Archbishop Nienstedt to host pilgrimage to La Crosse shrine

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Catholics are invited in participate in a pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse Wis., May 21.

Archbishop John Nienstedt will be the spiritual guide on this second pilgrimage to mark the Year of Faith. Bishop Lee Piché led a similar pilgrimage to the shrine last fall.

“May is the perfect month for a pilgrimage — first of all because it is Mary’s month and she has always been the icon of the pilgrim — her obedient yes to God going wherever he asked, whenever he asked it. She will accompany us too,” said Jean Stolpestad, director of the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life, which is sponsoring the pilgrimage.

“Secondly,” she added, “May is a month traditionally focused on life. It is already orientated toward prayer, a new creation and the promise of spring.”

The pilgrimage includes a coach bus ride to and from the shrine, with coffee and rolls on the bus, spiritual leadership from Archbishop Nienstedt and a tour of the shrine church. The archbishop will give a reflection at the Memorial of the Unborn.

Lunch will be catered by the Culina Mariana (Mary’s Kitchen) and a light box dinner will be available on the bus ride home. The day also will feature individual meditative time, Stations of the Cross and Mass.

Motorcoach busses will depart from the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Joseph in Rosemount and St. Raphael in Crystal at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.

Cost is $65 per person.

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