Making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake, Pope Francis called on the whole church to imitate St. Francis of Assisi, embracing poverty and stripping itself of the “spirit of world.”
Catholics are invited in participate in a pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse Wis., May 21.
When Father Gregory Abbott, pastor of St. Bernard, Cologne, and Church of the Ascension, Norwood-Young America, found out that the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima would be touring the archdiocese, he was one of the first priests to offer to host it.
To inaugurate the Year of Faith, Bishop Lee Piché will lead a pilgrimage on Oct. 2 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis.
Come and “Explore the Other Holy Land” with Father Dennis Dempsey of St. Dominic in Northfield and The Catholic Spirit
Pilgrimage has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred place. The journey can be near or far — as close as a neighboring church or as distant as halfway around the world. It can be a day-trip, a 10- to 14-day excursion or any other duration.
A pilgrimage, I said, was quite different from a guided tour of a foreign country. On a vacation tour one does what one wants to do. On a pilgrimage one goes in search of the living God. Thus, a pilgrimage involves as much “interior” effort as the external, physical effort.
For the past six weeks, I’ve had the privilege of participating in the station church pilgrimage of Lent, a Roman tradition that dates back to Christian antiquity. From at least the early fourth century, the pope celebrated Mass during Lent with his clergy and the Roman Christian community at a designated “station” church.