Father James Campbell was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. A native son of St. Andrew Parish, he graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School for Boys and attended Gannon University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, magna cum laude in 2002. Father James Campbell continued his studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree, and his Masters of Arts degree, summa cum laude in 2006.
Ordained to the priesthood in 2006 for the Diocese of Erie, Fr. James Campbell was stationed in Greenville, Pennsylvania where he served as a deacon, a teacher, and a parochial vicar for 3 years. He was then appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Eulalia Church in Coudersport and its mission church of St. Augustine in Austin.
In 2009 Fr. James Campbell was appointed pastor of St. Eulalia Church in Coudersport and St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in Port Allegany by the Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman. He is also a Retreat Master hoping to bring Christ to the next generation of Catholics by his enthusiastic and joyful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Day 1. Tuesday, October 15: Transatlantic flight to Toulouse
Day 2. Wednesday, October 16: Toulouse – Lourdes
Welcome to France! Upon arrival in Toulouse airport, transfer by private motor-coach to Lourdes for dinner and overnight. After dinner, you may wish to participate in the rosary procession. (WD)
Day 3. Thursday, October 17: Lourdes
This morning is free for private devotions. After lunch on your own, enjoy a walking tour of the main sites related to St. Bernadette and the apparitions. Before dinner, you may join the procession of the sick, or the rosary procession after dinner. (BB, D)
Day 4. Friday, October 18: Lourdes – Saint-Emilion – Bordeaux
Attend Mass this morning at the hotel’s chapel before departing towards the charming town of Saint-Emilion, world-famous for its vineyards. There, enjoy some free time for an independent lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of three local wineries before dinner at a local restaurant in Saint-Emilion. Afterwards, transfer to Bordeaux for overnight. (BB, D)
Day 5. Saturday, October 19: Bordeaux – Paris
This morning, take a train to Paris and have free time for lunch before visiting the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal for Mass. Pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Labouré, to whom Our Lady appeared in 1830 and displayed a vision of the miraculous medal. The body of St. Louise de Marillac and the heart of St. Vincent de Paul, founders of the Daughters of Charity, also rest in this church. Nearby is the Chapel of St. Vincent de Paul, housing a wax figure of the saint containing his relics. Make a quick stop next to the Eiffel Tower for time to take a photo. Enjoy dinner at a Parisian restaurant, followed by a cruise on the Seine River. (BB, D)
Day 6. Sunday, October 20: Paris
Enjoy a full day of guided sightseeing in Paris. Begin with a visit to the world-famous Louvre Museum. Built as a medieval fortress in 1546, it became a residence to the royal family, and under the French Republic, a museum now containing works from the beginning of civilization up to the 19th century, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. After lunch on your own, 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. It has been the site of several coronations, and during the French Revolution was desecrated and rechristened as the Temple of Reason. The remains of Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns are now kept in a magnificent reliquary at the treasury, and are shown on the First Friday of each month and every Friday during Lent. Finally, ascend to the top of Montmartre hill for Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The practice of perpetual adoration here has remained uninterrupted since 1885. Dinner will be at a restaurant in Montmartre before returning to your hotel for overnight. (BB, D)
Day 7. Monday, October 21: Paris – Florence
This morning, transfer to Paris airport for your afternoon flight to Florence, Italy. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for Mass before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Florence. (BB, D)
Day 8. Tuesday, October 22: Florence
Today in Florence, visit the renowned Accademia Gallery, home to Michaelangelo’s David. Next, admire the red-domed and richly decorated Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore, the fourth largest church in Europe and one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Also admire the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate to Paradise”. Finally, visit the beautiful Gothic Church of Santa Croce, whose vast structure is the largest Franciscan church in the world and includes 16 chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils. After an independent lunch, visit the leather district in Florence. Pilgrims will attend Mass, and dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you may walk across the famous Ponte Vecchio before returning to your hotel. (BB, D)
Day 9. Wednesday, October 23: Florence – Tenuta Torciato – Rome
Before leaving Florence, visit the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy, which houses in its crypt the relics of San Miniato (St. Minas), a 3rd-century martyr, who after being beheaded, carried his own head to this spot. After Mass at San Miniato, transfer to Tenuta Torciano for a wine tasting and lunch, before continuing towards Rome. Once in the Eternal City, enjoy a panoramic tour with stops at the Coliseum and Roman Forum for pictures. After a three-course dinner at Abruzzi Restaurant, walk to the Trevi Fountain before transferring to your hotel for overnight. (BB, L, D)
Day 10. Thursday, October 24: Rome
Begin the day’s sightseeing by visiting the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, where the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul were once kept. After Mass in the catacombs, continue to Cecilia Metella Restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome’s major basilicas, which houses the Apostle’s tomb and his prison chains. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Rome. (BB, L)
Day 11. Friday, October 25: Rome
Early this morning, transfer to the Vatican for Mass. Next, visit the superb Vatican Museums, housing the greatest collection of masterpieces in the world. The works displayed cover more than 4,000 years of civilization. Admire the vast collection of art, gathered by Popes over the ages. Visit the Sistine Chapel, glorious masterpiece of Michelangelo’s fresco skills. Also visit the excavations underneath St. Peter’s Basilica, where St. Peter was buried after his martyrdom. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, which houses a portion of the wood of the True Cross and part of the lance that pierced Christ’s side. Touch the beloved statue of St. Peter, admire Michelangelo’s Pieta, and render homage to the many buried popes. The rest of the day is at leisure, before a 5pm transfer to the hotel. Farewell dinner at Old Bear Restaurant followed by free time at Piazza Navona before returning to the hotel. (Boxed Breakfast, FD)
Day 12. Saturday, October 26: Homebound Flight
Early this morning, transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your flight back to the USA. (Boxed Breakfast)
Buffet Breakfast (BB); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
For more information, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours.