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Pilgrimage to The Eucharistic Miracles & The Special Saints of ITALY 17-09-2019

17th September 2019

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Pilgrimage to The Eucharistic Miracles & The special Saints of ITALY 16TH SEPTEMBER – 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019

Italian Pilgrimage


Exciting News from Father Marcin Drabik -following on from our successful trip last year to eastern Europe – POLAND- LITHUANIA & UKRAINE, , this year our St Swithun’s Parish is having it’s annual Pilgrimage to ITALY. We will leave on the 16th and return on the 26th September 2019. During this time we will visit the various sites where the Eucharistic Miracles have taken place. We will also visit other places of interest where our blessed saints are buried.

You can find all the details (with short videos and short extracts about the places we will visit) on our website here: https://stswithuns.org.uk/pilgrimage-sep-2019

You will find costs, dates, locations , payment details and how to register for this exciting trip.

We would love you to come. Closing dates are on the website.

 Download Registration form here: Pilgrim-Registration-Form- EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE – ITALY 2019

You can also collect the programme and details from the back of the church – please share with all those your Friends, who can be interested.


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Details Notes
Price £980


Round Trip Airfare prices are inclusive of airline taxes and charges
Modern Coach with a professional driver to our constant disposal;
Accommodation in double/triple rooms with WC & shower
There are only 12 single rooms only these have a surcharge of £165
Local English Speaking Guides if needed
Meals Breakfast and dinner daily. B/D;
All Entrance fees & Local taxes;
Tips for Guides  


Items of a personal nature
Travel Insurance RECOMMENDED

Payment Schedule:

Payment Schedule Date Needed By Amount
Payment 1: deposit Submitted with the Registration Form £300.00
Supplement for a single room 18th April 2019 £165.00
Payment 2: 10th June 2019 £400.00
Payment 3: 20th July 2019 £280.00

Other Details

 Download Registration form here: Pilgrim-Registration-Form- EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE – ITALY 2019

The registration form can be sent to: Fr. Marcin Drabik, Our Lady of Lourdes’ & St Swithun Church, 105 Waverley Road, Southsea PO5 2PL
Email registration form to: mdrabik@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Deposit in cash or by cheque: made out to PRCDTR Our Lady of Lourdes’ & St Swithun Church with the title ‘EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE
Bank Transfer to the Parish: Account no: 01730453;
Sort Code: 30-93-04,

Pilgrimage Itinerary

Date Location Sites
Monday, September 16th 2019 Flight out
Tuesday, September 17th PADUA Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua’ tomb, Eucharistic Miracle of Ferrara, Italy, 1171
Wednesday, September 18th 2019 Morning LORETO The Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto
Wednesday, September 18th 2019 Afternoon MACERATA Santa Maria della Misericorida – Macerata,; Cathedral of Holy Mary Assumed and St. Giuliano
Wednesday, September 18th 2019 Afternoon MANOPPELLO The Holy Face of Jesus, the Veil of Manoppello
Thursday & Friday, September 19th & 20th 2019 LANCIANO Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
Thursday & Friday, September 19th & 20th 2019 SERRACAPRIOLA Tomb of Father Matteo of Agnone Exorcist
Thursday & Friday, September 19th & 20th 2019 SAN GIOVANI ROTONDO the sanctuary of Saint Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo
Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd 2019 POMPEII Sanctuary Della Madonna – Virgin of the Rosary
Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd 2019 NAPLES The Grave of Father Dolindo Ruotolo
Monday, September 23rd 2019 BOLSENA & ORVIETO The Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena Italy and the Tomb of Saint Cristina
Tuesday, September 24th 2019 CASCIA Basilica of St Rita of Cascia
Tuesday, September 24th 2019 ASSISI Basilica of St Francis, Church of St Clara, & S. Maria degli Angeli, the temple of Minerva , tomb of Venerable Carlo Acutis
Wednesday, September 25th 2019 SIENA Eucharistic Miracle, St. Catherine’s Relics, Basilica of Saint Francis
Thursday, September 26th 2019 Flight back


Day 1. Monday, September 16th: Depart to Italy, accommodation.

Day 2. Tuesday, September 17th:  Padua and Ferrara

Saint Anthony of Padua


Padua is the oldest city in Northern Italy. It is a beautiful old university town with an illustrious past. We’ll venerate Saint Anthony of Padua, the Franciscan hermit  who was born in Lisbon but died in Padua, when we visit the magnificent Basilica that holds his tomb and relics.

The Eucharistic Miracle of Ferrara, Italy, 1171


Eucharistic Miracle of Ferrara 2

Then we travel on to the place of Eucharistic Miracle of Ferrara, Italy, 1171. The miracle took place in the Basilica of Saint Mary in Vado, on Easter Sunday, March 28, 1171. While celebrating Easter Mass, Father Pietro da Verona, the  prior of the basilica, reached the moment of breaking the consecrated Host. At this point he saw that Blood gushed from the Host, staining the ceiling of the crypt above the altar with droplets. In 1595 the crypt was enclosed within a small shrine and is still visible today in the monumental Basilica of Santa Mari a in Vado. (BB, D)

Day 3. Wednesday, September 18th:  Loreto , Macerata and Manoppello

The Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto in Italy

In the Morning we will be travelling to Loreto which is a lovely hill town situated in the Marche region of Italy. It is home to the site of the Holy House of the Holy Family, which was carried by angels from Nazareth to Loreto as it was about to be destroyed by Holy Land invaders.

