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
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
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.
* 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
* Cathedral and baptismal font of Saint Anthony's baptism
* Birthplace of Saint Anthony
* Tower of Belem
* St. Jeronimos Monastery
* Eucharistic Miracle And Much More