It's almost here! The SSPX's annual Auriesville Pilgrimage of Tradition to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs!
The SSPX's longest-running annual pilgrimage here in the United States is the Pilgrimage of Tradition to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville in upstate New York. This year the pilgrimage takes place on Saturday, June 7th.
The scenic 10-mile trek starts at Lock 10 of the historic Erie Canal and proceeds to hallowed ground of the shrine, where over 400 years ago, a group of Jesuit priests and religious were martyred by the Iroquois Indians: Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, and John LaLande. Also near the same shrine is the birthplace of the Catholic convert, Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), called the "Lily of the Mohawks".
Nearly 600 pilgrims from across the East Coast attend this pilgrimage each year sponsored by the St. Ignatius Retreat House (Ridgefield, CT), and includes many traditional priests and religious. The event also allows traditional Catholics to renew old friendships and start new ones, all in a wonderful spirit of camaraderie and prayer.
This year, the Auriesville Pilgrimage has the honor of having as the guest speaker, Bishop Bernard Fellay, the SSPX's Superior General.
Read about the North American Martyrs (The Catholic Encyclopedia):
- St. Isaac Jogues
- St. Rene Goupil
- St. Gabriel Lalemant
- St. Charles Garnier
- St. Noel Chabanel