The Holy House of Nazareth, where the Annunciation was made to Our Lady, is now located here inside the Basilica of the Holy House.  Known as “The Translation”, the angelic flight of the Holy House from Nazareth across the Mediterranean to Loreto mirrors the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt.


Santa Maria della Misericorida – Macerata, Italy

We will then move onto  Macerata where on April 25 1356, a priest , whose name we don’t know, was celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Church of St. Catherine, owned by the Benedictine monks.

During the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread before Holy Communion, the priest began to doubt the Real Presence of Jesus in the consecrated Host. Precisely at the moment in which he broke the Host, and to his great surprise, he saw an abundance of Blood flow from the Host which stained part of the corporal, and the chalice placed on the altar.

At Macerata , in the church of the Cathedral of Holy Mary Assumed and St. Giuliano, under the altar of the Most Holy Sacrament, it is possible to venerate the relic of the “corporal marked by Blood.” Also preserved in this church is the parchment on which the miracle is described.


The Holy Face of Jesus, the Veil of Manoppello

Later we will visit the Basilica del Volto Santo containing a sudariumFace of Manoppello, from the veil of St Veronica. The Image of the Holy Face (Basilica del Volto Santo in Italian) is similar to the more famous Shroud of Turin, in that the image that appears is not painted on the surface, but is part of the cloth itself. When viewed from some angles it is fairly clear and yet when viewed from some other angles it is almost invisible.

It is different in one aspect, however, in that it is a positive image rather than a negative image as shown on the Shroud. When the image on the Veil of Manoppello is laid over the image of the face on the Shroud of Turin, the two images match perfectly. It is the same face. (BB, D)

Days 4 & 5. Thursday & Friday, September 19th & 20th: Lanciano, Serracapriola and San Giovanni Rotondo

Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano Italy

 We are then off to experience another Eucharistic miracle , that of Lanciano, which took place here in the 8th century. A Basilian monk, who had doubted the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, was celebrating mass, and at the consecration, saw that the Host had changed into flesh. The wine had changed into blood, clotted and separated into 5 different sized clots. The priest then admitted his former doubts to the stunned parishioners.

The news spread quickly, and the faithful came from all over to view the miracle, which to this day has retained the same dimensions. The miracle is contained in a silver and glass reliquary and is clearly visible.

The latest scientific testing, done in the 1970’s, confirms what the faithful have believed for 12 centuries without the technology of today: “the flesh is real flesh” (a perfect slice from the heart), and “the blood is real blood”. The blood type is AB, the same found on the Shroud of Turin. Viewing this most spectacular miracle of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is a deep and moving experience for many pilgrims.


The Tomb Of Father Matteo of Agnone Exorcist

 Nowadays ,at the contact with his tomb, people are delivered from satanic troubles and possessions. During exorcisms Satan reveals that Padre Matteo “Is more dangerous after his death than before” and that he fears his cause of canonisation.

In fact the tomb of a saint is a kind of axis mundi, and that of the Servant of God Padre Matteo of Agnone is a sort of nuclear reactor against the devil. The whole church where he’s buried is an energy factory, where people can access divine energy through contact with the sacred remains of the saint and through his divinely effective intercession.

Sometimes a sick self leads to a sick body and a sick mind, so a pilgrimage (or a retreat) at Padre Matteo’s tomb is a chance to recover from spiritual diseases.

The Sanctuary of Saint Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo and the Monte Sant’ Angelo


We will spend the morning in the sanctuary of Saint Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. and then walk to the church of Our Lady of Grace and celebrate Mass. We will visit the tomb of Saint Padre Pio. After our visit to the Shrine of Saint Padre Pio we will then go to Monte Sant’ Angelo to visit the Grotto where Archangel Michael appeared from the 5th – 17th century. (BB, D)


Days 6 & 7. Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd: Pompeii and Naples

The Sanctuary Della Madonna

We will visit the shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in POMPEII, where the painting of ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’ with its bronze gilt frame is presented on the high altars.We’ll visit the ruins of ancient Pompeii ,one of the world’s most fantastic archaeological experiences. The town was buried under a layer of lapilli in AD 79 after the eruption of Vesuvius and the result is a remarkably well preserved slice of ancient life where visitors can walk along Roman streets and snoop around millennia old houses, temples, shops and Amphitheatres.


The Grave of Father Dolindo Ruotolo

You can find the grave of Father Dolindo Ruotolo in Naples cathedral with the relics of the patron saint of the city. Father Dolindo Ruotolo was a Neapolitan priest (1882-1970),  a stigmatised miracle worker and “mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit”. Father Dolindo Ruotolo  had extraordinary communication with Jesus throughout his heroic life, a life that was totally devoted to God and the Holy Mother Mary. He referred to himself as “the Madonna’s little old man” and the Rosary was his constant companion.

