Confirmation Pilgrimage for Eighth Graders and Parents

“A pilgrimage is a journey a pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of venerating it or to ask for heavenly aid, and ultimately to come to know God better.” – World Youth Day website

For over over a decade, the Basilica of Saint Mary has led a pilgrimage each year to Italy for eighth graders and their parents during the Easter season, shortly after the they have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It is an extraordinary opportunity for parents and children to grow in their faith by visiting some of the holiest and most beautiful Christian sites in the world.  Each student must travel with one parent, but both parents are welcome to participate.

The 2019 pilgrimage is scheduled for April 21-29, and will include Vatican City, Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, Loreto, Lanciano, Sperlonga, Gaeta, Lenola, and more.

Tour information, including the application which is due with a deposit by November 30, can be found below.  Please feel free to contact the parent trip coordinator Beth Ann Garcia with any questions.

Father Edward Hathaway and Beth Ann Garcia recorded a podcast to share details about the pilgrimage and to talk about the spiritual benefits of going on a pilgrimage. Listen by clicking on the link below: 

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Contact the apostolate leader Beth Ann Garcia at or by using this form.

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