International Festival of Creativity in Church Management

First Annual

International Festival of Creativity in Church Management

March 23 – 25, 2017

Join us as we work to build the Church of the future


 

Conference Flyer

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Pilgrimage Information

Travel Information

Inclusions:

  • Airlines: Round-trip economy class airfare via American Airlines: Philadelphia/ Rome/ Philadelphia. (Optional: see cost page for more information)
  • Meeting and assistance upon departure from Philadelphia International Airport.
  • Accommodations: Seven (7) nights’ accommodations in twin rooms with private facilities at hotels throughout.
  • Meals: European breakfast.
  • Coach Transportation: Deluxe motor-coach transportation for arrival and departure transfer and during the sightseeing as per attached itinerary.  Transportation to and from the airport will be included only for those utilizing the flight options as part of this tour.
  • Tour Management: Three days, Full-time, multi-lingual Tour Manager for March, 20, 21, and 22nd.
  • Excursions: All sightseeing, conducted by licensed, professional, English-speaking guides as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary. (March 20, 21, and 22nd).
  • Entrance fees to all sights, as per itinerary.
  • Portage of one piece of luggage, per person, at hotels throughout.

Exclusions:

  • Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance. All are strongly recommended. Peter’s Way Tours offers a comprehensive policy at additional cost.
  • Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver ($80 per person).
  • Passport & visa costs, if any.
    • U.S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to return date.
  • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.).
  • Meals not specified in the program.

Flights (optional for those flying out of Philadelphia):

Departure: Philadelphia to Rome

American Airlines # 718

March 18 at 6:35 pm; arriving on March 19 at 9:05 am

Return: Rome to Philadelphia

American Airlines # 719

March 26 at 11:55 am; arriving March 26 at 3:50 pm

Ground only packages are also available for people flying out of other locations.  Please see the cost page for more information.

Itinerary

(Subject to change)

Day 1, March 18, Saturday: Depart for Rome

Depart Philadelphia International Airport on your overseas journey when the American

Airlines jet lifts into the evening sky for your overnight flight to Rome. Complimentary meals and beverages will be served aloft.

Day 2, March 19, Sunday: Arrive Rome

Morning: Arrive at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, proceed through Passport Control, claim our luggage, and a Peter’s Way Tours tour manager will meet us upon our exit from Customs. Board our comfortable private motor coach and we will have an orientation tour of Ancient Rome and the “Eternal City.” The Roman ruins, 15th century churches, 17th century palaces and 20th century monuments will make history, evolving over 2,500 years, visible to us.

Afternoon: Independent lunch. Hotel check-in.

Evening: Sunday Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Independent dinner.  Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 3, March 20, Monday: Full day Tour of the Pilgrim Church of Rome Basilica

Morning: Breakfast at hotel (included). Today we will have a full day tour of the Pilgrim Churches of Rome. Begin with a visit to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the first Christian church to be consecrated. It was founded by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century and was home to the Popes for many years prior to the present Vatican residence. From there we pass by the Holy Stairs. These are said to be the steps on which Christ walked on His way to Pilate's palace. You can go up on your knees as thousands of pilgrims have done in reverently recalling the sufferings of Christ. Then, we visit the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, which houses fragments of the true cross brought to Rome by St. Helena, mother of Constantine. End our morning with a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the four major Basilicas built by Pope Sixtus III (AD 432-440). View the impressive interior with its remarkable mosaics in the nave depicting scenes from the Old Testament. View relics of Jesus’ manger from Bethlehem, and the high altar, which contains the remains of St. Matthew the Evangelist. View the icon Salus Populi Romani, reputed as painted by St. Luke, meaning Protectress of the Roman People. The mosaics above the entablature are among the most ancient Christian mosaics in Rome.

Independent lunch.

Afternoon: Continue to visit the magnificent Basilica of St. Paul. It was built by Constantine in the 4th century on the site of St. Paul's tomb. After having been totally destroyed by fire in 1823, it was rebuilt on the original basilican plan of early Christian churches. Surrounding the nave are the medallions of each Pope, from Peter to Francis. Then, we drive along a section of the Old Appian Way, one of the first ancient Roman military roads, which connected Rome to Naples and Brindisi on the Adriatic coast. You can see the huge slabs that originally paved its length and several surviving Patrician tombs that once lined its way. Our next stop is the Catacombs, the maze of tunnels hollowed out of volcanic rock, where early Christians— persecuted by the Romans—secretly practiced their religious rites and buried their dead.

