Answering Christ’s call, we guide people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life.
We are staff, volunteers, intercessors, and benefactors; answering Christ’s call to be missionaries of hope!
Pilgrim Center of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Catholic ministry, sustained by prayers and financial donations from businesses & private individuals.
Relationship with the Local Diocese: Pilgrim Center of Hope has the full blessing of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS. (See our episcopal endorsements.) While we work closely with the Archdiocese on a number of projects, PCH is not an office of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Called at the Sea
Our founders, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, share our story…
Jesus said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.”
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.
Gospel of John 21:6
What We Do
Pilgrim Center of Hope continues to “cast the net” out into the world…
Ministry of Pilgrimages
This Ministry of Pilgrimages builds up the Body of Christ by organizing and leading authentic journeys of faith that renew and inspire people to live every day as pilgrims.
Spiritual Passports to Sacred Destinations
Interactive presentations bringing holy sites and a ‘mini pilgrimage’ experience adapted to parishes, schools, and other local settings
Journeys of Hope
Weekly radio program & podcast taking you to a pilgrim destination and applying it to your daily journey of hope
Ministry of Conferences
Catholic Women’s Conference
Catholic Men’s Conference
Fostering an appreciation for the personal dignity of women & men, encouraging them to know and love God, and inspiring them to use their gifts for the transformation of family and society
Catholic Seniors’ Conference
Fostering an appreciation for the personal dignity of women & men in the later years of life, encouraging them, and inspiring them to continue sharing their wisdom and gifts
PCH Speaker Team
Serving parishes, groups, etc., to teach, encourage, and challenge on the daily journey of faith
Evenings with Mary
A mini Marian conference leading individuals, couples, and families to a deeper relationship with Christ by promoting an awareness of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in God’s plan
Socials with the Saints
Gatherings that inspire individuals in their daily pilgrimage by introducing them to companions on the journey; the Communion of Saints
A ministry of broadcast, print, and digital media connecting our pilgrimage of daily life with the faith and teachings of the Catholic Church
The Pilgrim Log – (Weekly blog) Spiritual inspiration
Living Catholicism – (Monthly column in archdiocesan newspaper) Applying Church teaching to practical living
Journey with Jesus – Series of short videos with an encouraging message & a lesson to apply to daily life
Meet Mary – Series of short videos incorporating lessons from the example and virtues of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, with a lesson of hope for daily life
Peregrinos en Acción
Spanish-language day retreats and training parish groups in evangelization
Name & Logo
The highly symbolic name “Pilgrim Center of Hope” represents the Church in its journey of faith to the New Jerusalem, eternal life. PCH is an exemplary answer to the universal call to take responsibility for missionary activity in building up the body of Christ.
A role model for those involved with this apostolate is St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Her life and teaching demonstrate the close bond between mission and contemplation. In fact, there can be no mission without a life of intense prayer and communion with the Lord and His sacrifice on the Cross. The following quote from St. Thérèse appears on PCH’s Chapel door: “The Creator of the Universe awaits the prayer of a little soul to save other souls.”
Pilgrim Center of Hope’s logo elements:
- Ship — the Church on her pilgrim journey
- Chi Ro (“PX”) — Christ Jesus, head of the Church
- Open Sail — docility to the Holy Spirit
- Water — ‘waves’ of turmoil and calm in our lives
- Star — Mary, Star of Evangelization, guiding the pilgrim Church through her intercessory prayer
- People — all of humanity
- Pope — Vicar of Christ, guiding the ship
Pilgrim Center of Hope, Inc., holds the same safeguarding policy as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Safeguarding means taking all reasonable steps to prevent harm, particularly sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment from occurring; to protect people, especially vulnerable adults and children, from that harm; and to respond appropriately when harm does occur.