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Pilgrimage to Rome & Bracciano
10-16 February, 2024

Join us on a unique journey to the eternal city of the great apostles Peter and Paul and discover what it means to be ‘living stones’ of the Church. We will stay in the medieval town of Bracciano and travel to Rome to visit the great basilicas and Pope Francis.

Live this experience on pilgrimage!

Sponsored by the Mr. Paul de Gruyter Foundation


Why pilgrimage?

Recognizing that we are body-soul composites, the tradition of pilgrimages in the Catholic Church gives us a physical way of living out what we hope to have happen in our spiritual lives.  As we travel towards God physically, seeking Him through our travel and even our sacrifices/sufferings along the way (weariness, hunger, not seeing something you wanted to see, a roommate with different perspectives, a missed train, a blister or two…), we are asking God to do interiorly, through grace, this same work of detachment from our own ego and the acceptance of growth and movement towards His will and His plan for our life.

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Why Rome?

What does it mean to be Catholic? What is the Church? The Church professes to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. These aren't empty words. They are a living reality and in Rome you can point your finger and say, "Look! There's the pope. Look! There is yet another burial place of a saint who heroically responded to the needs of her time. Look! This isn't just for a select few. Look! There are the bones of the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul who gave their lives bearing witness to Jesus." Come and see!


Why Bracciano?

Part of the gift of staying at Villaggio Betania in Bracciano is that we can avail ourselves of the prayerful atmosphere of the Sister’s monastic life, the beauty of nature, the lovely accommodations in our casas, and the experience of the Sisters who will help to prepare us for our days in Rome.

We will have two "seminar days" here. These days are designed to give you extra free time for conversation, prayer, reflection, sleep, fun, and friendship. On these days we will spend time together learning more about the saints and what they can teach us today. These seminars are meant to be both reflective and interactive.

You also will have the option of enjoying the gardens, the lake, and the nearby castle.

The details

  • Flight to and from Amsterdam to Rome

  • 6 nights in Bracciano

  • 3 day trips to Rome, including the Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis and tours of several major basilicas

  • 2 seminar days based on Scripture, Church documents, papal teachings, and the writings of the saints

  • Daily Mass

  • Most meals together

  • Co-organized and lead by the coordinators of the Catholic Student Chaplaincy of Maastricht and Rotterdam

  • Saturday, 10 February-Friday, 16 February

  • Sign-up deadline: 8 January 2024

  • Ages 18-30

  • Cost: €375 for students or €498 for those with full time employment

  • Initial non-refundable deposit of €185 due 8 January

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Many thanks to the Mr. Paul de Gruyter Foundation for their sponsorship!
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