"Were not our hearts burning within us...?"

The Pilgrimage is a wonderful opportunity to learn to wait for the Lord day and night and to be able to recognize Christ who, coming out to meet us, evokes in us the need to be forgiven, tears us away from our distraction and draws us to Him anew, as He did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.
– Fr. Julian Carrón

A pilgrimage is a symbol of life; it makes us think that life is to walk … Walk with joy and walk also when the heart is sad, but always walk.
– Pope Fransis


8:00 a.m. near the pedestrian underpass at the Promontory Point
Hyde Park - Lake Shore Drive

8:00 a.m. | We gather. The pilgrimage booklets will be distributed.
8:10 a.m. | Introduction and Morning Prayer

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If you park near the Promontory Point area, please note that you will have to arrange for transportation back to your car.

The walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Tentative route along the Lakefront Trail:

  • Promontory Point
    Gather: 8:00 a.m. | Morning Prayer: 8:10 a.m. | 8:30 a.m. Walk begins

  • Burnham Park (@ 31st St. Beach)
    10:00a.m. (short stop)

  • Shedd Aquarium | LUNCH
    11:30 a.m. (1 hour stop)

  • Buckingham Fountain
    Short stop around 12:30 p.m.

  • Jane Adams Memorial Park /Ohio St. Beach
    Short stop around 1:15 p.m.

  • LaSalle Dr./Stockton Dr. park area
    Afternoon prayer around 2:00 p.m.

  • Cabrini Shrine (via Lincoln Park)
    Arrival approximately 3:00 p.m.

Approximate walking distance is 12 miles. Please bring rosary, your own boxed lunch and water.

The route is subject to change. The pilgrimage will take place regardless of weather conditions.


4:00 p.m. Mass at the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

3:00-3:15 p.m. | Arriving at the Shrine
Prayer in silence, Mother Cabrini Room visitation, confession
4:00 p.m. | Mass
5:00 p.m. | Tour of the Shrine
5:30 p.m. | The Shrine closes

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is a Catholic Shrine dedicated to the first American Citizen Saint and Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants.

Click here to visit Cabrini Shrine website

PARKING and public transportation
There is limited parking available at the Shrine.
Public transportation:
Buses 22 and 36 @ N. Clark Street

“Do you love me?”

It's the question Jesus asks Peter, after he had denied him three times. Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, that question reaches us today. "Jesus turns his gaze towards you as well, and he invites you to draw close to him. Dear young people, have you encountered this gaze? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this push to start walking? I am certain that, although din and dismay seem to be ruling the world, this calling continues to resound in your souls in order to open them to full joy” (Pope Francis).

Aware of our boundless need, we start walking with the desire to learn to answer “yes.” “In order to say this, no particular courage or ability is needed: one only needs to agree with that affection which is born of Him. Saying “yes” is born of the unmistakable experience of correspondence, it springs forth from recognizing a Presence that is connected to one's destiny” (Julián Carrón). “I can go wrong a thousand times, but I'm in: I'm in with the human affection which emanates from You, Jesus of Nazareth – I'm in” (Luigi Giussani).