Pilgrimages are an historic and proven way to grow your beautiful Catholic faith. While pilgrimages to far off places like Rome or the Holy Land are wonderful, there are also many places that you can see locally. Check out this website listing pilgrimage sites by state. May God bless your journey
Bike to Mary Pilgrimage – June 12 to June 18, 2017
Bike To Mary was founded in 2013 by Christopher M. Pundzak. The annual event is a 200 mile bike pilgrimage from Holy Hill in Hubertus, Wisconsin to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The journey takes pilgrims of all ages through the beautiful countryside of Wisconsin during the month of June. There are many opportunities for prayer and joyful fellowship along the way.
This five day event is a pilgrimage and not a race. Each day offers participants the opportunity to deepen their faith and grow closer to Jesus. For some bikers, this has been a life changing experience. The road is not without challenge and there will be parts of the pilgrimage that will be difficult to complete without prayer. While we aren’t tied to a tight timeline, we try to reach our end of day destination in a reasonable time period.
Christopher’s goal for Bike to Mary is to make many more people aware of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. An equally important theme for the pilgrimage is to promote a pro-life message.
There are many different ways for people to become involved throughout the planning season; all the way up to when the tire meets the pavement in June! The more people we have helping behind the scenes, the better it will be. We invite Catholic parishes to form their own sponsorship along the way, in order to provide meals and/or lodging for pilgrims. If you can’t join us in biking or driving, consider joining us for morning Mass, a meal stop along the way, or Eucharistic Adoration, when available.
Introducing Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA
For weeks on social media, I’ve been hinting about a new project I’ve been working on over the past year or so. Now it’s time to let the proverbial horses out of the stable.
It’s time to introduce Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA.
Prior to my spine surgery last year, I promised our Blessed Mother that if I recovered well, I’d do something great for her using my God-given gifts of writing and speaking. By the grace of God and through the intercession of Mary, I not only recovered well, but I recovered incredibly well. In gratitude, I need to do something great for her in return.
I’m partnering with Ave Maria Press on this project, which will take me to nine different Marian pilgrimage sites throughout the United States in the coming months. I’ll literally be making trips coast to coast, stopping at each site to learn about it, take in its atmosphere, and experience the graces that Mary distributes from each beautiful place.
The resulting work will be a brand-new book published by Ave Maria Press called Marian Pilgrimage: A Living Novena. Modeled after my award-winning best-seller, Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena, Marian Pilgrimage will be part devotional and part armchair pilgrimage. In the pages of the book, I’ll take you along on my travels, letting you see, hear, and experience everything I do in these amazing spots where our Mother Mary is so lovingly at work. Then we’ll pray together a novena to our Blessed Mother asking her to intercede for our intentions and consecrating ourselves to her.
You can learn more about the specific goals and details of the project here.
I’m deeply grateful to National Catholic Register for allowing me to break the news here and to post about my travels as I go. I’ve been writing for the Register for decades, and they’ve been very good to me. I’m delighted that this wonderful relationship continues year after year.
So, keep an eye on this blog for updates and posts about Marian Pilgrimage: Discovering Mary Across the USA as well as the usual variety of posts from me. I’ll be doing some feature stories about my adventures – you’ll want to watch the main section of NCR for that, too.
Most of all, please pray for me as I conduct my travels and know that I’ll be praying for you at each of the incredible sites I’ll be visiting. I can’t wait to share it all with you!