The pilgrimage begins Sunday, May 16, 2021 with a Mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russells Point in the Northern area of the Archdiocese.
From there, a small group of pilgrims will begin this historic pilgrimage with a special statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by Archbishop Schnurr for this occasion.
The pilgrimage will last for 33 days, making stops at parishes in every deanery of the Archdiocese, and will be highlighted by four cornerstone family events.
The pilgrimage will end at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains on the day of the bicentennial, Saturday, June 19, 2021. On that day, the Archbishop will re-consecrate the Archdiocese to Jesus through Mary during a special Mass commemorating the bicentennial.
1:30pm Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Russells Point Harbor, followed by procession from Shrine to St Mary of the Woods Church. Light refreshments in church hall.
After the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, Adoration will be held until the following morning with Benediction before the 8:00am Mass. All are welcome to spend time in adoration throughout the night.
Rosary and Liturgy of the Word with outdoor procession around the church. Tentatively also planning a reception with food afterward, and a display of Mary around the world.
Mass, Holy Hour, Rosary, Marian concert, consecration to Mary, possibly also children/family activities and reception (depending on the Covid situation)
The Archbishop asked every institution in the Archdiocese to consider how to celebrate the upcoming bicentennial which will be commemorated on June 19, 2021. In response, the Center for the New Evangelization prayerfully discerned the idea of organizing a 33-day Marian Pilgrimage in order to prayerfully prepare for the Archdiocese to be re-consecrated to Jesus through Mary. Traditionally a preparation for a consecration to Jesus through Mary takes 33 days.
This is the longest Marian Pilgrimage in the United States – 33 days long – spanning over 300 miles with stops at 33 parishes in every deanery of the Archdiocese. We will be traveling with a special statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by Archbishop Schnurr. The final day of the Pilgrimage will be on the anniversary of the Bicentennial in which the statue will visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains and Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will lead a re-consecration of the Archdiocese to Jesus through Mary.
The Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima have always been closely connected to making a consecration to Jesus through Mary and to Pilgrimage. In 1942 Pope Pius XII consecrated the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in response to Our Lady of Fatima’s request. The location of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima is a popular Pilgrimage destination receiving up to 4 million Pilgrimages a year. At the same time, Pilgrim Statues of Mary have been deployed across the world to bring the message of Fatima and pray for Her special blessing.
Become a Spiritual Pilgrim! You can attend the Marian Prayer Service when the Pilgrim Statue visits a parish near you. Check out our daily prayers and resources on our website in order to walk the same “prayer journey” as the Pilgrims. Look for a free copy of the Marian consecration booklet 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-it-yourself retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration by Michael Gaitley, MIC., which will be distributed to every parish in the Archdiocese.
You can also join our Facebook group to follow the pilgrimage and get all the latest information. Marian Pilgrimage 2021 Facebook Page
Check out the map on our “Route Page” for an in-depth look at where the statue of Mary will be each day.
Yes! There are four “cornerstone” events that will be fun, prayerful, and family-friendly. All are invited to attend.
The day will begin with Pilgrims celebrating Mass at the host parish they arrived at the evening before. After Mass Pilgrims will begin their journey to the next host parish processing with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The average route will be about 10 miles. Pilgrims will have a prayer routine throughout the day that will include praying for intentions left on our webpage. Pilgrims might be joined along the route by individuals, groups or families that would like to walk a portion of the Pilgrimage. The itinerary on certain days will include stops in between the host parishes. These stops include local homeless shelters, pregnancy centers, to pray in front of Abortion Clinics or at correctional institutions. The day will end with a Marian celebration at the next host parish.
Virtus is the Safe Environment used by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and required for those working with vulnerable populations (minors, and older individuals). We are requiring it because the housing of pilgrims may include families with children, and we want to ensure the safety of all who participate. If you have not yet completed a Virtus Course through your parish, please contact Bill Mitchell ([email protected]), the Director for Safe Environment for the Archdiocese, as soon as possible.
The parish hosting the evening event will take care of sleeping arrangements for all pilgrims. You may be staying in people’s homes, at unused rectories, or if needed, a retreat center. Please note that we will be housing people by gender (including married couples).
We will provide times for stops along our route for bathroom breaks. There will also be a bathroom in the RV that will be traveling with pilgrims.
All meals will be provided, either by the parish/host families or by the CNE. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate. If you have significant dietary needs, (beyond gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian), please contact Wayne Topp. Pilgrims are welcome to bring their own snacks, and if needed, food (which could be stored in the RV fridge).
Pilgrims should expect to walk anywhere from 5 – 15 miles per day (8-10 is more likely). As such, participants should be in decent shape and have no major medical concerns that would prohibit them from being able to walk and to carry a statute (while taking turns) over the given mileage and days. The average distance of each leg of the pilgrimage is 40 miles.
Each day will include daily Mass and daily prayers, walking and carrying the statue. There may also be participation in regional large events (depending upon the leg you sign up for).
T-shirt, water bottle, journal/prayer guide, and other spiritual and bicentennial items.
Pack clothing that is conducive to the heat/weather, but also respectful and appropriate (i.e. no tight or short shorts, tanks, etc.). Participants will be given a t-shirt to wear for every day of the walk. Clothes for sleeping. Pillow & sleeping bag. Towel & toiletries. Good walking shoes. Rain Jacket. Bible/Journal. Rosary. Bags will ride in the RV.