The Pilgrim's Journey

The Church’s Response to Medjugorje Apparitions – Updated Timeline

Ann VucicLast Updated: June 4th, 2019Church News, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin 1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict). 1986: CDF, under Cardinal Ratzinger … Read More

Three Great Pilgrimages of Thanksgiving – One of Which We Can All Make This Thanksgiving

Project ManagerLast Updated: November 15th, 2017Spiritual Reflections

Humankind is on a continuous journey toward communion with God – a pilgrimage that will never be complete until we reach the end of our earthly lives. Within the great pilgrimage of life itself, there are numerous smaller opportunities and reasons to go on physical pilgrimage to holy sites throughout the world. While many pilgrimages … Read More

When in Rome, Graduate!

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 14th, 2017Italy

When given the option of either journeying to Rome or attending her own college graduation, it was a no-brainer for Indiana University Indianapolis senior Bri Campbell. For the past four years, she had dedicated any and all free time she had to the Catholic student community on campus and the parish associated with it, St. … Read More

Hidden Spiritual Gem in Rome Reminds Us to Embrace Our Crosses

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: June 29th, 2017Italy, Spiritual Reflections

Near the catacombs in Rome, walking along the Appian Way, you’re likely to stumble upon a hidden spiritual gem – the Chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis, or the Church of “Lord, Where Are You Going?”. While the architecture is relatively unassuming, the message: “Lord, where are you going?” speaks loud and clear to those who … Read More

St. Maria Goretti – Example of Mercy and Love

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: June 4th, 2019Italy, Spiritual Reflections

In the eyes of the world, Maria Goretti was unremarkable. Young, poor, and uneducated, she could not even read or write. Yet, her heroic purity and forgiving spirit have made her great in the eyes of God and the Church. Maria was born on the eastern side of Italy, but her family moved to a … Read More

Pilgrims Experience at Fatima

Project ManagerLast Updated: June 4th, 2019Marian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

Thousands of people travel to Fatima each year. During this, the 100th anniversary year, this number is expected to increase. Tekton Ministries has been coordinating pilgrimages to this venerated site for over 20 years. Some pilgrims have shared their experiences via video interviews, survey responses, Facebook posts, or written reflections. Below are some collected from … Read More

Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagLast Updated: November 10th, 2017Medjugorje, Pope Francis

Please note: A more recent post regarding this subject is available. To read the updated timeline, please visit: Updated Timeline on Church’s Response to Medjugorje.  Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin, taking place in the Diocese of Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, now called Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1984: Bishop of Mostar, … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 15th, 2017Uncategorized

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of … Read More

Our Lady of Lourdes, France

Lourdes – Miracle for Many

Richard SontagLast Updated: September 18th, 2018Church News, France

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous near the French village of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother then appeared 17 more times that year and on January 18th, 1862, the local bishop recognized the authenticity of the Apparitions, opening up the devotion to … Read More

Mary – the Focus of WYD

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 2nd, 2016World Youth Day

A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth’s declaration that “Blessed … Read More

Fatima 100th Anniversary Indulgence

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 1st, 2016Marian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the … Read More

November: All Saints

Richard SontagLast Updated: October 27th, 2016New Evangelization, Spiritual Reflections

Last Words of the Saints As the calendar year winds down, so, too, does the liturgical year. During the final weeks of this year, the Church turns a focus towards the end times – both our own personally, and those of the world as we know it. As we celebrate the great feast of All … Read More

Poland’s Great Saint

Richard SontagLast Updated: October 14th, 2016Poland

Saint John Paul II explained, “Pilgrimages, a sign of the condition of the disciples of Christ in this world, have always held an important place in the life of Christians. In the course of history, Christians have always walked to celebrate their faith in places that indicate a memory of the Lord or in sites … Read More