The Pilgrim's Journey

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

Vatican Appoints Pastoral Envoy to Medjugorje

Richard SontagLast Updated: March 8th, 2017Uncategorized

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2017 / 09:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warszawa-Praga as a delegate of the Holy See to look into the pastoral situation at Medjugorje, the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge … 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

Lets Celebrate Jesus’ Early Life

Richard SontagLast Updated: January 16th, 2017Holy Land, Uncategorized

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on February 2nd celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. It falls between the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th, and the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Presentation of Jesus in … Read More

Nativity

Restoring Church of the Nativity is like ‘touching heaven’

Richard SontagLast Updated: January 13th, 2017Holy Land

The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity’s holiest sites — the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — says it’s more than half-way finished with the 14 million dollar project, which has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic angel hidden under plaster. Piacenti SpA, a family-run conservation firm from the Tuscan town of Prato, won the … Read More

10 Destinations for Spiritual R&R

Richard SontagLast Updated: November 11th, 2016US News

(Busted Halo) We’ve picked out our top 10 Catholic sites to visit (nine in the United States and one in Canada). Add the one closest to your vacation destination into your itinerary, or, if you live nearby, just plan a day trip, or a long weekend. These places offer breathtaking art and architecture, and inspirational … Read More

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Richard SontagLast Updated: November 11th, 2016Holy Land

( Salt and Light Media ) According to the tradition in the Eastern Church, when Mary was three years of age, Joachim and Anne took her to the Temple so that she might be consecrated to the service of the Lord. The legend says that they invited the young girls of the town to walk … 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

What a Heart He Had

Richard SontagLast Updated: September 12th, 2016Uncategorized

The Capuchin keepers of the relics of the late mystic Padre Pio are sending the saint’s heart to Boston for his feast day. “I’m very excited to announce that the Capuchin Friars who run the Shrine of St. Padre Pio have offered to come to Boston with the heart of Padre Pio for his feast … Read More

Walsingham

Walsingham Marian Shrine

Richard SontagLast Updated: September 6th, 2016Uncategorized

For more than 950 years, pilgrims have been making their way to a small medieval village in England’s Norfolk region to visit the site of a Marian apparition and what is believed to be the oldest shrine to Our Lady in the world. Save for a tiny chapel on the outskirts of the town of … Read More

Earthquake

Italy Earthquake Survivor

Richard SontagLast Updated: September 9th, 2016Church News, World News

Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy. Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sr. Lleshi thought for sure that death was … Read More

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Holy Land with Vicar General

Richard SontagLast Updated: August 12th, 2016Holy Land

Original text written by Natalie Hoefer for the August 5th issue of the Criterion. Members of the archdiocese are invited to join Msgr. William F. Stumpf, vicar general, on an 11-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land coordinated by Tekton Ministries on Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, 2017. The pilgrimage to this region, the birthplace of … Read More

Tekton

Tekton Sends Pilgrims to WYD

Richard SontagLast Updated: August 10th, 2016Pope Francis, World Youth Day

Tekton Ministries had the pleasure of arranging the pilgrimages for World Youth Day in Poland, Germany. It sent a total of 225 pilgrims both youth and young adults from South Dakota and Indiana. Pilgrims traveled to Krakow, Poland for a seven-day worldwide encounter with Pope Francis and 1.6 million other young Catholics. These pilgrims each … Read More