Our pilgrimage to the Shrines of France begins in Lourdes, one of the most popular destinations for pilgrims in the world. We will pray in the grotto where the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette Soubirous and revealed herself as “ the Immaculate Conception.” I invite you to bring all of your intentions to Mary, mother of our earthly pilgrimage.
Our journey will continue to Chartres, the Marian shrine that houses the tunic that the virgin Mary wore at the birth of Christ. We will visit Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, one of France’s most stunning places of pilgrimage. We will also visit the beaches of Normandy to pray and remember those who lost their lives there, those who served our country in World War II, and for those who presently serve us in the armed forces ensuring us the freedom we have today.
We will meet saints you heard about growing up. Learn more about one of the most devoted lovers of the Blessed virgin Mary, St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. Pray in the chapel where Marian apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré in Paris led to the devotion of the Miraculous Medal. This pilgrimage will allow these saints to inspire you all the more as we see and visit the places that they lived and experience culture that surrounded them. on a pilgrimage we not only pray with each other and are united at the Table of the Lord through the Eucharist at the sacrifice of the Mass, but we also share the food, drink, and culture of the region.
Please prayerfully consider joining Franciscan University of Steubenville on a holy pilgrimage that will bless you and bring you abundant grace.