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Jesuit Canoe Pilgrimage

On Monday, July 17, 14 pilgrims will depart St. Louis and journey back to the 17th century. 

Led by Fr. Joseph Hill, SJ, Chris Farrell, SJ and Andy Lange, 11 high school students (seven from De Smet Jesuit, four from St. Louis University High School) will retrace the footsteps of the Jesuit missionary St. Jean de Brébeuf. Their pilgrimage will take them to the historic and spiritual heart of the Jesuit mission to the Huron Indians in Ontario, Canada. 

 Fr. Joseph Hill, SJ
Fr. Joseph Hill
Fr. Chris Farrell
Mr. Chris Farrell
The group will spend three days and nights canoeing and camping along the route travelled by Brébeuf, a Jesuit martyr, experiencing what life was like for the early Jesuits. They will also visit the Martyrs’ Shrine, where Brébeuf’s relics are preserved.  

This trip is part of a larger project called the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage 2017. Organized by the Jesuits of English Canada to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the larger group will canoe along the trade route travelled by Brébeuf and his fellow Jesuits. This journey begins July 21 at Sainte Marie-among-the-Hurons, the reconstructed site of the Jesuit mission to the Huron people. 

With paddlers coming from all walks of life, the Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage will provide an experience of encounter between different cultures that will encourage dialogue, reconciliation and friendship. 

Please pray for the safety of these pilgrims and the success of their journey. 





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