Pilgrimages are a part of the faith life in many religious traditions, including Catholicism. Different from religious or other tourism, pilgrimages are as much about the one making the journey as they are about the final destination. Typically, pilgrims head to places that are crucial to the stories of their religion, or to sites tied to key people within a religious tradition. Places of miraculous healing, holiness and miracles are frequent destinations: think Lourdes, Fatima or the Holy Sepulchre. Participants in Catholic pilgrimages leave room for the Holy Spirit to transform them along their travels.
On Monday, May 6, UP students and 4 staff/faculty accompaniers will embark on a pilgrimage to El Salvador, home of one of the Church’s most recent saints, Archbishop Oscar Romero, canonized in September 2018. While in El Salvador, they will visit, worship, and reflect at the church of his martyrdom, talk with citizens committed to working for justice in the country, and walk alongside others engaged in the struggles for peace, both living and dead. All members of the UP community are invited and encouraged to keep these pilgrims in their prayers throughout the week: Megan Caren, Joshua Bode, Taylor Cole, Ana Clyde, Quinn Burdick, Sophia Truempi, Sofia Ortega, Justin Manahan, Fr. Jim Gallagher C.S.C., Alex Roth, Maria Echenique, and Karen Eifler.
“Did You Know?” is a sort of regular feature in upbeat to help staff and faculty understand dimensions of this Catholic, Holy Cross university. You can send questions to Fr. Jim Gallagher (Campus Ministry) or Karen Eifler (Garaventa Center).