Three Essential Elements of Adoration

Mel UllrichMedjugorje, Spiritual Reflections

Every day in Medjugorje, seven to ten thousand people kneel together in Eucharistic Adoration. So, Fr. Leon Pereira, the chaplain to English-speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, knows a thing or two about Adoration. Here are what he calls the three essential elements of Adoration: Fr. Leon believes that Adoration is one of greatest fruits of Medjugorje. … Read More

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

Pizza Sticks and Parish Priests

Mel UllrichPriests, Saints, Spiritual Reflections

My youngest son was a picky eater. I packed his lunch almost every day until he was in the 8th grade. Then, they began selling “Bosco Sticks” in his school’s cafeteria. He couldn’t get enough of them. When I asked him why they were called “Bosco” sticks, he had no idea. Here’s what we discovered … 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

5 Points to Ponder About the 3 Magi

Mel UllrichSpiritual Reflections

Ask anyone about the Magi, also known as the Three Kings or Three Wise Men, and the first thing that typically comes to mind is either a familiar Christmas tune or the gifts they brought the Christ Child. The fact is, we don’t know a lot about them. They are mentioned only in the Gospel … Read More

Our Latest Saint: Pope Paul VI, The “Original” Pilgrim Pope

Mel UllrichChurch News

Most Catholics today lovingly refer to St. John Paul II as “The Pilgrim Pope.” After all, during his 26 years as pontiff, he made pilgrimages to 129 different countries on six continents. But this month, we celebrate the canonization of the “original” Pilgrim Pope, Pope Paul VI. Now known as St. Paul VI, he was … 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

3 Things You Must Do Before You Make a Pilgrimage:
A Spiritual Preparation Guide

Erin McCole CuppCamino de Santiago, Marian Shrines of Europe

So, you’ve decided to make a pilgrimage. You’ve registered, purchased insurance, and obtained the right travel documents … but there’s so much more to a pilgrimage than the practicalities of travel! You’re not just going on a vacation. You’re putting yourself in God’s hands in a very special way, asking Him to show you what … Read More

St. John the Baptist: Cousin, Outcast, Commencer

Brianna CampbellHoly Land

The Man A distant cousin of Jesus, John makes his first appearance in the Gospels when the angel Gabriel first announces his conception to Elizabeth and Zechariah, an aging couple who had previously been unable to bear children. Overcome with disbelief at the angel’s message, Zechariah voiced his skepticism and was instantly stricken with muteness, … Read More