Catholic Pilgrimage


25 September – 9 October          


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DEADLINE: MARCH 2- inquire about openings after that date


COST:  $2,600.00 (does not include airfare or travel / health insurance)- 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. There is an extra $130.00 for the entire pilgrimage.







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. 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. He has organized five previous pilgrimages.

Priest will be either religious or diocesan or if we are without a priest we will attend 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.


Comments from the Carmelite Pilgrimage

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  


25 September - 9 October

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- Centro San Ignacio, Spiritual House

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 25 Sunday (D)                                                   

Depart to Spain- Dinner on plane         

September 26 – Monday – SALAMANCA

Arrive at Madrid Airport/ Go to Salamanca by private coach

Check-in, Lunch on your own, rest

Afternoon Mass 6:30pm at the Carmelite Church

Dinner on your own

Vespers 8:30pm, Go to bed and rest

September 27 - Tuesday (B) – SALAMANCA

Breakfast 8am – Matins at 7:30am, Morning Mass, Carmelites, 10:00am

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

Lunch on your own after our visit

San Esteban Dominican Monastery 4-6pm/ theme are the Dominicans

Vespers, 8:00 pm, Dinner on your own

September 28 - Wednesday (B) – LEON

Breakfast 7am - Matins on the bus

Depart at 8:00am to León

Visit the Cathedral [only true Gothic in Spain] and Colegiata de San Isidoro [world renown frescoes] theme is Catholic Christian Art

Lunch on you own in León, 2 to 4

Vespers on the Bus, return at 4:30

Mass 8:00pm – Carmelites

Dinner on your own after Mass

September 29- Thursday (B, D) – SALAMANCA

Matins 7:00am, Breakfast 8:00am

Morning Mass, Carmelites, 10:00am

Old [13th century] and New Cathedrals [15th century] 12:00am- 2:00pm- 

Lunch on your own

Pontifical University, Ignatius and the Jesuits 3:00pm

Vespers 7:00


September 30 - Friday (B, L, D) - ALBA DE TORMES AND AVILA

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Breakfast, 7:00am, Depart to Alba de Tormes 9:00am

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

Matins on the Bus to Avila

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

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

Vespers 7:30pm - Dinner at Casa Natal de Teresa Albergue 9pm

October 1 - Saturday (B, L, D) AVILA

Matins 7:30am - Breakfast 9am

Mass at the Convent of Saint Joseph 11:00 am, Teresa's first reform convent of the Reform Carmelites, 24 august 1562, theme Monastic renewal movements

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) theme, pre-post Roman Spain

Vespers 7:30 pm - Dinner at Albergue 9 pm

October 2 - Sunday (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 - theme, the contemplative tradition

Lunch at 2:00pm at Albergue

Cathedral of Avila at 4:30-5:30 pm

Vespers 7:30pm - Dinner at Albergue, 9pm

October 3 - Monday (B, L, D) AVILA/ SEGOVIA

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Mass 7:00am - Breakfast 8:30am (Avila)

Depart for Segovia at 10:00am, Matins on the Bus

Check in at the Centro de Espiritualidad, San Frutos, 2:00pm

Lunch at the Center 2pm

Visit of the Cathedral and the Roman Aqueduct, 4:00-6:00pm

Vespers 7:30pm – Dinner at the Center 9 pm

October 4 - Tuesday 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, theme, is the Crusades and Reconquest

Lunch at the Center 2pm

Visit of Alcazar Castle, 5:00pm (Optional), where Ferdinand and Isabel were married

Vespers 7:30pm - Dinner at the Center 9pm

October 5 - Wednesday SEGOVIA (B, L, D)

Monastery of the Carmelitas Descalzos

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

October 6 - Thursday SEGOVIA/ TOLEDO (B, L, D)

Matins 7:00am, right after Mass 8:00am

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

Check in at the Carmelite Community 2:00pm

Lunch 2:00pm at the Carmelite Community

Visit the Synagogues of El Transito and Santa María la Blanca 4-6 pm, theme, Jewish Spain

Free Time until Vespers

Vespers 7:30 – Dinner Carmelite Community 9pm

October 7 - Friday TOLEDO (B, L, D)

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Matins 7:00 - Mass 8:00am - Breakfast 9am

Visit the Primatial Cathedral of Toledo 11:00

Lunch at the Carmelite Community 2pm

Free afternoon

Vespers 8:00pm – Dinner at the Carmelite Community 9pm

October 8 - Saturday TOLEDO/MADRID (B, L, D)

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

Visit the Museum of the Visigoths- the origins of Christianity in Spain/Portugal, 12:00pm

Lunch at the Carmelite Community, 2:00pm

Free time rest of the day

Vigil Mass at 6:00pm, Vespers 8:00pm, Dinner 9:00pm

October 9 - Sunday, DEPARTURE- Toledo to Madrid Airport, (L, D)

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 only (35 minutes) is included, if that is your destination, you will 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