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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)

Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle – Rio Grande Valley

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox & Robert Rodriguez to a sacred site in South Texas that attracts over a million pilgrims each year. Since 1954, Catholics in search of healing and other blessings have been drawn to this shrine with a beloved wooden statue of the Immaculate Conception.

Join us as we explore the massive basilica, the life-size Stations of the Cross, and the history which has led many throughout Texas and Mexico to have a deep devotion to Our Lady of San Juan.

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Official Website – Basilica Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

Jewel for the Journey:

Mater Immaculata ora pro nobis – Immaculate Mother pray for us – Banner flying above the statue, held by two angels

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Church of St. Anne – Birthplace of the Virgin Mary

Are you ready to explore the Christian pilgrimage experience in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Apostles and the Saints?

This week’s Journey of Hope takes us to the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem in the Holy Land. Your tour guides are Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, both with over 25 years of experience in leading groups of pilgrims.

Travel within the ancient walls of Jerusalem, near the Temple Mount, between the Lions Gate the Antonian Fortress where Jesus was judged by Pontius Pilate. Find out about the history of the current Church. Learn more about Mary’s life and meet her parents Joachim and Anne.

Also discussed will be the architecture of the Church and what makes it so unique….explore the two levels of the Church as well as the area surrounding the Church, which includes the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured the paralytic.

Jewel for the Journey:

“Happy is he who lives and dies under the protection of the Blessed Virgin.”  St. John Vianney

 

Spa for A Woman’s Soul

Hear from dynamic speakers who share their messages of hope.

The following served as a preview of  the 2018 annual Catholic Women’s Conference (CWC). Nan Balfour, events coordinator at Pilgrim Center of Hope (PCH) spoke with two of the featured speakers at this year’s conference:

  • Award-winning Catholic author Colleen C. Mitchell, whose speaking topics were When We Were Eve, Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be and Who Does he Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels, the titles of her two books. Colleen will speak about how she strives to provide guidance to women who are searching for answers and seeking to find their identity in Christ.
  • Convert and surfer priest Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC – bestselling author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, whose life was changed forever after reading about Our Lady of Medjugorje. He spoke on Mary and the Mystery of Femininity and The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Mary. Fr. Calloway says women have much to learn from the Virgin Mary. Father’s talk helped women to better understand their femininity with a focus on family-life, the workplace, and all other relationships.

This program will also touch on how CWC as a ‘Spa for the Soul,’ strives to provide women with the spiritual tools that teach, encourage, and challenge women to be exactly who God created them to be.

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The Miraculous Medal

You’ve probably seen the Miraculous Medal on a necklace or bracelet before, with Mary standing on a cloud, grace-filled light pouring from her hands. But do you know the history behind it?

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane talk about how this popular devotion started and spread throughout the world.

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Related: Check out pictures from the Pilgrim Center of Hope’s 2011 Marian Pilgrimage, including the beautiful chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which holds the incorrupt body St. Catherine Laboure!

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Miraculous Medal Pamphlet — a short and informative document on the Miraculous Medal, created by Pilgrim Center of Hope.

The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal — a prayer family and resource hub for those interested in the Miraculous Medal.

 

Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, talks with Michelle Pitts about why Catholics love Mama Mary!

The Miraculous Medal

How can a little piece of metal be called “miraculous”?

In November 2011, the Pilgrim Center of Hope organized and led a Marian Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes and Shrines of  Paris.  One of those Shrines in Paris is located in the center of town on a street called Rue de Bac.  It is there, where Mary, the Mother of God appeared to a nun in 1830 and gave her a unique mission – to have a medal made with the image Mary gave her.   Learn why this mission since 1830 has been instrumental for thousands of healings, conversions and hope!  Hear about a powerful conversion and this special sacramental, the miraculous medal.

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The Prayer of John Paul II in the Chapel of Rue De Bac

«Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. »

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. O Mary, this was the prayer that you gave to Saint Catherine Labouré in the Chapel of the Apparitions, more than one hundred and fifty years ago! […]
This invocation, engraved on the Miraculous Medal, is now worn and repeated by the faithful throughout the world!

Blessed are you among women!

You are intimately associated with the work of our Redemption, associated with the Cross of our Savior, your heart has been pierced, next to his heart. And now, in the glory of your Son, you never cease to intercede for us, poor sinners.

You watch over the Church for you are its Mother. You watch over each of your Children. From God, you obtain for us, all graces that are symbolized by the rays of light which radiate from your open hands, and the only condition that you demand of us is that we approach with the confidence, the hardiness, and the simplicity of a child. And it is thus that you bring us before your Divine Son.

John Paul II (1980)