The Pilgrim's Journey

The Journey to Christmas

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: July 2nd, 2019Holy Land, Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

It was late when my plane touched down in Tel Aviv, but after years of anticipation, I had finally made it – I was in the land of Jesus and the Gospels! It was dark as our bus worked its way through the hill country of Israel on its way to our first stop: Bethlehem. … Read More

I Saw the Sign

Project ManagerLast Updated: May 22nd, 2019Camino de Santiago, Pilgrims' Stories, Upcoming Pilgrimages

This phrase brings back more than just an amazing song from my youth. They remind me of one of the most poignant and memorable aspects of walking the Camino de Santiago – seeing the signs along The Way that helped direct me on the path towards Santiago. I, like all Camino pilgrims, watched eagerly for … Read More

Moses: Pilgrimage to the Promised Land

Mary UllrichLast Updated: April 30th, 2019Pilgrims' Stories, Spiritual Reflections

excerpted from “Great Pilgrims of the Old Testament” Many years after the death of Joseph, the new kings had no appreciation of how Joseph had saved Egypt from the great famine. The Hebrew people had become so numerous, that the pharaoh began to fear them and decreed that all male Hebrew babies must be drowned … Read More

Packing Like a True Pilgrim

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: February 12th, 2019Pilgrims' 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 CuppLast Updated: January 23rd, 2019Pilgrims' 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 CuppLast Updated: January 15th, 2019Marian 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

Project ManagerLast Updated: September 28th, 2018Pilgrims' 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

5 Ways to Keep the Spirit of Pilgrimage Alive When You Return

Brianna CampbellLast Updated: August 14th, 2018Pilgrims' Stories, Priests, Spiritual Reflections

Pilgrimage changes people. It enriches their lives, brings them closer to each other, and – most importantly – closer to God. When they return home, it’s with a renewed sense of self, a renewed purpose, and a strong desire to grow Christ’s kingdom in their own communities. Having experienced God in such a profound and … Read More