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Join Franciscan University Pilgrimages as we visit destinations throughout the world where faith is strengthened, spirits are encouraged, and souls are renewed. With Franciscan friars and expert guides, you will have the opportunity to learn more about our Catholic heritage and its roots. We walk where saints once tread. We visit shrines where amazing acts of faith were lived out. We experience the depth and richness of our Catholic traditions in a way that can only be experienced by visiting these holy places.


Why a Franciscan University Pilgrimage?

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, president emeritus and founder of our Journeys program, now called "Franciscan University Pilgrimages," talks about what makes a Pilgrimage with Franciscan University special.

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Upcoming Pilgrimages


The Austrian Experience 
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October 25 - November 3, 2014

This pilgrimage to visit our Study Abroad Program housed in a 14th century former Carthusian monastery nestled in the scenic foothills of the Alps. Visit the quiant nearby town of Gaming and the beautiful cities of Salzburg and Vienna. Open to everyone!



Ireland: Celebrating Its Saints & Culture 
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October 14-23, 2014

Experience the glorious landscapes of the Land of Saints and Scholars, dotted with ancient monasteries and awe-inspiring Cathedrals. While in Ireland you will be surrounded by the beauty of God's creation that gave rise to "green martyrdom." While on pilgrimage we will visit holy sites such as Armagh, the spiritual center of Ireland for over 1500 years, the Rock of Cashel where St. Patrick was known to have prayed, and the cathedrals in Galway and Dublin. Of course no visit to Ireland would be complete without being able to pray in Knock, where in 1879 our Lady appeared in to a group of locals. Join us on a pilgrimage of faith to the tiny green island that had such a huge impact on global Catholicism.



California Missions Pilgrimage 
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February 17 - 25, 2015

The missions established by Blessed Junipero Serra and his fellow Franciscan friars brought the Catholic faith to the Pacific coast long before the Church in the United States crossed the Great Plains. Join us on a pilgrimage of faith as we visit some of these missions and other holy sites in cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, cities that frequently took their name from those original Franciscan missions.



Spain: 500th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration of St. Teresa of Avila 
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May 12 - 20, 2015

St. Teresa of Avila, reformer, mystic, author of The Interior Castle among other works, and one of the first two female doctors of the Church, was born in 1515. Join Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University, and Dr. Ralph Martin, regular speaker at Franciscan University summer conferences and professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, on a pilgrimage to her home town of Avila, Spain, to participate in the 500th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration of her birth.



Assisi & Rome + Malta Option 
Peters Way Tours

November 3 - 12, 2015 (With the Malta Option)

Franciscan University of Steubenville is pleased to invite you on a pilgrimage to the heart of the Church, Rome, and the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi. All of these experiences will prepare us for an audience with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. What an amazing opportunity it will be to stand in St. Peter's Square with brothers and sisters from all over the world, praying with Pope Francis.



Krakow: Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 
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July 21 - August 4, 2016

Franciscan University of Steubenville is pleased to announce initial plans for a World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland. In case you haven’t heard yet, Krakow has been chosen as the site for the next WYD. How magnificent is that? What a blessing to have World Youth Day in the native land of Pope John Paul II, the founder of WYD. What an incredible opportunity it will be!


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