Not your typical Catholic pilgrimage…
Twice a year, once on the Feast of the Assumption and once on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi displays Mary’s veil.
I’ve just returned from my first group pilgrimage to Ireland. I had an amazing group of 25 friends traveling with me. The weather was absolutely perfect, the scenery was gorgeous, and, I must say, the food was unexpectedly delicious!
Beginning August 5, 2017, and continuing indefinitely, there will be Mass at the tomb of Saint John Paul II in English on the First Saturday of each month.
A beautiful, busy, 20 hour day in Rome. Multiple Masses and a concerto in a palace.
On May 13th of each year, pilgrims in Rome stop by the spot where Pope John Paul II was shot on this day in 1981. Flowers are often left on the marker which is located near the security entrance for Saint Peter’s Basilica.
My youngest daughter (7) and I attended Mass at Rome’s Cathedral, Saint John Lateran, on Holy Thursday. At the conclusion of the Mass we set out to visit as many churches as we could before they closed for the evening. We ended up getting in 23 churches. We could have gotten many more, but a lot of churches closed before 11 PM.
Most people know that it’s possible to walk in the footsteps of Christ by visiting the Holy Land. What many do not realize is that, thanks to Divine Intervention and Saint Helena, it’s also possible to view many of the relics associated with the Passion of Christ while visiting Rome.
The ancient tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
I took my goddaughter to see Pope Francis. She was able to meet him and get a kiss on the cheek. But then she grabbed the hat off his head and the next few days were a little crazy.
Info on how to order a parchment papal blessing.
As women are marching and celebrating and protesting, let’s not forget that today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of a young woman who gave her life to remain pure.
A look back on three years living in Rome.
The Feast of Saint John Lateran is on November 9th. This is a Twitter tour of the Cathedral of Rome. If you enjoy his sort of thing, you should follow me on Twitter.
The Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena is on April 29th. Though she’s from Siena, she lived and died in Rome. Her tomb is located under the main altar in the basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, just behind the Pantheon. The tomb can be visited anytime the church is open. However, on her feast […]
Nine days, nearly 100 church visits, and 71 miles walked.
Thank you for sending in your prayer requests. Some were very personal and very painful and it was an honor to bring them with me around Rome.
Thank you for your prayers. I had my own intentions and it was humbling to know you were praying for me.
I need prayers. You need prayers. The world needs prayers.
One can pray anywhere, of course, but I live in Rome where there are some pretty cool churches. I am surrounded by holy relics, miraculous images, and the tombs of many saints.
For nine days, starting on July 30th, I’d like to take your prayers with me to nine significant churches across Rome.
It’s great to travel and experience the local culture, but sometimes you just want to go to Mass in your own language. Here are the best places to do that in Rome.
My very first group pilgrimage was in June of 2005. This is how a mistake I made nearly killed them.
What you need to know about getting in to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
We left the hotel just after midnight to line up with the entire country of Poland and everyone else who came for the beatification. Around 2 a.m. we had a nice few feet of cobblestone. Some were able to sleep, some were able to work. There was pushing, shoving, stepping on and kicking. All one […]
In this June 2016 newsletter, I discuss my redesigned website, launch Day Tours of Catholic Rome, and give everyone a chance to save $$$ on their next pilgrimage.
For TCT v12, I dug deep into my stats to design a better experience for the thousands of people who visit this site each day.
The tools for the New Evangelization are always evolving. Right now, my favorite tool is Snapchat and this is how I’m using it.
This is not a travelogue per se, but the unedited emails I sent home using a Blackberry to friends and family while I was away. Friday, November 10, 2006 The final day. Yay!!! I woke up before 7 to get ready to go to Piraeus. I took the metro and was there in half an […]