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St. Paul's Outside the Walls
St. Gemma Galgani
Our Patron Saint
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 is coming with us on a pilgrimage in September of 2014. Read about her preparations and experiences on her blog.
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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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 the mosaic artist charged with creating parts 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.
A tour of this amazing place is one of the many incredible expierences awaiting our pilgrims.
Assisi - Florence - Siena - Naples - Orvieto
You Choose the Level of Activity You Want
We have designed daily itineraries for our pilgrimages so you can decided how much or how little you want to do. Do you want to pack in as many basilicas and piazzas as you can? Would you rather just see the best of the best and have a slower-paced pilgrimage with more time at each site? Either way is fine! We have created flexible schedules with options for everyone. So, no matter who you are - you will have an incredible experience with St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages!
See Pope Francis Up Close!
On our pilgrimages to Rome you will attend a Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis, where you will have the opportunity to see the pope from just a few yards away.
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by Katherine Munda
Official Videographer of St. Gemma's Catholic Pilgrimages
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.
Rome & the Shroud of Turin
May 25 to June 2, 2015
Per person/Double Occupancy