Truth even in clouds can get dry

Is floating with ideas in the clouds getting dry?

When we’re at our best, we students pursue truth for a vocation. We’re in our books and college bubble.

Why not take the time to walk with the Truth Himself, living, walking, breathing? Not confined to books or our minds, Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, is the completion of our life as students.

How about moving beyond acknowledgement of that fact and taking steps to actually live it?

And why not take several of those steps on the Pilgrimage for Restoration 2011?

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In the footsteps of Martyrs

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Looks inviting, eh? Imagine: real life on pilgrimage just got even better.

New dates & days in 2011 mean you too can have ‘the time of your life’ over a ‘long weekend’, Friday through Sunday, instead of a whole week away as in years past.

That makes it lots easier for collegians, home-schoolers & high-schoolers, working families and just about everybody to participate.

Now 12.5 miles shorter and following a more direct route, it’s also easier than ever for pilgrims to join up the last day, just like most pilgrims do at our model and inspiration, the Paris-to-Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage in France.

There’s something in the works for everybody.

Click here to check it out.

The 16th annual Pilgrimage for Restoration is scheduled for 23-25 September 2011.

Songs of Pilgrimage and free MP3s

As you might have noticed — for example, from the video in yesterday’s post (below), the Pilgrimage is a prayerful, musical event.

Hymns, songs, and a story of the Pilgrimage are available, all on the official Pilgrimage for Restoration recording — on CD and cassette.

A listing of the 33 tracks of Songs of Pilgrimage can be found here.

Order the CD or cassette here.

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“Talitha cumi!” Mk. v:41

In your charity, please pray for another fellow pilgrim-family in need – The Rakuses of New Jersey, whose 6-year old darling Liz has a serious brain tumor. They were told it was beyond treatment. Nonetheless they are at St. Jude’s Hospital in Tennessee, where they are attempting therapy.

May Our most Merciful Lord Christ, risen from the dead, take this little girl by the hand and heal her as he gave new life to the little daughter of Jairus.

“And taking the maiden by the hand, he saith to her: Talitha cumi, which is, being interpreted: Damsel (I say to thee) arise.” Mark v:41, Luke viii:54 Read More

Kirk! How can you smile at a time like this?

To answer that headline question: probably because he has an old habit of laughing at his own suffering-self.

In your charity, please pray for the speedy & complete recovery of fellow pilgrim and founding co-organizer of the Pilgrimage, Mr. Kirk Kanzenbach of Athelstane, Wisconsin.

We are informed (thanks to fellow pilgrim, Mrs. Dennis Mitchell) that our faithful pilgrimage friend was injured on April 28 while cutting down a tree. According to an initial report, Kirk has suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, spinal compression, and some paralysis of his right arm etc. Read More

A pilgrimage of vocations

vocations pilgrimageBoth Priests flanking His Excellency, Bishop Finn of Kansas City – St. Joseph, have made the Pilgrimage for Restoration as clerics. Two of the young Nuns made the Pilgrimage before taking the Veil.

To which state in the pilgrimage of life is God calling you? (Or your children? Or grandchildren?)

How to persevere, amidst so many trials, in the state to which God has already called you?

Why not make pilgrimage this autumn, and ask God yourself.

You can also ask His sacred Priests and other consecrated souls to teach you the art of listening … and of restoring your soul, by grace.

Then listen during the long periods of silence along the way. And rest.

To ask the pilgrims to pray for you by name, or to sponsor a pilgrim, click here.

Pilgrimage for Restoration, 2011   September 23 – 25.  Come to restore. The rest will come.

In your charity, remember fellow pilgrims

It is with deepest sympathy for the Sica Family that we ask all pilgrims to remember in prayer fellow-pilgrims Bob & his sons, Mrs. Sica and all the Family & friends who mourn the sudden loss of the Sica’s newborn infant daughter.

Mary Catherine Elizabeth was baptized and died only days later of unknown causes last month.

Surely the hope of eternal paradise for so pure a soul as the angels must be of great consolation to the parents and Family. We ask all pilgrims and men of good will to pray that God strengthen the Sicas in faith, and deal with them most mercifully during the present trial.

“And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.” (Rom. viii:28)

Those wishing to send a card of condolence may e-mail the Pilgrimage Director for the Sica’s postal address.

Exciting new development for Pilgrimage 2011

Life on pilgrimage just got better.

In response to years of requests from pilgrims young & old, the Pilgrimage to Auriesville offers an exciting new opportunity.

Mark your calendar.

The 16th annual Pilgrimage for Restoration is scheduled for 23-25 September 2011.

The new dates & days, Friday through Sunday, have the event now take place over a ‘long weekend’.

That will make it easier than ever for collegians, home-schoolers & high-schoolers, working families and just about everybody to participate.

The only change will be to the last day of pilgrimage, on the third day, this year a Sunday.  Instead of turning west after lunch to the Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the pilgrimage will head due south, directly to the Shrine at Auriesville.

The turn will make the pilgrimage 12.5 miles shorter, and bring everyone to the final shrine destination a day earlier.

The new path eliminates the customary stop-over at the Kateri Shrine.  But that will hardly mean a change in veneration to one of the Pilgrimage’s most beloved patronesses.  Neither will it exclude newcomers from joining up the last day of pilgrimage.

Just the opposite.   It will make the Pilgrimage for Restoration much more like the model and inspiration, the Paris-to-Chartres Pentecost Pilgrimage.  And Blessed Kateri will receive due and even improved veneration already in planning.

The French counterpart is 62 miles long (100 kilometers according to their website.)  Most pilgrims there join the last day, Pentecost Monday, at around lunch-time.

Organizers of the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration are already planning something similar for the last day, now a Sunday.

