Pilgrimage to Lourdes & Fatima: Sept. 29 - Oct.9, 2011

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Dear Friends,

I invite you on a tremendous journey of faith. This fall, I will join with people of the Diocese of Saginaw on a Pilgrimage that begins in southwestern France.There, we will visit Lourdes, where the Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Bernadette. Our tour includes a visit to the Grotto, to the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place, and a Candlelight Procession where visitors pray the rosary and sing Marian hymns.

Our journey continues to Zaragoza, Spain, the site of the world’s first Marian apparition. It is here that Mary appeared to Saint James to help bolster his energy and zeal to continue his mission following the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

Day five finds us departing for Madrid, where we will visit sites in this cosmopolitan Spanish capital. We will take day trips to El Escorial to see the Eucharistic miracle that occurred in 1572; to Avila, the city dedicated to Saint Teresa; and Toledo’s Cathedral of Saint Mary, ranked among the greatest Gothic structures in Europe.

On day nine, we travel to Fatima in Portugal, to visit the site where Mary appeared to the three young children, Lucia and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco. Our visit will include the Chapel of Apparitions, Chapel of Adoration, and Miraculous Fountain.
This will be my first opportunity to visit the Marian shrines. I look forward to sharing the experience with all who are able to be a part of it. I hope you can join us.

Corporate Travel recommends that Pilgrims be medically and physically fit for the tour since it requires significant walking. I hope this will not be a deterrent for you. We also think it best to limit the tour to those who are 18 and older.

For more information, please call Annette O’Brien or Corporate Travel at (313) 565-8888, extension 121.

With prayerful best wishes, I remain

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

+ Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone,
D.D.Bishop of Saginaw