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A Journey to Pompeii, Italy

Let’s go to Italy! Continuing our celebration of the Month of Mary, come along with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox on an audio pilgrimage to the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, located in Pompeii, Italy.  Today, the sanctuary also known as Our Lady of Pompeii attracts not only religious pilgrims but also a large number of tourists drawn by its beauty.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which destroyed Pompeii
  •  The painting of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is venerated at the Pontifical Shrine
  • St. Bartolo Longo, a former Satanic priest who became a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and is an important figure in the Basilica’s history

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Dian Coleman in memory of Ronald Coleman, who made this podcast episode possible.


WHERE to TUNE IN:

Live – Wed., May 18 @ 8:00 PM CDT

Guadalupe Radio Network (South/Central Texas Stations)

Listen to the archived audio recording on our website, ASAP beginning the next day; will also be available on major podcast apps – search for “Journeys of Hope.”


Jewel for the Journey:

“The Rosary is the prayer dearest to Mary, most loved by the Saints, most frequently used by Christian peoples, most honored by God with astounding wonders, most enriched with great promises, by the Virgin.” – Blessed Bartolo Longo


A Closer Look at Our Lady of Pompeii:

Pictures coming soon!


Supplication to the Queen of the Holy Rosary by Blessed Bartolo Longo

This prayer is a fitting way for us to conclude and to pray for those who, like Blessed Bartolo once was, are still caught under the bondage of Satanism and the occult.

St. Bartolo Longo

Sign Of The Cross

O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain that unites us to God, bond of love that unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you. You are our comfort in the hour of death. May the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, on earth and in heaven.”Jesus, we thank you for giving us your mother, who is our Heavenly Mother!

Amen.


Where is Our Lady of Pompeii?

Everyday Prophecy

Today I had the privilege of being a prophet . . . twice!

It was not the future vision type of prophecy, nor the ‘have a medal struck’ or ‘institute a feast day’ type of prophecy. It was just an ordinary, everyday prophecy as the Catechism of the Catholic  Church explains,

“Through the prophets, God forms his people in the hope of salvation, in the expectation of a new and everlasting Covenant intended for all, to be written on their hearts,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 64).

These are lofty words for what I am calling everyday prophecy, and though I made up the name, the belief is founded solidly on our Catholic teaching that through Baptism,

“we are anointed by the Holy Spirit, incorporated into Christ who is anointed priest, prophet, and king,” (CCC, no. 1241).

Through this anointing, Christians are given the charism (special gift) of prophecy to act on promptings of the Holy Spirit to help build up the Church, one soul to another. This understanding was proclaimed by the bishops of the Second Vatican Council in the Document on the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church titled, Lumen Gentium (Light to the Nations). They wrote,

“It is not only through the sacraments and the ministries of the Church that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and leads the people of God and enriches it with virtues, but, “allotting his gifts to everyone according as He wills, He distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank. By these gifts He makes them fit and ready to undertake the various tasks and offices which contribute toward the renewal and building up of the Church, according to the words of the Apostle: “The manifestation of the Spirit is given to everyone for profit, (LG, 12).”

Spreading Hope

Here are two experiences that challenged me to respond to my baptismal anointing to help build up the Church:

  1. On my way out the door this morning to attend Mass, I grabbed a Rosary bracelet given to me that was touched to the Tomb of Christ during a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It sat on my dresser since I got it, but for some unknown reason this morning, I picked it up and put it on my wrist. When I arrived at Church, I came face-to-face with a woman coming out of the restroom as I was going in. I asked how she was doing. She told me she was going in for a life-threatening surgery next week and asked for prayers. While I was sitting in Adoration before Mass a thought came, ‘Give her the Rosary bracelet.’ With this thought, I looked up at the Blessed Sacrament and the words to share with her came pouring into my heart, “Tell her whatever happens, I am with her. She will receive new life in Me.” I got up, found her sitting in a pew, and did as I was told. With my task complete, I left her so she could have time alone to thank the Lord for his gifts.
  2. An opportunity came from someone through whom I received the grace of a miracle healing over a decade ago. How she was able to connect with me after such a long time I knew could only be the work of the Holy Spirit, so when she told me she needed my help with a writing project, I went to see her. As she spoke, I prayed quietly to the Holy Spirit to guide me on how to help her as my writing schedule is already full of writing deadlines. As I listened, the truth she needed to hear came to my lips, “What you have written is good, ” I said, “I believe you are being tempted to doubt yourself.” I could tell by how she immediately closed her eyes, bowed her head, clasped her hands in prayer, and whispered, “Thank you, Lord,” this was exactly what she needed to hear, and all that was required of me. I thanked God with her for as the bishops state further in Lumen Gentium,

“These charisms, whether they be the more outstanding or the more simple and widely diffused, are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation for they are perfectly suited to and useful for the needs of the Church, (LG, 12).”

