Do you believe in miracles?
Join us on this bus pilgrimage to visit St. Andre Bessette and the healing site of St. Joseph’s Oratory.
Dates of this pilgrimage are: Saturday, July 13 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7 Days/6 Nights
What you will experience
Pray for healing at St. Joseph’s Oratory - Miracles abound on the holy ground of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, where the “Miracle Man of Montreal” - St. Andre Bessette - lived and served for years. Thousands of pilgrims have come to ask for healing and many have been cured. Come discover the healing powers of God through the intercession of St. Andre and St. Joseph. Learn about the life of St. Andre and witness first-hand the places where he lived and ministered.
Learn the rich history of the Church in Canada - Visit Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, one of the oldest church in Montreal, spend time praying at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec City, and kneel at the tomb of St. Kateria Tekakwitha.
Discover the beauty and culture of Canada - Pray the Stations of the Cross outdoors at the St. Joseph’s Oratory, enjoy meals at local restaurants, and experience the beauty of the Niagara Falls with a boat ride and overnight stay
Experience the mission and spirituality of the Congregation of Holy Cross - Visit Holy Cross parishes in Toronto and the Oratory in Montreal. Be accompanied by Holy Cross religious who will offer insight about Holy Cross history and spirituality.
Pictured below (from left to right): St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal (outside), St. Joseph’s Oratory Crypt Church, Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, and Niagara Falls
Brother Carl Sternberg
Brother Carl Sternberg has been a Holy Cross Brother for over 50 years. He has a MA degree in theology from Notre Dame and a MA in applied spirituality from the University of San Francisco. He has taught at all levels including being an adjunct faculty member for their masters in ministry program at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Brother Carl’s main ministry over the last 25 years has been establishing and developing the Midwest Holy Cross Associates. Having attributed his healing with a transplanted kidney to Saint Brother Andre, he is very excited to be part of this pilgrimage to Brother Andre’s shrine and much more.
Tentative itinerary: July 13 - 19, 2019
Day 1: Saturday, July 13 (D) - Depart from South Bend to Toronto. Visit Holy Cross parishes for Mass, dinner, and introductions. Check into hotel and overnight in Toronto.
Day 2: Sunday, July 14 (B) - Drive to Montreal. On the way, stop at the Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha for a tour and Mass. Then visit St. Andre Bessette’s Baptismal Church before checking into the hotel and dinner. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 3: Monday, July 15 (B, D) - Morning pilgrimage to local Montreal parishes: Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, Basilica of St. Patrick’s, and Notre-Dame Basilica. Free time in the Old City Montreal before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Montreal.
Day 4: Tuesday, July 16 (B, D) - Full day at St. Joseph’s Oratory to discover the life and ministry of St. Andre Bessette. Pray the beautiful Outdoor Stations of the Cross and experience a Healing Prayer Service in the early afternoon. Dinner followed by overnight in Montreal.
Day 5: Wednesday, July 17 (B, D) - Depart for a day-trip up to Quebec City, including the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec and Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Return to Montreal for overnight in Montreal.
Day 6: Thursday, July 18 (B, D) - Morning free time before departing for Niagara Falls. Check into hotel and dinner. Overnight in Niagara Falls.
Day 7: Friday, July 19 (B) - Morning boat ride up to Niagara Falls (bring a poncho if you want to stand outside!). Depart for South Bend and arrive home in the evening.
Please note: Itinerary is tentative and subject to change at any time.
(B,L,D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) which are included in the pilgrimage package.
Montreal Pilgrimage package includes:
Pilgrimage preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email
Custom-designed pilgrimage booklet for each pilgrim
Private motorcoach departing from South Bend
All tickets and donations for included activities
Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in hotel properties (single-occupancy supplement available)
Toronto: Holiday Inn Express Toronto East or similar
Montreal: Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Downtown Montreal or similar
Niagara Falls: Crowne Plaza Fallsview or similar
Bellman and chambermaid gratuities
Breakfast daily at hotel and 5 dinners
Gratuities for driver(s), guide(s), and meals
Promotional and pilgrim registration support
Online preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources
This package does not include:
Roundtrip airfare to Montreal (if not taking the bus from South Bend)
Passport, visa, or luggage fees, or any personal purchases
Meals while traveling, drinks at meals, as well as all lunches and 2 dinners
Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)
Anything else not explicitly stated as included
Pilgrimage package as low as: $1,995 per person!*
Estimated pilgrimage package total cost: $2,145 per person
*Save $150 by registering before the early-bird deadline and electing to pay by check
Canada-only package cost (meet in Montreal, includes days 2-6): $1,637 per person
Canada-only pilgrims should meet the group at the Montreal hotel at the end of Day 2 and can depart anytime on Day 6. Canada-only package does not include airfare or airport transfers.
Early-bird savings (available until December 15, 2018): Save $100 per person
Pay balance by check: Save $50 per person
Single room supplement: + $599 per person
Single room supplement (Canada-only): + $399 per person
Recommended travel insurance: Custom quote emailed after registration (see flyer below)
Please note: Quoted rates may fluctuate based on accommodation selection and availability. Quoted prices are based on the current exchange rate of 1 US Dollar to 1.3 Canadian Dollar. 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 25 full-paying pilgrims.
Deposit - $300 due upon registration
Final balance - Due by March 13, 2019
Invoices will be emailed in February for the 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?
During registration, the $300 deposit can be paid online with a credit card or debit card.
The final balance is payable by credit card, debit card, check, money order, or electronic bank transfer. If you select the "Pay balance by check" savings during registration, then the final balance will only be payable by check, money order, or electronic bank transfer.
Checks and money orders can be made payable to "Verso Ministries LLC".
Payments can be mailed to:
Verso Ministries LLC
P.O. Box 986
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Registration is open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.
What is your cancellation policy?
$150 of the $300 pilgrimage deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.
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.