Tour Detail

9 Day Fatima & Portugal with Fr. Russo

Itinerary

Dear Friends, In 2017 the world will commemorate a great event – the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's visit at Fatima. Our Lady gave the three Shepherd Children a powerful message from heaven – a plan for peace and the call for conversion of hearts. “In the end,” she told the Children, “my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” It's good news! Join me as we walk in the footsteps of the Children and re-visit the events of 1917. Visit their simple homes, the Church of their baptism, the holy spots where both the Angel of Portugal and Our Lady appeared to them. Travel to the Carmelite Convent where Sr. Lucia, the oldest seer, lived most of her life, while also stopping at the convents in which she lived as a Dorothean Sister. Visit the hospital where little Jacinta spent her last days, alone, as Our Lady told her. The powerful witness of Christian discipleship that the Children gave to the world can only touch the human heart. And, along the way, we will fall in love with St. Anthony , the popular Saint from Lisbon, Portugal. I hope you can join me for this wonderful anniversary pilgrimage, and receive the many graces that will come our way as we re-live one of the most signifi cant apparitions in Christian history!
Rev. Michael J. Russo

Day 1 Wednesday June 21

Departure from Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans or your town. Enjoy your transatlantic fl ight to Portugal. Dinner will be served during the fl ight.

Day 2 Thursday June 22 - Mass TBA

Arrival Lisbon. Process through Passport Control, then baggage claim. We will exit to fi nd our friendly and very knowledgeable guide who will direct us to our waiting coach and very skilled driver. Luggage will be placed on the bus. Then go to a popular square for the delectable patiese. (pastries that were introduced in 1837) Have a cup of refreshing tea or coffee while watching the busy activity of the area. You can possibly purchase a variety of delicious teas to take home. Proceed to the “Se' (Cathedral) for Mass and perhaps renewal of baptism vows at the same font of the baptism of St. Anthony of Lisbon (Padua). Visit the birthplace of the Saint marked in a nearby church. Drive past the Presidential Palace to the tower of Belem and visit Saint Jeronimos Church (next to the Monastery), the most distinctive Manueline architecture in the world. The church was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's voyage to India and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. His body is entombed in the church along with many Portuguese notables. Hotel check in, Proper Lisbon welcome. Porters will carry your luggage to the room. Dinner included Overnight Lisbon.

Day 3 Friday June 23 - Mass Convent next to hospital where Jacinta died

“Our Lady wants me to go to two hospitals, not to be cured, but to suffer more for love of our Lord and for sinners “ - Jacinta dos Martos. Visit the convent where, without her parents, Jacinta suffered alone. Mass here. Travel to Santarem where we will pray before a Eucharistic Miracle. Finally we arrive in Fatima to celebrate 100 years since apparitions that has stirred many emotions and brought deep devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Hotel check in Fatima. Visit the Cova da Iria, site of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplate the celebrated appearance to the three children. Go inside the Basilica to pray at the tombs of Lucia, Blessed Jacinta and her brother Blessed Francisco. Dinner included. Mass, Candlelight Procession, overnight Fatima.

Day 4 Saturday June 24 - Mass Apparition Site

Today we visit the homes of the children and the church in which they were baptized. Visit the spot where the Angel appeared to give Holy Communion to them. Pray the Way of the Cross. Visit the new Basilica, Church of the Holy Trinity, after lunch, leisure time on your own. Participate in the procession after dinner (Not included) Overnight Fatima.

Day 5 Sunday June 25 - Mass

Today is a leisure day for prayer, return visits to the sites of your choice and shopping for souvenirs. Farewell dinner included overnight Fatima.

Day 6 Monday June 26 - Mass

This day we bid a proper farewell to Fatima. Travel to many sites related to Sister Lucia. Lunch included in route. Arrive in Pontevedra, Spain across the northern border of Portugal. Visit the Dorothean convent where the Christ Child appeared to Lucia and spoke to her. “Have compassion on the heart of your most Holy Mother”------ Our Lady then said, “Look, my daughter at my heart, surrounded by thorns” ---- - The Blessed Virgin set the parameters of the fi ve fi rst Saturdays devotion. The Child Jesus, later appeared telling her she was not being diligent about the devotion. Continue to Tui where Sister Lucia also lived. While there, the manifestation of the Holy Trinity and Cross, occurred. Here in the adoration chapel, during the apparition, the words in large letters, “Grace and Mercy”, appeared on the cross. We arrive later in Braga. Dinner overnight Braga.

Day 7 Tuesday June 27 - Mass

Visit the sanctuary of Bom Jesu do Monte. For a short period of time, Sister Lucia lived at Casa da Lucia, nearby, amidst the tranquility of one of Portugal's iconic landmarks. The Basilica of Bom Jesus, (“Good Jesus of the Mountain”) features a 600 step staircase lined with fl owing fountains and lush greenery that evokes a magical setting. Visit St. Francis Church in Porto. Time permitting a typical Port wine cellar. Visit the picturesque village of Amarante. Here, perched on the serene river banks is the Monastery of Saint Goncalo and stunning Baroque church. Saint Goncalo is the patron saint of marriages. Dinner not included/Overnight Braga.

Day 8 Wednesday June 28 - Mass Coimbra, where Sister Lucia resided until death

Today we relax and explore the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, situated along a 557 mile river. Unique landscape abounds; adorned with lovely vineyards, almond blossoms and wild fl owers among the most beautiful wine region in the world. Stop at lovely viewing spots for picture perfect photos. We will choose a panoramic spot for lunch on your own, before traveling to Coimbra; visit the convent in which Sister Lucia resided. View the University attended by Saint Anthony and other notables. Our day ends in Lisbon for a farewell, popular Portuguese, “Fado” Dinner show.

Day 9 Thursday June 29 Departure/Arrival U.S.

Highlights:

* The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
* Site of Apparitions * Way of the Cross
*Site and Statue of the Angel to whom the children were given Communion
* Birthplace of the children
* Place of Jacinta's death
* Tombs of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia
* Convent where Sister Lucia experienced Apparitions
* Convent to where the Child Jesus and Mary spoke to her about First Saturdays
* Bom Jesu do Monte
* Coimbra Special Features
* Lisbon
* Cathedral and baptismal font of Saint Anthony's baptism
* Birthplace of Saint Anthony
* Tower of Belem
* St. Jeronimos Monastery
* Santarem
* Eucharistic Miracle And Much More

Highlights

Dear Friends, In 2017 the world will commemorate a great event
– the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's visit at Fatima.
Our Lady gave the three Shepherd Children a powerful
message from heaven – a plan for peace and the
call for conversion of hearts. “In the end,” she told
the Children, “my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” It's
good news!
Join me as we walk in the footsteps of the Children
and re-visit the events of 1917. Visit their simple
homes, the Church of their baptism, the holy spots
where both the Angel of Portugal and Our Lady appeared
to them. Travel to the Carmelite Convent where
Sr. Lucia, the oldest seer, lived most of her life, while
also stopping at the convents in which she lived as a
Dorothean Sister. Visit the hospital where little Jacinta
spent her last days, alone, as Our Lady told her. The
powerful witness of Christian discipleship that the
Children gave to the world can only touch the human
heart. And, along the way, we will fall in love with St.
Anthony , the popular Saint from Lisbon, Portugal.
I hope you can join me for this wonderful anniversary
pilgrimage, and receive the many graces that will come
our way as we re-live one of the most signifi cant apparitions
in Christian history!