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Location & Contact Details

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Events Calendar

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Sites in Italy

The West Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Sites of Italy strives to immerse our students (juniors and seniors) in a lived experience of their education and faith, preparing them for the next stage of their lives. Over the course of nine days, students and chaperones visit the eternal city of Rome, walk the streets of Assisi and attend a Papal Audience with the Holy Father. Along the way, they tour holy sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilicas of St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi, the catacombs, and the Vatican Museums while enjoying the best Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

June 15-23, 2023
Cost: $3,800 (all inclusive)

Questions? Contact Jeanne Walch at [email protected] or Roots in Rome at [email protected].

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 & 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Days 8 & 9

​​​​​​​Thursday, June 15

  • Depart Grand Rapids for Rome

Friday, June 16

  • Land in Rome at Leonardo da Vinci Airport
  • Check-in at Villa Magnolia
  • Piazza Garibaldi

Saturday, June 17

  • Mass in the crypts of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum

Sunday, June 18

  • Mass at Chiesa di Santo Spirito in Sassia – Santuario della Divina Misericordia (Church of the Holy Spirit Church in Sassia – Sanctuary of Divine Mercy)
  • Angelus with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square
  • Catacombs

​​​​​​​Monday, June 19

  • Travel to Assisi
  • Santa Maria Degli Angeli and the Porziuncola (the church St. Francis built after Jesus told him “rebuild my church”)
  • Basilica di Santa Chiara
  • St. Francis’ Birth Home
  • Iglesia de Santa Maria Maggiore and the tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis
  • Eremo delle Carceri (hermitage of St. Francis)

Tuesday, June 20

  • Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi and tomb of St. Francis
  • Travel to Orvieto
  • Duomo di Orvieto and the site of the Eucharistic Miracle
  • Return to Rome

Wednesday, June 21

  • Mass in the crypts of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • General Audience with the Pope
  • Vatican Museums

Thursday, June 22

  • Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme (Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem)
  • Poniticio Santuario della Scala Santa (Holy Steps)
  • Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
  • Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura (St. Paul Outside the Walls)
  • Tre Fontane (place of martyrdom of St. Paul)

Friday, June 23

  • Depart Rome for Grand Rapids