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St. John's Summer Program

Pilgrimage of the Saints of

France-Spain-Portugal 2016

Join Fr. Ray Schimdt and Fr. Scott Woods on a SJSP pilgrimage to the great saints and sacred sites of France, Spain and Portugal this May 2016.


               May 16-27, 2017    ♦    $2,999 from Washington, DC                     


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 ♦ Round-trip Airfare from Washington, DC

 ♦ Airport taxes and fuel surcharges

 ♦ Daily Mass

 ♦ 10 nights at a centrally located three star hotel:

     • 1 night Lisieux, France\May 17-18: L'Hermitage Saint Therese, Lisieux

     • 1 night Mont Saint Michel, France\ May 18-19: Hotel San Gabriel

     • 1 night Nevers, France\ May 19-20: Hotel Kyriad

     • 1 night Annecy, France\ May 20-21: Hotel Ibis Annecy Centre Vieille Ville

     • 1 night Avignon, France\May 21-22: Hotel Ibis Avignon Sud

     • 2 nights Lourdes, France\May 22-24: Hotel Saint Sauveur

     • 1 night Segovia, Spain\May 24-25: Hotel Eurostars Plaza Acueducto

     • 2 nights Fatima, Portugal\May 25-27: Hotel Sao Jose

♦ Breakfast and dinner daily

♦ Tips to restaurants

♦ Transfers as per itinerary

♦ Wireless headsets for additional sightseeing

♦ Assistance of a professional local guide throughtout pilgrimage

♦ Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary

♦ Transportation by motor-coach


Optional:  Travel Insurance optional.  Click here for information and pricing.

i                   Extended Cancellation Protection Plan @ $299: Click here for information and pricing.


Not Included: Lunches, beverages not mentioned, tips to guide & driver, items of a personal nature




 ♦ Day 1 - Mon., May 16: Depart Dulles International Airport.  Late morning pilgrim Mass at St. John's, then travel to Dulles by charter bus.  Fly overnight with meals served on board.


 ♦ Day 2 - Tues., May 17: Arrive in Paris - Lisieux

Arrive in Paris. Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and then bus to visit Shrine of St. Vincent de Paul and walk to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for St. Catherine Laboure and Saint Louise de Marillac. Then bus to Montmart (mount of Martyrs) and then drive to Carmel de Lisieux to check into hotel for night.  

Driving times: Bus from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Notre Dame Cathedral (45 min); Bus to Shrine of St. Vincent de Paul (10 min); Walk to Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (3 min); Bus to Montmart (30 min); Bus to Carmel de Lisieux (3 hrs). Mass: Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. 


 ♦ Day 3 - Wed., May 18: Lisieux - Normandy Beach - Mont Saint-Michel

Mass at the Basilica of Lisieux and visit St. Therese of Lisieux. Bus to American Cemetery at Normandy Beach. Bus to Mont Saint-Michel for dinner and overnight.

Driving times: Carmel de Lisieux to American Cemetery at Normandy Beach (1 ¼ hrs); Normandy Beach to Mont Saint-Michel (2 ¾ hrs). Mass: Basilica of St. Therese of Lisieux.  


 ♦ Day 4 - Thurs., May 19: Saint-Laurent-Sur-Sevre - Poitiers - Nevers

Depart 7:30am for Saint-Laurent-Sur-Sevre for Mass at the Basilica of St. Louis de Montfort (also there is Bl. Marie Louise Trichet). Then bus to Poitiers (with a lunch stop at an Autogrill) to visit Sr. Josefa Menendez; Bus to Nevers, FR for dinner and overnight.

Driving times: Mont Saint-Michel to Saint-Laurent-Sur-Sevre (2 ¾ hrs); Saint-Laurent-Sur-Sevre to Poitiers (1 ¾ hrs); Poitiers to Nevers (3 ¼ hrs). Mass: Basilica of St. Louis de Montfort in Saint-Laurent-Sur-Sevre.


 ♦ Day 5 - Fri., May 20: Nevers - Paray le Monial - Ars - Annecy

Visit St. Bernadette in Nevers and then drive to Paray-le-Monial to visit St. Margaret Mary Alaqoque; then bus to Ars for St. John Vianney; and to Annecy for dinner and overnight.

Driving times: Nevers to Paray-le-Monial (1 ½ hrs); Paray-le-Monial to Ars (1 ½ hrs); Ars to Annecy (2 hrs). Mass: Basilica de Ars.


 ♦ Day 6 - Sat., May 21: Annecy - Lalouvesc - Avignon

Visit St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal in Annecy and then depart Annecy for Lalouvesc to visit St. John Francis Regis and St. Therese Couderc; then bus to Avignon to see Pont du Gard and Pope’s Palace.

