In this Jubilee Year, the experience of pilgrimage becomes a tangible sign of the choice of an individual to journey toward Christ, through sacrifice, penance, and prayer. In the course of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, our Marianist high schools made prayerful pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Over 100 Marianist high school students attended. And our Brother Joseph Fox Latin School were also well represented. 4,000 pilgrims descended on the Basilica for a day of prayer, song and Sacraments.
Opportunities for Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Rosary, private prayer and the Eucharist filled the day. Pope Francis has said he wants the church to live this holy year “in the light” of Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Luke: “Be merciful, just as your father is merciful. (Lk 6:36)”