Pilgrimage and Filming Blessed Alberione Documentary

The Pilgrimage is now filled. Those who are coming will join the film crew for the Blessed James Alberione documentary - the chance of a lifetime! Welcome!

The film crew is from Spirit Juice Studios: http://www.spiritjuicestudios.com/

Arriving in Newark for the Pilgrimage to Rome

Travel Arrangements for Newark Airport

On October 20, the departure time from Newark will be at 06:00PM from Terminal B on TAP (Portuguese Airlines) flight # 104 to Lisbon.
On October 30, the return will arrive in Newark, Terminal B at 03:35PM TAP flight # 103 from Lisbon.
We recommend that everyone check in for the flight 2-3 hours before departure, given the lengthy security lines.

We will be sending you all the documents to distribute to the group about 2 weeks before scheduled departure. Everyone will get a travel portfolio containing itineraries, flight information, emergency contacts, bag tags, name tags and other goodies.

Novena to Jesus Way Truth Life during Pilgrimage: Leads to the Feast Day!

It turns out that our pilgrimge "road" takes us to the Feast of Jesus Way, Truth and Life. Sr Anne Joan will lead us in the novena as we travel the roads of early Paulines and saints and follow in their footsteps as they traced out the life of Christ - our very calling. Feast of Jesus Divine Master and Shepherd, Way, Truth and Life: October 30, 2010

Getting closer to the Pilgrimage

There is still one month left for you to join us on Pilgrimage to Italy. The Alberione Film Crew is also joining us. See the movie trailer on this page. This statue of St Francis waits for us in a field in Assisi. Assisi has been a deep part of Italian culture since the time Francis joyfully sang in the streets even as he begged for food and lived the life of a poor one of God. Blessed Alberione is not contrasted to Francis. He realized that the gospel is preached and when necessary we use words. The first book people read, Blessed Alberione reminded us, is the book of our life. When we visit the birthplaces of these two heroes of the church our own hearts will reflect the light they put on a lampstand for all to see.

Very Rev. Robert Hospodar joining us on Pilgrimage!

Very Rev Robert Hospodar, JCL

Fr. Hospodar is the Chancellor of the Eparchy of Passaic, NJ for the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church and Pastor of St Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in the Lower Eastside of New York City. He is a long-time patron of our Pauline Book & Media Center in Manhattan and a friend of the Daughters of St Paul community. He recently has inquired into the Institute of Jesus the Priest, one of the ten institutes founded by Blessed James Alberione, so this pilgrimage is a chance for him to understand and learn about the Pauline life, charism and mission in greater depth. He is a canon lawyer, historian, sports fanatic and reads about jurisprudence in Italian for fun.

Still time to join us on our movie Pilgrimage to Rome!

There is still time to sign up for this historical Pilgrmage that includes the making of the James Alberione documentary. Join us as we explore the land of Alberione, Thecla and Giaccardo with film studios Spirit Juice, script writer Sr Helena Burns, historian Sr Anne Flanagan, our Pauline guides - and a great group of friends! Check out the posts here for more info.

Milan, Turin, Alba, Assisi, Rome Information

1. You will depart from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 06:00PM on an overnight TAP (Portuguese Airline) flight to Lisbon then connecting to Milan (MXP).

2. You will arrive in Milan at 11:40AM the following day. The group will have an opportunity to do some sightseeing in Milan via motor coach, so it should not be too tiring. The drive from Milan to Alba should take about 1 hour.

Suggested tips:3. Tips: we recommend giving the bus driver $3.00 per day, per person = $33.00 total

The tour guide should get $5.00 per day per person = $55.00 total
The hotel chambermaid should get $2.00 per day = $20.00 total
Euros are preferred and the rate of exchange right now is around 1.25 but could easily change by October.

4. It is a good idea to use a Debit Card. Pilgrims should check with their banks ahead of time to make sure their pin numbers are compatible with Italian ATM machines. Credit cards charge 5% on transactions, and should only be used for large purchases. Travelex offers prepaid cards that we strongly recommend, since they only charge about 1% per transaction. Travelex can be accessed via the internet at travelex.com. You can lock into a low exchange rate and the card can be used as a credit or debit card good for 4 years.

5. It is better to exchange money once in Italy, perhaps exchanging a little bit at the airport. The amount of cash to bring along depends on the individuals. Total tips will average $110.00 for the whole stay, which converted to EUROS, right now would be about EURO 85.00

6. October weather brings warm days and cool nights. Layers work best and definitely comfortable shoes.

7. One suitcase alone should be checked no heavier than 50 lbs. Additional bags will be charged by the airlines and Select International is not responsible for additional charges for baggage and/or weight excess. One carry-on is permitted that should fit in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat and weigh no more than 40lbs.

8. The return time into Newark (EWR) from Rome (FCO) via Lisbon (LIS) is 03:35PM on October 30.

also see TRAVEL TIPS file here:

PILGRIMAGE to Rome, Milan, Turin, Assisi and Alba - Birthplace of the Pauline Family

Join us today! See the places that inspired Blessed James Alberione, Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo, Blessed Timothy Giaccardo, Mother Scholastica - to join in the foundation of the Pauline Family for a new evangelization! See and walk where Peter, Paul and Francis walked. Travel from the great Cathedral of Milan to the wonderous Basilicas of Rome.

