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Catholic Pilgrimages for Youth and Young Adults

Pilgrimage 2013, Champion, Wisconsin
        July-August 2013 (Travel dates: July 30 - August 8, inclusive)
        This page is under construction, so please check back from time to time as we update it

  • July 30, Meet at 5:30pm for dinner and trip preparation, spend night at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City
  • July 31, travel to Ludington, take SS Badger accross Lake Michigan, then bus to Egg Harbor campgrounds
  • August 1, 1st walking day: From Egg Harbor to Potawatomi State Park
  • August 2, 2nd walking day: From Potawatomi to Maplewood
  • August 3, 3rd walking day: From Maplewood to Ahnapee Riv. Trails Campground
  • August 4, 4th walking day: From Ahnapee Riv. Trails C. to Champion
  • August 5, Visit to the Shrine all day
  • August 6, Recovery day, visit to Green Bay
  • August 7, Return home:
    • By bus through the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, accross Mackinac Bridge. Stops:
      • Shrine of Blessed Bishop Baraga in Marquette
      • Lunch, Muldoon's Pasty's, near Pictured Rocks
      • Stop for Fr. Marquette Memorial in St. Ignace
  • August 8, arrive at about 1:30am at Sacred Heart Parish for pickup and trip home - or overnight in the parish social hall, as on first night
  • See promotional poster here  (.pdf format, 2.5 MB)

Total: $999, which covers (each point explained lower on this same page):
  • Travel arrangements
  • Participation in all the events of the pilgrimage
  • Additional services from Trailblazers Youth Pilgrimages
Note: a packing list will be provided on the Trailblazers Web Site (under development), included recomended amounts of spending money, based on previous pilgrims' experiences. A tent and hiker's backpack will be necessary.

Travel arrangements
  • More details upcoming...

Preparatory events
  • A mandatory 3 day spiritual retreat (Fri-Sun) will be offered prior to the trip, stay tuned for more information
  • Fund raising and some warm-up walking will be very helpful for a successful trip

Additional services from Trailblazers
  • On-site chaplain 24/7
  • 3 day retreat / prep session
  • Christian Prayer book
  • Three Trailblazers t-shirts
  • Trailblazers support staff for
  • Emergency and organizational materials

Payment schedule:
Details shall be forthcoming

Pilgrim's Page
  • As the days draw near, all information, forms, announcements, packing suggestions, etc., can be found here.
  • (Under construction)

 Contact us:
Editor of The Compass -
Trailblazers Secretary-
Father Paul Ward: Trailblazers Director -
(248) 722-5808     *
Mailing Address: Trailblazers Youth Pilgrimages, 700 Maple Vista, Imlay City, MI 48444