Tour the Shrines of Italy with Glenmary

Posted: 12/30/2016


CINCINNATI, Ohio (Dec. 6, 2016) – Traveling with a Glenmary Home Missioner usually means a trip to Georgia, North Carolina, or Tennessee. The natural beauty of these mission areas is unmatched, but now supporters of the Home Missions have an opportunity to tour the Shrines of Italy, alongside Glenmary Father Don Tranel.

Father Don, a native of East Dubuque, Ill., has been a Glenmary Missioner for 29 years. He has spent almost his entire priesthood in some of the most neglected and poorest missions in the United States, where the Catholic population is frequently less than one percent of the population, and the poverty level is about twice the national average. Father Don is Glenmary's director of development.

The 11-day journey begins with an overnight flight, arriving in Rome, Italy, on Oct. 25, 2017. Next your travel will take you to the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario, Vatican City, Abbey of Montecassino, a Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica, Christian Rome City Tour, St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and an optional Florence excursion; ending on Nov. 3, 2017, in Rome.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside, history, and local wine as you walk through the sacred halls of Christianity.The cost includes round trip air fare from select locations, and 15 meals.

For more information about this special pilgrimage, see the brochure below. For additional inquiries, contact Diplomat Travel at 513-531-8128, or 513-256-8002, or e-mail

Glenmary is a society of Catholic priests and brothers who, along with coworkers, establish the Catholic Church in rural parts of Appalachia and the southern United States.

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