Italy Pilgrimage: A Journey with the Saints

October 29-November 9, 2024

A pilgrimage is a journey of faith; an ancient practice in the Church. It is an eternal investment which has an everlasting reward. Join us for this unique, customized pilgrimage opportunity to seek spiritual renewal, healing, and other extraordinary graces.

We believe in your maximum experience; space is limited!

Pilgrimage Includes…

  • 3 Nights in Assisi
  • 3 Nights in San Giovanni Rotondo (with Lanciano & Monte Sant’Angelo)
  • 4 Nights in Rome
  • First-Class Hotels In Excellent Locations, Hotel Taxes & Surcharges
  • Round-Trip Airfare from San Antonio*
  • Private Motor Coach and Local Guides
  • Daily Mass, Prayer, and Spiritual Reflections at Holy Sites
  • Daily Breakfast, Dinner offering local regional cuisine
  • All Taxes & Gratuities throughout the pilgrimage
  • Pre-Pilgrimage Orientation Meetings and Preparation Materials
  • Pilgrim Book offering maps, history, prayers, schedule, details about the holy sites, and more
  • Complimentary tote bag, luggage tag and document holder

*Our pilgrimages include round trip airfare from San Antonio; however you’re welcome to join us from elsewhere! Contact us for details.


  • Rome

    St. Peter’s Basilica | Papal Audience | Vatican Museums | St. John Lateran Basilica, Rome’s cathedral | St. Mary Major Basilica, oldest church dedicated to Virgin Mary | St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, housing Paul’s tomb | Holy Stairs | Catacombs of St. Callixtus where early Christians worshipped and are buried

  • San Giovanni Rotondo

    St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina’s residence  | Visit his tomb and incorrupt body, confessional where he spent hours, crucifix where he received the stigmata, and the Stations of the Cross

  • Assisi

    Basilica of St. Francis with Franciscan walk-thru & explanation | Basilica of St. Clare | Franciscan Hermitage | Spend a morning at Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels | Visit the Tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis, ‘holy Millennial’

  • Plus...

    Spend a day at Monte Sant’Angelo where St. Michael the Archangel appeared during a crisis | Experience Lanciano, the Eucharistic miracle site . . . and much more!

Group Leaders

Debra Garza

Debra Garza

Pilgrim Center of Hope

Debbie Garza is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Leon Springs, and is an experienced Pilgrimage Group Leader with Pilgrim Center of Hope. She has traveled with Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Holy Land, Italy, and Greece. On pilgrimage in Italy, she has spent extensive time in both Rome and Assisi, as well as other holy sites in Turin, Venice, Padua, Siena, and San Giovanni Rotondo.

She has completed the ACTS Spiritual Companion Program at Oblate School of Theology.

She says, “On pilgrimage I know the ears and eyes of my heart have been opened by God’s grace and I’ve experienced the Joy of the Gospel. I am committed to helping other pilgrims experience their personal journey of faith.”

Kathy Gottardy

Kathy Gottardy

Pilgrim Center of Hope

Kathy experienced her first pilgrimage with Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Holy Land in 2019. She says, “During this time in the Holy Land, I experienced an intimate and personal relationship with our Lord that I had not felt before.” She also realized the difference between a tour and a pilgrimage, and the importance of experiencing the sites and listening to where God is leading you during your pilgrimage time. (Pictures are wonderful, but experiences are what you will remember when you are back home.) Since then, she has experienced a Marian pilgrimage and a pilgrimage to Italy with PCH.

She is currently a parishioner at the Shrine of St. Padre Pio where her husband Deacon Ken has been assigned since 2016. She enjoys being part of her church community and has been involved in many ministries including faith formation, ACTS, Marriage preparation, Baptismal preparation, and Confirmation instruction. During her faith journey, she has realized the richness of our Catholic faith and is always working to learn more about it.

Learn More Today!

Chaplain to be announced soon.

Price to be announced at a later date. Contact us to be added to the Inquirers list and receive information as it is confirmed.

We invite you to call Pilgrim Center of Hope for more information: 210-521-3377 or email us using the form below.

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