Retreats and Pilgrimages

To retreat, to “come away with the Lord”, is a necessary and valuable use of time in order to grow in relationship with the Lord.  With that in mind, each of the classes has retreats each year.

To celebrate our namesake, St. Catherine of Siena, and to grow in our knowledge of our faith and of the many saints who have gone before us, we will be going on a pilgrimage to Siena, Rome, and Assisi every other year.  All students will have two opportunities to pilgrimage to Italy during their tenure at St. Catherine of Siena Academy.  A priest will accompany us on the pilgrimage and Mass will be part of the daily itinerary.

Siena/Assisi/Rome Pilgrimage

Siena

  • Celebrate Mass at St. Dominic Basilica to venerate the remains of St. Catherine
  • Cathedral of Siena
  • Tour the city of Siena, including the Piazza del Campo and the Palazzo Pubblico

Assisi

  • Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Tour San Ruffino Church
  • Tour St. Clare Church

Rome

  • Celebrate Mass at:
  • Santa Maria, Traspontina
  • the altar of the Tomb of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica
  • the Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva (houses the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena
  • at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica (Mass in Italian)
  • Attend the Papal Audience
  • Visit Holy Steps
  • Guided tour of the Vatican, including the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
  • Tour St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Tour of Ancient Rome, including the Coliseum, Capitol Hill, the Vittorio Emmanuel Monument, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and Michelangelo’s statue of Moses
  • Visit St. Sebastian Catacombs

March for Life – Washington, DC

The St. Gianna Molla Society (pro-life club for students) takes part in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, each year.  This pilgrimage for life involves prayer, Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a visit to the Holocaust Museum, and attendance at the March for Life and the Silent No More March at the Supreme Court.

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