In fact, there’s something already in the works for everybody.

Check it out.

And check back soon for updates.

One man’s report

The following personal account of Pilgrimage 2010 is especially noteworthy coming from returning veteran pilgrim Ted Amberg of Michigan.  He and wife Audrey are also distinguished co-builders of the pilgrimage organization in its early years.

[Ted’s account appears here edited, since he had not written it with publication in mind.  Supposing, according to the adage, that “it is easier to obtain forgiveness than pardon”, the editor hereby begs the author’s pardon in anticipation of the need!]


Greetings, Pilgrimage Director!

I almost feel remiss in not writing sooner after the pilgrimage. Things have returned to their usual hectic around here. But let me try to describe my experiences during this, the 15th annual Pilgrimage for Restoration.

As I had written to you in the summer, we would try to make it – well, thanks be to God, we did, after about a 2000 mile car trip east, south and then north to the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament [Lake George, NY].

Audrey and I are very glad we did.   Read More

UGRENT Message about Camps

Greetings Pilgrims!

Please read this very important message.

It has to do with where you may camp Tuesday night, and how to get to the rendezvous & step-off point Wednesday morning.

This year the Lake George Battleground Campground closed earlier than usual on account of construction.

That means pilgrims who elect to camp Tuesday night will have to do so at a NEW LOCATION: Hearthstone Point Campground, 3298 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George Vlg NY 12845.

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The NEW CAMPSITE is located on NY Rte 9N, three miles north of Wednesday morning’s rendezvous location, and just a half mile short of Cramer’s Point Motel.

Holy Mass will be celebrated as usual at 7:15 Wednesday under the monument to St. Isaac Jogues in the Lake George Battleground Park.

Rendezvous and final check-in will begin as always at 05:45 in the Million Dollar Beach (MDB) parking lot across the street from the monument.

But this year, campers will have to be shuttled there.

Beginning very early Wednesday morning organizers will shuttle pilgrims from Hearthstone Campground (and from Cramer’s Point Motel as usual) to the MDB parking lot to form up their brigades.

Because of all the early commotion, organizers urge you more strongly than ever to check-in early Tuesday at Hearthstone from 4:30 until 7:15pm or at Cramer’s Point Motel from 8:00pm till 10:30pm.

Further instructions will be given to you at check-in.

God grant you a blessed pilgrimage!

Greg Lloyd
Director of the Pilgrimage

Sample Bulletin Announcement

Attention clergy, bulletin editors, and webmasters! We now have sample bulletin text available in three formats: the html text below, an MS Word document, and a PDF file. Feel free to cut and paste, and help us to get the word out about the pilgrimage.

15th annual

Pilgrimage for Restoration

to Auriesville

September 22-25

inspired by & modeled on the annual Pentecost Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine-Cathedral of Chartres, France

Looking for spiritual adventure, Catholic fellowship … a way to thank God & Pope Benedict publicly for rehabilitating so many benefits of tradition?

Join fellow Catholics in penance and hope on the way to Our Lady’s Shrine of the North American Martyrs, Auriesville NY.

Join in one day or four — for 7 miles or 70. Transportation for weary pilgrims provided every step of the way.

‘Modified Pilgrimage’ for parents with young children, and for seniors. Family discounts available until September 8.

All liturgical rites of the pilgrimage are in the forma extraordinaria, the traditional Roman usage.

Can’t travel to make pilgrimage? Participate from home or parish, request prayers, or sponsor a pilgrim at

For more info, or to register online, visit

Or, send your postal address & request to Pilgrimage Director at

Pilgrimage for Restoration

September 22-25, 2010

National Coalition of Clergy & Laity

621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052-7119


“Adirondack Life” magazine covers Pilgrimage 2009

Complete with great black and white photos, including the one below, the award-winning Adirondack Life magazine wrote up our spiritual journey through their part of the world. An excerpt follows, with the essay by Lisa Bramen and photographs by Jason Hupe also linked below.

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St. Isaac Jogues Brigade en route, September 2009

MOTORISTS slow at the sight of a long line of pedestrians—more than 270 of them—stretching single-file along the dirt shoulder of Route 9N south of Lake George. A few of the walkers, teenage girls, wave cheerfully at the passing cars, and the gesture is occasionally reciprocated, if with quizzical looks.

A long walk in the Adirondacks is a common enough endeavor. Even a 65-mile trek, like the one this group is undertaking, is barely notable—dozens of people hike the 133-mile Northville-Placid Trail each year—but most distance-walkers follow wooded trails, not two-lane highways.

Other details about this procession are bound to stoke the curiosity of passersby: Almost all of the females wear long skirts—hardly the usual hiking attire—and many cover their hair with lacy scarves. At the head of each group of 15 or so is a leader carrying a satin banner or flag proclaiming the name of the “brigade” it represents—Sainte Jeanne d’Arc, Our Lady of Fatima Scouts. Others hold up tall wooden crucifixes. If these hints don’t clue the drivers in to the fact that they are witnessing a religious pilgrimage, the smattering of nuns in habits and priests in black robes might clinch it.

The Pilgrimage for Restoration, organized by Pennsylvania-based National Coalition of Clergy and Laity, has brought hundreds of the faithful to the Adirondack Park each September since 1996 for four days of walking, prayer and fellowship. The route—from the village of Lake George to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, at Auriesville, 40 miles west of Albany on the Mohawk River—commemorates the life and martyrdom of the saint Isaac Jogues, a 17th-century French Jesuit missionary who was captured, tortured and eventually murdered by the Mohawks, one of the five original nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Jogues is believed to have been the first European to see the heart of the Adirondacks.    Read more …