Pilgrimage Routes

Below are the pilgrimage routes that already have committed hosts from our hospitality network. We have listed the mileage, expected number of days on the road, and elevation chart for the routes. Contact us if at all interested in making a pilgrimage along one of these routes.

Lexington to the Abbey of Gethsemani


4-5 days, 76 miles

This route takes the pilgrim through much of the beauty of bluegrass Kentucky including a marvel of a bridge over the Kentucky River and into land reminiscent of Ireland. It also allows for the opportunity to attend Mass at the former seat of the first diocese west of the Alleghenies, Bardstown, KY. Of course, the highlight of the pilgrimage is arriving at the Abbey of Gethsemani where one receives the hospitality of the Trappist monks who live there and has the opportunity to pray with the monks while taking part in the silence of the Abbey grounds. Finally, one can visit the grave of Thomas Merton, the MCP unofficial saint of pilgrims.

Louisville to the Abbey of Gethsemani


3 days, 52 miles

This route begins at the exact point where Merton had his famous revelation in downtown Louisville. It also passes through Bardstown as well as passes by the motherhouse for the Sisters of Nazareth.

Mission San Diego de Alcala to Mission San Luis Rey


3 days, 50 miles

This route brings together the first mission founded by the Franciscans in what was then Alta California and the "King of the Missions." The pilgrim gets to pass along the coast between missions.

Mission San Luis Rey to Mission San Juan Capistrano


2-3 days, 43 miles

This route brings together the  "King of the Missions" and Mission San Juan Capistrano, which has the oldest standing building in California where Father Junipero Serra said Mass. The pilgrim gets to pass along the coast between missions. The route crosses a Marine base which is not always accessible.

Mission Dolores to Mission Santa Clara


2-3 days, 46 miles

This route brings together the  beautiful Mission Dolores in the heart of San Francisco and Mission Santa Clara situated at the heart of Santa Clara University's campus.

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As a project developed by lay Catholics, Modern Catholic Pilgrim works to allow people to experience pilgrimage and hospitality in the Catholic tradition here in the United States. It is a Catholic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in San Diego, CA.

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