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Eternal Rome Immersion Pilgrimage 2020

“Journey to the Heart of the Church as a Renewal of Faith”

With Fr. Randal Kasel, Chaplain

Pastor, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis 

And Tour Director J.P. Sonnen

November 16 – 26, 2020 


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Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this special Rome immersion tour, giving you nine full days to see and experience the Eternal City.  This is your chance, a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Rome that most tourists only see in a flash.  Special highlights include the Vatican City State, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Catacombs, the Coliseum and Roman Forum, the Pantheon and more.  Day trips include special visits to Monte Cassino Abbey where St. Benedict lived, Rome’s Second World War American War Cemetery at Nettuno, and the place of martyrdom and burial of St. Maria Goretti, the “saint of our times.”   Added bonus: visit the room where St. Thomas Aquinas died at Fossanova.  See and experience Rome with our professional Catholic guides.  Along the way you will visit where St. Peter the Apostle died and was buried in the Vatican necropolis — with behind the scenes access.  Now or never — don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to travel with fellow Minnesota believers and a fantastic priest.  Ideal dates have been selected to avoid the summer heat and crowds.  



November 16 – 26, 2020


Rome, Vatican City, Nettuno, Anzio, Monte Cassino, Fossanova.


$2,200 USD*  per person land-only (double-occupancy)
*$200 USD discount for those who register before December 1st, 2019.


The single room supplement is $500 USD.


  • accommodations in religious guesthouse (convent),
  • deluxe ground transportation,
  • simple convent breakfast included per itinerary,
  • fabulous welcome and farewell dinners served with local wines,
  • daily Mass,
  • professional guiding fees included,
  • entrance fees included,
  • professional tour escort,
  • and much more.


No, airfare is additional cost.  You must purchase your own flights and insurance (arriving and departing from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport – FCO).


Yes, you may arrive early or stay later.


No, all are welcome.  You may fly from anywhere and meet the group upon arrival at the specified time and location at the Rome airport.


Travel insurance, tips and food are extra cost.  You purchase your flights and insurance separately.   A free-will offering will be taken up at some Masses for the local church.


DEPARTURE DAY: Monday, November 16, 2020 – Depart North America

Depart on overnight flights to Rome, Italy.  Meals on flight.

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – ARRIVAL DAY

Arrive in Rome, meet our Italian bus escort and depart by private motor coach for our accommodations in the heart of the city.  Check-in to convent and rest.  Overnight in Rome.

DAY 2: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – Rome and Vatican 

We begin our first day with a visit to the Vatican for the weekly general audience of the pope to pray with Catholics from around the world.  Lunch near the Vatican.  Afternoon Scavi tour to see the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica and the tomb of St. Peter, the necropolis of a former pagan cemetery near where the saint was martyred.  Afternoon Mass in our convent chapel.  Fabulous welcome dinner served with Roman delicacies and local wines. (B, D)

DAY 3: Thursday, November 19, 2020 – Rome and Vatican 

Today we enjoy the thrill of a private guided tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel, where you will view some of the most inspiring works of art, including Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement.  The tour includes St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom.  Lunch near the Vatican.  Afternoon is open for souvenir shopping in the neighborhood of the Vatican.  Optional walk at dusk to see Rome’s most famous fountain, the Trevi Fountain.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 4: Friday, November 20, 2020 – Rome

This morning we gather for a guided tour of Ancient Rome which includes the Roman Forum and Coliseum.  Travel back in history and see where the early Christian martyrs perished.  Lunch on our own in the neighborhood of the Coliseum.  Afternoon is open for exploring on your own or shopping in the center of the city.  Optional walk at dusk to see one of Rome’s most charming churches, the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 5: Saturday, November 21, 2020 – Rome

Christian Rome bus tour with stops at the major religious sites of the city.  We begin with Mass at St. Mary Major to marvel at the largest shrine in the city dedicated to Our Lady.  See relics such as the wooden crèche from Bethlehem and the pillar where Christ was scourged, today kept at nearby Santa Prassede.  Pray before the original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce to see the relics of the Passion of Christ.  Next we visit the mighty Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to pray before his tomb.  Lunch at the basilica.  After we make our way to the off the beaten path shrine where St. Paul was martyred, known as Tre Fontane.  Finally, we visit the Lateran Archbasilica, the former residence of the popes and today the cathedral of Rome.  Overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 6: Sunday, November 22, 2020 – Rome

Special visit to a Roman parish for the experience of Sunday morning Mass.  Lunch.  A leisurely walking tour through the streets of the historic center of Rome to see the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain.   Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 7: Monday, November 23, 2020 – Rome, Nettuno, Anzio

Today we take a day trip to Nettuno to see the Sanctuary of St. Maria Goretti, built in her honor over her tomb in the seaside resort town of Nettuno on the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Afternoon visit to the World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial.  Lunch.  Mass at the home of St. Maria Goretti where the saint lived and was martyred.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 8: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – Rome, Monte Cassino, Fossanova 

Today we take a day trip to Monte Cassino to see the famous abbey founded by St. Benedict.  The entire monastery was destroyed during the Second World War and was completely rebuilt.  Visit the pilgrim’s crypt to see the tombs of both St. Benedict and his twin sister, St. Scholastica.  Lunch.  On our return to Rome, visit Fossanova Abbey to see the room where St. Thomas Aquinas died.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B)

DAY 9: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – Rome and Vatican 

Our final full day together we celebrate with morning Mass at dawn in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Next we make our way to the Catacombs of St. Priscilla which are among the finest and most important in Rome.  They originate in the second century, part of a cemeterial complex with a network of galleries that includes what is believed to be the oldest image of Our Lady, a fresco from the 3rd century.  Lunch.  Afternoon visit to the Scala Santa, praying atop the holy stairs that Our Lord ascended at Pilate’s Praetorian Palace in Jerusalem, the prefect way to end our tour.  Final farewell dinner and overnight in Rome.  (B, D)

DEPARTURE DAY: Thursday, November 26, 2020 – Depart Italy 

Transfer to Rome airport for return flights home.  Meals on flights.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*Itinerary is tentative and subject to change.


Your deposit of $1,000 USD is due at time of registration.


Final payment is due August 1, 2020.


A simple convent breakfast and two festive dinners served with local wines are included, per the itinerary.


Adequate time will be given for shopping.  On our last evening the chaplain will bless the religious objects purchased by the group.


Tips are additional cost: $150 Euro per person (for local guides and bus drivers).  This amount will be collected in cash by the Tour Director on the first full day of the tour and distributed by him.


We require you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this can be done at the time of your registration and deposit.


This tour includes a significant amount of walking.  This includes stairs and uneven walking surfaces.  You must be medically and physically fit.   This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


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