Day 1 – Oct 11
Evening departure from Toronto to Rome.
Day 2 – Oct 12
Late morning arrival in Rome. Transfer to our hotel, Mass, dinner and overnight. Time and availability permitting a visit to a conference on St. J. H. Newman at the Angelicum University.
Day 3 – Oct 13
Today we participate in the canonization ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. Afternoon free time for leisure, Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Oct 14
This morning we celebrate Thanksgiving Mass at Chiesa Nuova where St. Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratory, is buried. After lunch we travel to Assisi, the city of St. Francis. We visit the upper and lower basilica of St. Francis. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Oct 15
After breakfast we visit and celebrate Mass at the church of St. Maria degli Angeli with a chapel built by St. Francis (Porziuncola). Afternoon we travel to Rome for a flight to London. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Oct 16
Today we visit Brompton Oratory for Mass and tour. We will also visit the birthplace of Newman at 60 Threadneedle Street as well as his childhood homes at 17 Southhampton Place and at Grey Court, Ham Street, Richmond upon Thames. Dinner and overnight
Day 7 – Oct 17
Today our panoramic tour of London will include Trafalgar Square, Parliament, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and London Bridge and Buckingham Palace. We visit the Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral. Afternoon we travel to Oxford. We celebrate Mass in Littlemore where J. H. Newman became Catholic. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Oct 18
This morning we visit other sites in Oxford related to life and work of J. H. Newman – Oriel College, Trinity College, Oxford Oratory, St. Mary the Virgin Church. We will also see the Eagle & Child Pub and Willington Square. Afternoon we move on to Birmingham, a city where St. J. H. Newman spent half of his life. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – Oct 19
After breakfast we visit the Oratory in Edgbaston and the original rooms of St. J. H. Newman. After Mass at the Oratory we visit Rednal, a country house where J. H. Newman was buried and Maryvale, his one-time home. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – Oct 20
After morning Mass we are transferred to the airport in London for a flight to Toronto Late afternoon arrival.