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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 subsidizes engaging 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.

 
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Engaging Encounters


“For the Church, pilgrimages, in all their multiple aspects, have always been a gift of grace.” - Saint John Paul II

Engaging Encounters


“For the Church, pilgrimages, in all their multiple aspects, have always been a gift of grace.” - Saint John Paul II

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.  

OUR PILGRIMAGES

Pilgrim Project experiences 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.

 

Spirituality

Pilgrim Project trips feature the beauty of sacred spaces and spiritual saints. All programs involve daily Mass and worship services, free time for prayer, silence, and reading, as well as group sessions on faith formation and inter-faith dialogue. These opportunities enable pilgrims to better understand the work God is doing in their lives, and better equip them to respond heroically to the many challenges of today’s world.

 

Culture

Pilgrim Project participants are not merely tourists – they are immersed in the culture and receive firsthand experience of Christianity’s cultural heritage and contemporary impact. Expert-led tours help pilgrims discover local history, traditions, art, and customs. By learning from others, and directly experience Christ’s impact in the world, we learn more about God and about ourselves.

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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

Pilgrimage is shared with fellow searchers and strivers in faith – from all walks of life and from all around the world. Each trip features various social activities and local excursions, enabling pilgrims to learn more about each other as they experience new cuisines, languages, and traditions. The Pilgrim Project strives to keep pilgrims connected after (or between!) pilgrimages. Our growing alumni network assists and encourages life-long bonds that encompass the globe.

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Sacrifice

Pilgrim Project programs include active or service-learning components. Pilgrims put faith into action by assisting in the Church’s local missionary work to help disadvantaged individuals and communities. Through service, we find Christ in others. Through serving together, friendships are deepened, barriers are bridged, and the distance narrows between cultures, countries, and even continents.

 

 

 

Join us on the journey in becoming pilgrims for life!

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FRIENDS OF THE PILGRIM PROJECT


FRIENDS OF THE PILGRIM PROJECT