Message for families from the Chief of Brigadiers, Pilgrimage 2017


TO: Family-registrants – Pilgrimage 2017

FROM: Reuben J. DeMaster – Chief of Brigadiers


Congratulations on taking a first step of pilgrimage with your family to Our Lady’s Shrine of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY!

The second step is much like every other step of pilgrimage: to pray with the other pilgrim-registrants also preparing to go to Auriesville. Indeed, prayer & penance is the beginning and end — the very reason — of the pilgrimage. The way of a pilgrim is the habit of ceaseless prayer. I. Thessalonians v, 17

That’s why the Fathers-chaplain ask each pilgrim to pray daily the very short prayer composed by St. Nicholas of Flüe.

Find it on this page of the Pilgrimage blog.

“He who sings well, prays twice.” (Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo.) Why not multiply your praying power by learning or practicing some of the many songs sung on pilgrimage?

Click here to request your own copy of the Songs of Pilgrimage CD or the video documentary. Or paste the URL into your browser.

Listening while you walk (to get your ‘souls’ in shape) or while putzing around the house is a great way to prepare the days of grace.

Find the Pilgrimage media here.

Please let me hear from you if you await the brigade assignment/s for your family, or if you have any questions about brigade-life. Click here to e-mail me.


Reuben J. DeMaster
Chief of Brigadiers
New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Pilgrimage for Restoration
Come to restore. The rest will come.

NCCL – 621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052-7119 USA



Veterans know there is never a better time than now to commence preparations. And there never seems to be enough time, no matter how long in advance one registers.

Please therefore contact your brigadier as soon as possible to get started. If you don’t know or cannot reach him or her, drop me an e-mail.

Some of the brigades already have blogs. If yours doesn’t, please encourage your brigadier to start one. You, he or she can contact the Pilgrimage’s Vice-Director for Communications, Samantha Lang, for ideas.

Brigade of St. Joan of Arc –
Brigade of St. Isaac Jogues –
Brigade of St. Michael the Archangel –
Company of St. René Goupil –