Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Incorruptible St. Bernadette
Shrine of the Little Flower
Sacre Coeur - The Cure of Ars
Ile de la Cite
Cathedral of Notre Dame
Shrine of the Miraculous Medal
Incorruptible relic of St. Vincent De Paul
Shrine of the Little Flower
Optional extension to Chartres!
will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.� For
a long time I had been asking myself why souls did
not all receive the same grace. Jesus deigned to
instruct me along this mystery. Before my eyes He
placed a book of nature and I understood that all
the flowers created by Him are beautiful�that,
if all the flowers wanted to be roses, nature
would lose her springtime garb. The same is true
of the world of souls, the Lord�s living
St. Therese of Lisieux
at a glance....
DAY 1 - ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Our pilgrimage begins today as we leave for
Lourdes with meals served onboard.
2 - LOURDES
Airport in the afternoon where our Peace Center
Tours Representative greets us accompanying us to
our hotel and stays with
us throughout our visit. After dinner, rest or
join us for a brief walk to the Sanctuary. Room
check-in and orientation before tonight's get
3-4 LOURDES - CARCASSONNE
Experience Christ's love as you kneel in the
built on the very rock of the cave Grotto in
obedience to the request of the 'Immaculate Conception' as we say farewell. Out of
the Pyreenes though Provence whose brilliant
sunflowers and heady lavender create a carpet of
color and scent, through the foothills of the Cevennes, we make our way to medieval
Carcassonne to walk within the walled town of
turrets and towers down enchanting narrow cobbled
streets, past the sparkling fountains and the
flowers spilling from the stone houses.
5 - PROVENCE - AVIGNON
Majestic Avignon awaits us this morning, once the
center of Christianity in the 14th century - the
"second Rome". This lovely town unfolds
during our guided walking tour of the magnificent
Palais des Papes, to the Bishops Palace encircled
by the immense fortress of 39 towers alongside the
Rhone River and the 12th century St. Benezet
Bridge with its own chapel perched on top! After
is time for a stroll through the pedestrian
streets close by.
6 - AVIGNON - ARS - PARAY LE MONIAL
Through Burgundy to the tiny village of Ars, we
enter the Sanctuary of the Cure of Ars for prayer
before the Blessed Sacrament in the presence of
St. John Vianney's reliquary. Later this
afternoon we arrive at Paray le Monial where
our hotel is located facing the Basilica in front
of the apparition chapel of St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque. It was here in the
Visitation Chapel she had four visions of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus.
7 - PARAY LE MONIAL - NEVERS - PARIS
Our first stop as we make our way to Paris will be
at St. Gildard and the chapel where the
incorruptible body of St. Bernadette rests -
encased in a crystal reliquary for all to see.
St. Bernadette lived as a religious at
Nevers after her apparitions of the Blessed Mother
stopped in 1867. We walk just as she surely did in
the garden and visit the room where her personal
items are preserved. Through the Loire countryside
to Paris checking in at our hotel located a few
steps from the Opera House.
According to legend,
St. Denis - the first bishop of Paris - was
decapitated by the Romans in 287AD on
Montmartre. Not one to let a small beheading
ruin his day, St. Denis picked up his detached
head and proceeded to place it where the
Basilica of St. Denis stands. The hill then
became known as Martyr's Mound
8 - PARIS
day's visit includes a cable car ride to Sacre
Coeur -built on the hill of Montmartre standing
high over the city of lights - Paris. Driving via
the Champs Elysses through the Arc de Triomphe,
stopping at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ile de la
Cite. Enter the Eiffel Tower before we visit the
Shrine of the Miraculous Medal where the Blessed
Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, where we
pray before the reliquaries of her incorrupt body
and incorrupt relic of St. Vincent de Paul.
9 - PARIS - LISIEUX
Northwest along the river Seine, we depart
for the Carmelite Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux
- "The Little Flower" - the youngest in a
family of nine. Her extraordinary love for God and
service to humanity comes alive as you visit the
Basilica Cathedral of St. Peter, Les Buissonets, Alencon and her family home.
On display are relics, clothing, and personal
objects belonging to the "Little Flower"
including the statue depicting the Blessed Virgin
who smiled at St. Therese during an ecstasy before
curing her illness. Combine your prayers in the
Carmel Chapel with the Carmelite Sisters, just as
St. Therese did before her death in 1897. Holy
water and holy ground turn our gaze inward to His
messages that resound within us during our visits.
10 - PARIS
RETURN TO UNITED STATES
Following breakfast, you'll transfer to the
airport for your return flight.
Consider extending your stay for a visit to the
Cathedral of Chartres!
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