Think you can walk? This past weekend, this was a question that thirteen Thomas More students took to task as they followed in the footsteps of the Jesuit Martyrs of North America. Since 1996, the National Coalition for Clergy and Laity, a non-profit lay apostolate, has sponsored a walking Pilgrimage of Restoration. The pilgrimage begins at Lake George, New York, and stretches for a distance of sixty-three miles, concluding at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in the town of Auriesville. Although some of the students that went were seasoned veterans, it was the first time for many. Expectations were high as they drove out of campus Thursday evening. But what did they find on their pilgrimage?
Current junior Ian Kosko shares his impressions below:
“ Last weekend, the thirteen of us that went exchanged our books for hiking boots and our pens for prayer beads, and journeyed to upstate New York to take part in the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs. This three-day trek brings pilgrims from all over the country. They come to venerate the places hallowed by the martyrs and pray together for the restoration of a culture with Christ at its heart.