The Toronto Oratory continues the ancient Christian custom of making pilgrimages to the places sanctified by the life of Christ and the saints. Pilgrimages evoke the Church’s earthly journey toward the heavenly Jerusalem and are special occasions for renewal in prayer. Pilgrims undertake these journeys for many reasons: to honour Christ and the saints, to ask for spiritual favours or physical cures, to give thanks for some favour received, or to do penance for past sins. Over the years, several Fathers of the Oratory have led very successful pilgrimages to holy sites in Portugal, Spain, France, England, Italy, Sicily, and the Holy Land.
Fr. Michael Eades of the Oratory will lead a pilgrimage to Italy and England from October 11-20, 2019 to participate in the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman. After spending a few days in Rome and Assisi, the group will travel to London, Oxford, and Birmingham to visit notable locations from Newman’s life. For details and an application form, click here. In order for the trip to be assured, 20 pilgrims need to be registered by August 11.
Fr. Thomas Trottier of the Oratory will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from March 1-12, 2020, guiding pilgrims to the places personally sanctified by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, including Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, and the Sea of Galilee. For details and an application form, click here.