Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh planning to attend the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception now have until March 4 to register. The deadline was extended by one week to accommodate the faithful who are making last minute plans to attend.
Registration is required for those who will make the trip by bus on Friday afternoon, April 1, or early Saturday morning April 2. Registration is also necessary for those traveling Friday, who wish to stay at a Washington area hotel with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and others making the afternoon trip.
For those who plan to travel on their own to the pilgrimage, the Diocese is requesting that they inform the Diocese in order to help with planning purposes. They are asked to email Ms. Holly Stringer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Stringer can also answer any question regarding the pilgrimage.
The April pilgrimage is the second led by Bishop Burbidge to the National Shrine, with the first one taking place in 2008. The first attracted more than 1,500 faithful, who praised what they agreed was a moving and inspirational experience. Noting that the Diocese of Raleigh is under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, Bishop Burbidge said, “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., are serving as co-chairs, assisted by Sr. Rose Marie Adams, I.H.M., and Ms. Stringer.
Complete information on the pilgrimage, including schedule and registration form, is available on the website, accessed through the Diocesan Pilgrimage button on the left side of the home page. On the web page, you will also find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and the link to information on the Basilica of the National Shrine. As noted, the deadline for registration is now March 4.