As you can see from this novena much of what our Lord wants flies in the face of normal human inclination and reason. We can only rise to this level of thinking through the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit. We must let go of our problems, stop worrying and trying to resolve them ourselves. We must believe, trust and allow our Lord to rescue us from ourselves and supply our wants, needs and resolve our problems as only He can. “Jesus, You take care of it”, should be the first words that come to mind and flow from our lips. After all, we have tried to do things our way and look where is has got us.


Day 8. Monday, September 23rd:  Bolsena & Orvieto (After breakfast)

The Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena Italy and the Tomb of Saint Christina

We will visit Bolsena , where another Eucharistic Miracle took place, and from which Corpus Christi Processions have their beginning.Such was the case in 1263, when a visiting priest stopped in Bolsena to celebrate Mass at the Saint Christina’s Church in Bolsena . He had begun to doubt that the Eucharist was really the Body and Blood of Christ; however, the priest was shocked when the host began to bleed right after the prayer of consecration. Unable to hide this fact, he interrupted the Mass and went to nearby Orvieto, where Pope Urban IV was in residence. After a thorough fact-finding investigation the Pope ordered that the miraculous host and the linen altar cloth (Corporal) stained with blood be brought to Orvieto and placed on display. It still on display today for pilgrims to see.It should be noted that the Cathedral also has some of the most magnificent frescoes to be found anywhere. The San Brizio Chapel depicting visions of heaven and hell certainly rival those of the Sistine Chapel in our humble opinion. You will find some beautiful frescoes by the early Renaissance painter, Luca Signorelli, depicting the Preaching of the Anti-Christ, of the Last Judgement, and of the Resurrection of the body, certainly inspired Michelangelo’s own masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. The Cathedral was originally planned as a residence for the Pope, but as history unfolded, the Papacy moved elsewhere and that helps explain why such a magnificent structure can be found in a town that historically has not had great significance.


Orvieto and Bolsena are only about 10 miles apart, so it is easy to combine both. Certainly viewing the Eucharistic Miracle in Orvieto is the number one priority of most pilgrims, but many are also interested in visiting the Church of Saint Christina in Bolsena where the miracle actually took place. (BB, D)


Day 9. Tuesday, September 24th: Cascia and Assisi

Saint Rita of Cascia

Saint Rita of Cascia is one of Catholicism’s most revered saints, often referred to as the “Saint of the Impossible” & also the place where a Eucharistic Miracle is preserved. The miraculous host dates from 1330 when a priest in Sienna, off to visit a dying farmer, took a consecrated host and stuck it in his breviary rather than a pyx. When he arrived at the bedside he opened the breviary and discovered the host was bleeding and that the pages inside were stained with blood. The pages were preserved and numerous tests were performed confirming that it was indeed human blood. The Eucharistic miracle is kept in the lower chapel of the Basilica of St Rita.


Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

  On this day we will be visiting the  Church of St Clara, & S. Maria degli Angeli. Then we’ll stop at the temple of Minerva. Our last stop will be at the tomb of  the Venerable Carlo Acutis (BB, D)


Day 10. Wednesday, September 25th: Siena

Treasures of Siena: Eucharistic Miracle, Saint Catherine’s Relics

Siena has remained practically unchanged since medieval times. The town was founded by Augustus around the time of the birth of Jesus, although legend holds that it was founded by Remus, brother of Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome. A complete circuit of medieval walls surrounds the ancient buildings and narrow twisting streets leading to the magnificent Piazza del Campo, one of the most stunning public squares in the world.

In addition to its natural beauty and its excellent university, it is the home to both Saint Catherine of Siena (Doctor of the Church.) She experienced visions from an early age and seemed destined for sainthood. Throughout her life she experienced almost every type of mystical gift. She levitated, performed exorcisms, healed, lived on only the Holy Eucharist for years, received the invisible stigmata, and had numerous visions of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the saints, and the devil)


Eucharistic Miracle of Siena

 The Eucharistic Miracle of Siena is one of the longest on-going miracles in the world.

On August 14, 1730, thieves broke in to the Church of St. Francis and stole a ciborium containing consecrated hosts. The theft was discovered the next day by Franciscan priests, and the town’s festivities celebrating the Feast of the Assumption were immediately halted. The bishop asked for prayers and reparations as civil authorities searched for the missing ciborium.

On August 17th a parishioner in the Church of St. Mary noticed a bright light coming from a collection box. When the box was opened a large number of hosts was discovered covered by dirt and cobwebs. Counted and examined, these were determined to be the same hosts that were stolen. Normally the priest would have consumed these hosts but since they were covered with dirt and cobwebs it was decided to let them decompose naturally, something that should have taken a few weeks.

However, since 1730, the hosts have remained fresh and sweet-smelling. Over the years various tests have been performed that authenticate this miracle. They are preserved here in Siena in the Basilica of Saint Francis. (BB, D)

Day 11. Thursday, September 26th:

Flight back: on the Morning transfer to the airport for our flight back.

 Download Registration form here: Pilgrim-Registration-Form- EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE – ITALY 2019