December 6, 2006

Dear friends,

We are happy to announce an exciting program of faculty-escorted pilgrimages, educational and adventure tours for 2007. Travel with the experts!

Bishop John W. Yanta of Amarillo and Father Charles H. Miller, SM, Professor of Theology, will direct a Lenten pilgrimage to Marian and other shrines in Europe: Fatima (where Our Lady engaged Soviet Communism already in 1917), Santiago de Compostela (pilgrimage goal for millions of Christians through more than 1,000 years), Avila (home of St. Teresa, one of the Church’s greatest mystics), Zaragoza (Our Lady of the Pillar is the oldest shrine to Our Blessed Mother, founded by St. James the Apostle himself), Lourdes (site of both miraculous physical and spiritual healings), and Paris (apparitions of Our Blessed Mother and the Miraculous Medal). March 9-21, 2007. $3799 from San Antonio or Amarillo.

Father Conrad Kaczkowski, SM, Professor of History and Philosophy, brings his vast knowledge of European history to a delightful spring break program in Tuscany. All ages welcome! There will be distinct programs for children, for teenagers, and for adults. Residing in a Renaissance Medici estate village just outside Florence, you’ll be within commuting distance of Pisa and Siena and San Gemignano, but without the traffic noises in the evenings. March 10-18, 2007. Land only: $1700 for adults; $1100 for children 18 and younger. (Deadline 1/16/07)

Dr. Wenbin Luo, a native of China and member of our Department of Engineering, will share his knowledge of his native land on a tour and Yangtze River cruise. Visit Beijing, Chongqing (capital of Chang Kai-Shek during WW II), Canton, Hong Kong and other major sites. May 15-30, 2007. $3199 from San Francisco.

Greece and Greek Isles will be escorted by Father Charles H. Miller, SM, professor of Bible and archaeology who has traveled in Greece for more than 40 years. Visit the Acropolis of Athens, the medieval cliff-top monasteries of Meteora, the Oracle of Delphi, the great theatre of Epidauros, the site of the original Olympic Games at Olympia. Enjoy the beauty and the beaches of the Aegean isles of Mykonos and Santorini. May 25—June 8, 2007. $3769 from San Antonio. $3599 from St. Louis.

A cruise on the Diamond Princess to Alaska with geology Professor David Fitzgerald, Chairman of our Earth Sciences Department, will take you to see some of the world’s most beautiful glaciers and landscapes, as well as whales and other marine wildlife. Learn firsthand about the geology of the nation’s most spectacular coastline. May 26—June 2, 2007. Cruise only $699 and up; airfare from San Antonio $741.

Relax and absorb the magnificent mountain panoramas as you ride in luxurious sightseeing trains through the Alps with Father Conrad Kaczkowski, SM, Professor of History and Philosophy, who lived and studied in Switzerland for four years. Smithsonian guides will augment the educational value of this trip to Montreux, Château de Chatillon, Zermatt and the Matterhorn, St. Moritz, Tirano, Innsbruck and Salzburg. July 19—29, 2007. $3899 from San Antonio. $3829 from St. Louis.

Attorneys! Earn CLE credits with US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the spectacular setting of Innsbruck, Austria, and then visit the Grossglockner Alps, Salzburg, and Munich. Sister Grace Walle, FMI, Chaplain of the St. Mary’s University School of Law, will escort this group. July 2-8, 2007. Land Only: $1599.

Adventurers!!! We have a two-pronged excursion just for you in Tanzania, with your choice of a 10-day trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro or a Great Wildlife Safari in Tanzanian national parks. Father Charles H. Miller, SM, Director of Roamin’ Rattlers and avid mountain climber, will escort the climbers, and Sister Mary K Milne, OSU, Program Director for our pilgrimages and study tours since 1973 and inveterate animal lover, will accompany the safari group. July 19-August 2, 2007. Land Only $4400.

Please contact me for brochures and further information, or visit our website at

Do come now, y’all hear?

Father Charles H. Miller, SM
Director, Roamin’ Rattlers
St. Mary’s University Travel Service
For Alumni and Friends
Tel: 1-210-436-3918
Fax: 1-210-431-6884