Carmelite Pilgrimage

5 September – 19 September 2022

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DEADLINE: MARCH 2- inquire about openings after that date

COST:  $2,600.00 (does not include airfare)- price subject to change depending on currency exchange rates at time of setting final contracts.

Limited single room accommodation is available and must be requested as soon as possible. An extra $100.00 will be needed to cover the hotel in Salamanca and Madrid, they do not operate like monasteries and religious houses.







All payments are to be made out to: Centro Fray Luis de León

Mail all payments to:

Prof. Dr. Alberto Ferreiro

Centro Fray Luis de León

14515 53rd Avenue S. E.

Everett, WA 98208

REFUND POLICY: If one cancels for any reason at any time before departure the deposit will not be refunded and less any unrecoverable expenses; less than 30 days from departure there will be a only a 50% refund, after the pilgrimage begins on 2 August there will be no refund of any monies.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: we recommend Travel Guard or Trawick International as a possible travel health insurance provider, they can be found online. You may also find your own travel health insurance too. Be sure to get coverage for the ENTIRE COST of the trip, in case you have to cancel at the last minute. Flight cancellation insurance is NOT included in the pilgrimage fee.

HEALTH ISSUES: Although the pilgrimage will not be fast paced there is nevertheless a great deal of walking in most cases over uneven surfaces. Participants must be able to get around without much problem. You must be able to move your own luggage.  You are required to fill out the HEALTH FORM that will be sent to you separately; it will be kept in the strictest confidence.

TRAVEL AGENT: Our travel agent is Sandy Dubois, Travel Leaders-Seattle. All questions about flights or extra travel should be directed to her. If you book on your own, contact me first to make sure the dates and time are correct to meet the group in Madrid. It is much easier to coordinate if all go through Sandy. 

OPTIONAL TRAVEL: Participants have the option of adding to their stay after the pilgrimage is over. Our travel agent Sandy Dubois will be more than ready to help you. You can contact Sandy at to book your flight and any changes to your itinerary at YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DEPART FROM SEATTLE!


Professor Alberto Ferreiro, Ph.D is emeritus professor of Seattle Pacific University in Early Christian and Medieval History with a specialty in Spanish and Portuguese studies where he taught for 36 years. He is founder and director of a University of Salamanca, Spain Summer program for college students he led for 30 summers and took 900 students. He has published 12 books and over 123 scholarly articles on Late Roman and Early Medieval Spain and Portugal. He was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. This will be the sixth Carmelite pilgrimage that he has organized.

PRIEST TO BE DETERMINED [In the event of no OCD priest will attend Masses in the local parishes]

DESCRIPTION: The pilgrimage will NOT be a fast-paced neck breaking visit. We are striving at quality not quantity in our visits. We will visit the ‘important’ sites related to Teresa and John, in addition to other important monuments. There will be times to simply enjoy being there. Only 20 to 25 pilgrims will be accepted.


                        Carmelite Chaplains of Previous Pilgrimages

2000- Father Colm Stone OCD†

2006- Father Charles Garrity OCD

2007- Father John McGowan, OCD

2015- Father Donald Kinney, OCD

2019- Father Matthias Lambrecht, OCD


Testimonials from Pilgrims

What an amazing trip! Not only were we retracing the steps of our beloved St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross but our guide, Alberto, was able to put our wanderings into historical context which really brought things to life! Staying at the monasteries (founded hundreds of years ago) was a wonderful experience. It was like staying in a museum but with the Blessed Sacrament just below us. What a special experience for a secular. Traveling with a Carmelite priest was also wonderful…. Daily Mass, Reconciliation, and Adoration were woven into this uplifting journey. I would love to go again. Cara Colburn, Traverse City, Michigan (2019)

To put into words this pilgrimage of 2019 is quite a project. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that I was able to go. First, in its deepest essence it was a totally undiluted Discalced Carmelite spiritual experience. To stand in the spot before the Blessed Sacrament where St. Teresa received the transverberation of her heart brought me right into the presence of God and the saints. To be able to stand at Teresa's tomb and that of St. John of the Cross was incredibly moving. Having Father Matthias, a Carmelite priest, with us for Mass, the Office, private consultations and for confession was priceless. Second, Dr. Alberto Ferreiro gave us history lessons at all the locations. He is a published scholar and put everything we were experiencing into proper historical context. Third, socially you could not top the people on this pilgrimage. Throughout the 15 days there was not one harsh word or cranky attitude from anyone. Some of them were Spanish speakers who made it easy for the rest of us to navigate the Carmelite sites, shops, and restaurants.

