Posted July 30th, 2014 | Faithful Foodie, Pilgrimages

 A Sneak Peek at the 2015 Italy Pilgrimage

The summer is more than half-way done, and there is still a chance to sign up for Napa Valley and for the Holy Land pilgrimages, so check them out soon, as they are truly wonderful and fulfilling experiences, both in terms of your faith and your belly.
I wanted to offer a sneak peek at the “Taste of Italy” Pilgrimage coming June 21- 25, 2015, with more information coming next month. Joining me on the pilgrimage is Gus Lloyd, Host of “Seize The Day” Radio program on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM. Take a look:
The trip will be 12 days of culinary and faith-filled adventures, truly qualifying all those who go to be Faithful Foodies. But this is truly a once in a lifetime journey as we will be traveling to The EXPO Milano 2015 in Milan, the largest worldwide event ever organized on the theme of food!
After Milan, we go to visit The Shroud of Turin and see the Tomb of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati while in Turin, among other great cathedrals and landmarks. Then, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, we will spend time at the Basilica in Modena before having a special dinner with authentic Modena cuisine. Following that, we make a trip to the vineyards of Tuscany and remember St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, seeing his tomb and confessional at the Capuchin Monastery. The final days of the trip will be spent in Rome, with opportunities to see the ruins of Pompeii, along with the Vatican Museum, all ending with the Papal Audience with Pope Francis. An incredible journey for anybody, especially those with devotions to these saints and to the Catholic Faith.
As mentioned, more information will come soon, and you will have your chance to register, but I hope that this incredible opportunity whets your appetite for adventure, spiritual growth and some fine Italian Cuisine.

Quotes from each of the saints to be featured on the trip:


In order to be Christian, our lives must be a continual renunciation and sacrifice. However, we know that the difficulties of this world are nothing compared to the eternal happiness that awaits us, where there will be no limit to our joy, no end to our happiness, and we shall enjoy unimaginable peace. And so, young people, learn from our Lord Jesus Christ the meaning of sacrifice.”

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati


“[In a moment of delirium, as he was dying] Pray! Pray, but with faith – with living faith! Courage! Onward, ever onward!”

St. John Bosco


“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”  

Padre Pio


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