2017 WINTER PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA
A Trip of a lifetime in which we will walk as pilgrims in the footsteps of St. Thomas the Apostle and encounter the eastern Catholic community he founded in Kerala which still exists today.
Visit the home of Blessed Mother Teresa and serve the poorest of the poor alongside Missionaries of Charity at the Home for the Dying in Kolkata.
Relax on the backwaters of Kerala, houseboat retreat, beautiful beaches and more! Behold the Great Wall of China, majestic Taj Mahal, Jaipur Palace, Elephant ride, historic monuments of New Delhi and more!
Trip (0.5) INDIA North, South and China (FULL)
Nov 21 – Dec 9 (18 days) You need to take only 11 days off from work/school
Cost: Approx. $3400
Trip (1) Calcutta INDIA
Nov 25 – Dec 3 (12 days) You need to take only 6 days off from work/school
Cost: Approx. $2000
Trip (2) INDIA North and South
Nov 25 – Dec 10 (15 days) You need to take only 10 days off from work/school
Cost: Approx. $3000
Trip (3) INDIA North
Dec 26 – Jan 7 (13 days) You need to take only 8 days off from work/school
Cost: Approx. $3000
Trip (4) INDIA North and South
Dec 26 – Jan 13 (18 days) You need to take only 13 days off from work/school
Cost: Approx. $3400
* Includes International, Domestic and Local Travels, Accommodations, Entry Tickets, some Meals, etc.
* Does not include Passport and Visa fees, travel to the departing city (TBA) in the US, alcohol, pocket money, etc.
*Prices may change for all the late registrations, depending on the increase in the airline fares.
* Scholarships are available for students, religious and ministry staff.
Nov 21 – Travel by flight (Group 1 and 2)
Nov 22 – Travel by flight
Nov 23 – Beijing – The Great Wall
Nov 24 – New Delhi: monuments
Nov 25 – Jaipur: Palaces
Nov 26 – Jaipur: Elephant ride
Nov 27 – Agra: Taj Mahal
Nov 28 – Travel by train
Nov 29 – Kolkata: Mother Teresa’s Tomb and Exhibition
Nov 30 – Volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity
Dec 01 – Volunteer with the MCs
Dec 02 – Volunteer with the MCs (Group 1 returns)
Dec 03 – Volunteer with the MCs
Dec 04 – Kerala: St. Thomas Church
Dec 05 – Kerala: Kochi
Dec 06 – Kerala: Houseboat retreat
Dec 07 – Kerala: Beach
Dec 08 – New Delhi: Temples
Dec 09 – Travel by flight (Group 2 returns)
Dec 26 – Travel by flight (Group 3 and 4)
Dec 27 – In-flight
Dec 28 – New Delhi: monuments
Dec 29 – Jaipur: Palaces
Dec 30 – Jaipur: Elephant ride
Dec 31 – Agra: Taj Mahal
Jan 01 – Travel by train
Jan 02 – Kolkata: Mother Teresa’s Tomb and Exhibition
Jan 03 – Volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity
Jan 04 – Visit to the Leprosy Center
Jan 05 – Volunteer with the MCs
Jan 06 – Volunteer with the MCs
Jan 07 – Volunteer with the MCs (Group 3 returns)
Jan 08 – Kerala: St. Thomas Church
Jan 09 – Kerala: Kochi
Jan 10 – Kerala: Houseboat retreat
Jan 11 – Chennai – Temples
Jan 12 – Chennai – Tomb of St. Thomas
Jan 13 – Travel by flight (Group 4 returns)
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Krista K, 2014 Trip One of the most touching experiences of my time in India, was taking a tour of a Leprosy colony. This spoke volumes to me, because it was here that I saw Mother Teresa’s mission carried out so clearly, beautifully, and distinctly. I had never before seen people given dignity in such a way. These people are the ones shunned from Indian society, and Mother Teresa gave them Love, and let them know that they are equal in the eyes of God. This experience not only humbled me, but reminds me that no small act goes unseen, and every moment we are given is a gift, and an opportunity to Love.
Another Pilgrim, 2014 Trip At Mother Theresa’s Memorial Exhibit in Kolkata, her quote – “leprosy is a terrible and painful disease. But nothing is as painful as being completely forgotten, rejected, left alone as if you are nobody to nobody” – painted poverty and homeliness in a different light for me. It’s just not about having enough food, money, clothes… it’s about being completely shunned and ignored by the rest of society. It also reminded me that sometimes in life trying to help solve someone else’s problem during a tough time isn’t always what is most important…. just being there, letting that person know you care can be enough.
Matt L, 2014 Trip I was able to go see a church that St.Thomas himself founded nearly 2000 years ago. Being able to pray at an adoration chapel in the exact place where he preached was unbelievable and a very powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit.
Yann L, 2014 Trip Visiting the orphans in Calcutta and seeing the work of the Missionaries of Charity was a touching experience for me. My eyes were opened up to the lack of authentic community that is so present in the US.