Rome-ward Bound!

Rome 2013

I have been holding back, with only a few status updates on Facebook about my exciting news…and a harmless blog button linked to an awesome opportunity.

Friends of ours, Mike and Sue have been leading pilgrimages to Rome and they are sponsoring me as their official Catholic Blogger to join them for this chance-of-a-lifetime!

That’s right!… I am going to Rome this November/December to celebrate the canonization of Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII!

Check out  St Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages to Rome!

Pope benedict XVI Celebrates Mass With Newly Appointed Cardinals At St. Peter's Basilica

They were there to see Pope Benedict.

They watched the white smoke announcing the new Pope.

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They were there to greet the new Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square.


Mike and Sue have been doing their research and they are arranging two possible dates for the canonization pilgrimage:

November 18-27 2013 OR December 1-10 2013

The Vatican expects to release the official date for the Canonization… in September!

One way or another…I’m going to ROME in a couple months!!

I’m a big fan of Blessed Pope John Paul II…read about how JP2 received my book and why we were accused of standing up the Pope!

Over the coming months I’m going to write about my preparation for a pilgrimage…and everything I can learn about Rome (I’m starting to recall 2nd Year Architecture History class!), Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. 

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I’m also going to learn about St Gemma and I’ll be writing about her soon!

Want to go to Rome? Check out the pilgrimages at St Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages: !

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  1. WOW!!! 🙂 That sounds AMAZING! 🙂 I got to go to Rome, the Eternal City, the heart of the Church, two years ago. 🙂 It was the trip of a lifetime. I’m so glad you get to go for the canonizations, that is awesome! I’ll pray for you as you begin your pilgrimage prep; this is so great! 🙂

    In Christ!

  2. Am I allowed to be jealous about this??
    I am!

    Good for you!! I so cannot wait for you to be reporting from Rome!!
    WooHoo…you go girl!!

  3. Wow!!!! What a blessing Monica!!! I am glad for you!!! God is good!

  4. exciting news

  5. I read the canonization won’t take place till spring.

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