Pilgrimage: Birthplace of the Pauline Family

Celebrating the coming 100th Anniversary of Founding the Pauline Family

October 20 – 30, 2010 

(Approx Cost: $2,600.00 call Select International for details 1-800-842-4842 - mention Sr Margaret Kerry and Daughters of St Paul, Pauline Cooperators)

Wednesday October 20, 2010 DAY 1 DEPART THE U.S.A (from Newark Airport) You’ll leave on an overnight flight to Milan.

Thursday October 21 DAY 2- Milan- ALBA

Welcome to Italy. Upon arrival you are met by your English speaking tour escort, and transferred to the city where we see the magnificent Duomo, La Scala Opera and Da Vinci’s Last Supper (pending tickets). Option: stop at the Society of St Paul bookstore by the Duomo. We are then transferred to Alba for a well deserved night of rest. Overnight in Alba. (D.) Daily Mass with a Priest who will accompany us.

Friday October 22 DAY 3 ALBA (Feast of Blessed Timothy Giaccardo)

We visit the home of Don Alberione, Mother Thecla, Timothy Giaccardo and Basilica of St. Paul where Famiglia Christiana is printed. Continue to the Church of San Damiano which was Canon Chiesa's parish where M. Thecla was a catechist and where she met Alberione. The Shrine of the Moretta, the Madonna, where Bishop Re gave Alberione his first assignment as a journalist in charge of the Gazetta D'Alba is in Alba. The seminary of Alba where Alberione was educated and met many of his future Paulines. The Cathedral of Alba is where Alberione received "the inspiration" to begin the Pauline Family. The site near the Cathedral which was the first apartment/convent of the Daughters of St. Paul and their little book store. We end the day with a visit to the Daughters of St. Paul Motherhouse and the bindery operated by our truly senior Sisters. Overnight in Alba. (B.D)

Saturday October 23 DAY 4 ALBA and the surrounding area

Alberione was born in Fossano, but raised on "The Agricola" near the town of Cherasco where his pastor, Fr. Montersino really encouraged his studies and his vocation. The Church of St. Martin is there as well as the little church of the Madonna delle Grazie, a shrine which young Alberione passed everyday to get to school and where he stopped often to pray. Cherasco even today is a beautiful little town. Street signs are both in English and French. Then a visit to the town of Bra, to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Flowers where Alberione's mother dedicated him to the Blessed Mother. This is very close to Alba, and a place really significant in the life of Alberione. Overnight in Alba. (B.D.)

Sunday October 24 DAY 5 – ASSISI

We are in Assisi home of St. Francis and St. Clare. The walking tour includes visits to the Basilica of St. Francis and Church of St. Clare as well as visits St. Mary of the Angels with the famous thornless rose bush, and San Damiano. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)


We depart for Rome following Holy Mass. Enroute we stop in Orvieto to see the magnificent Cathedral and to view the Miracle of the Eucharist of Bolsena. Upon arrival in Rome settle into your hotel. Rest of the afternoon in Rome and evening is at leisure. (B.)

Tuesday October 26 DAY 8 CHRISTIAN and ANCIENT ROME

Our day is filled with visits to the major Basilica’s of Rome including the Basilica of Saints Mary Major & John Lateran, Holy Stairs and Holy Cross in Jerusalem. In the afternoon you tour Ancient Rome, highlighting the Coliseum, Piazza Venezia, Aurelian Wall, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and other major sights of Rome. T he day ends at St. Peter’s Basilica where we have a guided tour with head phones and visit the Tomb of John Paul II. Overnight Rome. (B.)

October 27 DAY 8 Wednesday- Papal Audience-

The day starts with early Mass followed by the Papal Audience. We then walk over to the Vatican Museum where we have a private guided tour which includes the incomparable Sistine Chapel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight you have the opportunity to sample some of the best food in the world when you explore Rome on your own. Overnight Rome. (B.)

Thursday October 28 DAY 9Sts. PETER AND PAUL in ROME

"St. Paul Tour" of Rome begins at the small church which enshrines the room believed to be St. Paul's apartment there. It is in the Jewish sector, not far from the Gesu. Then we drive the Apian Way to the famous church of Quo Vadis, located on the spot where Christ appeared to Peter, and the Apostle asked “ Domine, quo vadis? “ (Where are you going, Lord) and the Lord replied “I am going to Rome to be crucified for the second time”. Peter understood the message and returned to face his martyrdom. We also stop at the Inn where Paul stopped for rest, before arriving at the seat of the former Holy Roman Empire. We visit the Catacombs where the early Christians hid, prayed and buried their dead. Of special interest are the Catacombs of St. Sebastian with remnants of the original basilica dedicated to Peter and Paul. Continue with a visit St. Paul’s Basilica, built over the burial place of the Saint. Nearby is the sight of Three Fountains, said to spring up as the Apostles head bounced three times, after his beheading. Finally we see the Mamertine prison, where St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)


Queen of Apostles Basilica, Blessed Alberione’s rooms, General House of the Daughters of St Paul, Church of the Divine Master of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, General House of the Society of St Paul.

Saturday October 30 DAY 11 – RETURN TO THE U.S.A


 May31, 2010: $500.00 deposits per person individual deposit along with trip cancelation insurance/travel premium is due in order to hold space. MAY BE EXTENDED to ebd if  JUNE. Please call if you have any other questions: Sr Margaret’s Cell Phone: 617-510-5409

 July 17, 2010: 90-day review, all payments become non-refundable.

 August 5, 2010 Final invoices issued and final payment is due. Name changes are not permitted after this date.

 September 20, 2010 Documents are mailed out.
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