Pilgrimage will open ‘doors of faith’ in three dioceses

Categories: Around the Diocese

Bus tour to visit cathedrals scheduled for Oct. 2-3

August 2, 2013, edition
By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully

Before the Year of Faith comes to a close, the “doors of faith” will open in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin cathedrals for local pilgrims.


St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, N.D., with its large stained glass windows, is the first stop on the second diocesan pilgrimage to cathedrals in nearby dioceses.

This October, representatives from the cathedrals will greet a bus filled with people from the St. Cloud Diocese. The greeters will explain the history of their dioceses and artistic and meaningful features of the cathedrals. Participants, traveling on the two-day pilgrimage, will sight see, pray and reflect at each site.

Participants can learn about the dedication and sacrifices of the generations that built the cathedrals and the importance of handing the faith to the next generation, said Father Tom Knoblach, spiritual director for the pilgrimage and pastor of Holy Spirit, St. Anthony and St. John Cantius parishes in St. Cloud.

The tour is a pilgrimage because it offers opportunities for prayer and reflection rather than just sight seeing, Father Knoblach added.

Participants will begin the journey, which is open to anyone in the St. Cloud Diocese and beyond, Oct. 2 at St. Anthony Church in St. Cloud. From there the bus will go to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo, N.D., and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston. Pilgrims will also visit Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Crookston. On Oct. 3rd, the pilgrims will see the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, Wis. before returning to St. Cloud that evening.

The tour is a sequel to the “Through the Doors of Faith” diocesan pilgrimage that ran May 22-23 and toured cathedrals in the dioceses of St. Cloud, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Winona and New Ulm. Participating in the first pilgrimage, however, is not a prerequisite for the October tour. Those who did not participate in the first pilgrimage will be able to travel on the second one without difficulty. JeriCo Christian Journeys of Mora coordinated the first pilgrimage and will facilitate the second one as well.

The pilgrimage is designed to be a way to celebrate the Year of Faith, which was called by Pope Benedict XVI for Catholics to reflect and rediscover their faith. The year of faith began Oct. 11, 2012 and runs until Nov. 24, 2013.

“We have many treasures in our backyard but often don’t see them,” said Father Knoblach. “[Participants] can see how the faith historically was lived out in our local church and area.”

The Through the Doors of Faith pilgrimage of northern cathedrals cost $295, including transportation, lodging, meals and donations. For more information call Colleen at JeriCo Christian Journeys at 877-453-7426.