A Mission of Hope for 30 Years
Impact Report for the Calendar Year 2023
Thirty years of work and faithfulness to our mission has resulted in these accomplishments for the year 2023.
As of 2023 year-end, over 21,500 people in Texas had been directly served by PCH.
Supported by Prayer
Each day, 114 committed Intercessor Volunteers pray for our work.
Our ministry & media impacted people in 63 countries around the world in 2023.
In 2023, we personally called 97 urban churches and 47 rural and mission churches in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, learning about their faith formation staff and welcoming them to partake in resources at no cost or low cost (donation-based) to support their evangelizing mission.
Creating Encounters with Christ
TX Mission Council 2023 Feb
We helped form 40 Texas diocesan and organizational leaders for evangelization at this conference.
Boerne Public 2023 Feb
Nearly 1000 of various faith backgrounds and ages participated in a 3-day parish mission, exhibition about the Shroud of Turin & Passion of Christ in Boerne, TX
Educator Formation 2023 Feb
Provided spiritual formation for Central Catholic High School faculty & staff
Homeschool Retreat 2023 Feb
Inspired & educated Homeschool Co-Op students and parents for the Lenten season
Pearsall Women 2023 Mar
Presented on spiritual renewal for Immaculate Heart of Mary parish Women's Conference in Pearsall, TX
Shroud Mission 2023 Apr
About 85 of various faith backgrounds attended parish mission presentations about the Shroud of Turin & Passion of Christ at Holy Trinity parish in San Antonio
Montana CWC 2023 Apr
Presented at Catholic Women's Conference in Helena, Montana
Senior Enrichment 2023 May
Gave local seniors "A Journey to the Holy Land" to enrich their relationship with Christ
Castroville Shroud 2023 May
About 150 people of various faith backgrounds and ages participated in a 2-day exhibition about the Shroud of Turin & Passion of Christ at Castroville, TX community center
Pearsall Men 2023 Aug
Led retreat for Immaculate Heart of Mary parish Men's ACTS Core Team in Pearsall, TX
Uvalde Women 2023 Dec
Supported over 100 women in healing at Sacred Heart parish's Women's Advent Retreat
Guadalupe Event 2023 Dec
Spiritual presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe during Feast Day Celebration at St. Jerome Church in Martinez, TX
Connecting Faith & Reason
Our "Who Is the Man of the Shroud?" exhibition at Pilgrim Center of Hope opened to the public in 2023.
Public Exhibition Open
"Who Is the Man of the Shroud?" exhibition open Fridays 10am-4pm welcomed about 200 visitors May thru December 2023.
Trained 8 Shroud Ambassadors to serve as missionary disciple volunteers at PCH and in community
Partnered with St. Anthony Claret parish RCIA to support catechumens & candidates, and presented 3 parish missions in 2023
Began hosting parish groups for special presentations on the Shroud of Turin
1000+ additional views of "Who Is the Man of the Shroud?" video episodes in 2023
Hosted a Morning of Reflection about the Shroud & Passion of Christ attended by people of various ages & faiths
Building Up Individuals, Families
Gave retreat for Women of the Chapel, Randolph Air Force Base
Guided 230 men into a personal encounter with Christ, deeper understanding of the Mass & vocation
Encouraged 129 senior citizens in their unique contributions to their communities & the Body of Christ
Led 649 women to healing encounters with Christ & presentations for spiritual renewal
Prayer for Holy Land
Hosted a prayer service for Holy Land peace at the start of the 2023 war
Parish Staff Retreat
Provided Advent retreat for Prince of Peace parish staff
Monthly Saint Events
Hosted monthly Socials with the Saints to introduce inspiring role models of faith to 51 individuals of varying ages & backgrounds
Mornings of Reflection
Renewed 45 persons over three Mornings of Reflection at our Center
Hope Without Boundaries
Our audio podcast content received over 5,700 downloads in 2023.
Our video content received over 38,500 views in 2023.
Ministry Leader Webinars
In 2023, we began a webinar series to connect parish & ministry leaders with resources for their mission.
We produced a weekly radio hour "Journeys of Hope" on Guadalupe Radio Network stations in South Texas.
Our news updates & articles were included in San Antonio Express-News and regional & Catholic newspapers around Texas. Today's Catholic also featured our monthly "Living Catholicism" column.
Social Media & Email
Inspired, informed & gave hope to thousands through various social media platforms and emails
A Place of Refreshment
In 2023, we received significant contributions that allowed us to build a parking lot -- to accommodate our increasing number of visitors, as well as extensive landscaping, irrigation for flowers and trees, and a general face-lift of the entire property.
Irrigation & Landscaping
Stations of the Cross
Relocated Stations of the Cross and created a walking path around the Prayer Garden
Relocated relics to a dedicated niche with pamphlet about saints & relic veneration
Building Up the Body of Christ
Pilgrim Center of Hope built up the Body of Christ in 2023 through three authentic journeys of faith, with small groups who are now sharing the fruits of their experience in their communities.
Holy Land Pilgrimage 2023 Feb/Mar
Pilgrim Testimonial: "Our pilgrimage was truly the most spiritual and moving trip we could have hoped to make. A true lifetime experience that rejuvenated our focus on Jesus and His life of sacrifice."
Holy Land Pilgrimage 2023 May/Jun
Pilgrim Testimonial: "I cannot tell you how much the pilgrimage with you this spring to the Holy Land has meant to us. God opened another dimension of his presence to me as I walked in the footsteps of Jesus with all our sisters and brothers."
Marian Pilgrimage 2023 Aug
Pilgrim Testimonial: "I hoped for a fruitful experience. What I received was a spiritual encounter that words cannot express adequately."
Celebrating thirty years in 2023, Pilgrim Center of Hope had our anniversary celebration "Rejoice In Hope" and raised 100% of the event's fundraising goal to create a solid foundation for the coming year's ministry.
Our donors demonstrated their confidence in our mission with a 67% increase in Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) donations from 2022-2023.
I know that you have assisted so many to become closer in relationship with our Lord, the Saints and in knowledge of our Catholic Faith. We hold the Pilgrim Center of Hope Team in prayer and trust that our Lord will continue to guide your good work.
- Supporter Testimony