Why Go on a Pilgrimage?

What’s the point of a pilgrimage? Is it just about sightseeing? Today, Dr. Sri explains the reasons it is good for any person to go on a pilgrimage. He also shares ideas on how to make pilgrimages without even leaving your own diocese. Finally, Dr. Sri offers four tips to follow when preparing for a pilgrimage.

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We need to step out of our normal routines and see the whole of our lives. We need to see where we’ve been and to see where God is leading us next.


4 Tips for When You Go on Pilgrimage
  1. Take time to prepare. Pray in anticipation of the pilgrimage. Pray for an openness to the graces that be made available to you on the pilgrimage

  2. Read and study about where you will be going on your pilgrimage. Understanding what it is you will see can help you enter more deeply into the pilgrimage.

  3. Take time to pray at each stop on your pilgrimage. Before you take pictures or look for a souvenir, pray. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and guide you.

  4. Have a takeaway at the end of each stop on your pilgrimage. Reflect on what you saw and what you learned. What do you want to remember? What do you want to apply to your life? What change do you feel called to make in your life?


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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.


  1. Thank you so much! We have many shrines near us in the Philadelphia area.

  2. I just listened to your podcast on pilgrimage. I’m amazed how God works in our lives. My husband and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in September and decided to go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima and Barcelona in October. This podcast came by accident or I should say God incident because it’s 4:10 AM in the morning. I was awake and decided to search for a reflection on ascension press. I discovered this podcast after listening to another podcast from Ascension press in all things catholic. I didn’t Google this ….nope …..God brought me to this podcast and I’m so grateful. I have a different perspective of our upcoming pilgrimage! I will definitely be a pilgrim, and not just a tourist. i’m so grateful to have found and now subscribe to you podcast .Thank you thank you thank you.


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