Pilgrim George, a humble, soft-spoken man has been walking pilgrimages, walking for Christ since 1970, and traveling about 40,000 miles. He started in a Catholic seminary to become a priest, but instead, felt God calling him to be a pilgrim, hermit, and prayer warrior for Christ. He has walked in the Holy Land, in the United States, in Siberia, and many more locations around the world.
Last week he was here at Martyrs’ Shrine and left an indelible impression upon the Shrine staff and all those visiting the grounds that day.
He doesn’t carry money in his three sacks, simply water, dried fruit, nuts and a tent. He doesn't want worldly belongings, but does accept the generosity of people he meets. Pilgrim George leaves footprints on the land that he traverses, but also on the hearts of people along the way.
We were blessed to be a “stop” on his journey.
The Shrine is a place of pilgrimage where many people visit on their journeys, however, the Shrine also offers short walking pilgrimages, for example pilgrimages to St. Ignace (the place of martyrdom of Saints Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lalemant) and processions to their gravesites at Ste. Marie.
If you are interested in this short, grace-filled and transforming experience of pilgrimage please contact the office