On May 18th, 2019, the Church of St. Joseph in San Antonio, Texas trekked a 5 mile route to all the spanish missions in the San Antonio area.
Led by Fr. Stephen Zigrang, all the missions were visited during this pilgrimage with the exception of Mission Espada, and the Alamo, which is no longer consecrated ground. Other faithful from surrounding areas such as Houston, Dickinson, Spring, New Braunfels and Austin joined the parish in its annual pilgrimage.
Mass in honor of St. Venatius, the Saint of the day, was offered at 7am at St. Joseph's, as well as a small breakfast gathering after mass. Strengthened and nourished with the bread of heaven, the pilgrims braved the warm and humid Texas weather, as well as rain. This pilgrimage grabbed the attention of many on the way, as well as a Muslim, and a group of non-Catholics.
They concluded the pilgrimage at Mission San Juan with the singing of the Society's hymn, Sancte Pie Decime.
Father Zigrang gave his blessing in the main church to all of the pilgrims present. At the end of this pilgrimage, we gave thanks to a Local venerable, Ven. Margil de Jesus, the founder of hundreds of Missions throughout the South, Mexico and Central America. The best of his missions exists in San Antonio, which is the mission of San Jose, where a few of his relics are kept, and the mission operated by Franciscans.
Please consider joining the faithful next year in a small, but life changing trip, to see the beauty of South Texas, and the work of the hands of the Church Militant.