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“Deep in History”

Pilgrimage to Germany

September 8 - 18, 2020

Join us as we travel through Germany next fall learning about the history of the Catholic Church and the 16th Century Reformation.

In the fall of 2022, Ken Hensley, Jim Anderson and Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson will be leading a group on pilgrimage through Germany.

We begin our pilgrimage in Berlin. After exploring this historic city and making a brief stop in Potsdam to tour the summer residence of Frederick the Great, we set out to travel through former East Germany learning about the life and teaching of Martin Luther the Augustinian monk and Catholic priest who launched the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 16th century. We begin by visiting Wittenberg, where Luther posted his infamous 95 Theses and the Protestant revolt began. After this, we explore a number of cities and sites associated with Luther and the Reformation: Leipzig, Eisleben, Erfurt, Eisenach, and Wartburg Castle where Luther completed his German translation of the New Testament. These are incredibly beautiful and interesting German villages, towns, and cities rarely visited by tourists. We complete our pilgrimage in Fulda at the heart of Catholic Germany, where St. Boniface the “Apostle of Germany” came as a missionary in the 8th century and is buried. Along the way, we will celebrate Mass each in some of the most beautiful churches in the most beautiful towns in one of the most beautiful countries on earth. This pilgrimage will be an inspirational experience, but also deeply educational for lifelong Catholics, converts to the Catholic Church, as well as those on the journey from Protestant backgrounds. Please consider joining us! It will be a wonderful time for us to share our stories and forge life-long friendships as we experience the beauty and history of our Church up close.

Ken Hensley

Online Resources & Pastoral Care Coordinator

Jim Anderson

Ministry Membership & Pastoral Care Coordinator

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, P.A.

CHNetwork Board Member

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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart USA

Depart USA on overnight flight to Berlin.

Day 2 – Arrive in Berlin 

Arrive in Berlin and meet your hosts and European tour escort, who will be with you for the duration of your tour. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Welcome Dinner at the hotel with the touring team. Overnight in Berlin (D)

Day 3 – Berlin 

After breakfast we celebrate Mass at St. Hedwig’s Cathedral followed by a guided city tour of Berlin’s highlights: the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz and the famous Brandenburg Gate. After lunch on your own, enjoy a free afternoon to stroll Berlin or visit the Pergamon Museum to see some of the world’s most famous treasures, including the famous Ishtaar Gates of Babylon. For our final night in Berlin, we enjoy the sights on a scenic dinner cruise on the river Spree. Overnight in Berlin. (B|D)

Day 4 – Potsdam / Wittenberg / Leipzig 

Depart for Potsdam where Churchill, Stalin, and Truman famously met in 1945. After visiting the Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of Frederick the Great, we travel on to Wittenburg, the Cradle of the Reformation and celebrate Mass at Undefiled Conception Catholic Church. After lunch on your own, we visit the Castle Church, where Luther was rumored to have nailed his “95 Theses,” as well as the graves of Martin Luther and theologian Philip Melanchthon and the Luther House, where he lived with his wife, the former nun Katharina von Bora, and their six children. Depart for Leipzig and, upon arrival, check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B|D)

Day 5 – Leipzig

After celebrating Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, we enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old City of Leipzig, including the site of Luther’s famous debates with John Eck, the St. Nicholas Church, and the Church of St. Thomas, where Johann Sebastian Bach served as choir director and church organist for 26 years, and where he is buried. Lunch on your own and free time to explore the old town of this beautiful historic city, which includes the homes of famous musicians Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. Dinner at a famous local restaurant and overnight. (B|D).

Day 6 – Eisleben / Erfurt

Depart for Eisleben, where Luther was born in 1483, baptized, preached his last sermon, and died. After Mass at St. Gerturd’s and lunch on your own, we visit the museum in the house of Luther’s birth and death. After lunch on your own, depart for Erfurt to visit the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived as a monk before checking into your hotel for dinner and overnight in Erfurt. (B|D)

Day 7 – Eisenach / Wartburg Castle / Erfurt 

After breakfast, depart for Eisenach for Mass at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Enjoy a walking tour of the town where Luther lived some years as a boy, visiting Luther’s House, one of the oldest houses in the city, and also the house where J. S. Bach lived until he was ten. Following lunch on your own, we continue the tour with a visit to Wartburg Castle, where Luther spent ten months after the famous Diet of Worms in 1521 where his fate was decided. Here Luther translated his New Testament into his German language. Return to Erfurt for dinner and overnight. (B|D)

Day 8 – Erfurt / Fulda

Depart for Fulda, at the heart of Catholic Germany, to learn about the life of St. Boniface the great “Apostle of Germany.” After checking into our hotel, enjoy lunch and the afternoon to explore on your own before we celebrate Mass at the Baroque Cathedral of Hesse. Dinner and overnight in Fulda. (B|D)

Day 9 – Fulda

After breakfast, we celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Michael and then enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautiful Catholic city: including the cathedral and the tomb of Boniface, the Benedictine Monastery founded by St. Sturmius, a disciple of St. Boniface, the Franciscan church of Our Lady at Frauenberg, St. Blasius church, Holy Spirit church, the Castle Garden, and the Church of St. Lioba, which contains the tomb of St. Lioba and beautiful old frescos. Dinner and overnight in Fulda (B|D).

Day 10 – Frankfurt / USA 

After breakfast we check out of our hotel and transfer to Frankfurt for our return flight home.

NOTE:  While no changes to this itinerary are anticipated, alterations may become necessary due to pending schedule confirmations, and/or, due to changes beyond our control.

Cost including airfare from JFK:

$ 4,499 per person, discounted for Cash/Check payment, based on 40 participants, & double occupancy. We gladly accept credit cards for the full price of $ 4,678.00 per person, based on 40 participants, & double occupancy.

**For those pilgrims who wish to arrange their own international airfare, we have a LAND ONLY price of $3,629.00 per person, discounted for Cash/Check payment, based on 40 participants, & double occupancy. Or $3,774.00 per person Full Price with Credit Card. Please discuss this option with Maggie McDaniel before booking your international air!!!! maggie@catholicfaithjourneys.com or 419-290-8782

Included

  • Round trip air from New York (JFK) to Berlin and Frankfurt to JFK
  • 8 Nights’ accommodations
  • Breakfast / Dinner daily
  • English speaking tour escort/guides throughout
  • Private motorcoach throughout
  • Transfers to and from all international airports for those on group air
  • Entrance fees as noted in itinerary
  • All tips to tour escorts, guides and drivers
  • Private Mass arrangements daily (All locations noted pending confirmation)
  • Entrance fees as noted in itinerary
  • Taxes and fuel surcharge (subject to increase 30 days prior to departure)

Not Included

  • Optional travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Transportation to JFK airport
  • Lunches & beverages w/meals
  • Items of personal nature
  • Baggage fees imposed by airlines
  • Any items not specifically mentioned
  • Limited single rooms available for an additional cost of $800 per person (cash or check discount) or $832 (full price credit card)

For additional information about the content of the tour, you may contact Ken Hensley at kenh@chnetwork.orgFor additional information about flights, schedules, payment, amenities/accessibility, and other logistical issues, you may contact Maggie McDaniel at maggie@catholicfaithjourneys.com or 419-290-8782.