After the cancellation of the pilgrimage in 2020 due to Covid-19, pilgrims are eager to get on the pilgrim trail again. We are anticipating that the Autumn 2021 pilgrimage will work out. However, for logistical considerations, it will be organized this year from Sedalia. Individuals or small groups who would like to participate in a pilgrimage that is organized and accompanied by experienced pilgrims are invited to register that begins at the in Sedalia on November 2, 2021 and should arrive at the shrine tomb of St Rose Philippine Duchesne on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 for a total distance of about 220 miles in 16 days of walking. Our Pilgrim Coordinator is Catherine, you can reach her at email@example.com.
Experienced pilgrims with the Society of Servant Pilgrims will participate in the pilgrimage and make arrangements with parishes and communities along the way to ensure that basic accommodation and meals are available every night. Any pilgrims who would prefer commercial accommodations where available must make their own reservations in those instances. Pilgrims will be briefed on the options for the day’s route. The route is generally quite flat and has a superb walking surface.
The group will assemble in Sedalia on the evening of Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the walking begins on Wednesday, November 3. Pilgrims can join from the beginning or at any point along the way. The pilgrim group will reach Jefferson City on the evening of Tuesday, November 9, which is an easy alternative starting point because of the Amtrak access.
The number of pilgrims is not fixed but shouldn’t overwhelm the host facilities. Beginning at Sedalia, a combined group no larger than maybe 12 or 15 would be an appropriate size. Anticipating that additional pilgrims will be gathering the group toward St Charles, arriving with a group of 20 to 30 would be manageable.
Pilgrims are responsible for themselves in every respect and in acquiring their own equipment. The Society of Servant Pilgrims will share camaraderie and encouragement and communicate with the parish and community hosts on behalf of the group rather than have each pilgrim contact them individually. Pilgrims can join or leave the pilgrimage at any point along the route. In some instances, there may be opportunities to attend religious services. There is no pressure for any pilgrim to participate.
In situations with no restaurants where pilgrims can eat dinner and breakfast individually, arrangements might be available for parishes to provide meals, or pilgrims would be expected to contribute to a communal meal. In general, lunches are prepared in advance and eaten on the trail. There are many days without midday opportunities to purchase food.
Information about each day’s destination and route can be viewed in the interactive map as well as the summary chart above.