Trip includes closing Mass with Pope Francis, meeting with Bishop Perez
Reservations are being accepted for a pilgrimage to Ireland this summer that coincides with the World Meeting of Families, which takes place Aug. 21-26 in Dublin.
The nine-day pilgrimage – Aug. 19-27 — is organized by the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Diocese of Cleveland and will include the Festival of Families and the closing Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.
The group also will meet with Bishop Nelson Perez in Dublin.
Father Dan Schlegel, vicar for clergy and religious, and Father Thomas Dragga, pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Solon, will serve as spiritual chaplain and advisor for the pilgrimage.
Travelers will visit many of Ireland’s religious sites, including Knock and Kerry. The trip will end with three days in Dublin, where the World Meeting of Families will be winding down. “Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family” is the theme for this year’s WMOF, which is rooted in the pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Jason Lewis and Katie Galicic of the diocesan Marriage and Family Life Office will lead the pilgrimage. They said participants will have an opportunity not only to grow their personal faith while meeting others from around the diocese, but while meeting and learning about families from all over the world.
Throughout the pilgrimage and program they said the group will explore what it means to be family as Catholics and as part of the whole diverse world, as well as to reflect on what that means for Northeast Ohioans.
The trip is open to anyone in the diocese. Travelers will arrive at Shannon Airport on Aug. 19, where they will be met by a guide and driver, before heading to Galway. Visitors will spend Aug. 19-20 in Galway for a walking tour that includes St. Nicholas Church, which was founded in the 13th century, Claddagh village and the cathedral, among other sites.
On Aug. 21, the group heads to Knock and Ballintubber, where they will visit several sites, including where Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist were seen at the gate of the parish church and Ballintubber Abbey, the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king and still in regular use.
The group travels from Westport to Kerry on Aug. 22 and will visit the Ring of Kerry on Aug. 23.
Travelers head to Dublin on Aug. 24 and will visit Trinity College, as well as some Festival of Families events. The closing Mass for the festival will be on Aug. 26. The following day, the group heads to Dublin Airport to return home.
The all-inclusive price for the trip features basic tour and guided sightseeing, roundtrip international airfare from New York, administrative fees, entrance fees, hotel gratuities, program fees, daily breakfast and dinner, deluxe motor coaches, a one-day ticket for the Mass and concert, first-class hotels and more. Prices begin at $3,738 from New York City or $4,036 from Cleveland.
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