Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington, D.C.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge and the faithful of the Diocese will embark on the third Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 2014. “With our nation and the Diocese of Raleigh dedicated to Our Blessed Mother under this title, it is only good and proper that we should make a pilgrimage to Her National Shrine,” said Bishop Burbidge.
This year the faithful will have the opportunity to make this pilgrimage part of the journey through Lent. The one-day pilgrimage promises to be rich in worship, prayer and exploration.
Pilgrims will gather for Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Upper Church of the Basilica, with Bishop Burbidge as the principal celebrant and homilist. Following Mass, the Bishop will commission the pilgrims on their journey.
Prayer will be abundant on this day! Pilgrims will have the opportunity to pray the Rosary in multiple languages in various National Chapels, attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Crypt Church, and walk with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross.
This is a special time for the Diocesan family to explore and discover the 30+ magnificent shrines and chapels of the Basilica. Because there is so much to see, this year will feature a scavenger hunt designed to be fun and educational as pilgrims experience the Shrine.
Father John McGee, O.S.F.S., pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington, is serving as the chair of the Pilgrimage and will be working with parishes to coordinate travel arrangements. A catered lunch will be provided.
Contact Diogenes Ruiz 919-847-8205×271 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrimage to Franciscan Italy
Tradition – Mission – Contemplation
August 31 – September 12, 2014
Pilgrims will join Fr. Mark to reflect upon Franciscan Tradition, Mission, and Contemplation while wandering the hillside cities of Italy. Prior to the pilgrimage, a series of gatherings will be held to share information about the Franciscan sites we will visit and to learn more about our patron saint, his tradition, his mission, and his contemplative relationship with God.
To learn more or submit your deposit, contact: Joan Port, 919-847-8205×249 or click here for the brochure.