Pilgrim-volunteers take on many roles.
Some provide spiritual guidance, moral support, or simply pray.
Others care for the material well-being of their foot-sore brethren. They may feed hungry pilgrims, help them cross busy streets and keep them safe. Others man the shuttles or move gear & bivouacs from place to place. They are as integral & necessary a part of the pilgrimage as those pilgrims who follow their banners along the winding paths of the pilgrimage.
There are seven Divisions of the pilgrimage organization, all shown in this schematic.
Use this webform to volunteer for one of those divisions — EXCEPT the Company of St. René Goupîl or the altar servers in the Corps of St. Eustace Ahatsistari.
One of the mainstay-divisions is the much-admired Company of St. René Goupîl. Founded by the late Bob Murray of Troy, NY and friends. The laymen & women of this apostolate are dedicated to imitate the charity of their heavenly Patron in the temporal assistance they give freely to pilgrims in need along the way.
If you feel called to donate your talents & skills as a volunteer-organizer, please consider joining the Company of St. René Goupîl. Company members are pilgrims who generously provide:
- transportation for weary pilgrims
- first-aid and blister care
- food-preparation at camp locations and water-distribution along the pilgrimage route
- assistance with crossing streets and walking along bi-ways, keeping pilgrims safe
- campsite set-up and the transport of all equipment and pilgrim’s gear
- managing the mobile port-a-johns
- temporal care for Priests
- Mass set-up
Pilgrim-volunteers are asked to apply or re-apply to the Company in spring — early summer at the latest. Like all pilgrims, they also must register for the pilgrimage. The fee can be substituted for a free-will donation until June 1, or waived by the Director at request of the applicant no later than May 1.
Click here to apply to the Company of St. René Goupîl.
Click here to register for the Pilgrimage.
All members of the Company are expected to exemplify the spirit of their heavenly Patron. To that end, all Company members are required to study the letter of St. Isaac Jogues in which he gives an account of St. René’s martyrdom.
For more information and contact information please see the Company blog.