All that acting on these promptings of the Holy Spirit cost me was one Rosary bracelet I can have replaced (a perk at working at Pilgrim Center of Hope!) and an hour and half of my time. What I received was so much more . . . the profound blessing of collaborating with God to build up his Church.

Knowing When To Act

It is a challenge to know if a thought to act comes from the Holy Spirit. As Jesus tells us in regard to the Holy Spirit,

“The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit, (John 3:8).”

If the thought prompts you to help, console or encourage another, it is worth the risk.

A quick prayer to offer before you act, “Come Holy Spirit, help me do Your Will and only your Will.” Then go!


Nan Balfour is a grateful Catholic whose greatest desire is to make our Lord Jesus more loved. She seeks to accomplish this through her vocation to womanhood, marriage, motherhood, and as a writer, speaker and events coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Breakfast, The Sacraments, And An Easter Season Lesson

Happy Easter!

This time of the church calendar, we get to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also get to hear the stories of His time when he walked on earth in His resurrected form. Jesus, fully God and fully man, gave hope to the apostles and disciples that their faith was not in vain.

Sometimes, we find the most simple yet profound verses in scripture, like this one from the Gospel this past Sunday.

“Jesus said to them, ‘Come, have breakfast.’” (John 21:12).

We are often invited to put ourselves in the scripture verses, and I personally, being a follower of Jesus and a big breakfast fan, am more than happy to reflect on this short verse.

Into The Scripture Verse

The joy of Easter, the hope of the resurrection, and the full realization that Jesus is with us, eating breakfast with me, with you. Can you imagine the early morning smell of a new day, or the birds chirping their morning greetings as the water in the Sea of Galilee peacefully moves in the background?

Jesus was physically present with his disciples.  He stood on the earth after having been dead and resurrected. His wounds always present in his body, the wounds that show the love he has for humanity.

We believe in the resurrection of the body. Thus, our bodies are not simply vehicles to store our souls, but in themselves have value. We are body and soul. This time of Easter helps us to see the importance that Jesus placed on his body. Allowing himself to be seen physically by his apostles. Eating together and allowing all the senses to play a role in helping us be present with Him. This is similar to the physical reality of the Sacraments.

Sacraments Lead to Renewal

St. Augustine states that the Sacraments are,

“the visible form of an invisible grace.”

When we see all the external factors of water, oil, or the laying of the hands, we know these physical objects and actions lead to deep interior renewal. This is especially true with the bread and wine, becoming fully the Body and Blood of Christ. This is a church that exists in the physical world but communicates spiritual realities.

Understanding Is the Key To Hope

This Easter season helps me to remember that my body and my soul have value. Jesus, our supreme teacher, gave us the key to understanding the role of our flesh and blood: to be given in service and love for another. To be present for others, as Jesus was present with his disciples when he had breakfast with them.

Soon we will celebrate when Jesus ascended into heaven. But until that time, we will continue hearing stories about Jesus walking on earth. Let us continue our reflections in the readings, and let us hope to be the physical reality of God’s love for others. Body and soul.


Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: “Awkwardness does not exist.”

Keeping Faith Like St. Peter

No one likes to look at their shortcomings. We want to be good, or at least have the appearance of good in front of others.

Scripture does not allow this with St. Peter. His many stumbles and foot-in-the-mouth occasions have been read about, studied, and preached about for over 2000 years.  How embarrassing!

Joking aside, these blunders of St. Peter are actually of great benefit to us because they teach us what is important to God, and it is not about never making mistakes or getting things right all the time.

Jesus tells Peter,

“[…] I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers, (Luke 22:31-32).”

