Question: My sister and I — and maybe a brother or fellow parishioner — are very interested in signing up for pilgrimage.
Answer: Thanks be to God for the grace of pilgrimage. What’s keeping you from registering today?
Q: We’d like to know how far it is from start to finish.
A: Start to finish, the pilgrimage is an hair under 63 miles, walked — or driven — over the course of three days. It’s about four miles farther than our ‘sister pilgrimage’, the ancient Pentecost Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Chartres, from Notre Dame de Paris.
Q: Can a pilgrim walk as far as he can or will, and then hitch a ride with a shuttle?
A: Yes. The shuttles/vans shadow the column of walking pilgrims all day. Depending on how many vans are available, shuttled-pilgrims may spend some time resting in the vans, and are often able to ‘leap-frog’ ahead of the column, then rejoin their brigades up the road. Or, get back in a van to rest some more.
Q: How does the so-called ‘modified pilgrimage’ work?
A: Many adult pilgrims, and most seniors, decide whether to spend more or less time in camp or on the road. One’s decision can change from day-to-day, depending on strength, over-all health, weather, terrain, and resources available (usually transportation) at any given time to organizers.
Q: Is there a time or distance a pilgrim of the modified sort must walk?
A: No, not at all. Families with little children, and seniors who wish, may walk out of camp in the morning with the main column: for about a mile or two: then return to pray a second Mass offered for the pilgrims who spend much of the day in camp. They do the same in the evening: walking out a couple miles to meet the approaching column.
Q: From mapquest it looks like about 18-20 miles a day for 3 days, so that seems rather daunting.
A: Made on one’s own, any part of it would be daunting. But one of the most blessed aspects of pilgrimage is that it is never made alone. As has been an axiom since the first day of the first pilgrimage, now 23 years ago: “Nobody makes pilgrimage alone.” Fellow-pilgrims and organizers are supporting you every step of the way.
Besides, we’ve not lost a pilgrim yet! Everybody who’s ever made pilgrimage has returned home safely, thanks be to God. Many return year-after-year. And almost without exception, every pilgrim also tells others that it’s been the ‘ecclesial experience of a lifetime’.
Fellow-pilgrim-organizers are there, at your side, every step of the way.
Q: I ask all these questions especially because it will be my first pilgrimage — hopefully not my last! We are in our 60s. What else should we be thinking of in advance?
A: Registering is your first step. Once you do, we’ll walk you through every step to prepare you for the journey.
Pilgrimage for Restoration
Come to restore. The rest will come.
Friday – Sunday
28-30 September 2018
“Now is the acceptable time.”
Jump-start your plans, even if you are not sure you can make it to Auriesville. PRE-register on this page. It’s simple, easy & there are no strings attached: you are left free to decide later whether you can make it or not.
Register by July 1 to save beau-coup bucks. See this page for discounts.