Packing Like a True Pilgrim

Brianna CampbellPilgrims' Stories, Upcoming Pilgrimages

When preparing for a pilgrimage, packing your bag for the journey ahead can err on the side of intimidating. If you are an experienced traveler, you may be in possession of that special grace that allows you to perform this task with ease. If this your first rodeo however, don’t worry, I’m here to help. … Read More

5 Ways to Make Your Pilgrimage an Act of Faith

Erin McCole CuppPilgrims' Stories

A dear friend and I were talking about our upcoming summer travels.  She was taking a mission trip to Africa.  I was traveling to the decidedly first-world locations of England, France and Ireland. “It’s a pilgrimage,” I explained, “like an old-fashioned, medieval pilgrimage—but, well, with planes.” She gave me a very gracious but confused smile, … Read More

When All the Candles Go Out: Our Family’s Lourdes Lesson

Erin McCole CuppMarian Shrines of Europe, Pilgrims' Stories

By Erin McCole Cupp “You’re going to Lourdes? Oh, the Candlelight Rosary Procession—it’s so beautiful! You’ll love it.” I heard this from many corners as we prepared for our family’s pilgrimage. As the summer approached, our family read books about Lourdes, poured over the Lourdes website, and watched videos and documentaries. I remember the five … Read More

How Pilgrimage Changes Lives

Andrea JoinesPilgrims' Stories

As Pilgrim Relationship Coordinator, I have the privilege of interacting with hundreds of pilgrims each year, both before and after their transformational pilgrimage experiences. Through these encounters – on the phone or via e-mail – I know it is not an exaggeration to say a pilgrimage is a life-changing event in the faith life of … Read More