October Rome Pilgrimage – Summorum Pontificum

John Sonnen, who is from my native place, lived in Rome for a long time and was a tour guide there.  He is also staunchly traditional.  He now has a tour company that will be doing a pilgrimage to Rome in October (the best time of year in Rome, btw) to coincide with the annual Summorum Pontificum event, a Pontifical Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.  He sent me some details.  I’ll just include them as bullet points:

  • In conjunction with the 7th anniversary of SP.
  • 11-day itinerary.
  • All inclusive or land-only package.
  • Deadline for registration: August 1.
  • Deposit of $1,000 required to register.
  • This tour will not be repeated. Once in a lifetime.
  • Inclusions:
  • Round-trip air transportation from NYC to Rome – direct.
  • 9 nights accommodation at 4-Star Hotel Ponte Sisto, where the young Fr. Wojtyla stayed upon arrival in Rome in 1946. [Right next to the FSSP parish in Rome!]
  • All breakfasts, two lunches, and four exquisite Roman dinners served with local wine.
  • Complete sightseeing program which includes excellent local guides and tour escort.
  • Private guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Private guided tour of the “Scavi” to explore the excavations below St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Private guided tour of the Catacomb of Priscilla, which contains the oldest known Marian paintings.
  • Private tour of ancient Rome to see Colosseum and Roman Forum.
  • Deluxe motor coach for airport transfers and sightseeing.
  • One day excursion to Orvieto to see the Eucharistic miracle of 1263, the “Corporal of Bolsena.”
  • Two opportunities to see the Pope: the papal General Audience on Wednesday and the traditional Sunday Angelus.
  • Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to itinerary.

More info HERE

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. EoinOBolguidhir says:

    I stayed at the Hotel Ponte Sisto for an unrelated event. It’s lovely, and it’s convenient. Being able o stay there is a real plus!

  2. Priam1184 says:

    Are you going to mention who the chaplain is Father?

  3. mlmc says:

    Saw this on your site the other day- can’t get both weeks off on this short notice. Fr Z, do you have any similar outings planned for next year? I would love to go.

  4. Rachel K says:

    This looks like a wonderful pilgrimage, very carefully thought out. We’re my circumstances different, I would be there like a shot. They are not, sadly, but I will pray that the Holy Spirit sends the right people to enjoy and benefit from this opportunity, and for safe journeys and good health for those taking part.

  5. Gratias says:

    What a magnificent opportunity to visit eternal Rome. With Father Z as a guide!

    My wife and I were in Rome two years ago on other business that overlapped with the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage. We attended the St. Peter’s mass on Saturday ( open to all comers, no reservations needed). The next day we went to the ICR mass in via del Corso, city center, at a solemn mass at the chiesa de Gesù e María. I do recommend this trip. The visit to the Scavi of Peter’s tomb make you proud to be part of our Catholic Church.

    I note that Fr. Zulendorf [Who?] gives you some free time to visit Rome. There are hundreds of magnificent churches, but one that should absolutely be visited is Santa Maria sopra Minerva, it is simply fabulous.

    Try to attend this pilgrimage. This year we will also be on business there can only get off for the Saturday solemn mass at the altar of Peter’s Chair but it will make our trip. Perhaps my wife will make the Friday mass at the FSSP Santa Trinitá dei Pellegrini personal parish as well. I hope to kiss Father Z’s hand ( or ring should he succeed in making it to bishop in these next few months as would be so deserved) at St. Peter’s Basilica. Two years ago, I walked straight to a priest in cassock thinking it might be Father Z, but something made me stop and it was no him, just a run-of-the-mill faithful priest. Now I think I will be able recognize our host. Happy travels Dear Father and report often.



  6. Gratias says:

    On Friday October 25 evening Cardinal Pell will offer the evening mass at Trinitá dei Pellegrini for Juventutem. On Saturday 26 at noon Cardinal Burke will offer the mass at the altar of the Chair (which contains the actual chair of Peter covered in bronze by sculptor Bernini) at St. Peters’s Basilica. Will be a very good pilgrimage for English-speaking neo-Pelagians.

    Tickets to the Scavi (excavations), a marvelous excursion into the underground roman cemetery where Peter was buried (exactly under the center of the famous dome) are quite difficult to obtain so this is a great opportunity.

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