National Shrine Pilgrimage
Confirmation letters for the diocesan pilgrimage will be sent via regular us mail on Friday, March 18. They will include bus pick-up times and locations and other pertinent information about the pilgrimage.
We apologize for the delay. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have further questions. Thank you for your patience through the registration process. We look forward to seeing you at the pilgrimage.
- Holly Stringer, Diocesan Pilgrimage Committee, email@example.com or call 919-645-4447.
Letter from Bishop Burbidge
December 4, 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am pleased to announce the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 2, 2011. At the request of the third Bishop of Raleigh, the Most Reverend Vincent S. Waters, Pope Pius XII placed our Diocese under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1945. With our nation and our Diocese dedicated to Our Blessed Mother under this title, it is only fitting that we make this pilgrimage to Her National Shrine.
The upcoming Pilgrimage will be a witness to our faith as we gather around the Shrine of Our Blessed Lady and pray together for our Diocese, for our nation and for peace. Many still recall their special graces and fond memories of our last pilgrimage in 2008, when over one thousand gathered in prayer as a Diocesan Church to honor Our Blessed Lady. Once again, I envision people of all ages, from various cultures, walks of life, Parish and Diocesan organizations worshiping Christ and honoring His Blessed Mother.
Father Justin Kerber, C.P., V.F., and Father John McGee, O.S.F.S., have accepted my invitation to act as co-chairs for our Diocesan Pilgrimage, assisted by Sister Rose Marie Adams, LH.M. and Holly Stringer. This committee has already begun their work and will coordinate with the Deans, Pastors and Pastoral Administrators to assure the greatest participation of the faithful throughout our Diocese.
Please consider joining me on this Diocesan Pilgrimage as a reflection of your love for Our Blessed Mother and your desire to grow ever closer to her Son. Reserve the date on your calendar and look for further details soon to follow. With the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, let us begin now to pray fervently that God will bestow many graces and blessings upon each of us and the Diocese of Raleigh.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception