Malta • Sicily • Rome
In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul.
A spiritual pilgrimage is a journey with the primary purpose of seeking a deeper connection with one’s spiritual beliefs and faith. Unlike traditional tourism, where the focus may be on sightseeing or leisure, a spiritual pilgrimage is characterized by its profound spiritual significance and intention.
Accompany us as we journey in the 2023 Spiritual Pilgrimage entitled “In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul.” The trip follows the same path of the Apostle Paul on his way to Rome, when eventually he was martyred.
Here you’ll learn about what happened each day, with videos, photos, and curiosities.
We hope you get inspired and also experience a deeper connection with God.
Day 1 – From Phoenix to Malta
Ciao, Victory Lutheran Family! Day one was full of connecting flights and layover, but also friendships and comraderies springing up from the group. We began our day with the Arizona team meeting at Church and heading off towards the airport,... [read more]
Day 2 – Malta I
Greetings, Victory Lutheran Family! Day Two marked the beginning of our cultural journey into the island state of Malta. What a rich history and culture, formed from a mix of heavy Semitic, Roman and some English customs. We began our... [read more]
Day 3 – Malta II
Hey VLC! Your AVL Coordinator is once again coming to you from across the globe to report another spectacular day on the island of Malta, Paul’s first stop on the way to Rome! Today was the big day so far,... [read more]
Day 4 – Malta to Sicily
Buongiorno VLC! I hope all remains well back in AZ for every one of you. Today was our last time in Malta, and our first stop in Italia! We all had to promptly wake up and head on the bus... [read more]
Day 5 – Sicily I
Hello Victory folks back home! Another adventurous day here in Sicily with us in the pilgrimage crew! Today started with an exciting excursion up to Mount Etna of the coast of the southern region of the country. It’s the most... [read more]
Day 6 – Sicily II
Hey Victory Lutheran, Gio coming back to you for another day in Italy. Today marks the midpoint of our journey and was a free day for the group. Throughout our tours of the Sicily region many great spots were recommended... [read more]
Day 7 – Sicily to Rome
Como stai Victory? I hope you are all doing fantastico! Today was our last day of just traveling which has led us into Roma! We flew into our destination from Cantania, a major city outside of Taormina where we were staying for... [read more]
Day 8 – Rome I
Hey my VLC family! We are on our last lap of the journey as we began our exploration of Christian Rome! We first visited the Basilica of Saint Paul, another gorgeous cathedral specifically in honor of the Apostle Paul, built... [read more]
Day 9 – Rome II
Victory! Today marked the end of our adventure, and what an adventure it has been. This morning we departed first to the Vatican City state, in which we visited the Vatican Museum. Many beautiful pieces preserved from thousands of years... [read more]
Day 10 – From Rome to Phoenix
Hey VLC, here I am, mid-air and heading back from Rome, with my thoughts drifting over our incredible journey. From Malta’s shores where Paul’s faith turned disaster into miracles, to the awe-inspiring streets of Rome, every step has been a... [read more]