Holy Cross Pilgrimage

A Journey to Montreal & Quebec

October 4-9, 2023

About

Join Verso Ministries on a journey to Canada to discover the healing site of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, learn about the life and ministry of St. Andre Bessette and the Congregation of Holy Cross, and explore the culture and history of the Canadian Church.

Trip Details

Group Type

Open to All

Length

6 days, 5 nights

Accommodations

Standard

Cost

As low as

$2,731

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Verso Pilgrimage Director (Groups of 30+ pilgrims get dedicated director)
Airport/hotel transfers (if arriving/departing with group flight)
Transportation on private motorcoach
Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes (single rooms available on a limited basis)
Meals as indicated on itinerary
Opportunity for daily mass
Tickets for included activities
Audio headset for each pilgrim (if group size is 30+)
Verso pilgrimage booklets and pilgrim kits
Preparation and follow-up materials
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), hotel staff, and meals

Itinerary

October 4
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (group flight available)
  • Arrive to Montreal, transfer to hotel and check-in
  • Accommodations: Centrally located hotel
October 5
Montreal
  • Pilgrimage to downtown Montreal churches, including Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Basilica, Notre Dame Basilica, and Notre Dame de Bon Secours
  •  Lunch in the Old City
  • Free evening to explore the city on your own
  • Accommodations: Centrally located hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
October 6
Quebec City
  • Drive to Quebec City
  • En-route stop in Trois-Rivieres with Mass at the Notre-Dame-du-Cap Basilica and lunch
  • Continue to Quebec City with evening free to explore the 0ld city
  • Accommodations: Centrally located hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
October 7
St. Anne de Beaupre, St. Joachim, Montreal
  • Half-day visit to St. Anne be Beaupre
  • After lunch, visit St. Joachim before driving back to Montreal
  • Evening arrival to Montreal
  • Accommodations: Centrally located hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
October 8
Saint Joseph's Oratory
  • Full day visit to the Oratory, including Mass, tour, and free time to explore the grounds
  • Farewell dinner
  • Accommodations: Centrally located hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
October 9
St. Francis-Xavier Mission, Departure
  • Morning visit and Mass at the Saint Francis-Xavier Mission with the tomb of St. Kateri Tekakwitha (pending availability)
  • Transfer to airport and depart (optional group flight)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Led by

Group Leader & Chaplain
Rev. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C.
Colorado Springs, CO

Fr. Jarrod Waugh, C.S.C., is a Holy Cross priest and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs, CO.

Pricing

As low as

$2,731

Package Cost

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$646 per person
Optional group flight
$754 per person
Travel protection
Quote emailed after booking*

Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

*Travel protection price is calculated based on the traveler’s age, state of residence, length of trip, and total trip cost.

Rates assume a minimum of 20 full-paying pilgrims.

  • Airfare (optional add-on)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Any meals not indicated on itinerary, as well as beverages at meals
  • Any required COVID tests or vaccinations
  • Recommended travel protection with Cancel for Any Reason coverage
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Group Flight Information

October 4 – Flight to Montreal

  • Air Canada flight AC1074
    • Departs Denver, Colorado (DEN) at 4:25 p.m.
    • Arrives Montreal, Québec (YUL) at 10:00 p.m.

October 9 – Flight to Denver

  • Air Canada flight AC1073
    • Departs Montreal, Québec (YUL) at 1:20 p.m.
    • Arrives Denver, Colorado (DEN) at 3:35 p.m.

Land-only Pilgrims – Designated Arrival and Departures Times

  • Arrival information
    • Arrive by: October 4, 2023
    • Arrival time: By 10:00 p.m.
    • Arrival airport: Montreal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
    • Arrival transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred to the hotel in one group following the arrival of the Group Flight at 10:00 p.m.
  • Departure information
    • Depart on: October 9, 2023
    • Departure time: Anytime after 1:00 p.m. on October 9
    • Departure airport: Montreal Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
    • Departure transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred to the airport in one group at 11:00 a.m.

Want to arrive or depart outside of the designated times?

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.
  • Private transfer information and pricing can be found in the Additional Information section below.
  • Need to book a private transfer? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times at the Montreal airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options

 

Deposit due upon registration – $500/person

Final balance due August 1, 2023

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 exchange rate (as of June 2023). 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.

 

Cancellation Policy

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.

  • 91 days or more from departure: Deposit is retained
  • 90-61 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, 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.

FAQ

The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 180 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 180 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 highly recommend that all pilgrims buy travel protection. Travel protection is not only for peace of mind, but 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. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call the issuing company. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com 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 arranging a private transfer 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 hello@versoministries.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.

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Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.

Accommodation Level

Simple
For the duration of your trip, enjoy a range of lodging accommodations — from quaint guesthouses to simple-styled hotels. Discover a newfound appreciation for each of these locations which often have a unique character of their own. With your private bathroom and sleeping quarters, these locations will provide you with a clean, comfortable, and cozy place to settle into during your journey.

Standard
Venues at this level will provide you with the best accommodations at a reasonable cost. Not only will you have access to modern amenities and services, but special care is taken to ensure hotels are located in close proximity to the area’s local attractions. Expect your stay at this level to provide you with an added feeling of comfortability and convenience as you experience your pilgrimage.

Premium
Your stay at the premium level will ensure that your travel involves the opportunity to experience some of the most unique and luxurious stays that a destination has to offer. You’ll find that traveling at this level will afford you the opportunity to optimize your experience at each spot. From fine dining to scenic views, anticipate that your pilgrimage will provide you with breathtaking experiences no other location could provide.

How will I know what my stay will be like?
Each of our pilgrimage locations come with their own unique accommodations. From simple to luxurious, you can know that the care and satisfaction of each pilgrim is our greatest priority. While specific amenities will vary, we are sure that each of these handpicked locations will leave you rested, rejuvenated, and ready for each day.