Pilgrimage to Rome



Just a few weeks before students returned to classes, Sedrick Dellinger, principal of Canongate, received an email from Mo Woltering, headmaster of Holy Family Academy outside of Washington D.C.  Within was a stunning invitation: the opportunity to join them for a 10-day pilgrimage to Rome!

Daily Mass in the Eternal City.  Day trips to Assisi and the catacombs.  Tours of the four major basilicas in Rome.  Great fellowship between Catholic schools.  Sunday Angelus with Pope Francis.  And much more!  (See a more complete itinerary below.)

We fly out of Dulles International on November 19th.  15 Canongate pilgrims:  8 students. 1 alumnus. 6 adults.

Needless to say, the students are beside themselves with excitement.  Along with the 25 pilgrims from Holy Family Academy, they are about to experience a life-defining week in the capital of the Western Tradition.

Such a trip fits perfectly within the Canongate mission, and Mr. Dellinger is so grateful to Mo Woltering. The two leaders met this summer in Philadelphia at a classical school’s conference hosted by the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education.

As you might expect, these Canongate pilgrims are not in a position to pay full price for a Pilgrimage, even this affordable one, in such a short amount of time.  And preparing for this in two months at the beginning of a busy, new academic year limits the school’s fundraising efforts.   That said, each student, with family assistance, has already contributed nearly half of the $2,300 to participate.

Because this opportunity is just too good to pass up!

So, please prayerfully consider assisting these young Catholic students and impacting a life forever.  If you are able to make a contribution, and want to be a part of this historic Catholic moment in WNC, you may do so by November 1st through the Canongate website or by mailing a check to:

Canongate Catholic High School
4110 Hendersonville Rd. Ste. 10
Fletcher, NC 28732

On behalf of all the students and Mr. Dellinger, thank you!!

Feel free to call the school and speak with Mr. Dellinger if you would like to know more about the trip to Rome, or learn more about the faith-centered education that Canongate offers.


Canongate Catholic High School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.


Rome the Eternal City

Mass at the Tomb of Pope Bl. John Paul II

Tours of the four Major Basilicas

Camere di San Ignacio (the rooms of St. Ignatius and the Society of Jesus moved from Spain)

Architecture and Sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Chiaroscuro Painting of Michelangelo Caravaggio

Perspective Painting of Andrea Pozzo, SJ

Scavi Tour (Vatican Necropolis where the remains of St. Peter were found)

The tombs, shrines & churches of apostles, saints, popes and martyrs.

The Roman Forum

Mamertine Prison (where Sts. Peter & Paul were held)

Sunday Angelus with the Holy Father

Evening Rosary in St. Peter Square

Great Café, Food, Wine, Gelato

Great Fellowship


Basilicas & Tombs of St. Francis and St. Clare

Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Portiuncula (the original Chapel of St. Francis and the Fransicans)

Rocca Maggiore (Assisi Castle)

Medieval streets and craft shops of the old city.

Outside the Walls

St. Paul’s Outside the Walls (one of the four major Basilicas)

Tour of Tre Fontane (place of St. Paul’s Martyrdom)

Mass and Tour in Catacombs of San Callisto

Our Lady of Revelation Shrine where Mary appeared in 1947

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