Saint John Eudes – The Pilgrim Who Didn’t Travel

Stephanie EngelmanFrance, Spiritual Reflections

Saint John Eudes was born on November 14, 1601 in Ri, France and died on August 19, 1680 in nearby Caen. The distance between his birthplace and the location of his death is less than 40 miles – not a significant distance for an earthly pilgrimage – but his vocation and spiritual legacy reach far beyond the physical confines of … Read More

St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Stephanie EngelmanFrance, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from meditation upon its mysteries. In … Read More

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Andrea JoinesFrance

In the late 17th century, Jesus appeared to a young nun, now St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the convent of the Visitation Sisters in Paray-le-Monial, France, to speak of his love for all people and to instruct her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart. He said to her, “My Divine Heart is so passionate of love for humanity and … Read More

Lourdes – Miracle for Many

Richard SontagChurch News, France

Our Lady of Lourdes, France

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous near the French village of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother then appeared 17 more times that year and on January 18th, 1862, the local bishop recognized the authenticity of the Apparitions, opening up the devotion to the wider Church. Since then, … Read More

St. James and the Camino de Santiago

Richard SontagFrance, Upcoming Pilgrimages

St. James, Pray for Us! The last two weeks in July, the city of Santiago de Compostela celebrates its biggest festival of the year: St. James Festival or the Apostle Festival (Festas do Apóstolo). St. James is the patron saint of Santiago de Compostela but also Galicia; which means St. James Day is also Galicia Day and a holiday in … Read More

Pilgrims Welcome

Richard SontagFrance, Marian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

The following message from Pope Francis addressed individuals at an international meeting of pilgrimage organizers and rectors of shrines. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! I cordially welcome all of you, workers of the pilgrimages to the shrines. Going on pilgrimage to the shrines is one of the People of God’s most eloquent expressions of faith, and it manifests the … Read More

Bishop of Ars removes Blessed Sacrament from parishes amid string of break-ins,

WebmasterChurch News, France

(CNA).- Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars in France has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches in the diocese following a wave of sacrileges that have taken place in recent days. After numerous tabernacles were profaned and consecrated hosts were stolen, Bishop Roland issued an ordinance instructing that “the Blessed Sacrament shall be removed from … Read More

Real-world locations that inspired Disney movies

WebmasterFrance

One of the places that inspired Disney’s Tangled is a frequent pilgrimage site for Tekton Ministries Catholic Pilgrimages to France.  The pilgrimage site is called Mont Saint-Michel and is found in Normandy, France.  On this Catholic pilgrimage, you will fall in love with France as you eat the French cuisine and visit the holy shrines of Lourdes, Notre Dame, Chartres, … Read More

3 old-school photos of Marian Shrines worth seeing

WebmasterFrance, Marian Shrines of Europe

1) Our Lady of Lourdes At the time of Bernadette, the Grotto was a dirty, hidden, damp and cold place. The Grotto was called the “pigs’ shelter” because that was where the pigs feeding in the area usually took shelter. It was there that the Virgin Mary, dressed in white, a sign of total purity, the sign of the Love … Read More