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why pilgrimage?

“When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him … They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road while he opened up the Scriptures?’ “

Lk 24:30-32

Travel provides the opportunity to disconnect from the everyday. It gives us time away, time to pause, time with ourselves and others, and time to explore and experience life in a new place, at a different pace.

With every new destination comes new possibilities, new encounters, new friends, new memories. What is amazing is that everything already exciting and extraordinary about travel is enriched when on pilgrimage.

A journey that resets the soul

There is something that stirs in the heart of each pilgrim; a quiet voice that tells us there is something more to this life and this world than what we experience through our senses. For centuries, Christians have gone on pilgrimage, not just to visit a place and admire its nature, art or history, but to seek and immerse themselves in the presence of God.

Pilgrimage gives us an opportunity to seek what our spirit longs for. It’s not just travel; it’s travel with purpose and faith that bears lasting fruit.

Immerse yourself

Pilgrimage allows us to learn and absorb the extraordinary history of Christianity through direct experience. Feel the sensation of treading holy ground; walking where the first Christians walked; visiting the birthplace and chapels of the saints; exploring the remains of Biblical villages; and being united in prayer with millions of pilgrims gone before who have offered prayers and petitions at the relics, tombs, basilicas and holy sites that have withstood the tests of time.

Nourish both your mind and soul with new knowledge of each destination, learning from guides committed to facilitating your faith journey, and share your experience with fellow pilgrims who help to connect what is happening around you to the change happening inside you.

Prayer and reflection

Pilgrimage allows us to learn and absorb the extraordinary history of Christianity through direct experience. Feel the sensation of treading holy ground; walking where the first Christians walked; visiting the birthplace and chapels of the saints; exploring the remains of Biblical villages; and being united in prayer with millions of pilgrims gone before who have offered prayers and petitions at the relics, tombs, basilicas and holy sites that have withstood the tests of time.

Nourish both your mind and soul with new knowledge of each destination, learning from guides committed to facilitating your faith journey, and share your experience with fellow pilgrims who help to connect what is happening around you to the change happening inside you.

Fellowship and friendship

Every pilgrim is seeking something. We might not know what it is or how to articulate it, but the desire to find is universal. St Augustine puts it so well when he says, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” While each journey is personal, the beauty of traveling on pilgrimage with a group is being able to search and discover together. Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends or family, pilgrimage offers you the chance to share the experience with like-minded companions.

The connections you form while on a spiritual journey are like no other — often your trip is just the beginning of lifelong friendships with pilgrims from all over the world.

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