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Evening with Mary: Marian Apparitions since 1000 AD

After watching, we invite you to pray the Rosary!

Author Karen Robertson offers a presentation about Our Lady of Fatima, and Deacon Ed Domowski leads the Rosary. Evenings with Mary is an outreach ministry of Pilgrim Center of Hope in San Antonio, Texas, providing opportunities to discover how the Rosary can lead individuals, couples and families to a deeper relationship with Christ, and facilitate healing and peace.

Image of Mary holding a Rosary

Evening with Mary: Our Lady of Fatima

Author Karen Robertson offers a presentation about Our Lady of Fatima, and Deacon Ed Domowski leads the Rosary. Evenings with Mary is an outreach ministry of Pilgrim Center of Hope in San Antonio, Texas, providing opportunities to discover how the Rosary can lead individuals, couples and families to a deeper relationship with Christ, and facilitate healing and peace.

Our Lady of Hope (Pontmain, France)

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, shares the story of Our Lady of Hope, an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Fatima for Us Today

Rev. Jonathan Felux presents his pilgrimage experience to Fatima, and how the witness of the children who met Mary can inspire us here & now – no matter our age.

This presentation was given at the Catholic Seniors’ Conference, an annual event organized by Pilgrim Center of Hope evangelization ministry, by request of Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS.

Assumption Chapel at St. Mary’s University – San Antonio, TX

Join Angela Sealana and Robert Rodriguez for a local pilgrim journey to Assumption Chapel, an integral part of the history of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from learning about the architecture and sacred art within this sacred space, you will also learn about:

  • The Marianist presence in the Archdiocese of San Antonio
  • Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
  • The practical lessons to be gleaned from their spirituality

Jewel for the Journey:
Do not neglect prayer, however busy you may be.  Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

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Dormition Abbey – Jerusalem

Come along with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez to one of Jerusalem’s most recognizable holy sites. During this episode of Journeys of Hope we will travel to Dormition Abbey, located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, just outside of the Old City walls.

The Dormition church & monastery occupy the site traditionally believed to be where the Virgin Mary fell into a deep sleep and was assumed into heaven. Aside from describing this shrine to Blessed Mother, which contains a reclining sculpture of Mary and several sacred art mosaics, we will also discuss the Assumption of Our Lady, which is celebrated on August 15.

Jewel for the Journey:
By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal good we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful.  — Pope Benedict XVI

 

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Basilica St. Mary Major – Rome, Italy

Come on a spiritual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, located in the Eternal City of Rome. Not only is this one of the four great ancient basilicas of Rome, but it is the largest and oldest church there dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Aside from learning all about the Basilica’s fine artwork and architectural wonders, you will also discover more about Mary, the Mother of God and why she is venerated.

Jewel for the Journey:
Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.
St. Maximillian Kolbe

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Cana at Galilee – Holy Land

Join Deacon Tom Fox & Robert Rodriguez as they travel to Kafr Cana in the Galilee-region of the Holy Land. This is the site confirmed by the Vatican as Cana of Galilee where the Wedding Feast and changing of water into wine took place.

During this program you will also discover:

  • what one will encounter when visiting the site on pilgrimage
  • the significance of the Wedding at Cana in the public ministry of Jesus
  • the symbolism connected to Christ’s first miracle
  • insights from the Church, Saints, and Popes

Jewel for the Journey:
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.  — St. Pope John Paul II

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Let’s Go!

The Holy Father has named October, Extraordinary Mission Month, with the message: Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.

What does this mean?

Pope Francis is reminding us Catholics, that we exist as a Church whose very identity is to answer Christ’s call to spread His Gospel; to go out and invite everyone to encounter our Lord Jesus Christ! It is who we are! It is what we do!

If this scares you, then take heart that a Doctor of the Church, who is the co-patron of missions, is a young nun who never left her convent!  St. Therese of Lisieux’s mission in the world was lived out in what she called her little way of offering her given tasks, her received sufferings, and her intentional acts of kindness, for love of Jesus.

Pope Francis encourages us, as well. He explains that this ‘going out’ does not mean hitting people over the head with a Bible but through sharing the gift of the Treasure given to us. He says,

Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practice proselytism  – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission. We received this gift freely and we share it freely (cf. Matthew 10:8), without excluding anyone. God wills that all people be saved by coming to know the truth and experiencing his mercy through the ministry of the Church, the universal sacrament of salvation (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4; Lumen Gentium, no. 48). – Extraordinary Mission Month

What an exciting adventure we are called to! We head out from this proclamation inspired to give God’s Divine Mercy, show our family and friends the beauty of our rich faith, and share the daily journey accompanying others on the path of salvation… that is until we are met with opposition. It is very difficult to keep up the enthusiasm in the face of hostility, lack of interest, and when we find ourselves more annoyed by, than loving of, others.

Is there a way to stay on mission and not grow weary? Yes!

We can not only sustain but actually increase our faith, deepen our love for and trust in God, and grow in heroic virtue by walking daily with the one person who first received God’s Treasure, bore him into the world, and eternally shares him with all: the Virgin Mary, our Blessed Mother.

This daily walk with Mary is the Rosary.

Providentially, October is also the month of the Rosary. Just as Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs, (Luke 10:1), he continues through his Church to do the same. A library of writings and personal stories attest to the power of the Rosary and its ability to convert our hearts, spiritually nourish our souls, and embolden our faith. Our Pilgrim Center of Hope chaplain, Father Pat Martin, says the Rosary is the most powerful weapon because it destroys pride.

During this special month of October dedicated to the Church’s mission and to the Rosary, enter your first conquest! Challenge yourself to offer a daily Rosary.

It may help to imagine yourself walking beside Mary as you accompany Jesus and his disciples as he goes from village to village. Ask her to tell you about her son as you mediate on the mysteries of the Rosary.


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 Our Lady of the Pillar – Zaragosa, Spain

Take a virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the oldest church in the world devoted to the Virgin Mary. While here you will learn about:

  • How St. James the Apostle brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ here
  • The connection between James & John (the “sons of thunder”) and the Virgin Mary
  • All the Saints who venerated this shrine
  • The statue of Our Lady of the Pillar & the Pillar of Jasper

Jewel for the Journey:
In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear. – St. Therese of Lisieux

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Photo by Jiuguang Wang (Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0)