A Part of Something Bigger

    “This Pilgrimage has helped me realize that I am a part of something bigger!” was a frequent comment among St. Remy participants of this year’s annual Pilgrimage. They visited six different destinations during the 2 ½ day adventure to rediscover their Catholic roots in Cincinnati and witnessed how the different sites along the way continue to inspire the culture of Catholic education in the Archdiocese.

    The first destination was Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse to visit with the Sisters of Charity, a religious congregation that traces its roots to Elizabeth Ann Seton, North America’s first canonized saint.   Remyans enjoyed a tour of the magnificent four-story Immaculate Conception Chapel that displays a blend of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.

    Next, it was on to the Athenaeum of Ohio at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the third oldest Catholic seminary in the United States. The Athenaeum forms men and women to faithfully follow Christ and serve His mission by fulfilling their vocations in the Church. After visiting this landmark, Remyans arrived at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at the Milford Retreat house where they were able to experience a beautiful view of the Little Miami River and enjoy the peaceful environment for meditation and prayer.

    A visit to Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral, the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, was the fourth destination. There, Remyans appreciated a tour of the stunning cathedral constructed of pure white limestone, considered the tallest man-made structure in Cincinnati for many decades. The ornate Corinthian columns for the cathedral were crafted in and transported by water from Dayton, Ohio.

    The pilgrims next made their way to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati archives housed in St. Louis Church.  After attending Mass at St. Louis Church, they enjoyed lunch with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.  The planning committee for this trip was determined of one thing: “We’d like to meet the Archbishop and Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.” This was a tall order, but one that was fulfilled.  A tour of the Archdiocesan offices to learn about the Catholic heritage of Cincinnati followed.

    The final stop of the trip was a visit to the Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur. A fascinating history of the Sisters highlighting their founder, St. Julie Billiart, and a tour of the Motherhouse, rounded out the pilgrimage.

    This annual excursion is always a highlight of the St. Remy year. Pilgrims have an opportunity to pray, learn, and bond through this shared experience.