A Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Orvieto
Chesterton Schools Network
March 16 – 26, 2022 / $3000.00 all-inclusive
This pilgrimage will immerse the students, faculty and families of the Chesterton Schools Network in the incredible history, heritage and traditions of Roman Catholic civilization. Featuring one week in Rome and three days in Assisi, this all-inclusive tour includes everything in the cost: airfare, lodging, private bus transportation, private guides, meals and more.
Daily Mass – always celebrated at the tombs of great saints and martyrs – is the foundation of each day. This will be complemented by a robust and immersive touring program through the greatest lives, moments and monuments of Roman Catholic Civilization. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a number of special events, such as a Chesterton Schools Network concert in the Basilica of St. Cecilia in Rome, a special Mass with Cardinal Harvey in St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome, a Mass in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi and a Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican!
The entire network will be divided into three main groups, however certain events – such as the special events mentioned above – will overlap and the entire network will participate together. The three groups are: (1) Chesterton Academy of the Twin Cities, (2) Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family, and (3) Chesterton Schools Network. You can find the brochure for your particular group below in the itinerary section of the webpage.
What about Covid? What if we are forced to cancel?
On this trip we will venture in the footsteps of the greatest saints and martyrs of our Catholic heritage. We will experience the history and magnificence of Rome firsthand, exploring the greatest sites found anywhere in the world. Most importantly we will celebrate Mass every day, reorienting and reinvigorating our lives in, through and towards Christ.
Every morning we will depart our Vatican-area guesthouse and set out into Rome. We will explore Rome’s greatest sites, from the tunnels of crypts and catacombs to the many ancient amphitheaters and early Christian churches.
This trip features an audience with the Holy Father! We will also explore every corner of the Pope’s city, from the tomb of St. Peter deep beneath St. Peter’s Basilica and to the very top of Michelangelo’s soaring dome.
On the way to Assisi we will stop in the hilltop city of Orvieto, home to one of Italy’s finest Gothic cathedrals, the Duomo of Orvieto, which serves as a solemn reliquary for the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena!
We will spend three days touring the medieval city of Assisi and adventuring in the mountains above. We will have the unique opportunity to get to know one of the Church’s greatest saints, St. Francis, as we walk in his very footsteps.
Please reference the brochure (found below) for the full itinerary.
Wednesday, March 16
Today we depart the United States for Rome, Italy. Please reference the brochure specific to your group for the full flight plan.
Rome is the Eternal City. There is no place more beautiful and more important in the history of the world than Rome. As Catholics, we know that Rome’s eternal purpose of civilizing and saving the world through the work of Christ’s Church continues every day.
This trip features one full week in Rome. During this week we will explore the history and places of Rome’s incredible three-thousand year history, highlighting the artistic and architectural treasures along the way. The itinerary includes a Papal Audience, the Scavi Tour, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Four Major Basilicas, the Best Baroque Churches and Monuments of Rome, the Jesuit Churches, and so much more.
On the way to Assisi we will stop in the beautiful city of Orvieto, home to one of Italy’s finest Gothic cathedrals, the Duomo of Orvieto, which serves as a solemn reliquary for the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, the first Church-approved Eucharistic miracle. Here is the story.
In 1263 a Bohemian priest, Peter of Prague, had doubts about the Real Presence. His lack of Faith was so great that he decided to journey to Rome on pilgrimage, hoping that God might restore his faith. One day during this arduous journey he stopped in a small town called Bolsena to offer Mass. During the Consecration, when he broke the host, blood began to flow from it and drip all over the corporal on the altar! This great miracle restored Peter’s faith and became the impetus behind the institution of the Feast of Corpus Christi!
Known as the Seraphic City for its angelic beauty, the students will explore the timeless charm and beauty of Assisi for three days. We’ll go back in time to the 13th century, when St. Francis and St. Claire gave up their lives to follow Christ and proclaim the truth and beauty of the Faith. Throughout our time in Assisi, these great saints will become our friends and a model for the students. We’ll witness the Gothic masterpieces of Giotto and Cimabue, the great precursors of the Renaissance, and we’ll glimpse the actual beauty of a the medieval age which has so often been misrepresented as dark and unenlightened. Last but not least, we will enjoy a hike up into the mountains where the great saint himself once fled the world.
Saturday, March 26
Today we return home. Farewell, Italy!
Pricing & Registration
In order to register simply fill out the form on this page! Your place on the trip is then secure!
Purchase Travel Insurance
We will send you an insurance quote as soon as you register. We strongly suggest that everyone purchases travel insurance.
Get Your Passports Ready
Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are not valid to enter Europe.
Get Welcome Packet & Pack Your Bags
One month before the trip we will send you a Benvenuti Box with lots of useful information. Andiamo!
Frequently Asked Questions
St. Joseph – the foster father of Jesus Christ – is the greatest of saints. As our trip patron, we will pray to St. Joseph before and during the trip, asking this incredible man, the protector of the child Jesus, to protect us on our pilgrimage!
“The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.“
Protecting You, and Your Loved Ones
Protect Your Travel Investment, and Plan Worry Free
Please know that any expenses resulting from a positive Covid-19 test are covered under our travel insurance plans. For this reason travel insurance is highly recommended. Please contact us for more information.