Through prayerful discernment we have founded a new initiative that is one-of-a-kind: the Ministry of Pilgrimages. The Ministry takes what the Pilgrim Center of Hope already does so well—offer encounters with Christ through pilgrimages—and expands it. The Ministry will offer international and local pilgrimages, as well as presentations to parishes, organizations and schools.
‘Coming on board ship’ are 11 individuals, who are now Group Leaders who will be leading future pilgrimages for the Pilgrim Center of Hope. These 11 men and women have committed to an in-depth and extensive formation that is both practical and spiritual. Because of their commitment to the Pilgrim Center of Hope’s mission, we can now offer many more pilgrimages throughout the year, bringing many more people to encounters with Christ.
We are now also able to offer local pilgrimages. So many people tell us they want the pilgrimage experience but cannot travel outside San Antonio. This answers that need. We look forward to planning customized, local pilgrimages that explore San Antonio’s rich Catholic heritage! The San Antonio Missions and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower are just a few possibilities.
The Ministry will also offer unique presentations to groups, parishes, schools, etc., by bringing ways to experience pilgrim locations like the Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes, etc. directly to their location.’
Archbishop Gustavo has encouraged this effort, and has already charged us with work on local pilgrimages. Please keep this effort in prayer! Contact us if you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting mission as a volunteer — or if you are interested in a presentation or pilgrimage for your group!