2017 Auriesville Recap And Sermons:
The weekend of September 8-10 marked this year’s pilgrimage to Auriesville, NY, site of the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs. It was in Auriesville that three of the eight North American Martyrs, St. René Goupil, St. Isaac Jogues, and St. John de Lalande were martyred, and where St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born and grew up. Around 500 faithful came from the northeast area to honor the martyrs of Auriesville through this event.
The pilgrimage began on Friday night with Mass, a campfire, and sung Compline. On Saturday morning pilgrims gathered for a pep talk and a blessing by Fr. John Bourbeau before beginning the ten-mile walk. A life-size statue of our Lady of Fatima, carried by the men and boys of Christ the King parish in Ridgefield, CT, fittingly proclaimed the theme of this year’s pilgrimage. The statue was preceded by the boys of Blessed Virgin Mary Academy in Warners, NY, who led the pilgrimage with a large wooden cross. Following the statue came the girls of the academy, who livened the spirit of the pilgrimage by singing chants and hymns along the way. The midday talk, given by Fr. Adam Purdy, highlighted the theme of the pilgrimage, Fatima. Upon reaching the shrine, the triumphant but weary pilgrims consummated the pilgrimage with a procession and a solemn high Mass in the shrine. While many left after the Te Deum marking the end of Mass to make the long drive home, others chose to camp overnight in order to attend the Sunday Mass which officially closed the pilgrimage.