Experience the heart of the church

A pilgrimage designed for the Chesterton Schools Network.


  • Pray at the sacred sites of Rome - St. Peter’s Basilica, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Sant’Ignazio, St. John Lateran, the Scala Sancta (“Holy Stairs”), the Passion Relics at Santa Croce, and more! This pilgrimage offers a chance to visit some of the Church's most treasured places.

  • Discover Rome’s history and culture - Take an Ancient Rome Tour of the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Walk to iconic places like the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. We will learn about the rich history of Rome and see these incredible sites up close.

  • Explore Assisi - Visit the hometown of Sts. Francis and Clare to discover the founding and history of the Franciscan Order.

    Pictured below (from left to right): (1) Coliseum; (2) Trevi Fountain; (3) St. Peter’s Basilica; (4) the view of St. Clare of Assisi Church



Dates of this pilgrimage are:
March 9-19, 2020 - 11 days/10 nights

  • Day 1: Monday, March 9 - Depart U.S. Depart U.S. (Philadelphia gateway) and fly to Rome.

  • Day 2: Tuesday, March 10 (L, D) - Arrive in Rome. Pray at the tomb of St. Paul at St. Paul Outside the Walls. After lunch, enjoy a half-day Ancient Rome Tour with a local guide to visit the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Transfer to guesthouse and check in. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 3: Wednesday, March 11 (B, L, D) - Experience the Universal Church at the Papal Audience with the Holy Father (pending the Holy Father’s schedule). Then, a walking pilgrimage of Roman churches and highlights, including Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Sant’Ignazio, Chiesa Nuova, Gesù, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 4: Thursday, March 12 (B, L, D) - Continue to enjoy Roman churches and highlights, including visits to St. John Lateran, the Scala Sancta (“Holy Stairs”), the Passion Relics at Santa Croce, Borghese Gardens, Spanish Steps, Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, Trevi Fountain, and Santi Apostoli. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 5: Friday, March 13 (B, L, D) - All day in Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and Scavi Tour (pending availability). Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 6: Saturday, March 14 (B, L, D) - Explore the early Christian catacombs, followed by visits to Mary Major, Santa Prassede, the original Our Lady of Perpetual Help icon in Sant’Alfonso di Liguori, and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Revelation. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 7: Sunday, March 15 (B, L, D) -  Final day in Rome, including Santo Spirito, the Papal Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Santa Cecilia, and visits to the Pontifical North American College for Vespers (men) and the Missionaries of Charity (women). Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 8: Monday, March 16 (B, L, D) - Pray at S. Marco Stational Church, then depart for Assisi. En-route visit Orvieto. Overnight in Assisi.

  • Day 9: Tuesday, March 17 (B, L, D) - All day in Assisi. Overnight in Assisi.

  • Day 10: Wednesday, March 18 (B, L, D) - All day in Assisi. Overnight in Assisi.

  • Day 11: Thursday, March 19 (B) - Depart for U.S. Transfer to Rome airport. Depart for U.S. (Philadelphia gateway).

(B,L,B) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) which are included in the package. Itinerary is subject to change.



Pilgrimage package includes:

  • Preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

  • A dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides for Ancient Rome Tour (half-day)

  • Custom-designed booklet for each pilgrim

  • Private transportation on motor coach

  • Tickets for included activities listed on itinerary

    • Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill tickets

    • Papal Audience, catacombs, and Scavi tour tickets (pending availability)

    • Vatican Museums

  • Round-trip, economy-class airfare from Philadelphia

    • Other cities available by request. Contact us for pricing!

  • 9 nights accommodations, including taxes, in religious guesthouse properties

    • Double-occupancy for adult leaders and chaperones

    • Double, triple, or quad-occupancy for students

  • All meals while in Italy

    • Breakfast and dinner daily in guesthouses

    • 2 lunches in restaurants, plus lunch per diem of 10€/person

  • Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), and driver(s)

  • Whisper headsets

  • Online preparation webinar for all pilgrims to review itinerary and logistical arrangements

Pilgrimage package does not include:

  • Donations for Masses and church visits

  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees, or any personal purchases

  • Meals while traveling to/from Italy and drinks at meals (except water, coffee, or tea)

  • Bellman and chambermaid gratuities, as well as luggage handling

  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)

  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included



Estimated final cost of this pilgrimage is $2,998 per person.

The registration deadline is October 15, 2019.


  • Land-only package: $2,998 per person

    Save $700 per person

*Quoted rates may fluctuate based on accommodation selection and availability. Also, airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed (about 30 days prior to departure). Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim. Also, quoted prices are based on the current exchange rate of 1 EURO to $1.13 U.S. dollars. Final price may fluctuate based on final exchange rates when travel vendors finalize payments (typically between 30- 90 days prior to departure). Rates also assume a minimum of 30 full-paying pilgrims and a maximum of 60 full-paying pilgrims.

Payment Schedule

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • December 10, 2019 - Final balance

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

How do I pay?

  • Deposit of $300 due upon registration and can be paid via credit card or debit card online.

  • For the final balance, invoices will be emailed directly to each pilgrim and can be paid directly online with a credit card. You can also mail us a check (payable to “Verso Ministries LLC”) at: P.O. Box 986, Notre Dame, IN 46556

What is your cancellation policy?

All cancellations of individual pilgrims must be made in writing (email or letter) to Verso Ministries.

  • 91 days or more from departure: $150 per person

  • 90-31 days prior to departure: $300 per person

  • 30-15 days prior to departure: $500 per person

  • 14-7 days prior to departure: $1,000 per person

  • 6 days or less: No refund given

Any cancellation charges incurred from other supplies or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed above. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims.



Please contact us with any questions!