Each year, the Vocations Office sponsors a Pilgrimage to Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA for men who are either “open to” or have already expressed an interest in discerning a call to the Priesthood. The pilgrimage offers these men an introduction to diocesan seminarians studying at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and to see up close the environment of those who are currently in formation for the Priesthood.
"The one thing I found special about this pilgrimage was everything in itself," said Salvador. "From talking to the seminarians and to making new friends. Morning and evening prayers revealed to me that there was more to Catholic worship than just Mass. In addition, I spent the weekend with an awesome group of guys who had the same feelings of discernment to the priesthood."
For many participants of past pilgrimages, such an opportunity has had a profound impact on helping them discern their call from Christ and taking the next step toward entering a more intensive period of discernment as a Seminarian for the Diocese of Raleigh. This year’s pilgrimage took place February 26 – 28 and 42 men attended.
“The pilgrimage really gave me a tangible view of what I could be doing for the next years of my life, and it was really the final step in me discerning and knowing what God intends for me," said Joshua.
The first day of the pilgrimage included a celebration of the Holy sacrifice of the Mass at the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception, Washington DC. Then, they stopped at the Franciscan Monastery for site seeing the replicas of the sacred places of the Holy Land. They finished the day at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary spending Saturday and Sunday morning with Diocese of Raleigh seminarians.