A journey for you and your soul
What is a pilgrimage?
(Above: A spiritual director on pilgrimage to see the Pope in Philadelphia addresses pilgrims from his diocese. He explains what it means to go on pilgrimage, how to make spiritual sacrifices, and how to participate in our common priesthood of Jesus.)
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.
How can I take a pilgrimage?
We plan your perfect spiritual journey for you. At Canterbury Pilgrimages, we handle all your pilgrimage details from A-Z. From booking the right travel arrangements to providing an informative guide to lead your group through the journey, let us focus on the arrangements so that you can focus on having your faith inspired. We have worked with choirs, student groups, priests and other interested pilgrims. Feel free to contact any of our satisfied clients to ask them about their Canterbury Pilgrimage. See some of our destinations and sample itineraries here.
Saint John Paul II is the "Pilgrim Pope" for a reason
Saint John Paul II is known to many as the “Pilgrim Pope,” and indeed he wrote a letter during his papacy specifically addressing the reasons he experienced "a strong desire to go personally to pray in the most important places which, from the Old to the New Testament, have seen God's interventions….” Following this letter, Saint John Paul II took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in commemoration of the Jubilee year. In his lifetime, he traveled the same distance it would take to travel to the moon and back three different times, or 775,000 miles.
Pilgrimages help Catholics gain new understanding of the faith!
As the Holy Father bore witness, embarking on a pilgrimage is one of the most powerful ways Christians can gain a new understanding of their faith. Imagine celebrating Holy Mass at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi or participating in worship as your choir sings its dulcet tones at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Dream bigger and picture immersing your student or affinity group in the experience of a lifetime in Paris or London.