500 Pilgrims for Mary
Pictures submitted by pilgrims so far this year
"Each year his [Jesus'] parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover..." (Luke 2:41)
Mary herself was a pilgrim each and every year, walking from Nazareth to Jerusalem. Surely, we can take some time during the month dedicated to her honor to walk with and for her. Sign up now to help us achieve our goal of 500 pilgrims for Mary this May!
You will receive invitations to our kickoff and concluding virtual events, a printed and a digital copy of this year's companion booklet, and the offer to have your prayers and intentions lifted up by our chaplain, Father Christopher Iwancio, OFM Cap., during his Mass on June 1st. We will update our pilgrim count and our map here continually, and we invite you to share in the experience on social media by tagging us in any posts about your pilgrimage (@ModernCatholicPilgrim) as well by following along with others' journeys on Facebook and Instagram.
What is it?
It is an opportunity to take part in one of the Catholic Church's oldest prayer traditions, walked pilgrimage, without having to take weeks or months to travel great lengths to become a pilgrim. Instead, using MCP's resources and joining the community this May, you can be a pilgrim wherever you are.
Building on the success of last year's 300 Pilgrimages for Mary, which saw 349 pilgrimages get made across 80+ cities, 35 states, and 6 countries, MCP is hosting 500 Pilgrims for Mary to get hundreds of pilgrims on the road across the U.S. and beyond to honor Mary throughout her month of May.
How do I make a pilgrimage for Mary?
Many of us have never made a pilgrimage and hearing the word can conjure up images of medieval knights, faraway places, and a need for a lot of theological knowledge. In reality, a pilgrimage is one of the simplest and most accessible forms of prayer the Catholic faith has to offer. Do you have prayers and intentions you would like to bring to Mary? Do you have somewhere near you where you feel close to Mary? Carry those intentions in your heart as you walk to that destination, then lift them up to Mary when you get there, and you have made a pilgrimage.
Last year, we had pilgrims walk to local parishes, shrines, and cathedrals. We also had pilgrims walk into their backyards, out to scenic spots near their homes, and elsewhere. If you choose a specific place to walk to in order to lift prayers and intentions to Mary, then you are a pilgrim, and it doesn't matter if you're in Rome, Italy or Rome, Indiana, or anywhere else.
A digital copy of the companion booklet and a growing number of videos are available below the pilgrim counter and map.
Can I make the pilgrimage as part of a group?
Of course! Outdoor pilgrimage is one of the safest ways to gather in prayer right now as long as people respect CDC guidelines and local regulations. We've put together a toolkit to help you encourage others to take part in your pilgrimage.
Why the name change from last year?
The name of our organization is Modern Catholic Pilgrim, not Modern Catholic Pilgrimage. In reviewing last year's project and preparing for this year's, we determined it best to honor our focus on each individual pilgrim's experience by making the name change. It is our hope to annually increase the goal for number of pilgrims to the point where we are seeking hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to walk for Our Lady during May.
Pilgrims for Mary
Never made a walked pilgrimage before, or want to dive deeper than you have before? Use our pilgrimage guide tailored to walking for Mary in addition to watching the videos below. More general pilgrimage resources are on the "Resources" page.
Pictures of Mary submitted by pilgrims