Diaconate Ordination (Italy) Catholic Pilgrimage


Sept. 24 - Oct. 1, 2018


Dear Friends:

I want to invite you to an extraordinary event in one of the world's favorite cities. Two young seminarians from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will be ordained Deacons in St. Peter's this Fall! You and I have the opportunity to be there with them at the Mass. Join me on a pilgrimage to Rome, and we can celebrate the vibrancy of our faith and the zeal of young men journeying toward priesthood.

Our hotel in Rome will place you within steps of the Vatican. There will be opportunities for exploring the city, as well as a day trip to Assisi. Rome, of course, is known for great food, great wine, great history, and great art. Pilgrims and visitors alike fall in love with Rome again and again. Autumn is an especially lovely season there. I know you will be grateful for the opportunity to experience the city in a manner seldom experienced.

In Christ,
Fr. Jim Goins

Monday, September 24
DAY 1 – DEPART USA – Today we depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner, and breakfast aloft. B, D

Tuesday, September 25
DAY 2 - ROME - We arrive in Rome this morning where we tour her sites, passing the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We conclude our day at one of the Catacombs, burial place of early Christians.  We celebrate Mass here and view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. Continue to our hotel. Included dinner at a local restaurant. B, D

Wednesday, September 26
DAY 3 – VATICAN CITY/ROME - This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis if he is in residence. After lunch on our own, we visit the Holy Stairs and Basilica of St. John Lateran. We continue to St. Paul Outside the Walls.  This huge, imposing Basilica, second only to St. Peter’s and one of the largest churches in the Christian world, contains an unusual gallery of papal portraits: 265 tablets portraying the popes of the past. We celebrate Mass here and return to our hotel to freshen up before departing for the Church of the Gesu where we will attend this evening’s 5 pm Prayer Vigil  for the Diaconate CandidatesDinner is on our own, tonight. B

Thursday, September 27
DAY 4 – This morning we depart for the 9:30 am Diaconate Ordination Mass at St. Peter’s BasilicaFollowing the Mass, our motorcoach will take us to the North American College where we will join in the Reception and lunch with the newly ordained deacons. Following the lunch, our motorcoach will return us to our hotel and we have the balance of the day at leisure. Lunch and Dinner are on our own. B

Friday, September 28
DAY 5 -  ROME/ ASSISI - Following an early morning departure from Rome we travel north through the Umbrian countryside. to Assisi. Our first stop is in the lower town for a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, and the Portiuncula, Francis' Church of the Little Portion.  We then proceed to the hilltop village of Assisi and a visit to the Basilica of St. Francesco for Mass. After our visit of the Basilica and the Tomb of St. Francis, we have time for a short lunch on our own. We end our day trip in Assisi with a walking tour of the village with a visit to the Church of St. Clare “the little plant of Blessed Francis” as she loved to call herself, where we view the San Damiano crucifix that spoke to St. Francis.   Kneeling before it, Francis composed the following prayer, which is considered to be among the oldest of his writings: “All Highest, Glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart.  Give me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity, and profound humility, with wisdom and perception, O Lord, so that I may do what is truly your most holy will.  Amen.”  Return to Rome for dinner and overnight. B, D

Saturday, September 29
DAY 6 – ROME/OSTIA Ancient Rome’s port city of Ostia, by the meadows of the Tiber River, is our destination this morning. The site boasts an impressive amount of Roman ruins, and was the scene of early Christian activity.  One of the important Christian apologies - the Octavius of Minucius Felix -was written in the form of a dialogue between a pagan and a Christian as they stroll through the town of Ostia. Later, Ostia was the home for a time of St. Augustine of Hippo and where his mother, St. Monica, lived in her later years. Augustine describes affectionately in his Confessions how he chose to bury her in Ostia rather than transport her body back to North Africa for burial in a family tomb. Following lunch on our own, we return to Rome for a visit to Sant’ Agostino, and the tomb of St. Monica where we celebrate Mass. The magnificent interior of this church houses many exquisite works of art by Rafael and Carvaggio. Dinner tonight at Cecilia Metella Ristorante. B, D

Sunday, September 30 - St. Jerome
DAY 7 - ROME - This morning, we celebrate Mass nearby and then we tour the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses."  Afterwards, we enjoy a guided walk through the Borghese Gardens. Return to hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure and to pack for our flight home. Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant. B, D

Monday, October 1
DAY 8 – RETURN TO USA -Today we return home with wonderful memories of pious Rome and the Ordination to the Diaconate of our Oklahoma sons.


  • Roundtrip air from OKC (other gateways available)
  • All admissions as per itinerary
  • ​Six nights 4* accommodations close to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Breakfast Daily, 4 Dinners in local restaurants
  • Mass daily
  • Luxury Motorcoach Transportation
  • English Speaking Tour Director and Local Guides

​Travel Insurance Available (optional) $199.00 per person. Details here

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