Ad Limina Pilgrimage with Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens

Date(s): January 9 – 18, 2020

Location: Rome and selected cities in Italy

The Office of Evangelization invites young adults to apply to join Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, and world renowned art historian Elizabeth Lev on a pilgrimage to Rome to deliver the report on the state of the Archdiocese to the Holy Father.

Bishops are obliged to make the Ad Limina Apostolorum pilgrimage about every five years. It requires them to pray at the tombs of St. Peter and Paul in Rome, and to report on the state of their diocese to the Holy Father. Recognizing the vital young adult life in our local Church, Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens invite young adults in the Archdiocese to apply to accompany them to the Eternal City in January 2020. (Please note: the application deadline has closed.)

Cost: $2,400, which includes airfare, simple accommodation, a few meals and transportation to Ad Limina events. Pilgrims are expected to cover their daily expenses.

Questions should be directed to Enzo Randazzo or 651-291-4483.


All points on itinerary are subject to change.

Thursday, January 9: Depart U.S.

  • Depart for Rome, Italy via overnight transatlantic flight on scheduled airline

Friday, January 10: Rome

  • Arrive in Rome and transfer to accommodations near Vatican
  • Afternoon in central Rome: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, San Ignazio, late afternoon Mass at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva with Fr. Tim Wratkowski
  • Overnight in Rome

Saturday, January 11: Assisi

  • Upon arrival, tour San Ruffino Church where St. Francis and St. Clare were both baptized
  • Visit Santa Chiara Church to see tomb of St. Clare and to see the cross that spoke to St. Francis and led him to a life of piety
  • Visit St. Francis’ tomb and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis
  • After Mass, enjoy free time for lunch and to explore Assisi
  • Return to Rome
  • Overnight in Rome

Sunday, January 12

  • Tour “Pre-Christian Rome”
  • Roman Forum
  • Overnight in Rome

Monday, January 13: The Vatican

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Peter’s Basilica
  • Overnight in Rome

Tuesday January 14: Passion Day – “Let me not boast except in the Cross”

  • The Basilica of the Holy Cross
  • The Holy Stairs
  • Paul Outside the Walls – Tomb of St. Paul
  • Overnight in Rome

Wednesday, January 15: Peter & Peter – Audience and Scavi

  • Papal Audience with Pope Francis
  • Scavi Tour
  • Overnight in Rome

Thursday, January 16: The New Creation

  • Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major
  • Tour of Mary Major
  • Overnight in Rome

Friday, January 17: The Early Church

  • Breakfast at Residence
  • Visit the St. Priscilla Catacombs and see the 4th century catacomb burrows underground, early Christian art, and the burial site of some early Christians

Saturday, January 18: Return flight to U.S.

  • Depart for the airport for return transatlantic flight to U.S.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda
Bishop Andrew Cozzens
Elizabeth Lev