Driving times: Annecy to Lalouvesc (2 ¾ hrs); Lalouvesc to Avignon (2 ¼ hrs). Mass: Basilica of St. John Francis Regis (our parish patron saint). 


 ♦ Day 7 - Sun., May 22: Avignon - Toulouse - Lourdes

Depart Avignon to bus to the Church of the Jacobians in Toulouse to visit St. Thomas Aquinas and then bus to Lourdes, FR.

Driving times: Avignon to Toulouse (3 hrs); Toulouse to Lourdes (1 hr 45 mins). Mass: Church of the Jacobians.


 ♦ Day 8 - Mon. May 23: Lourdes
Spend the day visiting Lourdes. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.

Driving times: None Mass: Lourdes 


 ♦ Day 9 - Tues., May 24: Lourdes - Segovia

Depart Lourdes at 7:30am to bus to Segovia, SP to visit St. John of the Cross and the Cathedral Santa Maria de Segovia.

Driving times: Lourdes, FR to Segovia, SP (6 hrs); Mass: At the tomb of St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz Convent) and if not possible, then at the Cathedral Santa Maria de Segovia.


 ♦ Day 10 - Wed., May 25: Segovia - Alba de Tormes - Coimbra - Fatima

Depart Segovia and drive to Alba de Tormes to see St. Teresa of Avila and then bus to Coimbra, PG to visit St. Elizabeth of Portugal; Bus to Fatima for dinner and overnight.

Driving times: Segovia, SP to Alba de Tormes, SP (1 hr 45mins); Alba de Tormes, SP to Coimbra, PG (3 ½ hrs); Coimbra, PG to Fatima, PG (1 hr). Mass: Convent of the Annunciation, Alba de Tormes (tomb of St. Teresa of Avila).


 ♦ Day 11 - Thurs., May 26: Fatima

Visit Fatima with dinner and overnight in Fatima.

Driving times: None.  Mass: Fatima.


 ♦ Day 12 - Fri., May 27: Departure - Fatima - Lisbon - Washington, DC

Early morning departure for Lisbon Portela Airport for our return flight home.






Pilgrimage travel map by day


 ♦ Single Supplement/Private Room: $389 (available during registration


 ♦ Clergy Discount: 20%




What to know before you go to France.

♦ What to know before you go to Spain.

♦ What to know before you go to Portugal.


Additional questions? Contact Amanda: 800-206-TOUR (8687)








About Lourdes:

She came for you and for everyone of us! 6 million pilgrims come to Lourdes each year and 10,000 visit this site daily. At the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France, nestled between the spectacular mountain river, Gave de Pau, is Lourdes, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the World. Lourdes is the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Our pilgrimage and tour of Lourdes includes visits to the sanctuary and the Basilica of St Pius X, the world's largest underground church. Drink from the spring that the Virgin directed Bernadette to locate at the base of the grotto, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Contemplate Christ's Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations of the Cross. Attend the blessing of the sick, and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Daily Mass, and Mass at the Grotto on Sunday will be followed by a video presentation telling the miraculous story of Lourdes. Visit Lourdes and experience a spiritual journey from which many have claimed healing and conversion.


About Lisieux & Paris:

Visit town of Lisieux, the home of St Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times" Visit Paris and all its wonderful sights like Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through the Champs Elysees. Mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.


About Fatima:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. Drawn by apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three local shepherd children in 1917. Four million people visit Fatima each year. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to shepherd children on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13th until October 13th. The events at Fatima gained particular fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.


About Spain:

Saint Teresa and Saint Ingatius both hailed from Spain. Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and writer. Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish knight who became priest and found the Society of Jesus and became its first Superior General.



Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, Paris, France
Cathedral Santa Maria de Segovia, Segovia, Spain 
Sacred Heart Basilica, Paris, France
Basilica Saint Sernin, Toulouse, France
Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France
Candelight Procession, Lourdes, France
Praying at the Grotto, Lourdes, FR
Our Lady of Fatima Basilica, Fatima
Basilica of St John Marie Vianney, Ars, France
Sacred Heart Basilica, Paris, France
St. Bernadette, Lourdes, France
American Cemetary at Normandy, France
San Millan Church, Segovia, Spain
Church of St. Gilard, Nevers, France
Paray le Monial Basilica, France
St. Therese, Lisieux, France
Nevers Cathedral, Nevers, France
The Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes 
Basilica of Saint Therese, Lisieux, France 
Basilica of Saint Therese, Lisieux, France
Le Mont Saint Michel, France
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