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Community Pilgrimage 2025

Join Visitation Academy on a pilgrimage to France from July 11-20, 2025!

Don’t miss your chance to walk in the footsteps of Saints Jane de Chantal, Francis de Sales, and Margaret Mary Alacoque. Led by Sister Mary Grace McCormack, VHM, and Dr. Amelia Blanton Hibner (Dean of Mission Integration), this once in a lifetime experience should not be missed!

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Trip Information:

Dates:
July 11-20, 2025

Cost:

$2,900- $3,900
(does not include airfare; price will adjust based on the number of participants; price varies based on shared or single room) 

Registration:
Registration to open in September 2024.
$1,000 non-refundable deposit due at registration.

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"This is an amazing opportunity! No matter where you are on your faith journey, you will find yourself growing spiritually. Before going on this trip, I had an understanding of our charism and our history, but after this pilgrimage and interacting with the Visitation sisters, I feel a deeper understanding that resides in my heart, not just my head."
– Past Faculty Pilgrim

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Tentative Itinerary:
(subject to change)

“Blessed are the pliable hearts, for they shall never break.”
St. Francis de Sales

Day 1: Friday, July 11 - Depart US

Day 2: Saturday, July 12 - Arrive in Annecy (Overnight: Annecy)
- Pilgrims arrive in Geneva, Switzerland, with shuttles from Geneva Airport to Annecy, France 
- Opening group dinner

Day 3: Sunday, July 13 - Annecy (Overnight: Annecy)
- Mass at Basilica of the Visitation
- Walking Tour of Annecy 
- Dinner on your own

Day 4: Monday, July 14 -  Bastille Day - Annecy (Overnight: Annecy)  
- Meeting with Visitation Sisters at Annecy Monastery 
- The Gallerie - first Visitation monastery 
- Group dinner 
-Fireworks on the Lake for Bastille Day 

Day 5: Tuesday, July 15 - Thorens + Les Allinges (Overnight: Annecy)
-Thorens: The home of St. Francis de Sales, Church where he was baptized and ordained bishop, and site of his vision which showed him a procession, inspiring him to found the Visitation
- Châteaux Allinges: Where St. Francis de Sales preached to Calvanists as a new priest.
-  Dinner on your own

Day 6: Wednesday, July 16 - Annecy, Verosvres & Paray-le-Monial (Overnight: Paray)

- Talloires: Small town on Lake Annecy where St. Francis de Sales wanted to retire. 
- Verosvres: The home of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Church on the site where she was baptized. 
- Paray-le-Monial: Prayer with the Visitation Sisters of Paray and visit to St. Claude 
- Group dinner
 
Day 7: Thursday, July 17 - Paray Sisters & Moulins (Overnight: Paray)
- Meeting with Visitation Sisters at the Paray Monastery, the place of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque’s apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
- Moulins - Museum of the Visitation and Chapel of the Visitation.
- Group dinner 

Day 8: Friday, July 18 - Bourbilly & Monthelon (Overnight: Paray)
- Bourbilly - Home of St. Jane de Chantal as a married woman.
- Monthelon - Home of St. Jane de Chantal as a widow.
- Group dinner 

Day 9: Saturday, July 19 - (Overnight: Geneva)
- Annecy: Boat Tour and Closing Mass at Basilica of the Visitation   
- Group dinner 

Day 10: Sunday, July 20 - Departure from Geneva

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"I love Viz even more than before our Pilgrimage. I loved learning about the origins of the school and feel honored to carry on the teachings of St. Jane and St. Francis."
– Past Faculty Pilgrim

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