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The Pilgrim Project


transforming young adults through Christian pilgrimage

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The Pilgrim Project


transforming young adults through Christian pilgrimage

 


The Pilgrim Project is a nonprofit organization that designs, organizes, and funds interactive pilgrimages for students and young adults around the world.  We provide the gift of encounter by bringing young people into contact with the holy places where disciples have heroically responded to God’s calling. Such encounters are challenging and transformational, thus allowing pilgrims to become more attuned to the work of God in their own lives.

 
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Re-Focus


Pilgrimages are carefully designed with cultural excursions,   expert tours, discussions, prayer, community service, and    spiritual direction.  Step out of complacancey and ignite your faith!

 

Re-Focus


Pilgrimages are carefully designed with cultural excursions,   expert tours, discussions, prayer, community service, and    spiritual direction.  Step out of complacancey and ignite your faith!

 

WHAT IS A PILGRIMAGE?

A pilgrimage is a journey to a particular destination and an act of faith.  It is a journey that takes you outside of yourself.  Pilgrimages force us to look outward as we traverse the paths that heroic Christians walked before us.  And as we step out of our normal patterns of everyday living and complacency, these experiences energize us and require an inward reflection and recentering --- a reexamination of our spiritual lives, our priorities, and even our professional pursuits.  

Pilgrim Project pilgrimages incorporate four key attributes:

Antigua, Guatemala, famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and church ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting immense natural beauty and religious history.

Antigua, Guatemala, famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and church ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting immense natural beauty and religious history.

 

Culture

Pilgrim Project participants do not just see the sites -- they live them.  Expert-led tours, lessons on art, history, and religion, as well as interactions with foreign communities provide for the ideal cultural immersion.  Young pilgrims get to see and feel the culture.  At the Pilgrim Project, we believe that we often learn the most about ourselves by learning from others.

 

Spirituality

Pilgrim Project trips provide the beauty of silence, song, and sacrifice as participants are given time for prayer, worship, and group discussion. All programs involve daily Mass and worship services, allotted free time for prayer and reading, and group sessions on faith formation and dialogue. These opportunities enable pilgrims to better understand the work God is doing in their lives, and the challenges that today's world presents them.

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Pilgrims pause for a group shot in the rolling tuscan hills of Assisi, Italy.

Pilgrims pause for a group shot in the rolling tuscan hills of Assisi, Italy.

Fellowship

Sponsored projects bring young people into contact with other enthusiastic pilgrims from around the world. Pilgrimages welcome participants from many countries, backgrounds, and walks of life.  Social activities and active excursions enable pilgrims to commune with one another as they learn about history, food, foreign languages, and their distinct and similar faith-based traditions. Additionally, the Pilgrim Project strives to keep pilgrim participants connected after (or between, rather!) pilgrimages. The organization manages an extensive alumni network that assists and encourages the nurturing of life-long bonds that encompass the globe.

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Sacrifice

Pilgrim Project programs involve charitable mission work or service-learning components.  During pilgrimages, students learn from foreign cultures as they delve into volunteer work for disadvantaged communities.  Past projects have shown that such work also leads to the development of great friendships among pilgrims, as countries and continents are bridged by the passion and camaraderie associated with giving together for others.

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Partners


Partners