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"Carmelitana" The Carmelite Journey
"Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough." - St. Teresa

The earliest recorded history of the Carmelite Order dates back to the thirteenth century; to them, Carmel is prayer. Carmel is contemplation, which is talking to God as you would your best friend. The most popular saints of this religious order are St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Therese of Lisieux. We begin our journey in Fatima where Our Lady of Carmel appeared during the Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 1917. Then, we travel to Avila, home to St. Teresa and her Spiritual Director, St. John of the Cross, continuing to Lisieux, home to St. Therese, and ending in Aylesford in Kent, England where according to tradition, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite, and made the Brown Scapular the sign of Her protection. With it came the promise that whoever wore Her "habit" devoutly would be assured of eternal salvation.
Fatima, Avila, Lourdes, Paris, Lisieux, London and Kent
12 Days - Portugal, Spain, France and England
Itinerary
Day 1: Depart the USA on an international flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Meals will be served on our overnight flight.
Day 2: Welcome to Portugal! After arriving in Lisbon, our Tour Director welcomes us with a beautiful smile and escorts us through the mountainous central region of the Serra de Aire toward Fatima, which was once a remote village of the Moors. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 3: Today marks the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us be thankful and celebrate this wonderful invitation from Our Blessed Mother of being able to experience what occurred here many years ago. We will celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions (Capelinha), located at the Cova da Iria, pray the Rosary, and witness the Blessing of the Sick, followed by a walking tour. After dinner, we will participate in the Candlelight Procession where pilgrims from around the world unite to pray to Our Lady of the Rosary. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
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Today we continue our journey to Spain, towards Alba de Tormes where the miraculously pierced heart of St. Teresa rests in a glass reliquary. We then continue to Avila, preserved in its old medieval walls, an impressive fortification built in Romanesque times, associated with St. Teresa and her confessor St. John of the Cross. Dinner and overnight in Avila.

Enjoy a full day of contemplative prayer as we visit the Carmelitas Descalzas Convent, birthplace of St. Teresa in 1515, the first Woman Doctor of the Church, which contains many of her relics, then we continue on to the Monasterio de la Encarnacion, where she spent 30 years of her life, and is the site of the "Trasverberacion". Time permitting, an optional excursion to Segovia may be requested. Dinner and overnight in Avila.
Day 6: After breakfast, we travel to Lourdes, France, one of the greatest pilgrimage shrines in the world. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 7: After breakfast, we celebrate Mass and then participate in the walking tour of Lourdes, where the group visits the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 8: Early morning departure to Paris. Upon arrival, our French Tour Director meets and transfers us to our hotel. Enroute, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the City of Lights, which includes the Eiffel Tower and many more. Mass will be celebrated at the Miraculous Medal Chapel, where the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure is kept. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 9: Enjoy a day excursion to the hometown of St. Therese, Lisieux, where we will visit Les Buisonnets, the Carmelite Convent and the Great Basilica built in her honor. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Day 10: We transfer to the airport for our flight to London. Upon arrival, our English Tour Director meets and transfers us to our hotel, while we enjoy a brief London city tour enroute. Dinner and overnight in London.
Day 11: Aylesford_Priory Enjoy a day excursion to Aylesford Priory in Kent, where legend has it that Our Blessed Mother gave the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock. For a memorable evening, theater tickets may be requested ahead of time, should you decide to experience the shows at London's West End. Dinner and overnight in London.
Day 12: We bid farewell to London as we board our flight back to the USA, arriving later that day.
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