The Pilgrim's Journey

I Saw the Sign

Andrea JoinesLast 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

Melvin UllrichLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Pilgrims' 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

Bri 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: July 13th, 2020Marian 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 JoinesLast 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

This Holy Site Takes Catholic Aerobics to a Whole New Level

Bri CampbellLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Italy, Pilgrims' Stories

It was a hot spring day in Rome as we exited the cool marble interior of the massive Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. As we gathered together around our tour guide, Irene, her voice came through our whisper headsets, stating that our next destination was the Holy Stairs, right across the street.“What are those?” a … Read More