Parish Renewal Pilgrimages – Pilgrims of Hope – Harvest Journeys

Parish Renewal Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage is an excellent tool to renew and revitalise parish communities. The simple exercise of setting out together on a spiritual journey to sacred places, is not only an ancient practice in the Catholic tradition, but can be an antidote to the modern malaise of individualism, secularisation, and faith deficit that work against building strong Christian communities. Harvest has a long tradition of designing and operating successful parish pilgrimages. Whether the occasion is to mark a parish milestone anniversary or achieve important mission goals, a pilgrimage can be a perfect vehicle to deliver the outcomes your parish community desires.

A group pilgrimage delivers

Spiritual Renewal

The stress and busyness of life can act as a barrier to personal reflection and spiritual growth. Time away on a pilgrimage results in faith renewal through opportunities for encounters with God, special Masses in sacred sites, and profound moments of prayer in holy places and amidst natural beauty.

Community

Strengthening of relational bonds, creating solidarity, community mindset and even lifelong friendships as a result. This happens naturally through conversations, shared experiences, prayer and Mass, and walking on the pilgrim’s road together.

Transformation

The external physical journey mirrors a spiritual journey within that can result in peace, hope and healing across many facets of one’s life. Many pilgrims experience this as transformation with a life-changing impact. Seeds sown on a pilgrimage can bear rich fruit in the life of a pilgrim once they return home.

Formation

Pilgrimage can help the individual re-centre themselves in Christ and discover God’s purpose for their life, thereby sharpening a sense of calling and mission. Whether it be faith formation or leadership development, parishioners bring home significant learnings and growth to apply to their daily lives and faith community.

Enjoyment

An enjoyable time around fellowship with like-minded people, whilst feeling comfortable and safe, and quite simply, just having fun! Whether it is sharing a great meal around the pilgrim’s table, or seeing an iconic tourist site one has always wanted to see, pilgrimage offers opportunities to create memories that can last a lifetime.

Harvest has developed a range of parish pilgrimages, inspired by the great saints to facilitate renewal. Why not choose one and start planning your parish pilgrimage for renewal today!

Lourdes France

Parish Pilgrimage with Mary

10 nights from Lisbon to Lyon
Lisbon (1 night) • Fatima (3) • Alba de Tormes • Avila (2) • Segovia • Caleruega • Santo Domingo de Silos (1) • Loyola • Lourdes (3)

Assisi, Italy

Parish Pilgrimage with St Francis

11 nights from Rome to Venice
Rome (4 nights) • Greccio • Assisi (2 nights) • Gubbio • Siena (1 night) • Florence (2 nights) • Bologna • Ravenna • Padua (2 nights) • Venice

Ephesus, Turkey

Parish Pilgrimage with St Paul

11 nights from Greece to Turkey
Athens (2 nights) • Acropolis • Ancient Corinth • Kalambaka (2) • Meteora Monasteries • Berea • Thessaloniki • Kavala (2) • Ancient Philippi • Patmos (2) • Kusadasi (1) • Ephesus • Pamukkale (2) • Laodicea • Colossae

Twelve Apostles

Parish Pilgrimage with St Mary MacKillop

10 nights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Melbourne (1 night) • Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre • Apollo Bay (1) • Great Ocean Road • The Twelve Apostles • Portland (2) • Hamilton • Mt Gambier (Blue Lake) • Penola (2) • Coonawarra Winery • Murray Bridge (1) • Hahndorf German Village • Barossa Valley (1) • Sevenhill Ignatian Centre & Winery • Adelaide (2)

Plan your Parish Pilgrimage now in 5 EASY STEPS

1. PLAN

Choose an existing Harvest itinerary or design your own by filling out a group enquiry form below.

2. PROPOSAL & PRICE

Receive from Harvest a customised detailed itinerary proposal with pricing options and inclusions.

3. PROCEED

Make a decision to proceed and a Harvest group manager will be assigned to your group to see your pilgrimage through to realisation and departure.

4. PROMOTE

Harvest will provide you with a promotional flyer for use throughout your networks, and further support you with group information sessions.

5. PREPARE

Travel documents, backpack, travel wallet, journal will be sent to each pilgrim along with helpful notes for chaplains and leaders. Then pack your bags and get ready to go!

Parishes are planning their participation it the Jubilee Holy Year 2025 with a dedicated pilgrimage.

Parish Renewal Pilgrimage Quotation Request


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