Parish Pilgrimage - Ireland
Join us for Prayers, Potatoes, and Pubs: A Journey to the Heart and Soul of Ireland
September 16-29, 2018
Ireland beckons! Join our two-week immersion into the culture, history, spirituality, and breath-taking natural scenery of the Emerald Isle, a nation small in size, but far-reaching in its historical impact. Highlights include:
● We will honor Our Lady at Knock, where she appeared to fifteen villagers in 1879 as the Queen of Heaven. 1.5 million pilgrims visit this site every year, among them St. John Paul II, in 1979. We will celebrate Mass here and at other significant sites daily as our journey unfolds.
● We’ll visit the sacred sites of St. Patrick, including Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain, where he fasted for 40 days; Ballintubber Abbey, where he baptized many converts; the Rock of Cashel, the royal seat, where he baptized the king; and the Hill of Tara, where he first used the shamrock in his preaching.
● We will pray at ancient sites of Celtic spirituality, including Clonmacnoise, a well-preserved site of Celtic buildings and sacred art; Monasterboice, which houses the famous Muiredach Cross; Glendalough, the home of St. Kevin; Mellifont Abbey, the monastery of the renowned St. Malachy; and Kildare, the abbey of St. Brigid.
● Places of enchanting natural beauty, including the Connemara Loop, the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and the Vale of Avoca.
● The unique atmosphere of lovely Irish towns – Westport, Galway, Ennis, Tralee, Killarney, Cork, and Cobh.
● We’ll acquire the gift of the gab by kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.
● We will pay a visit to Millstreet, Fr. Kevin’s ancestral village, hoping to make some local connections.
● We will spend 4 nights in the heart of Dublin and explore the bustling city, rich in history and culture, touring many world-famous sites, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church, Dublin Castle, St. Stephen’s Green, and Trinity College, where we will view the Book of Kells.
● We will enjoy the friendly charm and gregarious hospitality of the Irish people. We will relish varieties of local food, learn about the art of whiskey making in Cobh, and sample some traditional brews at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. We will be transported to new realms of musical delight by the melodies of lively Irish
Join us for a journey of spiritual enrichment, historical and cultural immersion, and some good-natured Irish fun.
The pilgrimage is led and organized by Fr. Kevin Duggan and Zoltan Abraham from Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, Sammamish. Only $4,099 from Seattle (SEA) plus $445 in taxes and fees, and $195 in tips. Space limited. Sign up today!
To sign up, download the registration brochure at the link below: