Take a look at our MONTHLY Reflection Newsletter!


Monthly Reflection Newsletter

To offer a contemplative moment in your day, as well as some Franciscan resources, Franciscan Pilgrimage Program staff member, Mary Beth Wisniewski, is writing a monthly reflection newsletter. To read past newsletters, click here.

For more information or to sign up, call the Pilgrimage Communications Office at 414-427-0570.





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

Pilgrimages for 2019!

Take a look at this years Pilgrimage schedule. Just click here to see the lineup! >>>MORE

Pilgrimages for 2019!

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

Meet Our Pilgrimage Leaders!

Click Here to read a little bit about all of our wonderful Pilgrimage Leaders.

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

2020 Pilgrimage Dates Announced!

The 2020 Pilgrimage schedule has been finalized! To see next years lineup,click here.

General Terms

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

Oberammergau 2020 - SOLD OUT

All spots on this pilgrimage have been filled. For details,>>Click Here

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


Click Here to easily pay for your Pilgrimage!


US-6 Friar Pilgrimages

For more information or to register for one of the pilgrimages offered to friars of the US-6 Provinces in 2020,Click Here.

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: JCellaFPP@thefranciscans.net
Andy Tretow, Director of Communications, Email: AndyFPP@thefranciscans.net
Sr. Nancy Celaschi,OSF, Office and Pilgrimage Staff, Email: NancyFpp@thefranciscans.net
Karen Pizur, Administrative Assistant, Email: KarenFPP@thefranciscans.net

General Questions can be sent to InfoFPP@thefranciscans.net