps of the Great Apostle St. Paul and learn about the origins of our Faith in the Gentile/Pagan world. Visits in Greece include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala, Meteora, Kalambaka, Delphi, Corinth and Athens! In addition, our pilgrimage will include a Ferry Ship ride to the Island of Patmos where St. John the Evangelist was inspired to write the Apocalypse (Revelation).

In Turkey, following of St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist, we will visit 3 of the 7 Churches of Revelation: PergamonThyatira and Ephesus (site of the famous council of Ephesus confirming Mary as "Mater Dei" the Mother of God, also the people who received St.Paul's famous words to the Ephesians). We will also visit the Virgin Mary's home at Mt Koressos (local tradition tells us that the Blessed Virgin Mary lived in this holy place in the company of St. John). 

If you ever wanted to see Greece & Turkey 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. 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


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) An optional bus ride from Green Bay to Chicago O'Hare is offered for those from Green Bay, and those along the route.


Registration closed! Waitlist is open!




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Please pray for the souls of all the pilgrims!

Themes: Central Europe, Footsteps of a Saint Location: Greece
ITALIA GLORIOSA Dates: Oct 24th (Mon) to Nov 4th (Fri) 2022 Registration for this tour is now closed. Details »




Italia Gloriosa!

Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Brandon Moravitz

Join us on this unforgettable pilgrimage to Italy to pray at places made famous by the Saints as well as Divine Providence through history!  Visit Milan (home of the Duomo), Magenta and Messero (home of St. Gianna Molla), Turin (housing of the Shroud, the remains of Don Bosco, Pier Giorgio Frasatti, Dominic Savio and more), Genoa (home of Christopher Columbus), Santo Stefano d'Aveto (home of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Standard from the Battle of Lepanto), Assisi (home of St. Francis and St. Clare), Siena (home of St. Catherine, St. Bernardino & Eucharistic Miracle), and Rome & the Vatican. 


* Possible  excursion to Netunno (St. Maria Goretti), Anzio (American Cemetery)* Excursion will not take place if we are approved for participation in the Papal general Audience with the crowds in St. Peter's square. 

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!  

** 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 Gloriosa - Glorious Italy!


Chaplain: Fr. Brandon Moravitz (Diocese of Duluth), Pastor of the Holy Spirit Parish, 

Tour Director: Dennis Gaetano (or another Mater Dei substitute Director)

Departure City: Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport


Sorry! This pilgrimage is no longer available!



Try Italy again next year!

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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