Youth pilgrims must be between 18 and 35 years of age and provide a letter of recommendation from an SSPX priest.
Trip Itinerary: *
Day 1. Friday, May 26: Transatlantic flight to Lisbon
Day 2. Saturday, May 27: Lisbon – Santarem – Fatima
Upon arrival into Lisbon, transfer to Santarem to visit the Church of the Holy Miracle where a Eucharistic Miracle took place in 1225 and continues to this day. Pray before the crystal flask that contains the Blood of Christ. Continue to Fatima for dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 3. Sunday, May 28: Fatima
Fatima, once a remote village, is now home to one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world. Six times, from May 13 to October 13, 1917, the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children to ask for consolation and reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra, culminating in the Chapel of Calvary which overlooks all of Fatima, and finish in Valhinos, site of the apparition after the children’s return from prison. Visit the hamlet of Aljustrel where the shepherd children lived. In Fatima, visit the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica, where Francisco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy are buried. Enjoy a free afternoon before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 4. Monday, May 29: Fatima – Salamanca – Alba de Tormes
Travel this morning to Salamanca, Spain, for a sightseeing of the center of the city. Visit the Old and New Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain. Render homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of La Vega and the remains of Sts. John of Sahagun and Thomas of Villanueva. See the Plaza Mayor, one of the largest and grandest in Spain. Travel to Alba de Tormes to pray before the remains of St. Teresa of Avila, housed in the Carmelite Church. Return to Salamanca for dinner and overnight. (BB, BL, D)
Day 5. Tuesday, May 30: Salamanca – Avila – Burgos
Journey to the medieval, walled city of Avila. Visit the Convent of St. Teresa of Avila, built over the house where she was born, and the Monastery of the Incarnation, where the saint lived for more than 20 years. Afterwards, travel to Burgos to admire its majestic Cathedral, the third-largest church in Spain, housing the tomb of El Cid and his wife. Dinner and overnight in Burgos. (BB, D)
Day 6. Wednesday, May 31: Burgos – Loyola – Lourdes
En route to Lourdes, stop in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here visit the Basilica dedicated to the saint. Behind the sanctuary is his home. See the room where at age 30, St. Ignatius was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. Cross the Pyrenees into France and arrive in Lourdes, where in 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared 18 times to St. Bernadette Soubirous. There, you may wish to participate in the procession of the sick and the candlelight rosary. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes. (BB, L, D)
Day 7. Thursday, June 1: Lourdes – Paris
This morning is free for private devotions or perhaps to submerge in the healing baths, where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites related to St. Bernadette and the apparitions of Our Lady. Afterwards, enjoy free time before transferring to the train station for your overnight train to Paris. (BB, L)
Day 8. Friday, June 2: Paris – Chartres
Upon arrival into Paris, take a private motor-coach to Chartres to visit its magnificent Cathedral. Pray before its greatest treasure: the Veil of Our Lady, miraculously preserved during a fire in 1194. Admire the glorious collection of over 150 stained glass windows, illustrating biblical passages and daily life in the 13th century. Afterwards, stroll through the streets nearby the cathedral before going grocery shopping for your walking pilgrimage. Dinner and overnight in Chartres. (D)
Day 9. Saturday, June 3: Pilgrimage Chartres to Paris
Join thousands of SSPX pilgrims walking from Chartres to Paris. Breakfast is at the hotel. For lunch, bread and water will be provided. For dinner, hot soup, bread, and water. Overnight will be in tents along the way (provided); pilgrims must bring their own sleeping bag, a ground tarp, a soup bowl, and a cup/mug for your coffee/milk. (BB) More details provided upon registration.
Day 10. Sunday, June 4: Pilgrimage Chartres to Paris
Continue on the walking pilgrimage. Breakfast is bread with coffee or milk. Overnight will be in tents along the way. Meals as described on previous day.
Day 11. Monday, June 5: Pilgrimage Chartres to Paris
Walk the last leg of the pilgrimage to Paris. Meals as described above. After the final ceremonies, transfer to your Paris hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 12. Tuesday, June 6: Transatlantic flight to the USA
Transfer to Paris’ international airport for your homebound flight. (BB)
Buffet Breakfast (BB), Boxed Lunch (BL), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
For more information or to register, please contact Regina Pilgrimages.