Create Your Own Pilgrimage

A Double Solar Illumination at
Mission Concepción  

You really don't have to travel to Europe to make a religious pilgrimage.  You really don't even have to go out of state, or away from your hometown!   A hike to your local church or a nature hike could just as easily be a holy experience.  As long as your trek is focused on God, you can count it as a pilgrimage.

Most American cities have lots of beautiful churches that can be very inspiring to explore.  Mapping out a few and then hiking from one to another could make an awesome pilgrimage!  And you wouldn't even have to book a flight.

If you don't live too far from San Antonio, hiking to the churches listed below would be a wonderful (and exhausting!) pilgrimage.  Although it is only about a 12 mile stretch, spreading the pilgrimage  out over a few days might make it more of a medieval-ish adventure!  Use the addresses below and an online map to plan out a walking route connecting these religious and historical sites ...

231 W. Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

202 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
623 East Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
807 Mission Road
San Antonio, Texas 78210
701 East Pyron Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78214

9101 Graf Road
San Antonio, Texas 78214
10040 Espada Road
San Antonio, Texas 78214

St. Joseph Benedict Labre made pilgrimaging from one church to another a way of life for many years ...

St. Benedict Joseph Labre: Mental Illness, Prayer, and Exercise
August 23, 2013 issue of Today's Catholic