Msgr. Perfecto Vazquez reflects on leading 48 Brooklyn and Queens residents on a pilgrimage to the shrines at Fatima, Portugal; Lourdes, France and Santiago de Compostela, Spain, over the summer.
This summer, I made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal along with eight of my brother seminarians and one priest faculty member from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie. We spent nine days – or just about 130 miles – on El Camino in Spain, walking the traditional Camino Frances route from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
What is a pilgrimage? Is there any benefit from going to one? What does one get out of it?
Holy Doors, a noted historian, church and street art and a wedding were among the different and sometimes unexpected ways Catholics experienced faith and fellowship on a walking pilgrimage in Brooklyn, Oct. 15.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is my pleasure to provide you with a report on our diocesan pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy to Assisi, Rome and the Holy Land, including Galilee and Jerusalem. The itinerary was a wonderful one to celebrate the Year of Mercy because all of the sites we visited did give the pilgrims insight into the mercy of God.
I felt a connection with them and with our Blessed Mother that went deeper than words: I experienced a sense of peace.
I was blessed and grateful to be among the pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens who travelled to the Philippines for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines…
Thirty-nine parishioners from St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights, visited the Holy Land last autumn. Over 10 days, pilgrims visited various cities and sites.
A group of pilgrims attended the Passion Play in Sordevolo, Italy, with the Diocese of Brooklyn. The group’s spiritual leaders were Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Msgr. Steven Aguggia, pastor of St. Margaret Church, Middle Village, and Father Gerard Sauer, diocesan pilgrimage director.
Mission accomplished! The two priests and three seminarians who set out to bicycle their way up the East Coast, from Florida to Long Island, have completed the route and are home safe and secure in the knowledge that their mission of pedalling vocations has been successful.