From the North

Marian Route

June 7 – 12, 2024

About the Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage is “the simultaneous movement of the feet and the soul” – a journey made both externally and internally.  The pilgrim travels to locations of spiritual significance, stepping outside of themselves in order to encounter God in places where he has revealed himself.

When Jesus gave us the gift of the Eucharist, he gave us a new way to walk alongside him. Catholicism now has a vibrant history of Eucharistic processions. In this tradition, the Eucharist is carried through the streets, accompanied by the faithful.  Beginning on May 17, 2024, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will begin with Pilgrims accompanying Jesus across the United States.  Walking coast to coast, using four routes, with Our Eucharistic Lord the procession will make its way across the United States ending in Indianapolis Indiana on July 14, 2024, leading into the National Eucharistic Congress.

The Marian Route is the Northern Route, beginning in Lake Itasca, MN on May 17, 2024, pilgrims will arrive in the  Diocese of La Crosse on Friday, June 7, 2024.  For the next five days, pilgrims will walk the procession route across the Diocese joining in events such as daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration, inspirational speakers and exhibits,  drawing closer to Our Lord.

Virgin Mary

About the Intercessor

The Marian route is named for its visit to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion—formerly Our Lady of Good Help—the first and only approved Marian Apparition site in the United States. This is fitting, because the very first Eucharistic Pilgrimage was made by our Blessed Mother who traveled with the Body of Christ growing in her womb. Just as Mary followed Jesus perfectly throughout his earthly life, pilgrims will journey closely with Our Lord from May 2024 to July 2024. Mother of the Incarnation, pray for us!

Stops Along the Way

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Heroes of Faith

Whose lives have intersected with the
Diocese of La Crosse

During the pilgrimage route in the Diocese of La Crosse we will focus our prayers highlighting people such as Sr. Thea Bowman, Blessed Brother James Miller, and Fr. Joseph Walijewksi to seek intercession for guidance and healing. In addition, we will come together to celebrate the special ministries in the Diocese of La Crosse, Hispanic, Hmong, Rural Life, Deacon’s, Religious, and all the faithful who accompany Jesus from city to city, lighting hearts on fire along the way.

Sr. Thea Bowman was a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, Wisconsin,  where she lived and ministered to God’s people.  Her cause for canonization began in November 2018; on June 1, 2018, she was declared a Servant of God. She was undeniably close to God and lovingly invited others to encounter the presence of God in their lives.

Blessed Brother James Miller is a native of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and a De La Salle Christian Brother. Brother James Miller was gunned down while repairing a wall at the school where he worked in Guatemala on Feb. 13, 1982. He is buried in a small rural cemetery in Ellis, Wisconsin. He was declared a martyr and beatified by Pope Francis on December 7, 2019.  He stands as an example of fidelity to the Gospel and the humble and fearless service on behalf of the poor and vulnerable.

Fr. Joseph Walijewski, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of La Crosse and served as a missionary priest.  His desire to be a missionary took him first to Bolivia where he founded a parish, Holy Cross in Santa Cruz. Several years later, he went to Lurin, Peru, where he established Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II, an orphanage, that remains a mission of the Diocese of La Crosse today. Named a Servant of God, Fr. Walijewski’s cause for canonization was initiated on May 1, 2013.