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St. Paul's Outside the Walls
St. Gemma Galgani
Our Patron Saint
Arma Dei Equipping Catholic Families
Meet Monica McConkey:
A wife, Mom of 5+ kids, a designer, an architecture school survivor, an author, blogger and crafter... and she thinks it’s cool to be Catholic!
Monica and her husband Bill founded a Catholic apostolate called Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families, creating solid Catholic, fun teaching tools and gifts to celebrate and teach the Catholic Faith.
Monica was with us on a pilgrimage in September of 2014. Read about her preparations and experiences on
Above is a view of St. Peter's Basilica from the guesthouse where we usually stay on our pilgrimages.
It takes only seven minutes to walk from the guesthouse to St. Peter's!
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Pope Francis Mosaic
Just below the high ceiling of the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls hang the famous mosaics of all the popes, from St. Peter to present.
The mosaics are created at a workshop in St. Peter's Basilica. In October of 2013 we visited the workshop while the mosaic of Pope Francis was being made. Above, our pilgrims listen intently to one of the mosaic artists charged with creating this amazing work of art and history. Due to secrecy, we were not allowed to photograph the image at this time. It was hung for all the world to see, for many generations into the future, in December of 2013. The second photograph, taken by Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, shows the complete mosaic after it was presented to Pope Francis. See the story about the completed mosaic here.
The mosaic workshop at the Vatican has been creating mosaics for St. Peter's and the other major basilicas for hundereds of years. It also creates beautiful mosaics which the pope gives as gifts to visiting heads of state.
Assisi - Florence - Siena - Orvieto
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We don't provide guided tours, we provide guided pilgrimages...
A tour's focus is the history of a place. A pilgrimage focuses on the sacredness of a place. These two sometimes intersect, but our Faith is always the focus of St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages. The purpose of a guided pilgrimage is to encounter Christ through His Catholic Church. We encounter Him at the sacred places we journey to, at the tombs of the saints we find there, in the fellow pilgrims we journey with, and in the Vicar of Christ who teaches us about Him.
My Daily Grace
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What is a Walking Pilgrimage?
On our pilgrimages we use some public transportation, however, we mostly walk... and at an easy pace. Participants do not need to be athletic. However, in order to fully participate in all the pilgrimage activities, pilgrims MUST be able to walk on their own, up to a mile at a time without stopping or significantly slowing down the rest of the group. This includes some steep hills, large stairways and uneven ground. The total amount of walking on any given day is one to four miles, with lots of stopping, sitting, resting and eating in-between.
Our Chaplain celebrating a private Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.
How close do we get to Pope Francis on our Pilgrimages?
Just watch the video below, taken by Sue Denz, who was standing further away than our pilgrims who were with her.
Canonization of Mother Teresa
Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage
September 1-9, 2016
SPECIAL APRIL PILGRIMAGE
Lourdes - Rome - Assisi
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Our Holy Mother the Church, in a magnificent outpouring of love, is scattering the seed of the Gospel throughout the world; from Rome to the outposts of the earth. As you help in this work of expansion throughout the whole world, bring those in the outposts to the Pope, so that the earth may be one flock and one Shepherd: one apostolate!
From the writings of
St. Josemaria Escriva
Catholic, apostolic, Roman! I want you to be very Roman. And to be anxious to make your 'path to Rome', videre Petrum – to see Peter.
I thought the comment on loyalty you had written to me was very appropriate to all those moments in history which the devil makes it his business to repeat: “I carry with me every day in my heart, in my mind and on my lips, an aspiration: Rome."
St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei
"The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God's mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us."