Evening: Independent dinner. Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 4, March 21, Tuesday: AM/Tour of Vatican Museums; Sistine Chapel; St. Peter’s

Basilica | PM/Tour of the Scavi (subject to confirmation)

Morning: Breakfast at hotel (included). After breakfast, begin your morning of sightseeing with a visit to one of the great art collections in the world, the Vatican Museums. Walk in the footsteps of the Princes of the Church through the richly decorated galleries. Walk through the Sistine Chapel and contemplate the frescoes of numerous Renaissance masters and the inspired ceiling of Michelangelo. End your morning tour in St. Peter’s Basilica. Take in the awesome architecture and the statuary adorning this largest of all Christian churches, including Michelangelo’s magnificent “Pieta.” Pray at the new tomb of St. John Paul II, in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. On your own, with time permitting, you may wish to go to the Vatican Crypt to see and pray near the tomb of St. Peter. Independent lunch.

Afternoon: This is your opportunity to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Rome all on your own! Perhaps you will want to buy religious articles in preparation for the Papal Blessing at the audience on Wednesday. Or you may want to treat yourself to a leisurely multi-course lunch in a quaint trattoria. There are always plenty of churches, museums, piazzas and ancient ruins to explore. Tour of the Scavi*(Subject to confirmation): The Scavi, or Vatican Necropolis, is the underground excavation under St. Peter’s Basilica. In 1939, Pope Pius XII ordered an excavation beneath the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica, where many popes are buried. Among the tombs of pagans and early Christians, far beneath the high altar of St. Peter's, excavators found a shrine amid the rubble. Most scholars concur that the small column is part of a second-century A.D. shrine built by Rome’s small Christian community on the site where St. Peter was buried.

*All tours of the Scavi are subject to confirmation by the Vatican Office two weeks prior to departure. Tours run continually, are one hour in length, and are limited to 12-15 persons.

Evening: Independent dinner. Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 5, March 22, Wednesday: AM/Papal Audience | PM/Tour of Imperial Rome

Morning: Breakfast at hotel (included). After early breakfast, enter the heart of Christendom for an audience with our Holy Father. Pope Francis will greet all the pilgrims present, deliver his message to the faithful, pray the Pater Noster and bless religious articles.

Independent lunch.

Afternoon: Continue our day with a visit the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see the original chains in which St. Peter was brought captive to Rome and the statue of Moses, one of Michelangelo's greatest masterpieces. Then, we will continue to the ancient Roman Forum. See the Arch of Titus and the Arch of Constantine and proceed to the outside of the Coliseum for a fascinating explanation of its history. Continue on to the grandiose white marble monument of King Victor Emmanuel II, often called the "Wedding Cake." See the Trajan Column and the Market (the ancient Roman equivalent of a department store).

Evening: Independent dinner. Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 6, March 23, Thursday: Full day dedicated to the Conference at the Pontifical Lateran

University in Rome

Morning: Breakfast at hotel (included). Walk to the Pontifical Lateran University to attend the conference (See conference site for more information).  Independent lunch and dinner.

Evening: Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 7, March 24, Friday: Full day dedicated to the Conference at the Pontifical Lateran

University in Rome

Morning: Breakfast at hotel (included). Walk to the Pontifical Lateran University to attend the conference (See conference site for more information).  Independent lunch and dinner.

Evening: Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 8, March 25, Friday: Full day dedicated to the Conference at the Pontifical Lateran

University in Rome

Morning: Breakfast at hotel (included). Walk to the Pontifical Lateran University to attend the conference (See conference site for more information).  Independent lunch and dinner.

Evening: Overnight at hotel in Rome.

Day 9, March 26, Saturday: Return from Rome

Morning: After breakfast at hotel, we will be transferred to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport for our return flight home.

Cost

(Estimated based upon number of participants)

Land Only (No Flights)

Includes all touring, attraction tickets, tour guides, tour busses, hotel, and daily breakfast.  Please note: the land only package does not include transportation to or from the airport to the hotel.  You will be responsible for your own airport transportation.

  • Double room: $1,300.00
  • Single room: $1,795.00

Full Package (With Flights out of Philadelphia)

Includes all touring, attraction tickets, tour guides, tour busses, hotel, airfare out of Philadelphia, transportation to and from the airport in Rome, and daily breakfast.

  • Double room: $2,400.00
  • Single room: $2,895.00

For More Information

Center for Church Management
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-6015
Fax: (610) 519-6054
CSCM@villanova.edu