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Journey to Adulthood

Following the Footsteps of Saint Patrick

Youth Pilgrimage to Ireland & Northern Ireland

Led by:

Sister Barbara Jean Brown

Anamchara Fellowship & J2A Consultant


Kathy Bryant

Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries

June 12 – 21, 2014

Trip map

DAY 1: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Depart New York, JFK/Chicago O’Hare Airport for our trans-Atlantic flight into Dublin. M

DAY 2: Friday, June 13, 2014 - Upon arrival in Dublin, we clear immigration and depart for the Hill of Tara, one of Ireland’s most majestic and most mystical mountains also known as Teamhair na Ri, which means Hill of the King or Place of Assembly.  The mountain has played significant roles in the history, folklore and legends of Ireland.  We continue on to the Hill of Slane where disputes between clans were settled; new laws were passed; and eventually Christianity was proclaimed from the summit by St. Patrick.  We continue on to Brú na Bóinne, the cradle of Irish civilization, to visit one of the Neolithic passage graves.  Dinner and overnight Newgrange Lodge Hostel, Newgrange. LD

DAY 3: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - This morning we depart for Glendalough.  We visit the Heritage Centre and Museum where we see a video entitled “Ireland of the Monasteries”.  We meet our local guide Fr. Michael Rodgers who will lead us on a spiritual journey along the Pilgrims’ Walk through St. Kevin’s Monastic City and then take the Pilgrims’ Way to the upper lake and visit the remains of St. Kevin’s Cell and the Reefert Church, gaze across the lake to see St. Kevin’s Bed and the ruins of Tempall na Skellig “Church of the Rock”.  We return to Newgrange Lodge Hostel, Newgrange for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 4: Sunday, June 15, 2014 - After breakfast we visit St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, also known as the St. Oliver Plunkett Memorial Church to view the Relic of St. Oliver's Head.  On July 1, 1681 Archbishop Plunket was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.  His head was rescued from the fire by some friends of his and is today venerated here in St. Peter’s.  Many come to kneel and pray for peace and reconciliation in Ireland and some come to give thanks to St. Oliver for his intercession and for favors already received.  We attend the 11:30 AM Eucharist at St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda.  Our journey continues into Northern Ireland to Castlewellan Forest Park, one of the forest key attractions is the Peace Maze, one of the world’s largest permanent hedge mazes, representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland.  We will attempt to solve our way to the peace bell in the center of the maze.  Dinner and overnight Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 5: Monday, June 16, 2014 - We travel to Armagh, the City of St. Patrick and the spiritual capital of Ireland.  We attend the 9:30 service at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.  After the service we meet our guide for a tour of the Cathedral.  We meet The Rev. Grace Clunie and participate in “The Heroic Journey”, a workshop in which we will explore the life of St. Patrick and then our own life journey and consider aspects such as influences in our lives, what we are passionate about etc.  We see a video about the life of St. Patrick then continue with an exploration of different forms of Celtic Prayer –tying wool to the hawthorn tree, caim prayer, prayer to the 4 directions and prayer at the holy well.  We walk to the old hill at the Navan Centre, the old Friary and a visit to St. Brigid’s Holy Well.  We return to the Navan Centre to visit a replica of a village house, an experience that brings the whole era of St. Patrick to life.  We return on to Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre for dinner and overnight.  This evening we will be joined by local youth that will share with us some traditional music and dance. BLD

DAY 6: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - Today we travel to Downpatrick, the county town of Down with a rich history and strong connection to Saint Patrick.  We visit Down Cathedral, close to where it is believed that the mortal remains of Patrick lie buried, and St. Patrick’s Grave.  We visit St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church to see the mosaic shrine in honor of St. Patrick, the only shrine to St. Patrick in Ireland.  We continue on to Saul Church, built in 1932, to commemorate Saint Patrick's first church in Ireland, Inch Abbey, where the story of Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland was written, St. Patrick’s Well and Bath Houses, site where St. Patrick came to bathe in the waters.  Legend has it that he blessed the wells and that we use to spend a great part of the night standing in the water singing psalms and spiritual songs.  We return on to Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 7: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - This morning we travel through Drumcliffe, set against one of the most striking Irish backdrops of Benbulben Mountain and is best known as the final resting place of W.B. Yeats, to Lough Derg, it is claimed that Patrick killed a large serpent on this lake that its blood turned the water red.  We visit the information centre and celebrate the Eucharist in St. Brigid’s Chapel located on the lakeshore.  We travel back into Southern Ireland to Castlebar for dinner and overnight. BLD

DAY 8: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Our journey continues as we travel to Croagh Patrick, Patrick’s sacred mountain.  The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption.  It was on the summit of this mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation ever since.  We will climb the mountain under the direction of an experienced local guide.  We continue on to Dublin and time permitting we attend Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral.  Dinner and overnight Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport. BLD

Croagh Patrick will take about 6 hours to climb to the top and back down.  Please note that this is a difficult climb and you may not be able to complete it.  You must have appropriate attire including climbing boots with ankle support, rain jacket, layers of light clothing which can be put on and removed as required, backpack, plenty of water and snacks.

DAY 9: Friday, June 20, 2014 - Today we spend the day in the capital of Ireland, Dublin.  We visit Trinity College to see the magnificent Old Library and the 1200 year old Book of Kells.  This beautifully illuminated version of the Gospels was designed by monks in the 9th century.  We visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint and stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin; Christ Church Cathedral, a major pilgrimage site in the medieval period; and St. Michan’s Church, the oldest Parish Church on the north side of the River Liffey.  The dry atmospheric conditions in the burial vaults have resulted in the mummification of the corpses.  The rest of the day will be free for shopping and personal exploration in Dublin.  Dinner and overnight Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport. BLD

DAY 10: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - After breakfast we transfer to the Dublin Airport and board our flight for our departure to New York, JFK/Chicago O’Hare Airport. BM

Price:  $2,809.00*.  Price is based on a minimum 17 Pilgrims, double/triple/quad occupancy (accommodations may vary throughout the pilgrimage) without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from New York's JFK Airport or Chicago O'Hare Airport (Air from Chicago add $170.00).  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement:  $209.00

*Excludes airline taxes and fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice.  Estimated taxes and fuel surcharges as September 24, 2013 are $383.37 per person.

*Price includes trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, meals, entrance fees, transportation per itinerary, accommodations, air and tips.

*The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.35 to the Euro.

$200.00 per person deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Final Payment due by March 7, 2014.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until March 6, 2014:  $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 7 - April 20, 2014:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ April 21, 2014 or later:  NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.