Catherine Wilbur, OCDS

Secular Discalced Community of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Carmelite 2007 Spain pilgrimage. We saw the essential Carmelite sites in Central Spain along with other sites that provided background information and context to our Carmelite heritage. The pilgrimage was well organized and the food was spectacular. I particularly enjoyed meeting other Carmelites from around the world and sharing insights and experiences from our various communities.” Lynn Miyake, Our Lady of Mount Carmel OCDS, California

 “Thank you sincerely for the opportunity to participate in CARMEL 2007 SPAIN PILGRIMAGE.  It was wonderful!  I will cherish the experience of those two weeks in Spain in the company of my spiritual family, as I came to feel about the group after arrival in Madrid.  You are a well-qualified leader, obviously open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, for our trip could not have been better. I highly recommend this pilgrimage, Carmel in the footsteps of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, to all.  Carmel 2007, SPAIN went far beyond my expectations.” Rita Trujillo, OCDS, Las Cruces, NM  



5 September - 19 September

At each site there will be talks by Dr. Ferreiro and Father Otanga on the historical and spiritual significance of the place in relation to Teresa and John specifically and in general the Carmelites. Father Otanga will preside at all Masses and lead Vespers and any other spiritual exercises.


In Avila, Segovia, and Toledo single lodging is very limited, at extra cost.

SALAMANCA- Hotel Catalonia, [four star] hotel at the Plaza Mayor

AVILA- Carmelite Monastery/ Albergue, ‘Casa Natal de Santa Teresa’

SEGOVIA- Centro de Espiritualidad, San Frutos, Segovia

TOLEDO- Carmelite Monastery

MADRID- Hostal Lisboa- fully modern, private bathrooms, air conditioned in the heart of Madrid- 5 minute walk to all major museums (Hostal means it does not have a restaurant, this is NOT a Youth Hostel.



MEALS LEGEND: B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner (included in the price)

September 5 - Monday (D)                                                   

Depart to Spain- Dinner on plane         

September 6 – Tuesday – SALAMANCA

Arrive at Madrid Airport/ Go to Salamanca by private coach

Check-in, rest, Lunch on your own- nap or rest at the Plaza Mayor

Afternoon Mass 6:30pm

Vespers 7:30pm, Dinner on your own- go eat Tapas at the Plaza Mayor

September 7 - Wednesday (B) – SALAMANCA

Breakfast 8am – Matins at 9:30am, Morning Mass, Carmelite Church, 10:00am

Visit Casa de Teresa 11:00-12:30pm- where Teresa lived for three years

Lunch 2pm- on your own

San Esteban Dominican Monastery 4-6pm/Teresa’s confessional and more

Vespers 8:00pm - Dinner on your own

September 8 - Thursday (B) - MEDINA DEL CAMPO

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Breakfast 8am - Matins on the bus

Depart at 9:30am to Medina de Campo – Visit Teresa’s second foundation, 15 August 1567

Mass at 12:30, At the Chapel where John of the Cross celebrated his first Mass. Visit to Carmelite Community and Museum where Teresa and John met

Lunch, 2:30-4:30pm in Medina del Campo on your own

Vespers in Salamanca 7:30pm

Dinner on your own

September 9 - Friday (B, D) – SALAMANCA

Breakfast 8am – Matins 9:30am, Morning Mass, Carmelite Church, 10:00am

Old and New Cathedrals 11:30am- 2:00pm- where John was ordained

Lunch 2-3:30- on your own

Vespers 7:30 at Hotel


September 10 - Saturday (B, L, D) - ALBA DE TORMES AND AVILA

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Breakfast in Salamanca Hotel, 8:00am

Depart to Alba de Tormes 9:00am - Matins on the Bus to Alba

Mass 10:00am at the church where Teresa is buried in Alba de Tormes/Visit Museum/ Short refreshment at the Plaza in Alba de Tormes

Depart to Avila 12:00/12:30 - Check-in at Avila 2:00pm

Lunch at 2:30pm, Casa Natal de Teresa Albergue

Free time after lunch

Vespers 8:00pm - Dinner at Casa Natal de Teresa Albergue 9pm

September 11- Sunday (B, L, D) AVILA

Matins 8:30am - Breakfast 9am

Mass at the Convent of Saint Joseph 11:00 am, first reform convent, 24 august 1562

