Posted by: frburke23 | March 26, 2014

Join us for a wonderful pilgrimage to Rome this Fall!


Sept. 26 thru Oct. 5, 2014

Join Bishop Joseph Siegel and Fr. Burke Masters on a Pilgrimage to the Eternal City for the Ordination to the Diaconate of our very own Seminarian, Mr. Paul Solomon. We will experience many of the beauties and antiquities of ROME, including its awe inspiring churches such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Scavi Excavations where we find the bones of St. Peter, and the hillside town of Assisi. We will be privileged to participate in the Pontifical North American College’s 2014 Diaconate Ordinations. This promises to be blessed event that will bring us great joy and fond memories. Other highlights of the pilgrimage include visits to the Vatican Museums, a Wednesday audience with Pope Francis, a visit to the Pontifical North American College, and a walk through Ancient Rome.

For further information and/or to RESERVE YOUR PLACE contact Sofia @ 800-653-0017 or email: for a detailed brochure and reservation form.


Diocese of Joliet Pilgrimage

Mr. Paul Solomon

Bishop Joseph Siegel

Fr. Burke Masters


Friday, September 26, 2014: Our Pilgrimage to the Eternal City begins as we depart from Chicago O’hare International Airport for our overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Meals will be served on-board.

Saturday, September 27, 2014: Upon arrival into Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport we will be greeted by a Canterbury Tours Escort who will remain with us throughout the pilgrimage to assure a wonderful experience. We transfer via deluxe motor coach to our hotel in Central Rome. The excitement builds as we arrive into the Eternal City and take part in a walking tour of St. Peter’s Square to get us acquainted with this magnificent city, followed by lunch just a few steps from the Vatican at the Da Roberto’s restaurant on the Borgo Pio. After our leisurely noon-day meal, we set off on our deluxe motor coach for a guided tour of Ancient Rome including the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Back to the hotel for rest and relaxation and dinner on your own. (L)

Sunday, September 28, 2014: Wake up to a full buffet breakfast at the hotel. Leisurely morning followed by a full day of Roman sightseeing. We start with a visit to St. Peter’s Square to participate in the Angelus with the Holy Father. Free time for lunch followed by a visit to Santa Prassede a 9th-century basilica with glorious Byzantine mosaics celebrating images from the book of Revelation. We will finish up with a visit to the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major (which was built after a miraculous event and embellished to celebrate the ecumenical council of Ephesus). Late afternoon arrival at the Pontifical North American College for Sunday Mass and Reception followed by dinner. (B/D)

Monday, September 29, 2014: Today we’ll take a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. This afternoon we visit the “Scavi Tour”, excavations below St. Peter’s Basilica (pending confirmation.) (B)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014: Following breakfast we take an excursion to visit Assisi, home of the Franciscan Order. Upon arrival in Assisi, we visit the Basilica of St. Francis (famous for its Giotto frescoes of the life of St. Francis) where our chaplain will celebrate Holy Mass for us. Next, we visit and pray at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Porziuncola (where Francis of Assisi recognized his vocation in 1208 and where he died in October 1226). Our tour of Assisi will also include a visit to the Church of Santa Chiara which is dedicated to St. Clare, the foundress of the Order of the Poor Clare’s and who followed in the footsteps of St. Francis. (B/L/D)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014: We depart early for St. Peter’s Square to participate in the Papal Audience (subject to the Pope’s schedule). After lunch, we depart for a tour of the Catacombs of San Callisto (where hundreds of early Christians were buried). Leisure time at the hotel before we set out for an evening prayer service (TBA) followed by dinner. (B/D)

Thursday, October 2, 2014: Following breakfast, we depart for St. Peter’s Square to participate in the Diaconate Ordination (PNAC Class of 2015) at the Altar of the Chair at St. Peter’s Basilica. Following the Diaconate Ordination we transfer to the Pontifical North American College for a Reception. We then return to our hotel for leisure time to shop, enjoy a gelato or cappuccino, or to explore the beauty of “The Eternal City” on our own. (B/Light Lunch Reception)

Friday, October 3, 2014: This morning we will participate in the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (the burial place of St. Paul, one of the five patriarchal Basilicas and the second largest church in Rome). Here, Deacon Paul Solomon will proclaim the Gospel, preach and help prepare the altar for Bishop Siegel who will be the main Celebrant. Next, enjoy a leisurely afternoon on your own. Canterbury Tours will offer an optional add-on guided tour of the churches in the center of Rome, including the Church of the Gesù (the mother church of the Society of Jesus and tomb of St. Ignatius), Santa Maria sopra Minerva (where St. Catherine of Siena is buried and contains many beautiful pieces of art), and the Pantheon. Dinner on your own. (B)

Saturday, October 4, 2014: Today we will visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran (the cathedral Church of Rome) which stands next to the stairs taken from Pilate’s Praetorium. We then visit the Church of Santa Croce where many of the relics of the Passion of Christ are honored. Afternoon at leisure to roam Rome on your own. You may want to visit the Villa Borghese, or to wander along the Via del Corso or the Via Condotti, where you will find designer shops with famous names, stopping by the famous Spanish Steps. Tonight we gather at the hotel for a transfer to the Pontifical North American College for a final Vigil Mass and Reception followed by a Farewell Banquet Dinner at the Restaurant Cecilia Metella. (B/D)

Sunday, October 5, 2014: With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we board our plane for our flight home.

Optional Trip Extensions:

Orvieto, Florence, St. Anthony of Padua & Venice


Our Lady of the Rosary, Sorrento & Almalfi Coast

Reservation Deadline: May 25, 2014 (Space is limited)

For more information, price, and itinerary, contact Canterbury Tours:

800-653-0017 or



  1. This sounds AMAZING!!!!!  Harry & I have been talking about setting a trip to Rome and be able to celebrate Mass with the Pope.  Please let us know if you put together another trip/pilgrimage to Rome in the future.  Unfortunately this year will not be doable.  I will pray for those being Ordained and for all attending.

    V  = )

    Sent from my Galaxy S®III

  2. Hi, I d id not see any re ference to dates or cost. Jim Leix

    • September 26 – October 5, 2014
      I don’t have the prices – you would have to call the tour company listed. Sorry about that… I think they are pretty reasonable though

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