What is a Pilgrimage?
A pilgrimage is a personal invitation from God. God’s call may vary but the purpose remains consistent: It is an individual summons to know God more fully. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to which the pilgrim joyfully responds “yes” to God’s invitation. It is a journey to a holy, sacred place to usher the pilgrim into the presence of God.
The pilgrim embarks on this journey with joyful anticipation, being willing to temporarily separate himself or herself from the world and to offer himself or herself more completely to prayer and meditation. A successful pilgrimage involves a commitment to leave behind one’s problems and to focus instead on seeking to learn more about our heavenly Father, making one’s heart full of desire for special graces, praises, petitions and thanksgiving, returning home transformed, renewed and restored by the abundant blessings received.
Places of Pilgrimages