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Nov 01, 2021 - Nov 04, 2021
St. Augustine Florida – Catholicism Arrives in the New World in 1565! First Mass 1565;
First Mission 1565; First Marian Shrine 1620 and more.
Imagine it is 1565: Five ships sail into a small cove on the coastline of what was known to the Spanish as La Florida. Under the command of General Pedro Menéndez de Aviles, they come to the New World from Spain.
Sent by King Philip II, they arrive in hopes of establishing a colony, securing the land for Spain, and most importantly, to convert the native American Indians to Christianity.
On September 8, 1565, the feast day of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Spanish on the ships, sailors, soldiers, tradesmen and priests, came ashore. Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, recorded the day’s events in his diary:
“On Saturday, the eighth, the General landed, with many banners spread, to the sounds of trumpets and the salutes of artillery. As I had gone ashore the evening before, I took a cross and went to meet him, singing the hymn “Te Deum Laudamus.” The General, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of Indians watched these proceedings and imitated all that they saw done.”
Following Menendez’s veneration of the Cross, thus proclaiming this land in the name of God (Nomre de Dios,) Father Lopez celebrated Mass at a rustic altar made of wood. The sky served as the roof for what was the first parish Mass in what is now the United States.
It was on this sacred ground that the Spanish settlers would begin devotion to Our Lady of La Leche (Mary nursing the infant Jesus.) In the early 1600’s the Spanish settlers of St. Augustine established the first Shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States.
Nov 06, 2021 - Nov 12, 2021
Join Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums on a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience through Rome and the Vatican on an exclusive bespoke tour!
You are invited behind the scenes at the Vatican to visit the Mosaic Studio, private meals inside the Vatican, and a visit to the room where St. Mother Teresa stayed in Rome. You will attend Mass in a private chapel in the Vatican followed by an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and a Patrons’ reception and candlelit gala dinner in the Vatican Museums.
This tour will feature renowned speaker, commentator and sacred art historian, Dr. Elizabeth Lev, who will guide us through some of her favorite places in Rome, including the amazing Renaissance Villa Farnesina, the archeological site of Ostia Antica, and Dr. Lev’s incomparable tour “the Women who Rocked Rome.” Space is very limited!
Dec 27, 2021 - Jan 05, 2022
Produced by Steve & Janet Ray creators of the Footprints of God Documentaries, Israel Experts, and International Author & Speaker.
This "Signature Series" Footprints of God Pilgrimage is an up close and personal experience with Steve and Janet Ray hosting throughout your visit to the Holy Land!
Jun 16, 2022 - Jun 27, 2022
Germany & Austria
Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Alpine Austrian, Germany and Switzerland regions as you take in the heritage and history of Zurich, Salzburg, Seefeld, and Oberammergau. Celebrate daily Mass, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow pilgrims, and step back in time as you journey through these medieval cities. The trip will close with the world famous performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau - a once in a lifetime experience!
This trip has an optional 1-day Munich extension!
Oct 22, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022
Experience the perfect blend of faith, culture, and history on this wonderful pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle! Journey to the heart of Ireland as you explore her beautiful monasteries, shrines, breathtaking landscapes, and her inspiring saints! From Galway to Killarney to Dublin, you will span centuries of Ireland's history at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, seeing the looming mountain of Croagh Patrick and the Rock of Cashel, and taking in the soaring Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast. Enjoying the spirituality, warmth, and hearty culture of the Irish people and their traditions will show you why it's one of our most popular international tour destinations. Time to pack your bags for a Irish Getaway with Fr. Jonathon St. Andre and Franciscan University!
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