The Walking Pilgrimage is a significant spiritual event. Participants travel 57.5 miles on foot, and the journey takes four days to complete, culminating in a solemn high mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The first pilgrimage from Great Meadows to Doylestown took place in 1988 and was organized by a committee consisting of Rev. Ignatius Kuziemski, Sister Teresa Gradowska, Sister Karolina Mackiewicz and Mrs. Emilia Golaszewska. At that time there were relatively few pilgrims; however, that situation has changed. The numbers have increased steadily through the years, with the total number of pilgrims last year being 2,500 people. Why do people go on this pilgrimage? The physical trip may take only four days to complete, but significant spiritual changes can and do occur during those days – different for each individual who participates. For some it is a deepening of their faith as a result of going to confession, receiving holy communion, praying privately and communally, singing and meditating. For others, it is a renewal of faith and spirit which may have been lost or weakened through the years, a regaining of purpose and direction which can affect the rest of their lives.
A pilgrimage by definition is a physical journey undertaken for a spiritual purpose. More importantly, it is an internal quest to find Jesus in our heart and to experience the peace and comfort that His presence within us brings.
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