The son of the late Rocky and Mildred Bellisario, Bishop Andrew E. Bellisario, C.M. was born and raised in Alhambra, California. He graduated from Saint Vincent’s Seminary High School in Montebello, CA in 1975, and entered the Congregation of the Mission in the summer of the same year. After completing his novitiate in Santa Barbara, CA in 1976, he attended and graduated from Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Seminary College in Perryville, MO with a B.A. degree in Philosophy, and four years later he received his Master of Divinity degree from De Andreis Institute of Theology in Lemont, IL. He was ordained a priest for the Vincentians, Province of the West, on June 16, 1984.
Bishop Bellisario has served as Parochial Vicar and Administrator of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Montebello, CA; the Pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Huntington Beach, CA; the Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Patterson, CA; and the Director of De Paul Evangelization Center in Montebello, CA. He also served as the Provincial Superior of the Vincentians, Province of the West, and as the Director of the Daughters of Charity, Province of Los Altos Hills.
Bishop Bellisario served as the Superior of the International Mission of the Vincentians in Alaska, and was named Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Anchorage in May 2016.
Bishop Bellisario was appointed the sixth Bishop of Juneau July 11, 2017 by his Holiness Pope Francis and Ordained and Installed as Bishop October 10, 2017 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Juneau.
Day 1. Monday, October 7: Transatlantic flight
Board your flight to Toulouse, France.
Day 2. Tuesday, October 8: Lourdes
Upon arrival to Toulouse transfer in your private motor-coach to Lourdes, where in 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared 18 times to St. Bernadette Soubirous. After a general description of the shrine, enjoy some leisure time before a welcome dinner to meet your travel companions. After dinner, you may participate in the beautiful candlelight rosary. Overnight in Lourdes. (WD)
Day 3. Wednesday, October 9: Lourdes
A free morning in Lourdes for private devotions, to make the Way of the Cross, drink water from the miraculous spring, or submerge in the healing waters where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. In the afternoon, take a walking sightseeing tour of the main sites related to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary and to St. Bernadette. Tonight you may participate in the procession of the sick, and after dinner in the candlelight rosary. (BB, D)
Day 4. Thursday, October 10: Lourdes – Paris
Take a morning speed train to Paris. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic sightseeing of the city, followed by a cruise on the Seine River. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (BB, D)
Day 5. Friday, October 11: Paris
This morning, visit the Miraculous Medal Shrine and pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouré, to whom Our Lady appeared in 1830 and displayed a vision of the miraculous medal. Also in the shrine is the incorrupt body of St. Louise de Marillac and the heart of St. Vincent de Paul, founders of the Daughters of Charity. Nearby, visit the Chapel of St. Vincent of Paul to venerate his relics. Afterwards, visit the Sainte Chapelle built by St. Louis King of France to house Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns. The building is a magnificent work of art with astounding stained-glass windows. Continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, an icon of Paris and a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. The rest of the day is at leisure, and dinner tonight is on your own to sample the excellent Parisian cuisine. (BB)
Day 6. Saturday, October 12: Paris
Full day at leisure. You may take advantage and visit the world-famous Louvre Museum; St. Denis Basilica, burial place of St. Denis, first bishop, martyr, and patron saint of France, and where most French kings are entombed; or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Montmartre, where perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been observed uninterrupted since 1885. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Paris. (BB)
Day 7. Sunday, October 13: Paris – Nevers – Chartres
Travel south to Nevers and visit the Convent of St. Gildard, where St. Bernadette Soubirous lived. After taking the veil in 1867, St. Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. Throughout her life, she suffered from and eventually died of asthma at the age of 35. Pray before St. Bernadette’s incorrupt body, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Visit the museum housing many of her personal belongings. Afterwards, travel to Chartres for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8. Monday, October 14: Chartres – Caen
This morning have a sightseeing of Chartres Cathedral, France’s best-preserved medieval cathedral, and its crypt. Pray before its greatest treasure: the Veil of Our Lady, miraculously preserved during a fire in 1194. Admire the glorious collection of over 150 stained glass windows, illustrating biblical passages and daily life in the 13th century. Early in the afternoon, travel north to Caen. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking sightseeing of the city center. Dinner and overnight in Caen. (BB, D)
Day 9. Tuesday, October 15: Caen: Excursion to Mont Saint-Michel
Spend the day in Mont Saint-Michel, one of the most enchanting sights in France. In 709, St. Michael the Archangel appeared to the bishop of Avranches, St. Aubert, and told him to build a chapel in his honor on the island. The Abbey, encircled by sea, was a renowned center of medieval learning. Visit all three levels which include the church, La Merveille, and the cloisters. Return to Caen for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 10. Wednesday, October 16: Caen: Excursion to Normandy Beaches
Travel northwest to the shores of Normandy, where the Allied forces landed to liberate German-occupied France in 1944. Visit Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer, and the Pointe du Hoc. Dinner is on your own. Overnight
in Caen. (BB)
Day 11. Thursday, October 17: Caen – Lisieux – Paris
Today visit Lisieux, the home of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, whom Pope St. Pius X called “the greatest saint of modern times.” Visit the Basilica of St. Therese and Les Buissonets, her family home. On display are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the “Little Flower.” Unite your prayers in the Carmel Chapel with those of the Carmelite sisters, just as St. Therese did before her death in 1897. In the afternoon, continue to Paris for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)
Day 12. Friday, October 18: Paris – USA
Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your homebound flight. (BB)
Buffet Breakfast (BB); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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