Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Pilgrimage Program

Summer Pilgrimage Program

Historically, to go on pilgrimage was to go into exile; to leave your land to live an itinerant life of preaching; or to go to a holy place. These three forms of pilgrimage imply a journey, in some cases one that never comes back to the original place. In the case of visiting a holy place, it implies coming back transformed, different from who we were before. After visiting the places walked by either Jesus himself or a particular saint, and learning about their lives, culture, challenges, and historical circumstances, we learn how they pronounced their “YES” to God in word and action, and how we are called to do the same.

Our pilgrimages are an invitation to journey as community and to deepen our faith by walking with and accompanying one another. Please join us next summer as we gather to seek God once again through exploration and integration of culture and spirituality!

Join us for our 2025 pilgrimage:

June 16 to 29, 2025

“In the Footsteps of Saint Ignatius: Through Northern Spain to Rome.”

Pilgrimage Objectives

After completing this pilgrimage, we will be able to:

  1. Identify the cultural, religious and historical context that influenced Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion and further faith journey.
  2. Identify shrines and devotions that influenced Ignatius along his journey.
  3. Co-create a liturgical space that engages body, mind, and spirit.
  4. Integrate in our everyday life practices of Ignatian Spirituality that most resonate with us.

Pilgrimage Cost:
• For Adults (18+): $3,500
• For Kids/Teens (10-17 yrs.): $3,200

Costs Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast every day
  • Lunch at Loyola (2 days)Dinner (at Loyola, Monserrat & the last dinner together in Rome)Entrance fees to all museums
  • Guided tours
  • Air-conditioned coaches for the tours and transfers
  • Porterage at hotels when available

Costs Not Included:

  • Airfare (international or within Europe from Barcelona to Rome)
  • European tourist tax (between 3 and 5 euros depending on country)
  • Tips for guides, driver, and hotel staff. Each pilgrim is responsible for paying the tourist tax and tips for the guide, driver, and hotel staff, suggested at 3 to 5 dollars for tour guide per person per day, 2 to 3 dollars for driver per person per day, discretionary for hotel staff.
  • Travel insurance required by Loyola University: CISI https://www.culturalinsurance.com/
  • Europe VISA for US citizens

Initial Deposit:
$800 please get in touch with Mirta Garcia to confirm availability at mgarcia29@luc.edu.

Pilgrims may select from any of the following payment plans:

  1. Full Payment
  2. Two-Payment Option
    **Note: Each payment option excludes $800 nonrefundable initial deposit.
    **Note: Final payment due by Monday, March 3, 2025.

ATTENTION: Ensure your passport will be valid for at least six months after June 29, 2025

Cancellation Policy:

  1. DEPOSITS are non-refundable.
  2. Cancellation Policy:

•    Before March 3, 2025: only deposit is retained.
•    March 4 – 18, 2025: 30% cancellation charge/ 70% refund.
•    March 19 – April 2, 2025: 50% cancellation charge/ 50% refund.
•    April 3 – 17, 2025: 75% cancellation charge/ 25% refund.
•    After April 17, 2025: 100% charge/no refund.

Here’s the registration link!!

For more information, please contact Mirta Garcia at mgarcia29@luc.edu or Mariana Miller at mmiller60@luc.edu.