A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place or a time of travel to commemorate great events in salvation history. It is an opportunity to bring our petitions, praise, and thanksgiving to a place blessed in some way by the presence of God or His saints. It is also a symbol of what our lives should always be as Christians on our earthly journey towards heaven.

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"I was with [Canterbury Pilgrimages] in Quebec, where they organized a pilgrimage for nearly 500 people. They are a great Catholic family so they understand the meaning of a pilgrimage. ... I thought their coordination of large groups was excellent." -Fr. Jonathan Gaspar

 

"Thank you for the wonderful 4 days and adventures through DC as we adventured through our faith! Everything was spectacular - the hotel, meals, bus outings, places we saw!!" -Regina Z.


 

France: Why a pilgrimage to France could change your life

A geographically beautiful and diverse country, France is a land of quaint villages, vineyards, the majestic French Alps, and a rich Catholic history well-reflected in its numerous shrines.

 

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 The shrines you should see in France

 

There are plenty of shrines to possibly see, including: St. Jean Vianney's Ars, St. Francis's de Sales' Annecy, LaSalette, St. Therese's Lisieux, St. Mary Margaret Alacoque's Paray le Monial, St. Joan of Arc's Rouen, St. Louis de Montfort's Saint-Laurent sur Severes, the magnificent Chartres Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas' tomb in Toulous, the Papal residence of Avignon, St. Martin's Tours, St. Bernadette's Nevers, and the Miraculous Medal Shrine, the Chapel of St. Vincent de Paul, and Notre Dame in Paris, among many others.

 


 

 Pilgrimage to Lourdes—where healing & hope abound

 

But foremost of these Shrines is Lourdes: a place of healing and hope where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Bathe in healing waters, participate in the daily Masses and processions, and be united in prayer with the millions of faithful pilgrims who flock to Lourdes yearly.

 


 

Sample brochuresexploring France on pilgrimage

 

Going on pilgrimage to France can be a life-altering decision. Have a special devotion to St. Francis de Sales, known for his patience and love for God? Why not honor your devotion to Christ with a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Francis? We're happy to tailor any brochure/itinerary to meet the needs of your specific group, but we thought pilgrims might like some samples in order to curate ideas. Below is our Shrines of France sample brochure.

 

Shrines of France Sample Pilgrimage by Canterbury Pilgrimages

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