|Internationally renowned speakers and authors who have hosted documentaries as seen on THE HISTORY CHANNEL – THE REAL FACE OF JESUS, CNN and the BBC. In 1978 he led the renowned scientific team of The Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) that did the first carbon dating of the Holy Shroud of Turin. John and Rebecca are the founders of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado – please look at their wonderful website www.shroudofturin.com|
A Personal Invitation from John and Rebecca Jackson
We are inviting you to join us for a special pilgrimage at the end of May 2018. The weather is lovely and this pilgrimage would be an extraordinary time of grace for your family and friends. The search for a deeper understanding of God and a better appreciation of the history and life of the Church is the central aim of our journey together.
During our stay in Medjugorje, we have a chance at the end of each day’s activities to return for dinner at our local family’s home to enjoy home cooked Croatian meals prepared for us by Andrej’s mother who provides for us as if we were members of her own family. In Rome, our hotel is conveniently located near St. John Lateran allowing us to retreat into the solace of prayer after our days activities whenever we chose. You will find John and Rebecca’s insights truly captivating as they share the fruits of their many visits and research. We may even have the chance to meet Vatican monsignor’s and perhaps even an archbishop….
Please consider joining us.
John and Rebecca
PRELIMINAY PILGRIMAGE ITINERARY
|Day 1: Depart USA
Depart USA accompanied by John and Rebecca on a connecting flight for Split, Croatia*. Connecting flights NOTE: You have the option to purchase your individual Air Tickets, email us if you do not wish to join our group flights.
Day 2: Split Medjugorje
Arriving at the Split International* airport greeted by our local Catholic guide, you are accompanied on your transfer by private coach on a scenic 2 1/2 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Geographically, the village of Medjugorje is remote and not easily accessible. After refreshing ourselves, and welcomed by our local family on arrival, dinner awaits us. We are – near Apparition Hill – a short walk from St. James Church.
Day 3-4-5: Medjugorje Bijacovici Mirjana’s Monthly Apparition Blue Cross Podbrdo (Apparition Hill) Oasis of Peace Cenacolo Krizevac (Cross Mountain) Our visits include the places where the young visionaries first saw the Blessed Mother in the fields and on the hilltop just a stones throw from where we stay. We are across from Apparition Hill where they gathered regularly to pray. Our local guide appointed by the Franciscans of St. James will relate their personal experiences during the early days of the apparitions that occurred on Podbrdo at the Blue Cross and on the top of Mt. Krizevac as we walk in their footsteps throughout our stay. You have the flexibility and freedom to join in our pre-arranged meetings at the Oasis of Peace and the Cenacolo as you wish.We join Mirjana the visionary during her monthly apparition, a very special grace filled experience. After dinner, you may wish to join the local parishioners as they gather one evening to pray the Rosary in church. Or pray with the visionary’s local prayer group as they gather on Apparition Hill at 8:30 pm (day to be advised). Daily Mass, the Rosary, Friday evening Veneration of the Cross, daily Eucharistic Adoration are scheduled as our walks allow us to more fully enter into this time of great grace. Walking this holy ground frees you and heals you as countless pilgrims have reported who have medically documented cures.
Day 6-7: Medjugorje Vionici Surmanci Adoration Chapel Meetings to pray with the visionaries (depending on availability) are scheduled by our guide at Surmanci* and Vionici* where Vicka had many apparitions with miraculous healings reported to the Franciscans even to this day at the Chapel of Adoration in Vionici. Time to revisit on our own, Apparition Hill and those memorable places that will remain in our hearts forever as we prepare to say farewell.
Day 8: Return to USA
EXTENSION TO ROME MANOPELLO LANCIANO PILGRIMAGE
Day 1: Depart Medjugorje after breakfast and Mass, we leave Medjugorje as we drive along the spectacular Adriatric Coast for our departure on an afternoon flight to Rome. On arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, after clearing Customs and Immigration, we transfer to our Hotel to checkin and refresh ourselves before dinner together this evening. You may wish to take a leisurely orientation stroll from our hotel to get to know one another.
Day 2-3: Holy Rome
|Our visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel acquaints us with the special veneration Michelangelo had for Jesus Christ as evidenced in his paintings and in his agonizing Pieta. Our walk through the Imperial Forum once packed with monuments, basilicas and temples gives us a sense of what daily life must have been like in ancient Rome – full of clamor and chaos. We enter the Coliseum where even mock sea battles were once staged before we continue to Via di San Giovanni Laterano to the great basilica that has survived from the 3rd century – St.John Lateran. It contains many important relics of our faith most especially part of the wooden table used by St. Peter to celebrate the holy Eucharist. The successors of St. Peter would celebrate Mass on that same altar used by the Apostle himself. Then visit the Holy Stairs which were brought by St. Helena from Jerusalem to Rome that were taken from the house of Pontius Pilate that Christ ascended. Time is allowed for us to reverently ascend on our knees to the Santa Santorum on top.
Day 4: Rome Manopello Lanciano
Day 4-5: Rome
Visiting the Patriarchal Church of St. Peter in Chains is a unique mixture of history and legend which contains the chains that traditions tells us bound St. Peter during his imprisonment. The church is full of extraordinary objects ie. Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses. It is the underground chambers that are even more fascinating with remnants of a 3rd century villa, gardens and fountains of the Imperial Palace it once was. Our drive along the Appian Way brings us to the Catacombs where thousands of early Christians were entombed as they await Resurrection Day. Descending below deep underground, profound emotions surface as you see the early Christian representations of the carpenter from Nazareth symbolised on marble slabs covering thousands loculi (their tombs). Returning to the Eternal City we visit the wonderful church of Santa Croce which contains the relics of Our Lord’s Passion that tradition tells us were discovered by St. Helena in the Holy Land. They include pieces of Christ’s cross, crucifixion nails and the Titulus. John and Rebecca’s insights and knowledge will truly captivate you regarding the relics history and authenticity of our Holy Mother Church. Free time on your own.
Day 6: Return home.
TWELVE DAY PILGRIMAGE INCLUDES:
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