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An Invitation for Alumni and Friends

Dear Friends,

For the past five years, John Carroll University has offered unique travel opportunities for our alumni and friends. We have enjoyed the splendors of Italy in Tuscany and Sorrento, cruised through the Dutch waterways, and visited the hallowed ground of Normandy, France and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As I write this, a group of JCU alumni are touring Scotland where they will take in the historic Military Tattoo and visit St. Andrews. Now, we are excited to share our next two international journeys.

During summer 2020, we invite you to travel to Michael Johnson, Ph.D., president of John Carroll University, and his wife Jill Kobus Johnson are scheduled to join us on this fantastic trip. Ireland is known for its rich tradition of storytelling, but the country also has its own stories to share. Energetic music and dance serve as a constant reminder of Ireland’s beloved culture. Lush green gardens and sprawling farmland speak to the country’s strong agricultural roots. Stark, stony landscapes highlight the role of limestone in Ireland’s history and architecture. Discover these stories and many more as you explore this captivating region. View the legendary Blarney Stone, meet engaging residents, relax in a cozy pub, and see many celebrated locales. All the while, you will experience Sámas, a Gaelic word meaning “indulgence of the senses.”

Michael Johnson President

In 2020, we invite you to be part of a centuries old tradition as we travel to Oberammergau to take in the historic Passion Play. Offered only once every ten years, this unique experience will be memorable to say the least. Enjoy traveling through three countries,


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Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, as we experience the local culture, heritage, and history. Sail across Bodensee, Europe’s third-largest lake, from Friedrichshafen to Lindau. Ascend Pfander Alp for stunning views of the mountains. Walk in the footsteps of Mozart in the delightful town of Salzburg.

I hope you can join us. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

David Vitatoe ’00
Executive Director of Alumni Relations