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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.
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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.
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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, or even in good physical shape. 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. This includes some hills, stairways and uneven ground. The total amount of walking on any given day is one to five miles, with lots of stopping, sitting, resting and eating in-between.
Our Chaplain celebrating a private Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.