Contemplate the Cross
A Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play
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Father Tony Hollowell, “Fr. Tony,” currently serves the communities of St. Paul in Tell City and St. Mark in Perry Country as their Administrator, and was recently appointed an Associate Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Since hearing about the Passion Play in Oberammergau during his first year of seminary, Fr. Tony has “had a great desire to go and am very excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” He is excited to join Fr. Eric and all the pilgrims on this journey. Fr. Tony has traveled to 35 different countries and 5 continents while studying in Rome for five years, including extended pilgrimages to Einseideln and Munich.
Fr. Tony was ordained a priest in 2016 for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and then went on to study in Rome and completed a Licentiate in Moral Theology in Rome in 2017. He previously served as the Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Greenwood (2017-2019). It has been a busy year for Fr. Tony, for in 2019 he completed a Doctorate in Moral Theology, while serving at Our Lady of the Greenwood, before transferring to his current role at St. Paul and St. Mark.
In addition to his pilgrimages to Einseideln and Munich, Fr. Tony brings a connection to the community of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ as it is his home parish where he grew up.
Father Eric Augenstein, “Fr. Eric,” currently shepherds the community of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Church in Indianapolis as pastor, and is also Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, a role he has held since 2013.
In 2010, Fr. Eric went on pilgrimage to the village of Oberammergau, Germany, for that year’s Passion Play, spending time as well in Switzerland and Bavaria. He is eager to accompany a new group of pilgrims to this unique and moving spiritual experience. A seasoned pilgrimage chaplain, he has also accompanied groups to Italy, Greece, the Holy Land, Poland, and three World Youth Days (Rio de Janeiro, Krakow, and Panama City).
Fr. Eric was ordained a priest in 2004 and previously served as Associate Pastor of the Richmond Catholic Community and Chaplain of Seton Catholic High School, Richmond, IN (2004-2007), Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, New Albany, IN (2007-2013), Chaplain of Our Lady of Providence High School, Clarksville, IN (2011-2013), and Sacramental Minister of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Nashville, IN (2013-2019).
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Package Cost (without savings)
Early bird (first 20 pilgrims to register) - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Pay balance by check
Single room supplement (limited availability)
Travel protection price calculated during registration*
Day 5 Optional Activity: Lake Thun Boat Cruise
Day 5 Optional Activity: St. Beatus Caves
Munich extension (July 22-24)
Extension single room supplement (limited availability)
Optional Group Flight - Indianapolis, IN
“As low as” price includes savings for early bird and pay balance by check.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is extremely limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.
*Travel protection price is calculated based on the total package cost.
**Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed. Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim. A minimum of 15 pilgrims must elect to include the group flight in their booking to meet airline group requirements. If 15 people do not elect to add the group flight, then all pilgrims will need to arrange their own flights.
Rates assume a minimum of 20 full-paying pilgrims.
Optional Group Flights
Indianapolis, IN Group Flight ($1,682/person)
July 13, 2022: Indianapolis, IN – Zurich, Switzerland
July 22, 2022: Munich, Germany – Indianapolis, IN
Flight Deviation – Indianapolis, IN ($1,757/person)
July 13, 2022: Indianapolis, IN – Zurich, Switzerland
July 24, 2022: Munich, Germany – Indianapolis, IN
Designated arrival and departures times
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Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options
July 22-24, 2022 (3 days / 2 nights)
Price: $584/person in double occupancy room
Rates assume a minimum of 4 full-paying pilgrims; pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms.
Single room supplement: $229/person
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.
Munich: Holiday Inn Westpark Hotel or similar
Extension does not include:
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Need to get around? Private transfers
Staying late? Post-stay options
Deposit due upon registration – $750/person
Final balance due 120 days prior to departure – Final balance
Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.
Final package price is estimated. Prices are based on the current (as of February 2021) exchange rate of 1 Euro to $1.20 USD. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing. If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.
Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.
*Free cancellation (if deposit is made more than 211 days prior to departure).
Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, Oberammergau tickets and lodging, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.
The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering early guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, but if you are one of the first 20 pilgrims to register you will receive the early bird discount. Also, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 211 days or more prior to departure). So let’s say you register for a pilgrimage, but then realize you can no longer attend, as long as you cancel your pilgrimage within 14-days of registering and registered more than 211 days prior to the departure, then we will fully refund your deposit no questions asked. Just send us a written confirmation of your cancellation and we will take care of the rest. Plus, the sooner you register the sooner your journey begins. Register today!
There is no risk! Your deposit will be fully refunded as long as you cancel within 14-days of registering and you have registered more than 180 days or more prior to departure. With no risk, why wait? Get registered today!
Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.
We recommend that all pilgrims consider purchasing travel protection. We partner with Travel Insured International (TII) to offer travel protection.
According to TII, travel protection helps protect you and those you are traveling with from unforeseen emergencies, which always seem to happen at the worst possible time. In the event of emergencies, both before and during your travels, as well other circumstances, like travel delay, lost baggage, missed connection(s), and much more, travel protection can help.
Upon registration you will receive a travel protection quotation from TII. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call TII. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 574-383-9396. We are happy to help!
Including optional add-ons with your pilgrimage can really add to your experience whether it is one of the optional extension or arranging an extra night stay beforehand so you are rested when the pilgrimage begins. If you would to add on any optional arrangements, as listed above, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 574-383-9396.
A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.
At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.
We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.