2015 Pilgrimages to France, Spain, and the Holy Land

Father Bob Colaresi, O. Carm. will lead three pilgrimage trips in 2015

Photo credit: Dareenvt


Carmelite & Colonial Spain: April 12-24, 2015

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Avila

Following the footsteps and spirituality of Carmelite Sts. Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. we visit Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Segovia, Salamanca, Avila, Alba de Tormes, and Fontiveros - Spain is a wonderful country, rich in history and heritage.  It hosted the golden age of enlightenment, when Christianity, Judaism and Islam co-existed, with a great sense of peace, wisdom and mutual respect.  Parallel schools of mysticism and spirituality mutually enriched each other. Reactionary Catholicism, manifested in the Inquisition, eventually destroyed this time of enlightened peace when the Jews & Moslems were expelled from Spain in 1492.

Cost: $3,900 – double occupancy Call 630-969-4141 for more information or click here to download a complete trip brochure  




Lourdes, Lisieux, Normandy, Paris: July 12 – 21, 2015

Pilgrimage through France, following the life & spirituality of St. Thérèse - begin at Lourdes, the most powerful of Marian Shrines, with the issue of healing, living water and hope.  Then we fly north to Normandy, the homeland of St. Thérèse, visiting Lisieux, her Carmelite convent, her childhood home, Les Buissonnets, the Basilica and the Cathedral.  Then to the Normandy Beaches of Omaha and Utah, and the powerful American Cemetery - to Alençon, where St. Thérèse was born and her parents met and lived, until the death of her Mom – and finally to Paris, where will experience this magical city with all its historical and beautiful sites, including Versailles.

Cost: $3,900, double occupancy Call 630-969-4141 for more information or click here to download a complete trip brochure  




Holy Land Pilgrimage: November 1 – 12, 2015

A biblical journey to where God’s revelation happened.  The faith experience of a life-time - a journey of the heart and spirit.  Start in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Way of the Cross, Western Wall, to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, Ein Karem, place of the birth of John the Baptist and the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth; Zion Hill where the Last Supper, Pentecost and the imprisonment of Jesus took place, to the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea, Massada, and Qumran.  Then driving north we visit Emmaus, Jaffa, Caesaria, Mount Carmel, the Galilee, Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, Mt. of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Tabgha, River Jordan, Mt. Tabor, Beit Shean, and so much more.  Highlights include boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, St. Peter’s Fish Lunch, Baptismal renewal in the River Jordan, Biblical Passover meal,  an Israeli/Jewish Biblical guide and teacher, and Biblical reflections and Mass daily at holy sites

Estimated cost: $4,250 -double occupancy Call 630-969-4141 for a complete trip brochure