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POSTPONED-2020 Sankofa Ghana Pilgrimage

Information on the 2020 Pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa

Pilgrimage Postponed


A Travel Update from our director, Dr. Antoinette Mensah: PLEASE READ

Due to the uncertainty regarding international travel at this time, this pilgrimage has been postponed.  We hope to instead travel over the same period (October) of 2021, but decisions on travel will be made at a later date and adjusted as the situation requires. 

If you still wish to apply for the trip, you can do so using the current application until June 30th. If you have already applied and made a deposit, your deposit will be held for the 2021 trip. As we cannot yet know how new travel realities will affect cost, please note that the stated cost is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated as soon as they are known. 

If you have any questions, please contact our director, Dr. Antoinette Mensah, directly at

Join the Office for World Mission on a pilgrimage to explore the history, bounty of culture and spirituality of Ghana, West Africa from October 8-22, 2020

In 2001 and 2017 the Office for World Mission hosted a Sankofa Experience focused on connecting with the cultural roots of Ghana, West Africa.  Sankofa means "return and get it" and is a symbol of the importance of learning from the past.

In 2020, we will once again travel to Ghana West Africa with the backdrop of 2019’s  “Year of Return,”  acknowledging 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved African in America. Our trip will be a time of introspection, reflection, culture and prayer.

Fr. James Arthur, pastor of All Saints and St. Martin de Porres will be our pastoral guide.  Once in Ghana we will be greeted by Expert Travel who will function as guides throughout the trip. There will be opportunities to meet with various representatives of the Catholic Church of Ghana. We will tour projects developed and operated by the Church. Details will be provided during the orientations in preparation for our pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage Dates: October 8-22, 2020  Postponed until 2021. 

The application/registration is due April 15th and the initial deposit deadline is April 30, 2020. (see below)

Cost and Payment Information:

The cost for the pilgrimage is

  • $3,000 per person for Double Occupancy
  • $3,600 per person for Single Occupancy.

This cost includes the following:

  • Round Trip ground transportation from Milwaukee to/from Chicago O’Hare
  • Roundtrip airfare from Chicago O’Hare
  • Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Lunch on a daily basis, except on day of arrival and departure
  • Air conditioned vehicle with experienced driver
  • Tour Guide service
  • Entrance Fees to tour attractions mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuity (Tour Guide/Driver)

The cost does not include/pilgrim is responsible for
camera fees at tourist attractions, tips at airport and/or restaurants, beverages, Visa fees, inoculation costs (see health information and requirements, below), and International Travel Insurance (strongly recommended--see Trip/Accident/Health Insurance, below)

Payment Due Dates and Types:

In order to pay for the tickets and other costs incurred while setting up the trip and to help with your budgeting, we have set up a payment schedule. A payment of at least the amount listed is due by each date below (you are always welcome to pay more and/or before a due date)

  • April 30--Initial Non-Refundable Deposit Due: $350 (all occupancy types)
  • June 1--First Payment Due: $900 Double Occupancy, $1100 Single Occupancy
  • July 15--Second Payment Due: $900 Double Occupancy, $1100 Single Occupancy
  • Sept 1--Final Payment Due: $850 Double Occupancy, $1050 Single Occupancy

Check, cash and credit cards are acceptable payment methods. 

Checks should be made payable to Office for World Mission.  Please write Ghana Pilgrimage in the memo field and mail to

Office for World Mission
Ghana Pilgrimage 2020
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Cash should not be mailed and can be paid directly to the Office at the Information or Orientation Sessions. Please call 414-758-2282 to arrange an in-person payment.

Credit card payments* can be made online by clicking here or call 414-758-2281 to make a credit card payment by phone.
*Please note: Credit card payments will incur a 3% fee to cover costs we are charged to process the payment (this fee does not count toward your trip cost). To facilitate online payments during this time of social distancing, we are waiving the 3% fee.


To apply for the 2020 Pilgrimage to Ghana, please go to our online Sankofa application page.

The application is due by April 15, 2020.

If you are unable to access the online application, please call 414-758-2280 for assistance.

Information Meetings:

To learn more about this pilgrimage, please attend one of the information sessions, hosted by Fr. James Arthur and Antoinette Mensah, Ph. D., Director of the Office for World Mission.

Information sessions dates and times:

  • February 2nd & 16th from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm at All Saints Parish Rectory   (4060 N. 26th Street)
  • February 5th & February 19th from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at St. Martin de Porres   (3114 N. 2nd Street)

Pilgrimage Preparation:

To ensure the best possible experience, international mission trips require careful planning on the part of the World Mission Office, the parish, and every participant. Please read and consider the following items carefully.

Orientation Sessions:

There will be three orientation sessions scheduled to prepare you for the trip.  These dates will be confirmed by May 1st.


If you already have a passport, please check its expiration date.  It is now required that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of the trip (APRIL 2021).

If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires before April 1, 2021 you can visit the state department's passport page.

Please note: Be sure to check the passport processing times, listed below the "get started" link, to ensure your chosen processing method will arrive in time.


Visas will be requested as a total group.  Two months before departure, (August 2020) you will be asked to complete and submit the application and fee for the Visa as follows:

  • Single Entry Visa (must be used within 3 months from date of issue): $60.00
  • Multiple Entry Visa: $100.00
Health Information and Requirements:

The climate in the Ghana can be quite hot and you must be comfortable walking some distances. Please consider your individual health needs and abilities. This ensures an enjoyable time for you and others who will be traveling with you.

Individual health needs vary so it is important to consult your health care provider regarding immunizations, medications you might need while traveling, and if it is advisable to participate in such a trip.

Special Note: Proof of vaccination against yellow fever (a yellow fever vaccination certificate) is required from all travelers when entering Ghana. Anti-malarial precautions and other vaccinations are also strongly advised.

It is strongly recommended to contact your health official as soon as possible (but definitely at least 4-6 weeks prior to travel) for vaccinations.

For more information visit the 

*the CDC’s page has the most up-to-date information on what is required and recommended and includes resources on where you can find vaccinations in WI.  It also reminds us that vaccines may take time to order and stock, so please contact your health official as soon as possible.

Trip/Accident/Health Insurance

It is important that all travelers have insurance in force that will respond to a medical emergency, accident, or trip complications.  The World Mission Office does not provide medical, accident or trip insurance for participants on this pilgrimage.  We strongly recommend that you contact a travel insurance specialty company to purchase insurance that will protect you on this trip and that you speak to your health insurance provider about your coverage and options.

What to Pack:

You will need to pack modest clothing and some supplies for your trip.

Please click here for list of items to prepare and pack for your trip to Ghana.

While in Ghana:

The itinerary for the 2020 trip is not yet set.

If you would like to view the 2017 itinerary as a reference, please click here.

(Note: the 2017 itinerary is for reference only to show how the pilgrimage is structured and what kind of travel and activities will be involved; the 2020 trip will have a different schedule)


Please call our office at 414-758-2282 to speak to Antoinette Mensah, our director or e-mail


You can click here for a Ghana Pilgrimage Flyer to review or share.







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