“To go on pilgrimage means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself before.”Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Welcome to My Catholic Journeys
Pilgrimage is at the very heart of our faith
Stepping out of ourselves and into new places and experiences where so many have walked before us is the very definition of pilgrimage. Whether we are walking in the footsteps of the saints or of Christ, himself, God has, certainly, revealed himself before, in these places in the past. When we walk in the same paths, we find a connection to our faith and our Catholic heritage.
At My Catholic Journeys, we strive to offer pilgrims travel that is true to our faith, and to our Catholic heritage. From our program consultants to our operations team, our in-house flight specialists to our expert guides, the focus of every journey we plan is the spiritual experience of each pilgrim. Our attention to detail allows you, as the pilgrimage leader, the chance to absorb the experience while educating your pilgrims, never having to deal with the business end of your travel (hotel check-in/out, finding restaurants, booking visits, translating or logistics).
No matter if you are looking for a Bible-based pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan or Greece, a Catholic history and heritage tour in Italy, experiencing St. Patrick sites in Ireland, walking the El Camino, or visiting the Marian Shrines of Portugal, France, and Spain, we are here to help. Through our Catholic Program Specialists, you will find a knowledge base of both church and destination. We work with you to build a pilgrimage itinerary that meets your needs, as custom designed as you desire.
So, feel free to explore this web-page for a sampling of what we have to offer. If you have an idea or are seeking a destination that you don’t see here, please feel free to contact us and we will work with you to develop exactly what you are looking for to enhance the faith journeys of your community.
About Our Team
Our team of pilgrimage consultants includes a Catholic Program Specialists that will guide you through your planning and traveling experience. We also maintain many close relationships with priests, religious and diocesan staff members from across the country who have worked with us and who are great resources for developing and maintaining a culture of pilgrimage to complement your formation offerings.
The selection of Portugal for the site of the next World Youth Day was a welcome choice for the worldwide event that would gather catholic youth from around the world in the summer of 2022. However, with the moving of other international events, it was decided that World Youth Day should be moved back, as well. So, it was announced by the Vatican earlier this year, to move the event to 2023. Since the event centers of youth, this extra year of planning and preparations should yield great returns for the church. The draw of Portugal should be great, with optional visits to sites throughout the country and, possibly, into Spain. It is unclear, at this time, if Fatima will be included as an official WYD23 site, but we will work with every group leader traveling with Faith Journeys to incorporate it and any other sites they wish to visit while attending World Youth Day – Portugal!
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Catholic Journeys to Ireland
In the early days of Christianity in Ireland, St. Patrick is credited with teaching the Irish Christians about the concept of the Trinity by displaying the shamrock or 3-leaved clover to highlight the belief of “three divine persons in one God.” On this inspirational Catholic tour of Ireland, we learn about this and much more as we pilgrimage through the land of the “Emerald Isle” and England to visit majestic basilicas, cathedrals, convents, Benedictine monasteries, and religious shrines commemorating Eucharistic miracles, beloved Saints (including St. Cuthbert, St. Julian of Norwich and St. Thomas More), Martyrs (Thomas Beckett and King St. Edmund), and even visitations by the Virgin Mary.
A Conversation About the Importance of Pilgrimage Travel
We have a conversation with The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport. We discuss why pilgrimage is so important especially for young people and his personal experiences while traveling.