Jesus Prays For You

This is one of my favorite verses in the Gospel because in these few words so much is revealed about what God expects of us  . . . and it is so different from what we usually think.

Jesus tells Peter here that he has prayed for him. Do you ever consider that Jesus prays for you?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 2602) tells us, “Jesus often draws apart to pray in solitude, on a mountain, preferably at night. He includes all men in his prayer, for he has taken on humanity in his incarnation, and he offers them to the Father when he offers himself.” As our high priest, this prayer remains Eternal, and it includes you and me.

Can We Relate to Peter?

Consider again Jesus to Peter, […] I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.Ouch! How often Peter must have contemplated these words of His Lord. At the time, he paid them little mind because his response was pure bravado,

“Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you, (Luke 22:33).”

And once you have turned back . . . these are the words of Jesus that should give us such hope. He knows us! He knows we will fail in our prayers, in our almsgiving, and in our acts of charity. By this time our great plans for growing spiritually through Lent, our bravado, may have failed but our faith endures. If we believe Jesus is the Son of God, then our faith has not failed, and the Father has answered Jesus’ prayer for us.

Let’s look again at Peter. After our Lord’s Passion and Death, we find him leaving Jerusalem and returning to his former life of fishing. He must have assumed he really messed up this time. No way is Jesus giving him the keys to the kingdom. Yet what happens? Jesus comes to Peter asking him three times to match Peter’s three denials if he loves him. Jesus is reminding Peter what matters to God is our faith. Peter responds three times,

“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you, (John 21:17).”

Strengthened By St. Peter’s Words and Faith

If you have stumbled this Lent, turn back and be strengthened in the faith and words of St. Peter, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls, (1Peter 3-9).”


Nan Balfour is a grateful Catholic whose greatest desire is to make our Lord Jesus more loved. She seeks to accomplish this through her vocation to womanhood, marriage, motherhood, and as a writer, speaker and events coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral – New York, NY

This week, our journey takes us to The Big Apple! Come on a journey with our Media Production Assistant, Jason Nunez, as we spiritually travel to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This is not the St. Patrick’s Cathedral you may be thinking about. The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is one of the most historic churches in the United States.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Learn about the history of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and the cemetery located on its grounds.
  • Hear about the life of Bishop Joseph John Hughes.
  • And what lies beneath this pilgrim destination?

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Veronica Leal in honor of Deacon Dan McShane, who made this podcast episode possible.


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Jewel for the Journey:

Here’s to a long life and a merry one. – St. Patrick


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A Closer Look at Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral:


Safe, Protected, and Happy

One beautiful aspect of our human experience is that even the smallest moments can be invitations to reflect on our relationship with God. One such experience was finding our dog named “Friday.”

My wife found a dog walking along the side of the road, in danger of being run over. So, she pulled the car aside and called out for the dog, not knowing if he would listen and come to her. Surprisingly, he followed. This puppy with no chip, no collar, and after weeks of searching, no family, came to be ours by a simple request from my wife, “Come.”

I often think of what may have happened to our dog if my wife didn’t stop and invite him to escape the danger of the road. Maybe he would have been hit by a car, maybe attacked by another animal, homeless, or be put to sleep in a shelter. But now that he followed my wife, he is with us, at our home. He is safe, protected, and happy, and so are we.

You Are Loved

Even that little moment helped me reflect on God’s love. For God calls us, meets us where we are at, and calls us to greater love and communion. I think of my dog and compare myself to him. When I am lost, afraid, not knowing the next steps in life, I think of God meeting me, responding in love to my concerns, and asking me to trust Him completely. Then He simply invites me to follow. I could turn away, keep walking a dangerous path, or I can respond to God’s call and follow Him.

Trusting in the Lord can be difficult, for it requires us at times to abandon the path we are on, to face ridicule, to feel alone from the world. But in our Lord’s loving arms, we find true peace and joy. Nothing in the world can ever satisfy what our hearts desires most: to be united with our creator.

Every day, I’m grateful for God’s invitation to follow Him. As we continue this Lenten journey, I invite you to reflect on the moments in life that help you better understand God’s love.


Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: Awkwardness does not exist

The Unconditional Love of the Father

The Parable of the Lost Son found in the Gospel of Luke (15:11-32), is often referred to as the prodigal son because it seems to focus on the behavior of the younger son, but there is much more to reflect on here. Certainly, we see how the selfishness of the younger son drew him into deeper sin that eventually brought him to the point of despair. He set aside the love of his father and the security of his home to satisfy his attraction to pleasure and self-indulgence. He even asked for an inheritance that was not rightfully his until his father died. It is as if he was saying to his father, my inheritance is more important to me than you are.

It was not until he ran out of money that he was able to see the tragedy of his choice. When he began to starve, he remembered how good he had it before he left home. His repentance was not of the best of motives because his main reason for returning home was to satisfy his hunger. However, he did confess that he no longer deserved to be called his father’s son and was willing to be treated as a servant.

The most important person in this parable is the father. Even though he was treated with disrespect, he longed for his son to return. As the Gospel of Luke (15:20) states,

“While he (the younger son) was a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was moved with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.”

He restored his son to the position he had before he left. This is an image of our heavenly Father’s unconditional love for us. No matter what we have done he longs for us to return to him and renew our relationship with him. For this renewal to happen, like the younger son, we must have a contrite heart and return to God so that we can experience his unconditional love. He never stops loving us, but when removing ourselves from him through sin, we do not have a sense of his loving presence. We lose sight of the plan he has for us and become sad, even hopeless.

Meanwhile, when the older son hears the reason for the celebration, he becomes angry because his brother is welcomed back after such a shameful departure. His jealousy prevents him from sharing his father’s joy at the return of his brother. It seems he would rather his brother continue to suffer the consequences for his selfish behavior, which of course is selfish behavior also. His father tries to convince him of how much he is loved and wants him to share in the joy of his brother’s return.

Putting Yourself in the Parable

Which of the three characters in this parable can you identify with? How about the younger son? Have you ever made a selfish decision that hurt someone else deeply? If so, did you return to ask forgiveness? The best reason for reconciliation is not that we find ourselves desperate like the younger son, but because our conscience tells us it is the right thing to do. Unless we have allowed our heart to become hardened, we cannot be at peace with our self when we know we have been unjust.

Maybe we can relate to the older son who allowed his jealousy to blind him of the joy his father wanted him to share in. Jealousy does not allow us to recognize our own gifts and talents and prevents us from becoming what God wants us to be. Like selfishness, jealousy can cause us to be unhappy and hopeless.

The purpose of the parable is for us to recognize the unconditional love of the father. I personally have been able to relate to both the younger and the older sons at different times in my life. I have also been able to forgive myself and others and develop a desire to love God above all things and my neighbor as myself for the love of God. We all are on a journey and what we were yesterday and what we are today should not be the same as what we will be tomorrow.

How Can You Experience God’s, Unconditional Love?

Hopefully, this parable will convince us of the unconditional love of our heavenly Father, and what we can do to experience that love. It is especially in the sacrament of reconciliation that we experience the love and forgiveness of God. As the father waited for the return of his son, so does Jesus wait for us in the confessional. We confess our sins to Jesus through his priest and Jesus forgives our sins through his priest. When we hear the priest say, “I absolve you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” we can know we are forgiven by God, and just like the prodigal son, we are restored to our dignity as a child of God.


Deacon Tom FoxK.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with his wife, Mary Jane Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Deacon Tom is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

San Salvador Cathedral & St. Oscar Romero – El Salvador

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana to El Salvador! Explore the San Salvador Cathedral and come to know more about St. Oscar Romero, the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador! To help guide us on our spiritual pilgrimage is Fr. Richard Samour, Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • What is the Cathedral of El Salvador like, and what is its place in world history?
  • Why is the life of St. Oscar Romero so meaningful in world history, and why do people of many backgrounds revere him?
  • What does St. Romero’s life teach us about living as believers in today’s world?
  • Much more!

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Patricia Brown, who made this podcast episode possible.


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Guest Information

Fr. Richard Samour

Pastor of St. Clare Catholic Church in San Antonio, TX. He is a native of El Salvador and was baptized by St. Oscar Romero. Fr. Samour served as a member of a delegation organized by the San Salvadoran archdiocese that was present at the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Vatican City on October 14, 2018. Oscar  Romero’s life and teachings were instrumental in Samour’s personal faith journey.

