The high school vocations pilgrimage is offered to young men and women in high school on an alternating basis, and is a chance for students to explore God’s call in their lives. Led by members of the faculty and staff, along with clergy who serve as chaplains, students embrace the idea of becoming pilgrims – travelers not only interested in the historical significance of a site, but in how they themselves might be moved by its meaning. With regular opportunities for prayer and reflection, the pilgrims also attend daily Mass and have access to the sacrament of confession.
Past destinations include:
- France, where students followed in the footsteps of Sts. Joan of Arc, Bernadette, Margaret Mary, and Therese of Lisieux to cities such as Paris, Avignon, Lisieux, Lourdes, Chartres, and Paray Le Monial
- Italy, where pilgrims encountered the beauty of the eternal city of Rome and the quiet of hillside towns such as Assisi and San Giovanni Rotondo
- The Holy Land, where the high school boys set out on a new course to Nazareth, Galilee, the Jordan Valley, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, and Calvary
- Rome & Siena, where our high school girls enjoyed a Papal Audience with Pope Francis, prayed at many tombs of great saints, and visited the home of St. Catherine.
“Moments of joy and grace filled each day. Upon walking into St. Peter’s Square, we entered the ‘maternal arms of Mother Church.’ Each day in Rome included a walk through the Square, regularly reminding us of our call to witness to Christ and of the steadiness of His Church. Half-way through our trip, we spent a morning of retreat and reflection at the Bernardi Campus of the University of St. Thomas. Many of the girls mentioned this as a highlight of the trip. They heard talks on identity and being a daughter of God, consecrated life, and the faithfulness, permanence, and fruitfulness of marriage. The girls progressed as pilgrims with maturity and devotion and, hopefully, encountered the Lord in a lasting way as He continues to make His call known in their lives.”
Mrs. Dumas on the 2018 Pilgrimage to Rome: