Catholic Ireland

A 10-Day Pilgrimage to the Land of Saints and Scholars
With: Dr. Kevin Vost, author and speaker, and Fr. Joseph Campbell
September 12-21, 2016

Kevin Vost Catholic Ireland 2016

Kevin Vost, Psy.D., has taught psychology and gerontology at Aquinas College in Nashville, the University of Illinois at Springfield, MacMurray College, and Lincoln Land Community College. He has served as a research review committee member for American Mensa, a society promoting the scientific study of human intelligence, and as an advisory board member for the International Association of Resistance Trainers, an organization that certifies personal fitness trainers.

 Dr. Vost has appeared hundreds of times on Catholic television and radio including EWTN’s The Journey Home, Bookmark, The Abundant Life, and Women of Grace, as well as the SonRise Morning Show and Catholic Answers Live. He was recently featured in Don Johnson’s documentary Convinced! relating the conversion stories of individuals who have embraced the Catholic faith.

 He is the author of over a dozen books including Memorize the Faith!, Fit for Eternal Life, Unearthing Your Ten Talents, From Atheism to Catholicism, Tending the Temple, St. Albert the Great, Memorize the Reasons!, One-Minute Aquinas, Seven Deadly Sins, Hounds of the Lord, and The Porch and the Cross, with Memorize the Mass!, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and Secrets of the World’s Greatest Evangelists coming soon.

For more information on Dr. Vost, please visit


Kevin Vost - Three Irish Saints


Fr. Joseph Campbell  

Fr. Joseph Campbell, a priest of the Diocese of Erie, PA, holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Gannon University and has earned an S.T.B. and an M.A. in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Fr. Campbell has served in parish ministry for three years as a Parochial Vicar at St. Francis Church in Clearfield where he has also served as chaplain and spiritual director of the Clearfield branch of the Blue Army WAF. Fr. Campbell is currently serving as the pastor of three parishes in the Shenango Valley: St. Anthony, St. Adalbert, and St. Stanislaus Kostka – Holy Trinity. Fr. Campbell will be the group’s chaplain and will celebrate daily Holy Mass.




 Trip Itinerary:*


Day 1. Monday, September 12: USA – Dublin

Transatlantic flight to Dublin. Meals provided by the air carrier during your international flight.


Day 2. Tuesday, September 13: Dublin

Upon arrival, meet your tour escort and board your private motor-coach for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Trinity College with the Book of Kells, written around 800 AD and celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as “insular majuscule.” Next, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, believed to stand on the site where St. Patrick baptized his first Christian converts. Then, visit Christ Church Cathedral, which was begun in 1172 after the conquest of Dublin by Strongbow (Richard de Clare), a Norman baron. It contains his tomb as well as the Chapel of St. Laurence O’Toole (d. 1180) which centers on a heart-shaped iron reliquary containing the saint’s embalmed heart. Transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)


Day 3. Wednesday, September 14: Dublin

After breakfast, enjoy a free day in the city. You may visit the National Museum that contains the Cross of Cong and St. Patrick’s Bell. Also of interest is the Dublin Castle that was the symbol of English rule, built as a fortress in the 13th century; or walk down O’Connell Street to experience the Irish culture. (B)


Day 4. Thursday, September 15: Dublin – Glendalough – Kilkenny


Visit Glendalough, Ireland’s most atmospheric monastic site. The monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died about 618 AD. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early churches and various sites associated with the life of St. Kevin. Continue to Kilkenny, Ireland’s loveliest town, visit St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, founded in the 6th century and named after St. Canice. Cill Channigh is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice, the church that originally stood on the site in the 6th century. The Round Tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny City and one of the only two Round Towers that one can climb in Ireland.  Next, visit Black Abbey, established in 1225. The name Black Abbey is based on the fact that in England and other countries the Dominicans were often referred to as “Black Friars” on account of the black cappa or cloak which they wear over their white habits.  Dinner and overnight in Kilkenny.  (B, D)


Day 5. Friday, September 16: Kilkenny – Cashel – Killarney

Today visit the Rock of Cashel, whose museum houses the original St. Patrick’s Cross. This rock was a symbol of royal and priestly power for more than a millennium. Its roofless Gothic cathedral has thick walls full of hidden passages. Cormac’s Chapel, consecrated in 1134 AD, is one of the earliest and best-preserved examples of early Irish Romanesque architecture. Travel to Killarney for a pleasant tour of the Killarney Lakes. Dinner and overnight in Killarney. (B, D)


Day 6. Saturday, September 17: Killarney – Bunratty Castle/Village – Cliffs of Moher – Galway

Journey to Bunratty Castle and the Bunratty Folk Park Village.  The castle was built over the site of a Viking trading camp from 970 AD and is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425, it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th-century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Visit the Bunratty Folk Park, a meticulous recreation of rural like in Ireland at the beginning of 1900’s. Continue to see the magnificent views from the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher.  Finish the day in Galway with dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Day 7. Sunday, September 18: Galway – Kylemore Abbey – Croagh Patrick – Knock

Visit Kylemore Abbey, a romantic lakeside castle; it became a Benedictine abbey during WWI. The nuns founded a world-renowned boarding school for girls and began restoring the Abbey, the Gothic Church and the Victorian Walled Garden to their former glory. Then visit Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, where St. Patrick spent 40 days praying for the Irish people. Continue to Knock, the main Marian shrine of Ireland. Our Lady appeared with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist in 1879 to fifteen villagers. Along with Lourdes, Our Lady of Knock shrine is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the sick and handicapped.  Dinner and overnight in Knock. (B, D)


Day 8. Monday, September 19: Knock – Tobernalt – Lough Derg – Armagh


Visit Tobernalt, the place where priests celebrated Mass in secret during the penal times (18th and 19th centuries). Continue on to Lough Derg to visit St. Patrick’s Purgatory, the island where the saint spent 40 days praying to rid Ireland of all evil spirits. Afterwards, visit Armagh, the country’s center of Christianity. Visit the cathedrals dating from the Middle Ages belonging to the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. Dinner and overnight in Armagh. (B, D)


Day 9. Tuesday, September 20: Armagh – Downpatrick – Dundalk – Drogheda – Dublin


Today, head towards Downpatrick and visit sites related to the saint: Down Cathedral, his burial place; Slieve Patrick, a giant statue of St. Patrick erected in 1932 to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of his landing in Ireland, and today a place of pilgrimage; and Saul, site of the first church in Ireland, where in 432 A.D., the local chieftain was converted by St. Patrick and gave him a barn for holding services. St. Patrick died in Saul on March 17, 461 and the modern “Saint Patrick’s Memorial Church” is built on the reputed spot of this building. Then visit Dundalk, an early Christian site in a beautiful and evocative setting considered the birthplace of St. Brigid in 453AD. In Kilkurry Church nearby you can see a relic of St. Brigid, reported to be a small bit of her skull. Continue to Drogheda to see St. Peter’s Church, enshrining the skull of St. Oliver Plunkett, martyr of the English persecution; he died in 1681. Travel to Dublin for a farewell dinner at a restaurant with live Irish music. (B, FD)


Day 10. Wednesday, September 21: Return to the USA

After breakfast, transfer to Dublin’s airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)

Full Breakfast (B), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

For more information or to register for this trip, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours.

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