Mike Aquilina

Meet Me in Rome in May 2007

Wednesday August 30th 2006, 3:28 am

There’s nowhere I’d rather be next May than walking — with you — in the footsteps of the apostles, the martyrs, the popes, and the Church Fathers. So I’m pleased to announce the details of the pilgrimage I hinted at a few months ago.

Our sponsor is the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (of which I’m vice-president), and we’ll be making the pilgrimage May 16-25, 2007, along with my friends Scott and Kimberly Hahn.

Here’s the scoop. Pilgrims will leave the United States on Wednesday, May 16, and arrive in Rome around noon the next day. Our first visit will be to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls for a guided tour followed by our opening Mass. From there we’ll check in at the Grand Hotel Fleming for a dinner and reception. In the days that follow, we’ll spend time in the Catacombs of St. Callistus; the Basilicas of St. Peter, the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, St. John Lateran, and St. Mary Major; the churches of St. Clement, the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, St. Augustine, St. Peter in Chains, and Saints Praxedes and Pudentiana. In these holy places rest the relics of so many of the ancients: Saints Peter and Paul, Saints Simon and Jude, St. Lawrence, St. Jerome, St. Gregory the Great, St. Leo, St. Monica, and many martyrs whose names have been lost to history …

We’ll tour the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. We’ll pray before the original image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We’ll climb the Holy Stairs. We’ll pray the Stations of the Cross in the Colosseum. We’ll wander the Roman Forum, see the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus that depicts his return with the plunder of Jerusalem. We’ll visit the tombs of many Jesuit saints at the Church of St. Ignatius. And we’ll stroll through Piazza Navona and have time to stop for gelato or shopping.

And that’s just a sampling of what we’ll do and see!

We’re slated to see Pope Benedict XVI twice, at his Wednesday audience and his Sunday Angelus address.

On Wednesday afternoon we’ll leave for Assisi, to spend two days touring the scenes of the life of Saints Francis and Clare.

Every day’s program will also include talks from your hosts (Scott, Kimberly, and yours truly) on historical, scriptural, and spiritual themes. Since the tour will be in May, the pilgrimage will certainly have a Marian character.

The group returns home on Friday, May 25.

Pricing and other details follow, below. I welcome any questions, too. Don’t hesitate to send me a note — or contact Wendt Touring directly.

PRICING:
$3,499 per person based on double occupancy
$3,999 per person for single room
$2,999 per child (2-11 years)

TOUR INCLUDES:
* Round-trip scheduled air from Newark, NJ, including airport departure taxes
* Eight nights’ lodging with private facilities
* Continental breakfast & dinner daily
* Deluxe motorcoach transportation
* All sightseeing & admissions
* Daily seminars, Mass & prayer
* Baggage handling at hotels
* English-speaking guides

PAYMENT PLAN: A $500 per person deposit is due to secure your reservation with the balance due by Feb. 16, 2007.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund for cancellations made by Feb. 16, 2007. Cancellations made after February 16 are subject to penalties assessed by airlines, hotels and land operators.

TRIP CANCELLATION/TRIP INTERRUPTION INSURANCE: $225 per person due with initial trip deposit.

To Reserve Your Space, Contact:
Wendt Touring
401 Market Street – Suite 707
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
740-282-5790 or toll-free 877-565-8687