the western pilgrimage Semester

In Partnership with St. Thomas More College

15 Academic credits, 13 National Parks, 5 Expeditions

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ALTUM L’ALTO PILGRIMAGES (ALP)

Pilgrimages integrating nature, culture, and grace traveling along both classic routes and lesser-known pilgrimage paths by foot, bike, kayak, and more with multi-adventure and multi-destination itineraries. Opportunities for all skill levels

Pilgrimage  Styles

Expeditions

Active Travel

Other

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PARIS, NORMANDY, & LOIRE

France

Paris, Alencon and Lisieux where St. Therese the Little Flower and her family lived, Mont St. Michel

THE LOIRE VALLEY

France

To the tomb of St. Martin through the iconic Loire Valley

THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Italy

Through the colorful coastline of fishing villages of the Cinque Terre to the tomb of St. Catherine of Genoa

ITALIAN LAKES & ALPS

Italy & Switzerland

To the Great St. Bernard along paths trodden by St. John Paul II and Pier Giorgio Frassati

TUSCANY & CINQUE TERRE

Italy

Several pilgrimage destinations including Florence and Siena!

 ALPS TO ROME

Italy & Switzerland

Alps to Rome with several pilgrimage destinations including Florence and Siena!

CALENDAR

 ONE AT A TIME

We generally operate one extended pilgrimage at a time with plenty of packaged opportunities for you to “hop on” & “hop off”.  This gives you more flexibility to choose your trip length and ideal itinerary!  Check out our calendar

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Classic and unique ways of pilgrimaging

Hike to the Hermitage of Santa Maria di Cetrella

Hike in the footsteps of sailors who used to pilgrimage to the hermitage of Santa Maria di Cetrella to pray for Our Lady’s protection during their often perilous sea journeys in search of coral

Kayak to the Island Abbey of Lerins

In the French Mediterranean, kayak to one of the first monasteries in Europe along the crystal clear blue water and pray with the monks there

Hike "The Path of the Kings"

In Southern France, hike in the footsteps of kings, popes, and saints who have all walked along the same route to the Grotto of St Mary Magdalene where she spent the last part of her life

Climb to the Sacra San Michele

In Northern Italy, climb the via ferrata to the ancient Sacra San Michele, a Benedictine abbey dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel

PILGRIMAGE PATHS

 

nature

Hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, and more! Single activity or multi-adventure. Principally directed to arriving at holy places, also just done for recreation

culture

A variety of museums, historical sites, and cultural wonders are included in our pilgrimages as sights in themselves and a great way to balance our physical activities

grace

Our goal is to have a catholic chaplain on each trip. There will be a variety of options available to pilgrims: mass, rosary, liturgy of the hours, and more all in holy places

World Youth Day 2023

Are you headed to Portugal? ALP is offering expedition sections before and after WYD.  We will begin in France and make our way down to Portugal,  After WYD, we will fly to Italy and pilgrimage to Rome.  Sign up for one or both sections!  

 To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe. –Pope Benedict XVI

THE WESTERN PILGRIMAGE

A Thomas More College semester program for full academic credit in partnership with ALP

The semester is open to male students from any university.  Students will complete 15 academic credit hours (in five classes) as they explore the western states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.  The final destination is El Santuario de Chimayo, also known as the Lourdes of America.  Students will be guided by traveling faculty and staff for the entire trip and visited by other faculty who journey out to the base camps and lodges. Students will have the chance to explore thirteen national parks and go on five distinct expeditions which include hiking, horseback riding, rafting, biking, and rock climbing.

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