Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Young Adult Pilgrimages in North America This Summer

We have already mentioned the Chartres pilgrimage which takes place in France and is set to go in just a few days, June 11-13th. (Incidentally, I would be interested in having some "liveblogging" coverage; if you are going and would like to volunteer in this regard, please let me know). Since it is now pilgrimage season, we should further mention some other pilgrimages. For the purposes of this post, I have chosen to focus in on North American pilgrimages, but perhaps we could do something similar for Europe as well in the near future.

Marie Reine du Canada, Quebec

The first is the Marie Reine du Canada annual pilgrimage from St-Joseph-de-Lanoraie to Notre Dame du Cap, a three day, 100km pilgrimage occurring in the spirit of Chartres, and with the involvement of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The pilgimage is taking place this year from September 3-5, 2011.

Here is a re-cap from their 2010 pilgrimage:

From their website:
Marie Reine du Canada, a lay-led apostolate of St. Clement Parish, Ottawa, organizes the annual three-day 100 km pilgrimage on foot from Saint-Joseph-de-Lanoraie to Notre-Dame-du-Cap shrine at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Que.


Mass is celebrated each day of the pilgrimage in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, the traditional liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has expressed the desire that the Tridentine Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal of Blessed Pope John XIII should flourish and continue to enrich our spiritual lives, particularly among the young. Our chaplains are priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter (, canonically established by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated in parish churches along the route -- in Berthierville, Yamachiche, and in the historic Small Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at Cap de la Madeleine -- with the blessing of the Bishops of Joliette and of Trois-Rivieres, and the local parish priests.

Two priests are normally available to hear confessions in French and English, throughout the pilgrimage, en route, in camp or before mass.

Perhaps those not from the region might make this an additional opportunity to make pilgrimage to Old Quebec or to the Oratory of St. André Bessette of Montreal?

Pilgrimage for Christian Culture, Michigan

Second, I would make mention of the fairly new Pilgrimage for Christian Culture which is taking place this June 24-25, 2011, in the Detroit area.

From their site:
Join Generation Christ and Friends on their 2011 Pilgrimage. This year we walk in honor of St. John the Baptist (June the 24th) on the weekend of Corpus Christi (transferred to Sunday in the Archdiocese of Detroit). Like St. John the Forerunner we ought to be a voice in the wilderness preparing the way of the Lord. Join us as we testify to the Light that is Jesus Christ and pray for several intentions. (Post any you might have on the event wall, or if you would like for it to remain private it can be sent through fb message to any of this event page's owners.)

Join us as we walk, pray, sing, and enjoy Christian Fellowship on day 2 of the Pilgrimage. We begin with 8:30am Mass at Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak. Planned stops include St. Mary's of Royal Oak, St. James of Ferndale, St. John The Baptist Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church of Detroit, and the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We will stop also at the original site of Ste Anne de Detroit, the second oldest continuously running parish in the US. Our day concludes with prayer on the riverfront followed by celebration. More details will be posted as they are finalized.

The pilgrimage has a Facebook page where you can sign up -- do note, there is a page for day one, and one for day two.

Pilgrimage for Restoration, New York

The Pilgrimage for Restoration takes place from September 23-25, 2011, proceeding to the Shrine of Our Lady of the North American Martyrs, St. Isaac Jogues & Companions in Auriesville, New York.

The annual Pilgrimage for Restoration is a 63 mile jaunt from the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament (aka "Lake George") to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. For 3 days pilgrims attend Mass together, walk, camp, sing and compare blisters! It's an unforgettable experience!

The pilgrimage has a Facebook page

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