Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2023
"St. Therese & the Little Way" France River Cruise
Plus optional pre-cruise extension to Lourdes
Oct. 22-26, 2023
Led by Dr. Christopher and Wendy West,
Jason Clark and Chaplain (TBA)
Immersion Into St. Therese's "Little Way" & TOB
Dr. Christopher West will create an exclusive pilgrim booklet for his reflections, which will explore St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body while incorporating the wisdom and insight of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Pilgrims will discover the deep significance of: what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God; why God created us male and female; how the physical union of man and woman is innately oriented toward life and love; and how this union is the essential foundation for a life-affirming society — all in the light of spiritual childhood and the Little Way of St. Thérèse.
Paris, Giverny, Liseiux, Normandy, Rouen and more!
We will begin and end our journey in Paris. In between, as we sail, we'll visit Lisieux to follow in the footsteps of St. Therese and her parents Sts. Marie and Louis (the first spouses to be canonized as a couple). Other highlights include Monet's Estate in Giverny; the Normandy Beaches of World War II; Rouen, where the trial and execution of St. Joan of Arc took place; and much more.
Q&As with Christopher and Wendy West!
Christopher and Wendy West, hosts of Ask Christopher West (the world's most listened to podcast on Theology of the Body), will hold a special Q&A session that may turn into an episode or two!
The Comfort and Peace of a River Cruise
Pilgrims have the options to relax on the ship each day or join us for fun excursions. Upon return to the ship, we will have fantastic meals on the ship and then it's up to the top deck for some wine, conversation or prayer, all while watching the beautiful scenery go by.
Explore the City or Relax on the Ship
During Leisure Times
You will have plenty of free time to explore the local cuisine, social life and sites not on the itinerary but you want to visit. Or you have the option to relax back on the ship — perhaps enjoy a drink on the top deck. Our motto is Faith, Food & Fun!
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What Makes a TOBI Pilgrimage Special?
Here’s what you’ll get when you join
a Theology of the Body Institute pilgrimage
& TOB Institute Team
You will get daily reflections from the TOB Institute team, including an exclusive study guide from which you can mine riches long after the pilgrimage! We are also pilgrims with you and enjoy getting to know everyone!
Stay in five- and four-star hotels throughout your journey!
Free Time to Explore
We build in open evenings and a leisure day into each pilgrimage so you can explore on your own!
Daily Mass, Confession
& Spiritual Direction
Our chaplains celebrate private daily Masses for the group and are available throughout for the sacrament of Reconciliation and for spiritual direction.
Your pilgrimage includes a mix of open meal times to explore local eateries as well as group meals at fantastic restaurants.
A Fun Pilgrim Family
When you experience sacred sites as a pilgrim family, you make friends for life. Our groups are always a lot of fun!