1. Walking Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

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    The roots of the pilgrimage to venerate the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa reach back hundreds of years into the devotional life of the Polish people. The American Czestochowa was dedicated in 1966. Twenty-two years later, a few Polish nuns, the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, along with a handful of their students, wards, and friends, made the first walking pilgrimage to the shrine. Today, thousands make the journey. Even so, I found the experience of walking to be intimate. The pilgrims are staged in 3 groups, which become like walking villages in their friendly camaraderie. During the 3 nights, the pilgrims camp out in state parks and on farmland. The journey is almost 60 miles long. The step off point is Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Great Meadows, New Jersey. Four days and three nights later – grandparents and children, young adults and teens, priests, friars and nuns, climb the last long hill that leads to the shrine, just outside Doylestown, PA. After the pilgrimage, I asked a Franciscan friar about his experiences along the way. "I had some very anointed conversations," he said. I like how he put it: anointed conversations. That captures what I observed occurring between people, who along the roadways, and through the forests, appeared to be helping to lighten one another’s burdens. For this year's pilgrimage dates: http://www.walkingpilgrimage.us http://franciscanfriars.com Music: "All Creatures" performed by Sarah MacIntosh, from her album "Then Sings My Soul" © 2004 Horizon Music. http://sarahmacintosh.com "Offertory" performed by Luke Spehar from his album "No Other Way" © 2011 Luke Spehar http://www.lukespehar.com © 2013 Franciscan Renewal Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. © 2013 Brett Botula. All videography rights reserved. Shot on Sony EX-3

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