INVITES YOU ON A PILGRIMAGE TO
SEPTEMBER 18 - 26, 2017
WITH PATRICK MADRID
& BISHOP JAMES WALL
Author and Radio host
The rich and ancient culture of Catholic Ireland is deeply intertwined with the histories of America and Canada, which is why our pilgrimage to the fabled Emerald Isle will both inspire and exhilarate you as we immerse ourselves in Ireland’s Catholic antiquities, cultural treasures, and celebrated natural beauty.”
Most Rev. James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup, New Mexico
"Ireland has a storied Catholic history involving countless great saints. Men and women, such as Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid, Saint Columba and many more, lived out their Catholic faith in Ireland with legendary fervor and fidelity. This pilgrimage will allow us to walk together in their footsteps and be renewed in our own Catholic faith.”
Starting Price Per Person
Double occupancy: $3,795
Single occupancy: $4,324
September 18 - 26, 2017
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September 18: Our Pilgrimage begins as we depart the USA for an overnight flight to Europe and the beautiful country of Ireland.
September 19: Upon arrival at Dublin Airport, we meet our driver and guide and enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin City. This area offers many striking monuments such as the General Post Office, O’Connell Street, the Custom House along the quays and Phoenix Park. Next, we visit Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and the oldest University in Ireland. We will complete the day with our opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Wall at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, built on the site of the12th-century Cistercian abbey of St. Mary. Welcome dinner at hotel. Overnight Dublin
September 20: Today we journey from Dublin to County Donegal, stopping first at Monasterboice, home to an impressive collection of ruins dating back to the 5th century. Our next stop brings us to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. We celebrate Mass in the Neo Gothic style cathedral which features a very distinctive tabernacle holder and crucifix, Austrian oak woodwork with an Irish granite altar and an ornate painted ceiling. Overnight Donegal
September 21: Following breakfast, we begin a full day touring in the Donegal region. We tour Glenveagh National Park; its 10,000 acres of protected wilderness boast beautiful lakes set in dramatic ice-carved cliffs and deep peat bogs. We visit Glenveagh Castle and Colmcille Heritage Centre, an exhibition featuring the life of St. Colmcille, Patriarch of the Irish Monasticism and Scottish Church. His story is told through stained glass, artefacts, a wax model with authentic clothing and a step-by-step illustration of ancient manuscript fabrication. Dinner tonight in a traditional Irish Pub. Overnight Donegal
September 22: Today we depart for Galway. We visit and celebrate Mass at Knock Shrine, famous for over a century as the site of apparitions and miraculous cures. The story of Knock began in 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared to fifteen people at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. Knock has been a place of pilgrimage for both St. John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa. We enjoy an orientation tour of Galway city, a true delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, bohemian musicians and busy pubs. We finish our day at the Collegiate of St. Nicholas of Myra, built in 1320. Overnight Galway
September 23: This morning we travel through the Burren Region and we see the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. We visit O’Brien’s Tower and Atlantic Edge — a huge domed cave that contains images, exhibits, displays and experiences exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher. We then take the Shannon Car Ferry. This pleasant, 20-minute journey travels across the Shannon Estuary which is home to a group of bottle nosed dolphins and a habitat for migrating birds and wild fowl. Dinner at Kate Kearney’s Cottage for a traditional Irish night with traditional music and costumed dancers. Overnight Kerry
September 24: After breakfast at the hotel we begin a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula and discover the Ring of Kerry. We take in spectacular scenery — mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. We pass through Glenbeigh and step aboard a jaunting car to discover areas of the National Park that we might not otherwise visit. Our Jarvey [driver] takes us through the magnificent scenery of Killarney National Park, stopping often to allow for photographs. We will cap the day with Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney, a beautiful Gothic-style building. Overnight Kerry
September 25: Today we depart for Limerick, first visiting Cahir Castle. Here guided tours help us fully understand the history of Cahir, its town, its castle and the surrounding area. We move forward to the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick visited in AD 450. After Mass celebrated by Bishop Wall at St. Augustine’s Church, we enjoy a medieval banquet and entertainment at Bunratty Castle. Overnight Limerick
September 26: With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, new friends, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we’ll board our plane for the return journey home.
Optional extended tour packages available.