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Catholic Shrines of Western Europe: A Pilgrim's Travel Guide Paperback – May 8, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori; 1st edition (May 8, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764801023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764801020
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin J. Wright is one of the world’s most recognized faith tourism and hospitality authorities. A fifteen-year veteran of the travel profession, Kevin is founder and president of the World Religious Travel Association (WRTA)—the leading global community for the $18 billion and 300 million traveler faith tourism industry. The organization also hosts Faith Tourism Network, the world’s first online social network for faith-based travel.

Kevin is also founder and chairman of the World Religious Travel Expo, an international trade show and educational conference for churches, organizations, group planners, travel providers, tourist boards, travel agencies, and individuals involved in faith tourism. In addition, Kevin is president of the Religious Marketing Consulting Group, a team of independent professionals who assist companies with entering or expanding their presence in faith-based travel and hospitality.

In the mid-1990s, Kevin introduced the first faith-based travel guidebook series, through Liguori Publications, and is today an award-winning author of four books, including his most recent: The Christian Travel Planner. In 2000, Kevin personally presented his travel guidebooks to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. In 2004, he launched the high-profile religious travel division at Globus, one of the world’s largest tour operators. In his fifteen-year career, Kevin has traveled to thirty countries and visited more than three hundred major places of pilgrimage, including monasteries and convents, while also writing for national publications and serving as an international guest speaker.

As one of the world’s most sought after faith tourism authorities, Kevin has been interviewed by “The Early Show” (CBS), TIME Magazine, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other media outlets around the globe.

More About the Author

Kevin J. Wright is an intrapreneur, entrepreneur, published author, consultant, speaker and leading authority in the tourism industry.

To view his business blogs visit:
www.GrowthMarketsTourism.com
www.IntrapreneurEntrepreneur.com

Kevin is Director of Growth Markets at NTA (National Tour Association) where he provides corporate entrepreneurial development of member markets including faith-based, family, adventure, culinary, and sports tourism among others.

As an intrapreneur, Kevin created the faith-based travel program and brand at one of the world's largest tour operators (Globus), which opened up an industry-wide market.

As founder of the World Religious Travel Association (WRTA), Kevin experienced the joys, rewards and challenges of being an entrepreneur. WRTA became a pioneering organization which enriched and expanded the global faith-based travel market. As a formidable network of members representing 40-plus countries, WRTA impacted and changed an industry forever.

Kevin has been interviewed by CBS The Early Show, TIME Magazine, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Geographic, NPR, The Economist, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Forbes Traveler, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, CBC News, London Times, Arabian Business and dozens of other media.

Kevin has traveled to 30-plus countries and spoken at tourism events throughout the world including USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Jordan, Turkey, Armenia, South Africa, and Dubai among others.

Specialties: Growth Markets in Tourism. Intrapreneurship. Entrepreneurship. Speaking, Writing, Consulting, Education and Training. Faith-based Tourism.

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A very good book full of information.
Barry
And while the best known places such as Rome, Lourdes and Fatima are covered thoroughly, there are scores of others, treated with the same care and devotion.
David Roth (David1Roth@aol.com)
If you know a Catholic who is going to Europe and wants to visit shrines, then I highly recommend this book.
MB

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who plans on going for a pilgrimage to Western Europe. It contains a wealth of information to the well-known shrines and even to the ones you've not even heard of before. The prayers included in this book will greatly help one's pilgrimage be a grace and faith-filled one. This book likewise will be very helpful even to pilgrims who can not make the actual trip. I was at the different shrines in Europe not too long ago and I wish I had this book at at that time. Now that I have the book and opportunity is offering itself again, I am sure it will be very helpful. Kudos to you Kevin. Please write some more books similar to this, particularly on your pilgrimages to North America. It will surely be as helpful as THE CATHOLIC SHRINES IN WESTERN EUROPE.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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THIS BOOK GIVES AN EXCELLENT LISTING OF THE MAJOR AND MINOR SHRINES OF EUROPE.THE AUTHOR INCLUDES DETAILED INFO ON HOW TO ARRIVE TO THE VARIOUS SHRINES AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER.YOU CANNOT FIND THIS INFO IN REGULAR TRAVEL GUIDES.HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II SAYS WE SHOULD ALL MAKE A PILGRIMAGE IN THE HOLY YEAR.THIS IS A MUST HAVE BOOK TO DO SO.I TRAVELLED EXTENSIVELY THROUGH EUROPE USING WRIGHT GUIDE.A+++++++,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MB on November 19, 2004
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I spent two semesters in Europe and this book was immensely helpful in deciding which pilgrimage sights to go to and then finding them! I love the little maps that are shown for the various shrines. At Franciscan University's campus in Austria, this book in particular is very popular, because it tells about the history of the place and how to find it. If you know a Catholic who is going to Europe and wants to visit shrines, then I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Roth (David1Roth@aol.com) on March 28, 1999
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The number of travel books about Western Europe can be dizzying. Until Kevin Wright's book on Catholic shrines in Western Europe, however, these popular pilgrimage destinations--visited by hundreds of thousands each year--have gone essentially uncatalogued. Previous books on the subject were largely idiosyncratic and not terribly helpful to the traveler. Perhaps fortunately they are nearly all out-of-print. Not only has Wright thoroughly gathered information about the shrines but he has also written a thouroughly captivating book that is at once inspiring and helpful (with maps, transportation information, and loads of contact addresses and phone and fax information). And while the best known places such as Rome, Lourdes and Fatima are covered thoroughly, there are scores of others, treated with the same care and devotion. For those who will not actually travel to the pilgrimage sites, this book is a fascinating and stirring vicarious tour. For those planning a trip it is the indispensible handbook. It is no surprise that the author won the "Best Book by a New Author" award from the Catholic Press Association. It deserves not only sectarian honors. Catholic Shrines of Western Europe is not only a must for religious travelers, it is a gem worthy of any serious European traveler's booklist. Don't pass it up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
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I recently spent a semester studying abroad in Europe, and Kevin Wright's book was the perfect guidebook to help me plan my trips to different pilgrimmage sites. In addition, it informed me of many shrines that I didn't even know existed! Not only does it have a large number of shrines, but easy-to-follow directions to get you there, places to stay, and the "must-see"s at each shrine. I can honestly say that this book helped me to grow in my faith, by making it easy for me to visit, and pray at, some the most holy places in Europe. Thanks, Kevin!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gmartin@ucla.edu on March 30, 1999
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Kevin Wright's book on Catholic Shrines in Western Europe proved to be an invaluable asset on my recent pilgrimage to Rome. It contains a wealth of information on numerous religious sites in Europe that no other travel guide offers. If you are planning a trip to Europe consider taking spiritual side-trips with the help of this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob McDonald on June 13, 2001
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What an awesome book! It's a great book to have on hand, whether you will be visiting Europe, or would just like to learn more about all the great shrines of Europe (i.e. Lourdes, Fatima, etc.). The book is exhaustive in its coverage, and very enjoyable to read. The contact information for each shrine is extremely helpful and useful. I highly recommend this book, and it makes for a great gift too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry on January 3, 2007
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A very good book full of information. The only thing i didnt like is that they talk about certain images of The Blessed Virgin , but dont show her. Only the builing... I think more pictures of the statues at the shrine and less of the outside of them would be better. But i gave it five stars for the information. It great for that reason only.
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