Pilgrims of Hope

A Jubilee Pilgrimage to Rome with Saint Joseph High School

April 5 - 12, 2025

About

Join Saint Joseph High School and Verso Ministries on a pilgrimage to Rome and be transformed by the beauty and universality of the Catholic Church during this historic Holy Year. This handcrafted journey invites you into a prayerful, authentic, and joyful encounter with the centuries-old practice of Jubilee pilgrimages. Visit the Papal Basilicas, walk through the Holy Doors, and embrace the Holy Father’s call to be pilgrims of hope.

Trip Details

Group Type

Private, Hosted by Saint Joseph High School

Length

8 days, 7 nights

Accommodations

Simple

Cost

As low as

$4,421

Deposit:

$1000

What's Included

Pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Catholic Chaplain
Verso Jubilee formation resources
All tickets for included activities listed on itinerary
Breakfast and Dinner daily
Simple Accommodations
Roundtrip group airfare
Private transportation on motor coach

Itinerary

April 5
Depart for Rome
  • Gather at Saint Joseph High School
  • Transfer to Chicago O’Hare
  • Depart U.S.
April 6
Rome
  • Arrive in Rome
  • Opening Mass at St. Mary Major with entrance through the Holy Door
  • Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Emmaeus or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
April 7
Outside the Walls
  • Visit the Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Saint Paul Outside the Walls with the opportunity to venerate
    the tombs of Sts. Lawrence, Stephen, and Justin Martyr
  • Mass at St. Sebastian Outside the Walls
  • Tour the ancient Christian catacombs
  • Dinner at accommodations
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Emmaeus or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
April 8
Day at the Vatican
  • Mass St. Peter’s Basilica and tour of the Basilica
  • Afternoon visit to the Scavi (pending availability)
  • Dinner at accommodations
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Emmaeus or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
April 9
Papal Audience and City Center
  • Morning Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square (pending the Holy Father’s travel schedule)
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Dinner at accommodations
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Emmaeus or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
April 10
Roman Basilicas
  • Begin the day venerating the Passion Relics at the Basilica of the Holy Cross
  • Pray at St. John Lateran Basilica and climb the “Holy Stairs”
  • Mass at St. John Lateran
  • Evening gathering with the Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross (pending travel
    schedule and availability)
  • Dinner at accommodations
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Emmaeus or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
April 11
Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Rome tour at the Coliseum and Roman Forum
  • Afternoon free time
  • Final Mass in a local church
  • Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Emmaeus or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
April 12
Departure
  • Depart for the U.S.
  • Arrive Chicago O’Hare and transport back to Saint Joseph High School
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

As low as

$4,421

Package Cost

$4,421

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$734 / person
Travel protection
Quote available upon request*

Pricing listed per person in double, triple, or quad-occupancy rooms.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

*Travel protection price is calculated based on a variety of factors and optional plans are provided by Travel Insured International.

Rates assume a minimum of 20 full-paying pilgrims.

• Passport, visa, or luggage fees
• Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), hotel staff, and meals (optional add-on)
• 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 (optional add-on)
• Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

There is no extension being offered for this pilgrimage. Please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396 with any questions or special requests.

Deposit due upon registration – $1000/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. Pricing is based on currency exchange rates as of October 2023. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates may impact final 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.

  • Within 2 weeks of deposit: Free Cancellation*
  • 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

*To qualify for free cancellation within 2 weeks of deposit, deposit must be made 180 days or more prior
to departure.

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.

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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.

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