Lake Wobegon Trail to be site for Oct. 13 Pilgrimage for Life

Categories: Around the Diocese

Sept. 27, 2013, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

With fall colors approaching, the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family is encouraging walkers and bicyclists to venture to the Lake Wobegon Trail to show their support for life.

The office is hosting a Pilgrimage for Life Oct. 13 on the trail. The pilgrimage is open for people of all ages and at no cost.

Watercolor posters showing the progression of a baby from conception until birth will dot the path as well as stations with water and prayer ideas. The pilgrimage will conclude with a short prayer service in Avon.

“This is to call attention to life,” said Chris Codden, diocesan director of the office of marriage and family. “It’s a walk and awareness for life.”

Codden adds that the event is not a race, but rather a pilgrimage in which a person sets aside time and travels with a particular purpose in mind, namely, life.

“It’s an opportunity for families to be together,” Codden said. “We’re not asking for anything but prayer.”

Walkers will begin the pilgrimage at 12:30 p.m. at the Albany Lake Wobegon Pavilion and head southeast.

Bicyclists start at 2 p.m. at the St. Joseph Lake Wobegon Pavilion and travel northwest.The groups will meet in Avon around 3:30 p.m. for the prayer service. After arriving in Avon, participants may fill out postcards with messages to support life to be sent to senators and representatives.

A shuttle bus will bring participants back to their starting points. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.

To register go to or call 320-252-4721.