Jubilee Pilgrimage for Frs. Marc Vernoy and Pierre Duverger
The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of priestly ordination for Fr. Marc Vernoy and Fr. Pierre Duverger. To celebrate their Jubilee, they will lead this beautiful 10-day pilgrimage to discover and honor the Vendée Martyrs, who died for their Faith during the French Revolution. Join them as they tour breathtaking France, visiting sites related to these heroes of Catholicism, attend daily Holy Mass, and gain countless graces.
Day 1. Wednesday, July 1: Transatlantic flight to Paris
Day 2. Thursday, July 2: Paris – Cholet
Welcome to France! After customs, meet your tour escort and start your pilgrimage with a panoramic view of Paris on the way to the Church of St. Nicholas du Chardonnet for Mass. Afterwards, drive southwest to Cholet, located in the Vendée region of western France, which was the epicenter of the largest Catholic uprising against the French Revolution for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)
Day 3. Friday, July 3: Puy du Fou
Today, enjoy a full day at Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses in the heart of the Vendée region. Located in the extensive grounds of the ruined 16th-century castle of Le Puy du Fou, it was founded in 1977 and has become a multi-attraction theme park vividly portraying the history of France, including the exemplary fight of the Vendéans against the armies of the French Revolution. Overnight in Cholet. Tonight, dinner is on your own. (BB)
Day 4. Saturday, July 4: Puy du Fou
Enjoy another full day at Puy du Fou. Evening transfer to Cholet for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 5. Sunday, July 5: Cholet – Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre – Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne – Mont des Alouettes – Rochefort
Today journey to Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre to pay homage to St. Louis de Montfort. The saint died here in 1716 while on his last mission. His crypt in the Basilica that bears his name is a focal point of devotion. He wrote The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and The Secret of the Rosary. Next to this church visit the Congregation known as the Daughters of Wisdom founded by Blessed Marie Louise Trichet, who since the age of seventeen devoted her life to caring for the poor and the sick. Next stop is Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, famous for the massacre of its population on February 28, 1794, by the infernal columns during the Wars of the Vendée. The mortuary plates of the Chapel of Petit-Luc bear the names of the 564 people massacred. Drive south to reach the city of Rochefort for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)
Day 6. Monday, July 6: Rochefort/I’Ile d’Aix. Afternoon excursion to Port-des-Barques/l’lle Madame
Sightseeing today will include a visit to the island of I’Ile d’Aix, where during the French Revolution, in 1794, the island was used as a prison for the suppression of religious opponents, in which hundreds of priests were left to die in moored prison-boats. A large cross of pebbles on the ground commemorates the place where hundreds of priests were buried after being deported and killed in 1794. Next stop will be Port-des-Barques, from where you will walk a little over half a mile to the island l’Ile Madame, where 829 priests were martyred during the French Revolution. Return to Rochefort for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 7. Tuesday, July 7: Rochefort– Saint-Emilion – Lourdes
En route to Lourdes, stop at Saint-Emilion, a charming village in the middle of the red wine district. It dates back to an 8th-century hermit, St. Emilion, who dug out a cave for himself in the rock. A monastery followed, and by the Middle Ages, Saint-Emilion had become a small town. Stop at one of the many world-famous wineries to savor a glass of the region’s renowned wine. Continue to Lourdes for dinner and overnight. Tonight you may join the candlelight rosary procession. (BB, D)
Day 8. Wednesday, July 8: Lourdes
In 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous 18 times at the Grotte Massabielle. Today, over six million pilgrims visit Lourdes every year. Your morning in Lourdes will be free for private devotions and for those who would like to take advantage of the healing baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Early in the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill, where St. Bernadette was born, and the “Cachot”, an abandoned prison where St. Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Visit the impressive Basilica and pray at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. Tonight you may join the candlelight rosary procession. (BB, D)
Day 9. Thursday, July 9: Lourdes – Paris
Enjoy another free morning in Lourdes. After lunch on your own, board the train to Paris, where a private motor-coach will take the group to a local restaurant to celebrate the end of a beautiful pilgrimage with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Paris. (BB, FD)
Day 10. Friday, July 10: Homebound flight
Transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB, FD)
(BB) Buffet breakfast; (L) Lunch; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FW) Farewell dinner
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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