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 Spirit Power Pilgrimage


with Marty Rotella
& Fr. Steve DeLacy,
from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Shrines of New Orleans

September 9 - 13, 2019

New Orleans appeals to visitors in a variety of ways and has inspired many world famous artists, authors and musicians throughout its 300 years of existence!  This alluring city of old-world charm and architecture, legendary hospitality and music, and distinctive culture and cuisine, also has a long history permeated by the Catholic faith. Catholicism continues to be a source of enrichment for those who visit or call New Orleans home, and the city is blessed with an unparalleled number of renowned Catholic Shrines. Join us on this Special Journey to New Orleans as we visit the Shrines and Sacred Sites, and inspire your faith in a profound way though the time-honored tradition of a spiritual pilgrimage!

For more about Marty Rotella & tour dates go to: https://spiritpowermusic.org/tour-dates/


Proposed Itinerary

Monday, September 9
Day 1: Arrival in New Orleans, Welcome Mass and Dinner

Upon arrival in New Orleans you will be met by a Catholic Journeys representative in the Baggage Claim area and escorted to your waiting motorcoach, which will bring you to your First-Class Hotel, centrally located in the Downtown area. After check-in you will have time to relax and freshen up, before gathering for a Welcome Mass at the National Votive Shrine to Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Patroness of New Orleans. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a special dinner featuring the traditional Red Beans and Rice, which is always served on Mondays throughout the city!

Tuesday, September 10
Day 2: The Old Ursuline Convent, St. Mary’s Church and St. Louis Cathedral - Catholic Cultural Heritage Center

After breakfast at your hotel, you will board your coach and head for the Old Ursuline Convent, part of what’s known as the Catholic Cultural Center, in the French Quarter. Now a Catholic museum, the old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Constructed by French Colonial engineers under the auspices of the crown, the convent was completed in 1752-1753. Over the centuries, this building has been a convent for the Ursuline nuns, various schools, the archbishops’ residence, the archdiocesan central office, and a meeting place for the Louisiana Legislature. Later it served as a residence for priests and then housed the archdiocesan archives. Today, you will enjoy a guided tour of the galleries and artifacts housed within the old convent, and have Mass in St. Mary’s Church, which is attached to the building, and was originally built as the Bishop’s Chapel. After Mass there will be a talk, followed by some time to visit the gift shop before walking to Jackson Square, where you will visit The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. Inside you will see the Venerable Henriette Delille Prayer Room. Mère Henriette Delille (1812-1862) founded the Sisters of the Holy Family to care for the sick, the dying and the orphans, and to catechize and instruct people of color, both slave and free. From here we will board the bus and transfer to the National World War II Museum for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to visit the Museum and explore the Arts District, or the many shops and galleries along Magazine Street. This evening we will gather for dinner in a local restaurant.

Wednesday, September 11
Day 3: National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and National Votive Shrine to Our Lady of Prompt Succor

After breakfast at your hotel, you will board your coach and head for the Seelos Center. This popular, prayerful pilgrimage site to a saintly favorite, Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, is located one block off the vibrant Magazine Street dining and shopping corridor. Known as the “Cheerful Ascetic,” this Redemptorist priest possessed great mystical gifts due to his intense prayer life. Many miracles are attributed to Father Seelos’ intercession both during his life and after his death in the 1867 New Orleans yellow fever epidemic. This sanctuary of hospitality, hope and healing is within the historic and sumptuous Saint Mary’s Assumption Church, Louisiana’s oldest German Catholic church. Enjoy a video presentation and have a chance to visit the museum and gift shop within the center, before having Mass and a talk in St. Mary’s Church. Afterward there will be time for prayer at the tomb and relics of Blessed Seelos, before departing for lunch in a nearby restaurant. This afternoon, you will visit the National Votive Shrine to Our Lady of Prompt Succor, and enjoy a guided tour that includes the Chapel, the Sacristy and the Museum located in the Ursuline Academy, containing many important relics and artifacts, including the letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Ursuline sisters in 1804 promising that their land and institution would be protected after the Louisiana Purchase. Dinner tonight in a local restaurant.

Thursday, September 12
Day 4: St. Frances Cabrini Shrine and the International Shrine of Saint Jude

Mother Cabrini, Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, arrived in New Orleans in 1892 when there was a huge influx of immigrants to America in search of a better life. Their deplorable living conditions worsened due to the yellow fever epidemics. In 1905, Mother Cabrini established the second of her two orphanages on Esplanade Avenue, along Bayou St. John. She is the Patroness of Immigrants, and today you will hear the story of her life, visit her bedroom where she lived and have Mass and a presentation in the Sacred Heart Chapel, all located on the grounds of what used to be her orphanage, now home to Cabrini High School for girls. From here you will travel to New Orleans’ oldest church building, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. It was built on the edge of what was then the city of New Orleans (known today as the French Quarter) as a mortuary chapel located in front of the St. Louis Cemeteries 1 and 2, to bury the many victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic in the mid 1800s. Today it is also the site of the International Shrine of Saint Jude. Staffed by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate since 1918, it is a center of popular devotion and daily prayer. The shrine honors Saint Jude the Apostle, known as the patron for impossible cases. His 17-foot image, the world’s largest, stands in the Peace Garden. The shrine’s solemn Saint Jude Novena every three months draws numerous people from various religious backgrounds who seek God’s Will and Favor in their sometimes desperate situations. After your visit, you will have lunch in a nearby restaurant, with the rest of the afternoon free to explore the French Quarter and maybe enjoy some coffee and Beignets at the world famous Café du Monde! Tonight you will gather for a special Farewell Dinner.

Friday, September 13
Day 5: Mass at the Jesuit – Immaculate Conception Church – Departure from New Orleans

This morning you will have an early breakfast and walk to the Immaculate Conception church, affectionately known in New Orleans as “the Jesuit.” The distinctive Islamic design of the domes and other architectural elements throughout the church are by Fr. Cambiaso, a Jesuit priest who admired the Moorish architecture found throughout Spain at the time. Here you will celebrate your last Mass before checking out of the hotel, and heading back to the airport for your return flights home.

Tour Features:

• 4 Nights Accommodations in New Orleans: The Whitney Hotel (or similar)
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (3 meals) Daily
• Transfers between airport and lodgings by Private Motorcoach
• Professional Tour Guide and Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary
• Welcome Packet / Document Portfolio

Daily Mass and all spiritual activities coordinated

Tour # SP19 0909-MR

Price: $1,469.00 per person

Prices based on double occupancy

Single Rooms available for $320 Supplement



For more information:


         5500 Prytania St., #234

           New Orleans, LA 70115

          800-715-6670 / 504-834-4951


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