Archdiocese Announces Special Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring an eight day pilgrimage to Fátima and Lourdes to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Mother. The journey, led by Reverend G. Dennis Gill, Director of the Office for Divine Worship and Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, will feature several towns and shrines throughout Portugal, Spain, and France.


The pilgrimage will include adoration in Saint Stephen’s Church in Santarém, Portugal, the site of the miracle of the Bleeding Host; Mass at the Capelinha, built over the oak tree where Our Lady appeared five times to the three shepherd children: Lúcia, Jacinta, and Francisco; a visit to Aljustrel where the Angel of Fátima appeared; and Valinhos where Our Lady appeared in August 1917; a tour of the Atlantic coast, beaches, and markets of Nazaré; a visit to the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de Burgos in Burgos, Spain; a tour through Loyola as well as various other locations connected with Saint Ignatius; and a guided tour of Saint Bernadette’s home; and a visit to the healing waters in Lourdes, France.


Pilgrims will leave Philadelphia Monday, June 5, 2017 and return Monday, June 12, 2017. Registration for this pilgrimage is due by March 22, 2017. Interested parties may call Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours, Inc. at 1-800-653-0017. An informational flyer is also pilgrimage to this message. Please consider sharing this material broadly in your parish communities. Thank you.

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