Jan 2006 - In
Denver, Colorado (L to R) Mr. Thomas Pereira of St Michael Center
and parish training consultant www.GrowYourParish.com , was invited
by Globus-Cosmos religious travel team Ms.Amee Estill and Mr. Kevin
Wright , religious travel manager, to begin a program to encourage
the formation of travel ministries in parishes and to organize pilgrimages.
Pastors and parishioners are encouraged to contact St Michael Center
to learn more about the program as part of helping parishes grow
their communities. Global-Cosmos, a 75 year old company, is the
largest tour operator in the country.
(left), acclaimed Catholic travel author and Religious
Travel Manager for Globus and Cosmos; and Thomas Pereira (right)
founder and director of St Michael Center met in December 2005 in
San Francisco to begin a National Travel Ministry for parishes with
the mission of encouraging families to travel to religious, historical
and cultural sights around the world.
to serve the Catholic community in America by offering the opportunity
of travel and fellowship in a relaxed environment, the opportunities
are limitless. Whether it is a trip to the great Catholic shrines
of Europe, the Biblical lands, or even a parish vacation to Hawaii,
we offer you the very best faith-based travel experiences.
Our travel partner Globus and Cosmos is a world-class leader in
escorted vacations, and specialists in pilgrimage travel. Their
team of religious travel professionals is headed by Kevin J. Wright,
an award-winning Catholic travel author.
pilgrimage trips are chosen to provide you or your parish an intimate
encounter with the roots of our Catholic faith – whether it
is walking in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II in Poland, praying
at the site where Our Lady appeared in Fatima and Lourdes, or even
touching Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
with St. Michael’s National Travel Ministry is more than a
journey, it is an immersion into the richness of our Catholic faith
– and where the saints come alive.
Irish Faith and History
11-day tour will let you become intimately involved in Irish faith
and history as you visit Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Patrick’s
Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College, Knock Shrine,
Church of the Apparition, Folk Museum, Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre,
Kylemore Abbey, Aran Heritage Centre and Burren Centre. Also explore
dairy farm country in the center of the “Emerald Isle”,
enjoy an excursion to Inishmore, relish a panoramic drive around
“Ring of Kerry” and a horse-drawn car ride through national
park, drop by the world famous crystal factory in Waterford, and
see Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca.
The Legacy of Pope John Paul II
eight-day tour will allow you to experience first hand the Pope’s
hometown, his favorite boyhood shrine, his favorite Marian devotion
site, the city and cathedral in which he served as cardinal, and
much more. Part of the pilgrimage is a visit to Cathedral of St.
John, Warsaw Ghetto, Franciscan Friary, Shrine and the famous Black
Madonna, Martyrdom Museum, St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell, Wawel
Castle, St. Mary’s Church, and Shrine of Divine Mercy
Lourdes and Shrines of France 11-day tour will immerse
your faith as you visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Basilica of Sacre
Coeur, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, St. Vincent de Paul
Shrine, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Our Lady
of Lourdes Shrine, St. John Vianney Shrine, and Basilica of the
Sacred Heart. Also glimpse at the family home of St. Therese, St.
Bernadette’s and St. John Vianney. You may also bathe in the
healing waters, attend the “Blessing of the Sick,” or
join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession in Lourdes.
The Marian Shrines of Europe
11- day tour will allow you to visit three of Christianity’s
most famous shrines on this unforgettable pilgrimage- Lourdes, Fatima,
and Santiago de Compostela. Stops along the way include a visit
to Jeronimos Monastery, Church of St. Anthony, Church of the Holy
Miracle, Prado Museum and Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. Also
visit St. Bernadette’s birth and family homes, bath in the
healing waters, attend the “Blessing of the Sick”, or
join the evening’s rosary and candlelight procession.
The Classic Shrines of Italy
10-day tour will let you experience the best of Italy’s famous
shrines and cities on this pilgrimage. Discover the history, culture
and architecture of Christian faith from Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo
to Assisi. Part of the journey are stops to St. Paul Outside the
Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs,
St. Mary Major Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel,
St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, Roman Forum.
Also visit the Benedictine Abbey, Padre Pio’s friary, Holy
House of Loreto, St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncula.
Also indulge in the sights and sounds of St. Francis and St. Clare
of Assisi’s hometown.
The Grand Catholic Italy
11-day tour will give you a majestic travel from Rome to Venice
as you take pleasure in guided visits to the Holy Stairs, St. John
Lateran Basilica, St. Paul outside the Walls, St. Mary Major Basilica,
the Catacombs, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s
Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Also visit
Benedictine monasteries, Padre Pio’s friary, Shrine of Monte
Sant’Angelo, Holy House of Loreto, St. Anthony’s Basilica,
and St. Mark’s Square.