Pilgrimages, Trips Scheduled for Italy, Switzerland

Maria Hayes Around the Province

Looking to expand your horizons? Consider joining one of the trips being offered by Provincial ministries.

Thomas Hartle, OFM, and Richard Husted, OFM, of St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, N.J., will lead a pilgrimage to Assisi this summer.  The Aug. 3 to 13 trip will include side trips to Alverna and Greccio, as well as the opportunity to visit Rome or Florence. The total cost is $3,400 for double occupancy. Further information is available from Richard at 973-835-0374.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Long Beach Island, N.J., is planning a trip to see Sordevolo’s Passion Play and historic sites in Italy from Sept. 13 to 22, 2015. Travelers will stay two nights in Rome, two nights in Assisi, one night in Padua, two nights in Biella, and one night in Milan. In addition to seeing the play, participants will also have the opportunity to see the Shroud of Turin and the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Thomas is also leading an autumn trip to Assiis and Rome through Great Experiences, Inc.

Switzerland and Austria can be discovered though a trip with Gonzalo Torres-Acosta, OFM, later this year. The Oct. 15 to 24 journey will include many sights and cities, including Bern and the Berne Dine Around, Lucerne, Innsbruck, the Austrian Alps, Salzburg, the Mirabell Gardens and St. Peter’s Restaurant, Bavaria, Oberammergau and the Tyrolean Folklore Show.

Travelers will enjoy “breathtaking” Alpine views with a ride on the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstadd and explore the halls of the legendary medieval Chateau de Chillon, located on the shores of Lake Geneva. The trip will also include time in Bavaria with the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and the quaint village of Oberammergau. One day will be dedicated to exploring Salzburg. Throughout the journey, travelers will enjoy traditional cuisine, such as fondue and schnitzel, in some of Europe’s oldest and most famous restaurants.

The rates per person are as follows: $3,529 for a double room, $3,829 for a single, and $3,499 for a triple. Included in the price are the cancellation waver and insurance fees, round trip airfare from Newark International Airport, hotel transfers and other traditional taxes. More information can be obtained through Betty Houston at Cardinal Tours LLC, at 973-835-0177 or by email: cardinaltoursllc@hotmail.com.

 Compiled by Maria Hayes