When in Rome, Graduate!

Stephanie EngelmanItaly

When given the option of either journeying to Rome or attending her own college graduation, it was a no-brainer for Indiana University Indianapolis senior Bri Campbell. For the past four years, she had dedicated any and all free time she had to the Catholic student community on campus and the parish associated with it, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. … Read More

Hidden Spiritual Gem in Rome Reminds Us to Embrace Our Crosses

Stephanie EngelmanItaly, Spiritual Reflections

Near the catacombs in Rome, walking along the Appian Way, you’re likely to stumble upon a hidden spiritual gem – the Chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis, or the Church of “Lord, Where Are You Going?”. While the architecture is relatively unassuming, the message: “Lord, where are you going?” speaks loud and clear to those who enter through the doors and … Read More

St. Maria Goretti – Example of Mercy and Love

Stephanie EngelmanItaly, Spiritual Reflections

In the eyes of the world, Maria Goretti was unremarkable. Young, poor, and uneducated, she could not even read or write. Yet, her heroic purity and forgiving spirit have made her great in the eyes of God and the Church. Maria was born on the eastern side of Italy, but her family moved to a home near the small seaside … Read More

Pilgrims Experience at Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

Thousands of people travel to Fatima each year. During this, the 100th anniversary year, this number is expected to increase. Tekton Ministries has been coordinating pilgrimages to this venerated site for over 20 years. Some pilgrims have shared their experiences via video interviews, survey responses, Facebook posts, or written reflections. Below are some collected from pilgrims who travelled to Fatima … Read More

Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagMedjugorje, Pope Francis

Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin, taking place in the Diocese of Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, now called Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1984: Bishop of Mostar, Pavao Zanic, forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop Zanic submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagUncategorized

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of the Church on earth. As … 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

Mary – the Focus of WYD

Richard SontagWorld Youth Day

A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth’s declaration that “Blessed are you among women, and … Read More

Fatima 100th Anniversary Indulgence

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained … Read More

November: All Saints

Richard SontagNew Evangelization, Spiritual Reflections

Last Words of the Saints As the calendar year winds down, so, too, does the liturgical year. During the final weeks of this year, the Church turns a focus towards the end times – both our own personally, and those of the world as we know it. As we celebrate the great feast of All Saint’s Day on November 1, … Read More

Poland’s Great Saint

Richard SontagPoland

Saint John Paul II explained, “Pilgrimages, a sign of the condition of the disciples of Christ in this world, have always held an important place in the life of Christians. In the course of history, Christians have always walked to celebrate their faith in places that indicate a memory of the Lord or in sites representing important moments in the … Read More

The Martyrs of North America

Richard SontagUncategorized

Hundreds of years ago, missionaries did not have modern means of transportation as they went about evangelizing. They ministered to those they met along the way and often walked from settlement to settlement to preach and live the faith. Today, modern pilgrims have the opportunity to step back in time by making a walking pilgrimage through the same country baptized … Read More

The adventure awaits: Pilgrimage to Alaska

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

Alaska

Adding to the more than 70 national shrines in the United States, the St. Thérèse Shrine in Juneau, Alaska was added by the U.S. bishops to the national list on her Oct. 1 feast day this year. “We are pleased to have the Conference of Bishops recognize the Shrine of St. Thérèse as a National Shrine,” stated Bishop Edward J. … Read More

Walsingham Marian Shrine

Richard SontagUncategorized

Walsingham

For more than 950 years, pilgrims have been making their way to a small medieval village in England’s Norfolk region to visit the site of a Marian apparition and what is believed to be the oldest shrine to Our Lady in the world. Save for a tiny chapel on the outskirts of the town of Walsingham, and a single stone … Read More