Spring Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage to Taize France

Registration now open - click here to apply.
Deadline is: November 3rd: 4:30 pm
Pilgrims notified by November 17th
Total Cost: $1200
Payment Deadlines:

December 8th: $250
January 19th: $350
Feb 9th: $350
March 2nd: $250

No refunds can be made after the first payment is made.

Over 100,000 of young adults young adults from all over the world make the pilgrimage each year to Taize, France. As one of the most prominent Christian Pilgrimage sites in the world today, pilgrims who come wo Taize are invited to search for communion with God through community prayer, song, silence, personal reflection and group sharing.  

Students will:

  • Enter into a week of contemplation and prayer with the Taize Community in Taize, France
  • Live in community with our Christian sisters and brothers from all over the world.
  • Experience the role contemplation and prayer play in building a more just world

Application Process

***NOTICE: A letter of recommendation from a rector or another faculty/staff member who can testify to your spiritual life is required for all the Spring 2018 pilgrimages. Please contact your recommender and have them submit a recommendation from this link before November 3, 2017: Faculty / Staff Recommendation Form

The cost of the pilgrimage is $1,200 in total and will cover transportation to and from South Bend, lodging, pilgrimage destinations, supplies, and meals.

*Please note: Please do not let finances inhibit your ability to apply for or participate on this pilgrimage. Financial support requests are reviewed in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid, and financial support availability will be communicated upon acceptance. Please contact us to learn more information about financial support opportunities.

Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than Friday, November 17th, 2017. If accepted, students will have until December 1, 2017 to secure their spot on the pilgrimage by making their first payment. Availability and amount of financial support will be communicated with a student's’ acceptance email. The payment schedule is listed below and may be altered if financial assistance is granted with accepted.

  • Deposit – December 8, 2017 - $250 (secures place on trip)
  • First Payment - January 19, 2018 - $350
  • Second Payment - February 9, 2018 $350
  • Final Payment – March 2, 2018 - $250

Formation Nights

For students attending the pilgrimage, three mandatory formation nights will be scheduled after pilgrims have been chosen. These formation nights will cultivate spiritual and situational awareness needed for the pilgrimage. Students must be present for all formation night meetings.

If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please contact Christian Santa Maria at santamaria@nd.edu

 


 

Pilgrimage to San Salvador, El Salvador

Registration now open - click here to apply.
Deadline is: November 3rd: 4:30 pm
Pilgrims notified by November 17th
Total Cost: $1200
Payment Deadlines:

December 8th: $250
January 19: $350
Feb 9th: $350
March 5th: $250

No refunds can be made after the first payment is made.

During the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s, faithful men and women laid down their lives in a pursuit of justice and a call to be faithful to the Gospel. Follow in the footsteps of martyrs St. Oscar Romero, the four churchwomen of El Salvador, and the Jesuits with their housekeeper and daughter, to discover how faith calls us to be peacemakers in our world. Journey with us as  we encounter the people of El Salvador, their stories and hear how the faith of these holy women and men are still alive in the hearts of Salvadorans today.

Students will:

  • Visit the martyrial and burial sites of St. Oscar Romero, the four church women, and the Jesuits with their housekeeper and daughter.
  • Understand the dynamics going on within the country as well as the Church of El Salvador
  • Visit the national Cathedral of El Salvador and attend Mass in the crypt
  • Spend time in homestays with families to hear first-hand the faith and history alive in the Salvadoran people
  • Explore the legacy these holy women and men have left behind through the faith based organizations working for peace in El Salvador today

Application Process

***NOTICE: A letter of recommendation from a rector or another faculty/staff member who can testify to your spiritual life is required for all the Spring 2018 pilgrimages. Please contact your recommender and have them submit a recommendation from this link before November 3, 2017: Faculty / Staff Recommendation Form

The cost of the pilgrimage is $1,200 in total and will cover transportation to and from South Bend, lodging, pilgrimage destinations, supplies, and meals. An opportunity to personally purchase hand made art from local artisans will be made available and is encouraged.

*Please note: Please do not let finances inhibit your ability to apply for or participate on this pilgrimage. Financial support requests are reviewed in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid, and financial support availability will be communicated upon acceptance. Please contact us to learn more information about financial support opportunities.

Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than Friday, November 17th, 2017. If accepted, students will have until December 1, 2017 to secure their spot on the pilgrimage by making their first payment. Availability and amount of financial support will be communicated with a student's’ acceptance email. The payment schedule is listed below and may be altered if financial assistance is granted with accepted.

  • Deposit – December 8, 2017 - $250 (secures place on trip)
  • First Payment - January 19, 2018 - $350
  • Second Payment - February 9, 2018 $350
  • Final Payment – March 2, 2018 - $250

Formation Nights

For students attending the pilgrimage, three mandatory formation nights will be scheduled after pilgrims have been chosen. These formation nights will cultivate spiritual and situational awareness needed for the pilgrimage. Students must be present for all formation night meetings.

Final Note for El Salvador

The country of El Salvador is one of great beauty and rich history. However, El Salvador is listed as a travel warning country. Campus Ministry, Notre Dame international (NDI), and our community partner in El Salvador, Crispaz,  are committed to the safety and security of all students who are in our care. With your safety and security in mind, full approval for the El Salvador pilgrimage through NDI will be made in early January. Reimbursements will be offered if this pilgrimage does not get further approval.

If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please contact Christian Santa Maria at santamaria@nd.edu

 


 

Pilgrimage to New Orleans

Registration now open - click here to apply.
Deadline is: November 3rd: 4:30 pm
Pilgrims notified by November 17th
Total Cost: $900
Payment Deadlines:

December 8th: $200
January 19: $300
Feb 9th: $200
March 5th: $200

No refunds can be made after the first payment is made.

New Orleans is the intersection of African-American Culture and Catholicism.  We will journey in the footsteps of the French, Spanish and African American ancestry to discover and understand the different expressions of a unified Church, how people's identities intersect (e.g. race culture, religion, ect.), and recalling how history influences our present lives.

“In the Catholic area of New Orleans, religion became a binding force, creating a community of people holding similar beliefs and attitudes toward suffering and pain as well as sinfulness and salvation.”

Lori Renee Pastor, Black Catholicism:Religion and Slavery in Antebellum Louisiana, 2003.

Students will:

  • Visit predominantly black Churches to experience the different ways of liturgical expression.
  • Understand the dynamics  within the city (social, economic, race, and faith)
  • Opportunity to encounter historical persons and their influence on music, faith, and social justice
  • Spend time in understanding the unique expressions of the legacy of the City; such as, Mardi Gras, Zulu parade, Jazz, etc.
  • Reflecting on the resilience of the city in and through natural disasters, civil rights movement, discrimination of black church, etc.
  • Experience God’s presence in all aspects of our senses; includes: tasting the foods, listening to the music and walking the streets of this historical city.

Application Process

***NOTICE: A letter of recommendation from a rector or another faculty/staff member who can testify to your spiritual life is required for all the Spring 2018 pilgrimages. Please contact your recommender and have them submit a recommendation from this link before November 3, 2017: Faculty / Staff Recommendation Form

The cost of the pilgrimage is $900 in total and will cover transportation to and from South Bend, lodging, pilgrimage destinations, supplies, and meals. An opportunity to personally purchase hand made art from local artisans will be made available and is encouraged.

*Please note: Please do not let finances inhibit your ability to apply for or participate on this pilgrimage. Financial support requests are reviewed in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid, and financial support availability will be communicated upon acceptance. Please contact us to learn more information about financial support opportunities.

Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than Friday, November 17th, 2017. If accepted, students will have until December 1, 2017 to secure their spot on the pilgrimage by making their first payment. Availability and amount of financial support will be communicated with a student's’ acceptance email. The payment schedule is listed below and may be altered if financial assistance is granted with accepted.

  • Deposit – December 8, 2017 - $200 (secures place on trip)
  • First Payment - January 19, 2018 - $300
  • Second Payment - February 9, 2018 $200
  • Final Payment – March 2, 2018 - $200

Formation Nights

For students attending the pilgrimage, three mandatory formation nights will be scheduled after pilgrims have been chosen. These formation nights will cultivate spiritual and situational awareness needed for the pilgrimage. Students must be present for all formation night meetings.

If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please contact Christian Santa Maria at santamaria@nd.edu