What: A five-day walking pilgrimage. Good for body and soul!
When: June 15-19th, 2020
Where: Departing from Holy Trinity in Oconto, WI and walking to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI
Why: A pilgrimage is an ancient form of prayer and devotion. The Early Christians were fond of traveling to Holy Places. The best places were the Holy Land to see the places Jesus walked, taught, died and rose and the tombs of great saints. In recent years places where Mary appeared have become very popular. A pilgrimage is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey during which significant change takes place. New insights are given. Deeper understanding is attained. On return from the pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.
Do you walk on the highway? No. We walk on foot paths and country roads as much as possible. Before the highways existed, this is how people got from place to place.
Where do you sleep? We line up lodging in church basements and old convents. You will be warm, dry, and safe every night. People even serve us delicious, hot food.
What do I need to bring? You will need hiking clothes and a good backpack, a mat and sleeping bag, a rain poncho, water bottles, toiletries (some places will have showers) and whatever you use for prayer (Bible, journal, rosary).
What about the safer-at-home restrictions? Currently in the State of Wisconsin, restrictions expire May 26th. If restrictions are extended we will take steps to comply with the relevant laws. We always make every effort to keep pilgrims safe.
Signup Deadline is May 15
- Experience a one, two or five day journey.
- Pilgrims must attend the required meeting on June 3rd at 6:00 PM. (All excuses must be approved).
- Pilgrims must be at least 18 years of age and in reasonably good physical shape. Those who are over the age of 55 must submit a physician's release.
- Volunteers on our On-Call Support Team will be available to help those who are sick or injured.
How can I participate if I can't walk all that distance?
Use the sign-up sheet but sign up as a Spiritual Pilgrim. You can pray from your own home or neighborhood and join in the pilgrimage spiritually.
Cost is $50 (or $10 each for Monday and Friday if only walking 1 or 2 days). Fees are fully refundable in the event of a cancellation.