In the footsteps of Martyrs…
In its twenty-sixth year, the annual pilgrimage is a journey of the faithful to the place in ‘New France’ where ‘first-born’ among the saints, Dr. René Goupîl (S.J. lay brother), was martyred 379 years ago (September 1642), followed by Saints Isaac Jogues, S.J, layman John de LaLande, and numerous Native American Converts four years later. It is conducted in honor of Christ Our King, for the restoration of new Christendom, and in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Invoking the intercession of America’s saints and martyrs, we desire that Catholic Faith restore every dimension of our lives: our hearts, families, workplaces, schools, parishes, neighborhoods, monasteries, cities, dioceses, the American nations.
The pilgrimage is an exercise of penance and prayer, of contradiction and restoration, having both a personal and social character. Modeled on the annual Pentecost Pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Chartres, France, we embrace the traditional doctrine & practice of Holy Church, with all her demands.
A special intention of the pilgrimage is restoration of the Catholic family, civil society and the specifically Roman spiritual and liturgical tradition. We hope thereby to show our attachment to the Church’s tradition – East & West – and the riches it contains, not with the intention of reverting to some by-gone era, but rather of drawing benefits from the ancient sources and putting them to work – as a return to God of talents received – in the world today.