Help us celebrate the Bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati with the longest Marian Procession in the United States.



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.

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Cornerstone Events

Opening Mass

May 16, 2021
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

Russells Point, OH

Mass AND concert

May 21, 2021
Maria Stein Shrine


May 29, 2021
Roger Glass Stadium

Chaminade-Julienne HS


June 19, 2021
Fountain Square, Cincinnati

Marian Pilgrimage Route

Click the the map markers to explore each stop along the route.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

1-2. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine / St Mary of the Woods

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.

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021


Rosary outdoors by the Mary statue.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

4. St Joseph Church

Holy Hour with exposition

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

5. Holy Rosary

Possible Marian Procession otherwise a Holy Hour

Thursday, May 20, 2021

6. Holy Holy Redeemer

Procession into church prior to Rosary & Mass. Pilgrim blessing.

Friday, May 21, 2021

7. Maria Stein Shrine

6pm Mass at St John parish church followed by procession to Maria Stein Shrine. Exposition at Maria Stein Shrine from 7-9:30pm. Christian Concert at Maria Stein Spiritual Center from 8-9:30pm

Saturday, May 22, 2021

8. Sacred Heart of Jesus (McCartyville)

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.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

9. Holy Angels

7pm Exposition and Benediction Prayers. Also may include prayers/meditations associated with Our Lady of Fatima.

Monday, May 24, 2021

10. St. Mary

7:00 pm Mass followed by reception and Veneration until 10 pm.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

11. St. Patrick

7pm Mass and Rosary.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

12. Sacred Heart

7:00pm Adoration


Christina McGrath

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

13. Mary Help of Christians

7:00pm Adoration


Christina McGrath

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Friday, May 28, 2021

14. Our Lady of the Rosary

7:00pm Marian Mass, bilingual


Fr. Ambrose Dobrozi

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

15. Emmanuel

7:00pm Holy Hour

Sunday, May 30, 2021

16. St. Benedict the Moor

6:30 doors open, 7:00pm Rosary & Prayer service starts

Monday, May 31, 2021

17. OL of the Immaculate Conception

7:00pm Rosary at Marian Shrine

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

18. Church of the Incarnation

7:00pm Holy Hour with Rosary & Benediction

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

19. St. Mary of Assumption

7:00pm Mass

Thursday, June 3, 2021

20. St. Francis de Sales

Holy Hour and Rosary

Friday, June 4, 2021

21. Our Lady of Sorrows

Mass, followed by Rosary procession w/ Knights of Columbus

Saturday, June 5, 2021

22. St. Julie Billart (Hamilton Cluster)

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.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

23. St. Maximillian Kolbe

Holy Hour and Rosary, with reflection on Our Lady of Fatima

Monday, June 7, 2021

24. St. Margaret of York

Mass, Holy Hour, Rosary, Marian concert, consecration to Mary, possibly also children/family activities and reception (depending on the Covid situation)


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

25. Jesuit Spiritual Center

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

26. Holy Trinity

Holy Hour and Evening Prayer

Thursday, June 10, 2021

27. St. Bernadette

Mass, possible reception after depending on Covid

Friday, June 11, 2021

28. Athenaeum of Ohio

Holy Hour and Rosary that evening, morning Mass and blessing the next day at 7:00 or 8:30 am

Saturday, June 12, 2021

29. St. Gertrude

Marian concert, renewal of consecration to Jesus through Mary, overnight veneration of statue and Rosary.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

30. St. Cecilia

Outdoor reception and then Mass.

Monday, June 14, 2021

31. (Church of) Resurrection

Liturgy of the Word

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

32. St. Ignatius

Mass with Eucharistic adoration/procession, possible reception/social event as well


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

33. Our Lady of Lourdes

Thursday, June 17, 2021

34. St. Monica-St. George

Mass, possibly outdoors, with Eucharistic adoration/procession, possible reception/social event as well

Friday, June 18, 2021

35. Holy Cross - Immaculata

Friday, June 19, 2021

36. Cathedral Basilica


General Questions

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.

  • May 16, 2021: Opening Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Russells Point OH
  • May 21, 2021: Evening Procession, Holy Hour and Movie Night at the Maria Stein Shrine
  • May 29, 2021: Family Concert at the Dayton Dragons Stadium
  • June 19, 2021: Family Concert at Fountain Square with Marian Consecration

Pilgrim Questions

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.

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Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception




Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact James Hess at [email protected]

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