Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2021 / 10:00 am
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will mark its bicentennial with a walking Marian pilgrimage, helping the faithful prepare for the re-consecration to Jesus through Mary.
On June 19, 2021, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding with a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving offered by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. At the Mass, Schnurr will re-consecrate the archdiocese.
As a spiritual preparation for the re-consecration, the diocese thought of a walking Marian pilgrimage.
“Traditionally the preparation for a consecration to Jesus through Mary takes 33 days,” said a statement from Jennifer Schack, the director of media relations for the archdiocese. “The 33-day pilgrimage is our way of bringing the archdiocese together to participate in the 33-day preparation.”
In the 33 days leading up to the anniversary, pilgrims will process throughout the archdiocese with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Pilgrims can sign up for three-day shifts for the pilgrimage, which will make stops at 36 parishes throughout the archdiocese. The 300-mile route will reach each deanery, or geographical region of parishes, of the archdiocese.
The archdiocese says the pilgrimage will be the longest Marian procession in the United States.
“Each of the 36 parishes hosting pilgrims has planned local prayer opportunities at their church including benediction, holy hours, rosary rallies, and Masses,” Schack explained.
While pilgrims have to sign up to walk the route, Schack told CNA that there will be four “cornerstone events” during the pilgrimage open to all the faithful of the archdiocese. The events are expected to have approximately 1,000 to 3,000 attendees.