PRI Pilgrimage Retreats
About Our Pilgrimages
For thirty years Msgr. Don has made an annual trip to Tuscany, and in his retirement has found great joy in sharing it with others through his pilgrimage retreats.
As a pilgrimage, you visit ancient sacred places, like those where Francis lived, taught and became one like Christ. You visit a region of Italy that has been uniquely gifted with artists, inventors, and saints. You walk in cities that existed a thousand years before Christ, feast on food and wine, savor in the beauty of the countryside, and rest in the affection of Italian hospitality.
As a retreat, through Msgr. Don’s daily teaching and meditation you are led on an inner journey seeking greater understanding of who you are, who God is, and the freedom and peace your union with him creates. The retreat is about awakening to what is real and to start living a full and authentic life.
One request I make is that each pilgrim choose someone they have been close to who has died, and ask that person to accompany them on the pilgrimage. These special guests are introduced to the group and become an important part of our time together. The effect of this experience for each pilgrim remains mysterious. But one thing is clear, their presence is felt.
Come, join us.
We spend seven nights in a luxury 16th-century hotel, Torre Santa Flora, located on the Arno river in Subbiano, a small village north of Arezzo. In addition to daily tours of historical landmarks, we celebrate Masses in the Chapel of the Sacred Corporal in Orvieto; in St. Paul’s, the oldest Church in Assisi which is not open to the public; and in La Verna, the monastery where Francis received the stigmata. And the heart of the experience is the daily spiritual teaching by Msgr. Don.
We dine at the hotel restaurant and carefully selected local places to experience Tuscan cuisine. We enjoy live performances of Italian Opera by Priscilla Coblentz, as well as a special evening at Msgr. Don’s farmhouse with a private concert by George Hayes, a talented London singer.
2018 Pilgrimage Dates
May 5-12, 2018
November 3-10, 2018
$3,500 per person for single occupancy
$3,200 per person for double occupancy
Per person cost covers the following:
– 7 nights stay in luxury accommodations*
– All meals except for one lunch
– Ground transportation and fees for daily tours
– A portion of retreat cost goes to sustain the ministry of Pastoral Reflections Institute and will be tax deductible.
*There is limited availability and the rooms are assigned first come first serve.
Retreat fee does not include:
– Transportation between airport and hotel
Registration Now Open
To register for the May or November retreat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which pilgrimage you would like to attend. You will receive a registration packet with further details on how to secure your reservation.