Papal Visit Pilgrimage to Philadelphia

The Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh’s


Saturday, Sept. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
In conjunction with the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pa. (Sept. 22-27), it is anticipated that Holy Father Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia (his first-ever trip to the U.S.) to participate in the closing events of the 8th World Meeting of Families, including a Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Archeparchy of Pittsburgh is planning a motorcoach excursion to the Philadelphia area to be present for this once-in-a-lifetime liturgical celebration.


•Luxury Round-trip Motorcoach Transportation

•1 night Hotel lodging at Country Inn of Lancaster

•One Breakfast (hotel) and One Dinner (Good ‘n’ Plenty)

(All other meals on your own)

•Performance of “Joseph” at Sight and Sound Theater

•Additional Transport to Philadelphia for Papal Liturgy


Saturday, Sept. 26 — Pilgrimage Begins!  Arrive early for the 8:00 a.m. continental breakfast at St. John Cathedral (Munhall, Pa.), then board our deluxe motorcoach to depart  from St. John’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Rest stops and a brief lunch break (on your own) will be scheduled along the way to our first destination. We will arrive at The Country Inn of Lancaster, located in scenic and historic Lancaster, Pa., where we will check in upon arrival (approx. 3 p.m.). Our group then will re-board the bus at 3:45 to for dinner at the Good ‘n’ Plenty Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful Amish country family-style feast! Following dinner, we will attend the musical production “Joseph” at the famed Sight and Sound Millennium Theater in Lancaster. After the show, we will be transported back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep in anticipation of the long day ahead.

Sunday, Sept. 27 — 6 a.m. breakfast at the hotel. We will depart the hotel early this morning to journey to Philadelphia, so have your bags inside your room door and ready for departure. The bus will drop us off at <location TBD> in Philadelphia, where we then will take public transportation to the site of the Papal liturgy.  Following the liturgy, we will return to our motorcoach for our journey back to Pittsburgh. We will stop for dinner at a restaurant along the way (on your own), and also make several rest stops en route to Pittsburgh.


$425 per person single occupancy

$315 per person, double occupancy

$295 per person, triple occupancy

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 1, 2015! Please note:  Reservations are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We have secured a limited number of rooms for our pilgrimage based on bus capacity of 50.  Once all spaces are filled, a waiting list will be started.

-Hard-copy Reservation Form/Participation Agreement and non-refundable payment in full are due at time of registration. (**see below for link to trip brochure)

-No phone or e-mail reservations will be accepted.

The bus and hotel already have been reserved, so if payment does not accompany your reservation form by the deadline, then it cannot be accepted. Please pay by check or money order. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit card as payment.) Package is non-refundable for any reason.

Additional information and itinerary specifics will be sent upon receipt of your fully completed Reservation Form/Participation Agreement and payment in full.

Each participant must submit a fully completed Reservation Form, signed Participation Agreement and payment in full by the JUNE 1, 2015 deadline to:

Papal Visit Pilgrimage

Attn: Fr. Andrew Deskevich

66 Riverview Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15214

**Registration Form and Participation Agreement are included in the PAPAL VISIT PILGRIMAGE BROCHURE (PDF file; print double-sided to create tri-fold brochure)
– For questions regarding the pilgrimage, e-mail Father Andrew Deskevich at  (For information ONLY; NO email reservations will be accepted.)

Please NOTE again that this package is NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason.  There may be a number of circumstances beyond our control during this pilgrimage.  If for some reason Pope Francis is not able to be present as planned, we will still make our pilgrimage, and no refunds will be given.

BE ADVISED!! Pilgrims who have difficulties standing or sitting for long periods of time, or walking long distances without a break are hereby advised that there will be a considerable amount of these types of physical activities throughout this two-day pilgrimage; therefore it is highly recommended that each individual make an informed decision regarding his or her participation. Additionally, the World Meeting of Families event organizers are warning that due to the immense volume of pilgrims expected over this unprecedented weekend, attendees may be directed and required to use public transportation (regional rail, subway, etc.) into and out of downtown Philadelphia. Should this become necessary, an additional transportation surcharge will be added to the trip price.


Father Andrew Deskevich, event coordinator
66 Riverview Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15214

Phone: 412-231-4000  ext. 15