A Kairos Project

Pilgrimage to the North American Shrines

Fultonville NY • Montreal • St. Anthony Heritage • Quebec City • Trois Rivières

Countries visited: United States, Canada

Sample itinerary: 9 days/8 nights





This pilgrimage is organized solely by Kairos Pilgrimages.

Pilgrimage to the North American Shrines

Kairos, in cooperation with local providers, is happy to present an itinerary that  covers the most beautiful shrines between Boston and Quebec City. Some of the sites such as the Saint Anthony's Hermitage, are immersed in beautiful natural environments to help us reconnect with creation. Nature can guide our hearts to God.

Our journey from Boston will make its first stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, followed by the sites connected to Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. In Montreal we will learn about Saint Andre and visit several shrines and cathedrals before arriving at Saint Anthony's Hermitage.

After this peaceful experience we will reach Quebec City. On the occasion of the Jubilee Year celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Notre-Dame de Québec, North America’s first Catholic parish north of the Spanish colonies, the Holy See has granted the parish the special privilege of installing a Holy Door. This door—the first outside Europe and the only one in the Americas—will be the only Holy Door open in 2014 offering the opportunity of receiving the Plenary Indulgence.


Day 1       Boston—Fultonville, NY—Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

Day 2       Montreal—Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

Day 3       Montreal—Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

Day 4       Saint Anthony's Hermitage

Day 5       Saint Anthony's Hermitage

Day 6       Basilica Saint Anne de Beaupré—Quebec City

Day 7       Quebec City

Day 8       Quebec City—Trois Rivières

Day 9       Return to Boston


Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that do have dates and prices already listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.


Day 1  •  Boston–Fultonville–Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

We leave Boston at 7.30 am, heading to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Martyrs in Fultonville, NY. This shrine was built in memory of the three Jesuit missionaries martyred in 1640 who have been canonized and are now known as the North American Martyrs. Here we celebrate Mass. After our lunch break, we continue to the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, NY, where we will have the chance to walk in the healing stream and have time for personal meditation. We depart for the Canadian border at 2.30 pm arriving in Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec, hopefully around 8:00 pm. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2   •  Kanawake–Montreal–Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

This morning we drive to Kanawake. We will visit St. Xavier Church and the tomb of Saint Katerri Tekakwitha and have time for a peaceful light lunch in nature. In the afternoon we arrive in Montreal and celebrate Mass at the Cathedral. Today we will also visit to St. Patrick’s Basilica and Notre Dame-de-Bon-Secours. We return to Saint Jean Sur Richelieu to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3  •  Montreal–Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

We depart after breakfast for our visit to the Oratory of St. Joseph, founded in 1904 by St. Andre. Brother Andre helped many distressed people, recommending prayer to St. Joseph in whom he had full confidence. Thanks to his faith, numbers of miraculous healings and conversions took place. Mass, visit and personal meditation. Lunch will be at the Oratory. In the afternoon, we will walk in the Old City where we stop for a little break. Late afternoon we will participate in the Light and Sound show at the Cathedral. Drive back to our hotel for a late dinner and overnight.

Day 4  •  Saint Anne of Varennes–Saint Anthony’s Hermitage

After breakfast we depart for Saint Anthony’s Hermitage, for our time of quiet. On the way we will have moments of prayer at the Basilica of Saint Anne of Varennes. Then we continue to Saint Anthony’s Hermitage, located on the shores of Lake Ouiatchouan and surrounded by wonders of nature with flowers, gardens and trees. Dinner and overnight at the Hermitage.

Day 5  •  Saint Anthony’s Hermitage

After breakfast we spend the full day at the Hermitage. This is a precious time to use for personal meditation and prayers and for visiting the hermitage with its three beautiful chapels, the Scala Santa, a vast open-air chapel. Lunch and dinner included; overnight at the Hermitage.

Day 6  •  Saint Anne de Beaupré –Quebec City

We leave the Hermitage after an early morning breakfast to head to the Ecomuse of the copperto to learn about the history of the doors of the Basilica of Saint Anne De Beaupré. We continue on to that beautiful Basilica where we will have a guided visit. We celebrate Mass and have time for prayer, and for the Stations of the Cross. We will visit the Cyclorama of Jerusalem, a circular painting of the crucifixion of Jesus, showing what the city might have looked like at the time of his death.  We continue driving on to Quebec City. Dinner will be at your own in the Old City exploring the local culture and atmosphere. Overnight in Quebec City at the hotel by the Cathedral.

Day 7  •  Quebec City

Today we will visit Notre-Dame de Quebec, the mother parish of all Catholic parishes in Canada and the United States. We may be able to celebrate Mass here. We will also visit Sainte-Thérèse-de-l’Enfant-Jésus and Saint-Peregrin and have lunch on your own in the Old City. In the afternoon we will explore this area with the help of our guide. Dinner on your own in the Old City. Overnight at the hotel.

 Day 8  •  Quebec City–Trois Rivières

The day starts with a visit to Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica where we celebrate Mass and walk through the Holy Door to receive the Plenary Indulgence. We will visit the Basilica and the Crypt. Depart to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, the largest Marian shrine in North America, then continue on to Trois-Rivières.  Lunch (included). Check in to the Hotel Madonna. In the afternoon we visit the new Basilica, the Sanctuary Chapel, and the Miraculous Statue and Bridge of the Rosaries. Dinner and conversation with Father Oullete, with a history of the Cap de la Madeleine Shrine. After dinner we will have the chance to participate in a Candlelight Procession (minimum number required). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9  •  Trois Rivières–Boston (or your original departure location)

Early morning Mass and breakfast followed by our departure. Be ready for a long bus ride.

We will stop at Newport, VT, for our lunch (on your own). We expect to arrive in Boston by late afternoon. Peaceful journey back home!


If your group is traveling from a city 2 to 3 hours driving distance from Boston, the itinerary may be slightly different and may include other stops.


Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

The price includes:

Private luxury motor coach

Hotel 3 stars, 8 nights/9 days

Half board (all breakfasts, dinner and lunch as per program)

All admission and entrance fees

Daily guides at the sites

Tips and gratuities


Daily Mass

Pastoral Assistant

The price does not include:

Insurance of any kind (available upon request)



Anything not specified in “the price includes” section