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His 1979 Mexico Pilgrimage


Footsteps of John Paul the Great –

His 1979 Mexico Pilgrimage

Footsteps of John Paul the Great in MexicoPope John Paul II made his first international pilgrimage to Mexico in 1979. His travel there was complicated by Mexico’s secular state which imposed strict restrictions on any practice of the Catholic faith. This obstacle was resolved when the Pope entered as a private visitor, not a ‘state’ visitor.

1979 was a time of ‘Liberation Theology’ which, as advocated by many, was an aberration of the Catholic doctrine of Social Justice because of its essentially political application.

For this reason, one of the important events was the Pope’s address to the Latin American Conference of Catholic Bishops in Puebla where he clarified the Church’s teaching. During this Pilgrimage our Spiritual Director, Fr. Steve Kunkel will teach on Social Justice.

Furthering the theme, the Pilgrimage is a ‘Benefit’ for the work of the Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of Lisieux who receive the net proceeds. The Sisters are organizing our itinerary and will accommodate us at their Carmelite Monastery during most of our stay.

On arrival by air, we transfer to the Carmelite accommodations in Puebla which is our ‘base’ for most of our stay. While in Puebla, we experience many cultural and historic venues and visit the villages of indigenous people served by the Missionary Sisters. We celebrate St. Therese’s Feast Day, October 1, with the Sisters.

Transferring to Mexico City, we are accommodated at a ‘boutique’ hotel and enjoy the many Cosmopolitan amenities plus, especially, the Shrines of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego

Note: “Contact to organize this or similar pilgrimage for your group.”

Footsteps of St. John Paul the Great – His 1979 Pilgrimage in Mexico

Preliminary Itinerary

(Your Itinerary will be developed by Carmelites who serve as local organizer, proceeds of Pilgrimage benefit work of the Carmelite Missionaries. The following is an example subject to time and logistic considerations.)

Day 1 – Arrive and transfer to Convent of the Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of Liseux. Orientation and Relax from the Flight. Light evening meal at the Convent.
Days 2,3 – Guided excursions.
Acutepec – Santa Maria de Tonanzintla
Cholula – San Gabriel Monastery, Capilla Real; Temple Pyramid; University of the Americas
Day 4 – On October 1st: Feast Day of Foundress, St. Therese of Lisieux, Join celebration with Sisters.
Day 5 – Cuetzalan – Town Festival, Palacio Municipal, Guadalupe Church, Coffee Industry venues
Visits to village(s) where Carmelites serve as Missionaries
Places associated with St. John Paul II’s Pilgrimage including the Basilica where he addressed the Latin American Bishops, San Martino, Texmelucan, San Miguel Xoxtla
October 6 – Transfer to Mexico City hotel, Calinda Geneve or similar boutique hotel and location.
Guided walking tour of neighborhood near hotel including Paseo de Reforma and other areas of Zona Rosa. Group Dinner.
Days 7 to 9 – Guided excursion to Guadalupe Zone, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego Shrines, other points of interest, good ‘street’ food for Pilgrims to purchase for lunch. Mass. Free day for Pilgrims to stroll and shop. Group Dinners. Transfer to Airport.

Usual Inclusions:
• Air Fare and all local transportation
• All Breakfasts and minimum of three group dinners
• Local guides, tickets, entry fees

Not included:
• Some meals
• Personal expenses, tips
• Travel Insurance (optional)

Accommodations: At the Carmelite convent “Missionary Sisters of St. Therese of Lisieux” in Puebla; at a 4-5 Star hotel in Mexico City – Center.

Information or registration: Mike Richard 602-819-7473 –

Physical Limitations: Walking and some mountain hiking required.
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