 

 


Jewel for the Journey

God’s best microphone is Christ, and Christ’s best microphone is the Church, and the Church is all of you. – St. Oscar Romero


A Closer Look at San Salvador Cathedral:


Quotations from Archbishop Romero’s Homilies highlighted by Fr. Samour

“It is very easy to be a servant of the word without disturbing the world: a very spiritualized word, a word without any commitment to history, a word that can sound in any part of the world because it belongs to no part of the world. A word like that creates no problems. What starts conflicts and persecutions, what marks the genuine church, is the word that, burning like the word of the prophets, proclaims and accuses … This is the hard service of the word. But God’s Spirit goes with the prophet, with the preacher, for he is Christ, who keeps on proclaiming his reign to the people of all times.”

Sermon I: +”Live simply and justly in solidarity with the poor and marginalized and be a good neighbor. Make no war on them, rather, be one with them in spirit, truth, and love.”

Sermon II: +”Hear the truth when it is spoken to you. Discern the signs of the times and speak truth –to power, to the people, and to the Church.”

Sermon III: +”Make injustice visible –witness, remember, teach, proclaim, tell. Light candles, do not curse the darkness.”

Sermon IV: +”Protect the poor and powerless–listen, learn, educate, organize, empower participation, and respect life from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.”

Sermon V: +”Work for reconciliation with truth, evangelism, catechesis, orthopraxis. Sermon VI: +Celebrate life, goodness, beauty, virtue, responsibility, and joy. Practice peace, non-violence, servant leadership, harmony, community, voluntary cooperation, and the proper stewardship of God’s creation. Pray without ceasing.”

Sermon VII: +” Ensure fair distribution, subsidiarity, economic opportunity, justice, and food security for everyone everywhere.”


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Rising Above The Temptation To Fear

Everyday we encounter numerous temptations. Things from the flesh, the world, and the devil challenge us to better seek Christ and overcome obstacles. One prevalent temptation in today’s time is the temptation to fear. It is interesting how we were in the middle of Lent in 2020 when the covid outbreak started. And now, in 2022, we start lent during the first major conflict between two countries in recent history. There is also fear of the uncertainty of life, of our country, of the economy. In short, it is easy to fear, and there are a lot of good reasons to tempt us in that direction.

You Are Not Alone

How do we overcome the temptation to fear? Trust and humility.

Do we trust that God is in the midst of our sufferings, that He is in the midst of our troubles? God unites himself with us in our struggles of life, allowing His will to be achieved even in the worst of situations. This is why praying the psalms can offer much comfort in that reality.

“Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.” (Psalm 23:4)

God is with us always, and He is in control. The more we reflect on that, the most we can trust that good will always conquer evil – even if things do not appear that way to us now.

Humility Can Be An Eye Opener

Often our fear comes with the feeling of helplessness. What can we do to fix everything that is wrong in the world? The answer can be found in the examples of numerous saints throughout Church history. We do what we can, and we do it with love. Thus, humility is needed to help us recognize our call of service, but to know that we can only do so much and that God will use that and do even more.

Another answer can be found in our Lord’s prayer: our daily bread. No more, no less, we move one day at a time in hope.

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that he, in his goodness, sends to us day after day.” – St. Gianna Molla.

So when we continue on the journey of Lent and find ourselves tempted to fear, let us seek to trust Christ by growing in prayer, let us do what we are called to do in our almsgiving and fasting, and let us be in peace that God’s will always be done.


Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: Awkwardness does not exist. 

Our Mother of Africa Chapel – Washington, D.C.

Join Angela Sealana as she embarks on this week’s spiritual pilgrimage, to the beautiful & highly symbolic Our Mother of Africa Chapel, which is located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Along our journey, meet an African-born saint, St. Josephine Bakhita!

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Traditions and cultures of Africa that are part of our faith tradition.
  • Learn how all of us find healing and hope today
  • Reflect on the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a remarkable woman who can teach us lessons for daily life in perseverance, faith, hope, and radical forgiveness.
  • Much more!

Image of Our Mother of African Chapel captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception official website


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Jewel for the Journey

The whole of my life has been God’s gift. – St. Josephine Bakhita


A Closer Look at the Our Mother of Africa Chapel:

Click here to take a Virtual Tour of the Our Mother of Africa Chapel, courtesy of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception official website.


Where is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception?