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Join Clarion Herald’s Italy pilgrimage

    Father Ronald Calkins, the moderator of the Clarion Herald and pastor of Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Mandeville, will join Msgr. Frank
Giroir and Father Rodney Bourg as spiritual directors of a 12-day Clarion Herald pilgrimage to Italy Oct. 20-31.
    The pilgrimage is the first sponsored by the Clarion Herald in more than a decade.
    During the pilgrimage, pilgrims will visit Venice, Padua, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, Herculaneum and Rome, and they will have a general audience with Pope Francis if he is in residence.
    Msgr. Giroir is pastor of St. Anselm Parish in Madisonville, and Father Bourg is pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Covington. Mass will be celebrated daily, including inside St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
    “We’re very excited to lead this pilgrimage, and we hope it will be a source of blessings to those who are able to join us,” Father Calkins said. “The last time the Clarion Herald sponsored a pilgrimage was well before Hurricane Katrina. I believe there will be strong interest from people in the archdiocese who want to experience religious sites that are foundational to our Catholic faith.”
    The full itinerary for the 12-day pilgrimage is available on the Unitours website at
     Also, Clarion Herald advertising/marketing director MJ Cahill is available to answer questions at 596-3034.
    Cost of the pilgrimage is $4,799 per person, based on double occupancy. Tips to tour guides, drivers and dining room staff of $118 are not included. A single supplement is $782.
    Most major credit cards are accepted for payment. International departure taxes and current fuel surcharges are included in the price.
    A $50 early booking discount is available to pilgrims who register by Feb. 28 by placing a $300 deposit. Final payment is due 60 days before departure.

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