Footsteps of Chiara Lubich (Focolari)
May 4th to 10th, 2020
Take a journey on the footsteps of Chiara Lubich with members and adherents of the Focolare Movement. Visit the house of the Holy family in Loreto where Chiara “had the first intuition of a new way in the Church: the Focolare”, which could be defined as “heart of a communitarian spirituality, the spirituality of unity, now spread throughout all continents”. Visit her birthplace, Trento, where it all began during the year 1943, then Tonadico, a village in the Dolomite Mountains, where Chiara and her companions went to rest and where the “summer of light” or “paradise 49” took place. Make a stop in Siena to see the house of Saint Catherine of Siena, which Chiara often gave as a model. Discover Loppiano in the beautiful Toscan region, the first little town of the movement. “The origin of Loppiano is to be found in these summer gatherings on the Dolomite mountains called « Mariapolis » – « City of Mary »: a place where the Gospel should be lived not only during a summer vacation but in everyday life, from sunrise to sunset… Admiring from a hilltop the ancient Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, Chiara imagined a small town that should embody the Gospel law of mutual love yet with all the elements of a modern city: houses, churches, shops, sport fields, workplaces, industries, schools.” Finally visit Assisi, the city of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
Chiara Lubich (1920-2008) was founder of the Focolare Movement (The Work of Mary). Born in Trent, Italy, her baptismal name was Silvia. In 1943, when she entered the Third Franciscan Order, she took the name Chiara because she was attracted by St. Clare of Assisi’s radical choice of God. 1943 also marks the year that Chiara Lubich made a vow of chastity, and it has become the year associated with the birth of the Focolare. In the course of her life, she saw the spirituality of the Focolare – the spirituality of unity – grow around the world. She was awarded 15 honorary doctoral degrees, numerous civic awards, the Templeton Prize for Progress of Religion, and the UNESCO Peace Prize. She has published more than 50 books in 29 languages. (New City Press)
Leave Castelgandolfo early in the morning. Tour of Loreto with radios in English, lunch in a restaurant, the afternoon departure for the Mariapolis center of Cadine. Overnight in Cadine.
Breakfast and guided tour of Trento with radios, lunch at the Mariapolis Centre, afternoon departure of the tour. Dinner and overnight in Cadine.
drive to Fiera di Primiero and Tonadico, with a guide and radios, lunch in a restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Cadine.
Drive to Siena early in the morning. After lunch, guided tour of Siena. Dinner and overnight at participating hotels with Loppiano.
Guided tour of the Citadel of Loppiano no radios, according to an agreed program for the whole day. Dinner and overnight at participating hotels with Loppiano.
Breakfast and departure for Assisi, meeting with the guide in English with radios, visit the historical center, entrance to St. Francesco, pranzo in restaurant. Then drive to Castelgandolfo. Dinner and overnight in Castelgandolfo (arranged by client, must be one or the other to avoid extra cost).
Transfer to airport for flight back home.
Minimum 30 passengers
$1,199 cad per person
Single supplement: $140 cad
***ONLY 3 ROOMS AVAILABLE***
Inclusion list for the LAND PORTION:
- Accommodation in hotels as requested in twin/double room:
- 3 nights in Cadine
- 2 nights in Loppiano
- half board for the whole tour
- 1 lunch in Loreto, 2 lunches in Cadine, 2 lunches in Loppiano, 1 lunch in Assisi
- coach tour: Transfer apt/Castelgandolfo (if traveling as a group) | Castelgandolfo/Loreto/Cadine | Fiera di | Primiero/Tonadico/Cadine | Cadine/Siena/Loppiano | Loppiano | Loppiano/Assisi/Castelgandolfo | Castelgandolo/Fiumicino apt (if traveling as a group)
- all actual parking and permits included
- guided services: HD Loreto + headsets, HD Trento + headsets, Fiera di Primiero and Torraco + headsets, HD Siena, program in Loppiano, HD Assisi with headsets
- city taxes in Loppiano
What is not included:
- escort (tour leader)
- travel insurance
- meals not mentioned above and drinks at meals
- personal expenses
- tip or other not mentioned above
For more information, please contact:
Mrs France Lavoie
1-866-331-7965 ext. 200 (toll-free)
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