Thirteen students from the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts walked more than sixty miles as a part of a pilgrimage that traced the footsteps of North America’s Jesuit martyrs, according to the college.
Organized by the National Coalition for Clergy and Laity since 1996, the “Pilgrimage of Restoration” begins at Lake George, NY and ends at the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. The theme for the 2013 pilgrimage was restoring true devotion to Mary.
The National Shrine of the North American Martyrs is also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs. The shrine was built atop what was once a Mohawk village where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred and it now serves as a place to honor all those saints who proclaimed their faith with their blood on North American soil.
Ian Kosko, a junior at Thomas More College, stated:
… [we] exchanged our books for hiking boots and our pens for prayer beads, and journeyed to upstate New York to take part in the annual “Pilgrimage for Restoration” to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs. This three-day trek brings pilgrims from all over the country. They come to venerate the places hallowed by the martyrs and pray together for the restoration of a culture with Christ at its heart…
The Pilgrimage is thus a time of great camaraderie and common joy in the Faith, but it is also an opportunity for great individual growth for each pilgrim.
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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