The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will accompany Jesus from door-to-door,
lighting hearts on fire along the way.
What is the Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage?
The Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimage will be a 3 month long pilgrimage that leads to Indianapolis. There will be 4 different pilgrimages coming from different ends of the country (Minnesota, California, Texas, and Connecticut) and meeting in Indianapolis for the National Eucharistic Congress. This will be a unique opportunity to pray, seek your own deeper walk with Jesus, and to be a witness to everyone we encounter on our pilgrimage.
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Who is it for?
YOU! We would love for everyone (young and young at heart) in the diocese to have an opportunity to pilgrimage with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, whether that is for 1 block, or 10 miles.
What are the dates?
The pilgrimage will officially start Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2024) at Lake Itasca. The day prior, May 18, 2024, there will be an opening ceremony at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. They are inviting all of the neighboring states to join and will have many loved clergy including Fr. Mike Schmitz and Bishop Barron in attendance. Could we bring a couple buses from the St. Cloud Diocese?
The pilgrimage will pass through the St. Cloud Diocese May 22, 2024 (most likely arriving late afternoon/early evening) and will need to be in Clearwater on May 24, 2024.
What are the details?
We are still working on finalizing details. A couple of ideas:
- Walk minimally- walk a few miles and drive the rest of the way. Have an event both nights with a big dinner and Adoration in the church all night long. (St. Mary’s in Milaca the first night and St. Mary’s Cathedral for the second night)
- Only have 1 main event at St. Mary’s Cathedral and walk through the night the first night. We would still need to potentially drive part of the way.
- Walk the entire thing- potentially not have time for a big party, however this could be done afterwards. Adoration could be going on in churches for those that can’t walk or can only walk a short distance but would like to continue praying.
What is the route?
Exact roads are still being determined, however this is the general direction we will be heading!
MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS, LAKE ITASCA, MN
Departing from the headwaters of the Mississippi, the northern arm of the Pilgrimage will descend through the midwestern United States, pass through Wisconsin and Illinois, and meet up with the other three pilgrimage routes at the Congress in Indianapolis.
What are the next steps?
We are currently deciding how aggressive we want to be with the walking plan and solidifying the route.
Want to get involved?
- Let me know if you would like to help with the planning and organizing.
- We need host families for the pilgrims (for one or both nights).
- We need people willing to donate or help supply, serve food, beverages, etc.
- We need people to help with hospitality, especially if we host a large dinner. Also might need a driver or two to help transport pilgrims to and from a meeting spot.
- We need people willing to be pilgrims and walk!
If you would like to get involved in any of these aspects, please email Tricia Walz below.