Lunch at the Albergue 2pm

Free time in Avila 3-7:30, Optional visit, the Vettones Museum- pre-Roman peoples of the province (45 minutes)

Vespers 8:00 pm - Dinner at Albergue 9 pm


September 12 - Monday (B, L, D) AVILA

Matins 7:00am - Breakfast 8am 
Mass 10:00am at the Monasterio de la Encarnación and visit Museum- Teresa entered at age 20 in 1535
Lunch at 2:00pm at Albergue
Cathedral of Avila at 4:30-5:30 pm
Vespers 7:30pm - Dinner at Albergue, 9pm

September 13 - Tuesday (B, L, D) AVILA/ SEGOVIA

Mass 7:00am - Breakfast 8:00am (Avila)
Depart for Segovia at 10:00am, Matins on the Bus
Check in at the Centro de Espiritualidad, San Frutos, 1:30pm
Lunch at the Center 2pm
Visit of the Cathedral/Roman Aqueduct or spend the afternoon at the Center, 4:00-6:00pm
Vespers 7:30pm – Dinner at the Center 9 pm

September 14 - Wednesday SEGOVIA (B, L, D)

Matins 7:00am - Breakfast 8:00am
Morning Mass at the Monastery of San Juan de la Cruz - John’s Sepulcher, 10am
After Mass, Visit Templar’s Church of the Vera Cruz, just around the corner
Lunch at the Center 2pm
Visit of Alcazar Castle, 5:00pm (Optional)
Vespers 7:30pm - Dinner at the Center 9pm

September 15 - Thursday SEGOVIA (B, L, D)

Matins 7:30am - Breakfast 8:30am
Mass 10:00am at the Centro
Jewish Quarter, Convent of Corpus Christi, 11:30am 
Lunch at the Center 2pm
5:00pm visit to Carmelite Convent of San José Teresa’s ninth foundation 19 March 1574 and Church of St. Martin
Vespers 7:30pm - Dinner at the Center 9pm

September 16 - Friday SEGOVIA/ TOLEDO (B, L, D)

Matins 7:30am - Mass 8:00am

Breakfast 9am (Segovia) - Depart to Toledo at 10:30am

Check in at the Carmelite Community 1:30pm

Lunch 2:00pm at the Carmelite Community

Visit the Synagogues of El Transito and Santa María la Blanca 4-6 pm

Free Time until Vespers

Vespers 8:00 – Dinner Carmelite Community 9pm

September 17 - Saturday TOLEDO (B, L, D) 

Matins 7:00 - Mass 8:00am - Breakfast 9am
Visit the Primatial Cathedral of Toledo 11:00
Lunch at the Carmelite Community 2pm
Free afternoon or optional visit to the Museum of the Visigoths (4:30pm)
Vespers 8:00pm – Dinner at the Carmelite Community 9pm

September 18 - Sunday TOLEDO (B, L, D)

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Matins 7:30am - Breakfast 8:30 am, Morning Mass 10:00am

Lunch at the Carmelite Community, 2:00pm

Visit to the Museum of the Visigoths- Origins of Christianity in Spain/Portugal, 4:00pm.

Vespers 8:00pm, Dinner 9:00pm

September 19 - Monday, DEPARTURE- Toledo to the Airport (L, D on the Flight)

Departure to the Madrid Airport 7:00 am

You can have breakfast on your own at the airport, Lunch and Dinner will be on your flight

For those traveling home to the USA or to Europe on this date, transport to the airport is included

For those of you STAYING LONGER in Spain, the train ticket on the high speed train from Toledo to Madrid (35 minutes) is included, if that is your destination, you will also have to prearrange any hotel accomodations, that cost is not in the fee.


Important Addresses and Phone Numbers

Make out all payments to Centro Fray Luis de León mail to:


Prof. Dr. Alberto Ferreiro, Director

Centro Fray Luis de León, LLC

14515 53rd Avenue S. E.

Everett, Washington 98208

1-425-346-6443 (cell phone) (email)

Travel Agent

Sandy Dubois

1-800-596-2297 or 425-787-6388

(For any travel questions, especially for travel before or after the program)

Important Addresses

Hostal Lisboa                                                          U.S. Embassy, Madrid

Ventura de la Vega, 17                                             Calle Serrano, 75                          

telephone: 91-42-94-676                                          Phone: 91-587-2240

28014 Madrid                                                           Fax: 91-587-2303 

fax: 011-34-91-42-99-894