Walking Together: Louisville
3rd Annual Pilgrimage for Racial Justice

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“[I]f we walk and talk and work and play and stand together in Jesus’ name – we’ll be who we say we are – truly Catholic.”

- Sister Thea Bowman

Modern Catholic Pilgrim and the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Multicultural Ministry invite all of Kentucky “to walk together” regarding racial justice and to build on the success of A Cry from the Mountain, last year’s pilgrimage that saw Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bishop John Stowe, Bishop Emeritus Edward Braxton, and over one hundred local Catholics take part in events over the course of three days. An article about that pilgrimage can be found here.

This year, a pilgrims’ blessing prayer service will be held at one of Louisville’s historically Black Catholic parishes on Friday evening, October 15th, from 5:30-6:30pm. All are invited to take part, even those who cannot attend the pilgrimage on Saturday, to receive a special pilgrim’s blessing and to pray together for justice and reconciliation in Louisville.

On Saturday, October 16th, people participating in the Pilgrimage for Racial Justice will begin gathering at 10:00am at the Cathedral of the Assumption for a 10:30am opening prayer. Then, pilgrims will be led by students from Presentation Academy along the pilgrimage route of just over a mile toward their school. Along the way, those students will take time to discuss the history of racial justice in Louisville in connection with the experience of Mother Catherine Spalding and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth whose motherhouse is just outside Bardstown.

The pilgrimage will end in prayer at Presentation Academy’s gym around 11:30am before food and fellowship are shared by all. Then, the afternoon will be given over to a panel conversation and to our keynote speaker, Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow.


Dr. Bellow is the Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. The Institute is the first and the primary national center for the study of the Black Catholic experience. She will speak starting at 2pm. After time for questions and reflection, we will conclude with Mass at 4pm.

Please, use this link to register for the prayer service Friday and/or the events on Saturday.

Participants are welcome to join for any and all of the weekend. Goodwill offerings will be collected Friday and Saturday. A donation of $10 is suggested per adult with children and students attending for free. Donations can be made here: 


2022 Schedule

Friday, September 23rd

5:30-6:30pm - Pilgrims' Blessing Prayer Service at a local Black Catholic Parish

Saturday, October 16th

10:30am - Opening Prayer at the Cathedral

10:45-11:30am - Pilgrims walk to Presentation Academy

11:30-11:45am - Prayer

11:45am-12:30pm - Food and Fellowship

12:30 - 1:30pm - Panel Discussion

1:30-1:45pm - Break

1:45pm-3:30pm - Keynote by Dr. Bellow

3:30-4:00pm - Break / Prepare for Mass

4:00pm - Closing Mass

Pictures from Previous Pilgrimage Events

Pilgrims Gather at the Cathedral 2021
Pilgrims Gather at the Cathedral 2021

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Dr. Dorsey Bellow Gives the 2021 Keynote
Dr. Dorsey Bellow Gives the 2021 Keynote

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Closing Mass - Louisville 2020
Closing Mass - Louisville 2020

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Pilgrims Gather at the Cathedral 2021
Pilgrims Gather at the Cathedral 2021

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