Archbishop Schnurr will rededicate the local church through Mary Jesus.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is celebrating its 200th anniversary in June and is hosting a 33-day 300-mile Marian Pilgrimage in preparation.
The pilgrimage begins on Sunday May 16 with mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Russells Point, Ohio. From there, a small group of pilgrims begins with a special statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was blessed on the occasion by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr.
The pilgrimage will stop at each parish dean’s office in the archdiocese and will be highlighted by four important family events. It will end in chains in St. Peter’s Cathedral on the day of its bicentenary, Saturday, June 19. On this day the Archbishop will celebrate Mass and consecrate the Archdiocese through Mary to Jesus.
“This is the longest Marian pilgrimage in the US – 33 days long and spanning more than 300 miles with stops at 33 parishes in each archdiocese deanship,” the archdiocese said in promotional material.
The archdiocese is recruiting individuals to volunteer for parts of the pilgrimage. Each serving covers three to four days of the route. The aim is for at least eight pilgrims to work with the statue every day.
Each day begins with pilgrims celebrating mass in the host community where they arrived the night before. After the mass, the pilgrims begin their journey to the next host community and work on it with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The average route will be approximately 10 miles. Pilgrims will have a prayer routine throughout the day that includes praying for intentions that people can submit on the pilgrims website. Individuals, groups or families who wish to undertake part of the pilgrimage can join the pilgrims along the route. The itinerary includes stops between the host communities on a few days. These stops include local homeless shelters, pregnancy centers, and correctional facilities. The day ends with a Marian celebration in the next host community.
Those wishing to participate “virtually” can find daily prayers and resources on the Archdiocese’s website to “walk” the same prayer journey as the pilgrims.
The Archdiocese said this about pilgrimages in general “The outer journey is meant to ignite an inner spiritual journey of conversion. Pilgrimages can be life changing. It is a deep act of prayer in which individuals bring special intentions, hopes for the future, and hearts ready to be transformed to radiate Christ more fully into the world. “
The four planned “cornerstone” events include:
- May 16: Inaugural Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Russell’s Point
- May 21: Mass and concert in the Maria Stein Shrine
- May 29: Archbishop Schnurr’s mass and family concert at the Roger Glass Stadium of Chaminade Julienne High School
- June 19: Family Concert at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati with Marian Consecration
The Archdiocese has also launched a website with a comprehensive timeline, ethnic and religious communities serving the Archdiocese, and events to celebrate its bicentenary.
The Diocese of Cincinnati was established with an area carved out of the Diocese of Bardstown, Kentucky. Currently the archdiocese comprises 19 counties in west and southwest Ohio and more than 440,000 Catholics.
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