message for pilgrim-registrants from the Chief of Brigadiers, Pilgrimage 2018


TO: Pilgrim-registrants – Pilgrimage 2018

FROM: Reuben J. DeMaster – Chief of Brigadiers


Congratulations on taking a first step of pilgrimage 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 unceasing prayer. I. Thessalonians v, 17

That’s why the Pilgrimage Chaplains ask each pilgrim to pray daily the three-line prayer composed by St. Nicholas of Flüe. Find it on this page of the Pilgrimage blog.

Find the pilgrims’ three-line prayer on the blog at

“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 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. Request your own copy of the Songs of Pilgrimage CD or the video documentary DVD.

    Please let me hear from you if you await your brigade assignment, or if you have any questions about brigade-life. Please ask your fellow-brigadesmen or women to do the same. Click here to e-mail me.


Reuben J. DeMaster
Chief of Brigadiers
New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
484/201-8249 mobile

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 an e-mail to my colleague, Mike Six, Emeritus Chief of Brigadiers.

Some of the brigades already have blogs. If yours doesn’t, please encourage your brigadier to start one. You, he or she can contact me for ideas.

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