Reservations are going FAST for this 2020 Pilgrimage!



Don't wait to the last minute to locate your passport. This should be the first thing to check upon registering for a pilgrimage. If you need to apply for a new passport, or renew your current one, the Post Office is the place to go.>>More

Oberammergau 2020

DO NOT miss this once in a lifetime opportunity in Oberammergau, Germany for the Passion Plays in 2020. This Pilgrimage is only offered once every TEN years and our limited spots are filling up fast.>>More

Our Staff in the News!

The 2019 Pilgrimage schedule has been finalized! Click here to see next years lineup! >>>MORE

Our Staff in the News!

Read about our staffs recent visit to the "Land Down Under." Their stay was short but their impact will be felt well beyond 2018. >>>MORE

Barrier Free

We do not wish to discourage anyone from participating in our uplifiting pilgrimages, but we should note that, unlike the United States, Rome, Assisi and the Holy Land are not as sensitive to the barrier free needs of people. Italy has "charming" cobble stone streets and uneven sidewalks. This 12 second video provides a visual of the condition of "normal" streets in Italy. View on YouTube

Clare of Assisi and Healing: A Model for Ministry in the Helping Professions

This pilgrimage will focus on Clare’s witness to the healing power of the Spirit while also examining Francis’ influence on her vocation. >>MORE.

General Terms

Click Here to read about the Terms, Conditions, and Requirments to attend one of our pilgrimages.

A Parish Pilgrimage

Your parish may be planning special events to commemorate the anniversary of its establishment. Please consider a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as part of this celebration. Franciscan Pilgrimages will help with the elements of publicity, organization, travel arrangements, housing, and, most importantly, with the content of the pilgrimage. >>More

Listen Here: The Franciscan Pilgrimage Podcasts

Welcome to the home of the FPP Podcast Homepage! Here you will find information about pilgrimages, experiences, and important information about upcoming adventures that we may be offering. >>MORE


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Church of St. Nicholas, Assisi

The Church of St. Nicolas in the Piazza was once located in Assisi's main square. It was dedicated St. Nicolas, Bishop of Myra, whose relics were brought to Italy in 1087. >>Read about St. Nicholas.

Franciscan Book Sale!

You won't find cheaper prices anywhere(including on Amazon!).Click Here to Browse Store

The Spirit of Secular Franciscan Life Archives

Read through the recently unearthed archives of the Newsletter for Secular Franciscans written by Fr. Roch Niemer, OFM.Click Here to Browse the Newsletters


All Currently Offered Programs
Pilgrimages...Not Tours

Our History

The Franciscan Pilgrimage Experience is a cross-cultural journeying together in the spirit of Francis and Clare in order to nurture an encounter with Jesus Christ through the spirituality of place. We commit ourselves to serve as sisters and brothers, fostering conversion to a deeper Gospel life and promoting the future vitality of the Franciscan heritage.

Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs is a non-profit ministry of the Assumption BVM Province, Franciscans. During its 45 years of existence, it has guided 20,000+ pilgrims from forty-five countries on pilgrimage, facilitating the sharing of spirituality of place and the Franciscan vision of life

Since the 1970s Franciscan Pilgrimages has provided outstanding and critically acclaimed pilgrimages to those parts of the world that have shaped the faith of Christians. Our staff consists of more than fifty Franciscan and lay men and women from all the branches of the Franciscan family. Many of the pilgrimage leaders enjoy an international reputation as Franciscan scholars. Many have published.

Our logo, the scallop shell and Tau Cross has its origin prior to the middle ages. The Scallop shell was recognized as the symbol of Christian pilgrimage. To this day pilgrims are acknowledged simply by wearing the shell around their neck. One of its purposes was to scoop water from rivers and streams to quench thirst.

The Tau Cross was used by St. Francis as his signature. Wearing the Tau is a declaration of commitment to on-going conversion which was at the core of Francis' spirituality.


Getting Social

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How We Can Help

Office Open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CT, Monday through Friday.
If we are all occupied, you'll get voice mail. Christian holy days and civil holidays are generally "off days".

Mailing Address:

Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, Inc.
P.O. Box 321490
Franklin, WI 53132

Phone 414.427.0570
Fax 414.427.0590

E-mail addresses:

Fr. John Cella, OFM, Director , E-mail:
Andy Tretow, Director of Communications, Email:
Sr. Nancy Celaschi,OSF, Office and Pilgrimage Staff, Email:
Karen Pizur, Administrative Assistant, Email: