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Magnificat Pilgrimage of Hope

July 07, 2008 - 3:38 PDT


YONKERS, NY (JULY 7, 2008) - The Magnificat Pilgrimage of Hope, a two-day celebration of the Catholic faith that promises to be a source of spiritual renewal for its participants, will be held Columbus Day weekend, October 11 and 12, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Pilgrimage of Hope will combine beautiful liturgies and prayer times with presentations by leading Catholic thinkers on a wide range of faith topics. It is being organized by Magnificat, the monthly Catholic prayer booklet and worship aid, to commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of the dioceses of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Louisville and the elevation of the Diocese of Baltimore to the rank of an archdiocese.

"The Pilgrimage is meant to be a family reunion for all those who love the Catholic faith," said Fr. Daniel Barron, O.M.V. pilgrimage director. "At the same time, we are striving to create the time and space for real prayer and recollection."

Dr. Michele Schumacher, a professor of theological anthropology who has written extensively on the Church's vision of the human person and the vocation of marriage, will deliver the opening keynote on "Prayer Life of the Christian Couple." Major addresses also will be delivered by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., editor-in-chief of Magnificat; and Archbishop Robert LeGall, O.S.B., of Toulouse, France, who will speak on the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparition in Lourdes.

Pilgrimage of Hope attendees also will hear from leading Catholic thinkers in 16 specialized sessions. Some of the featured topics include the Eucharist, Scriptures, sacred music and art, lectio divina, the saints as spiritual guides, Catholic parenting, ancient Christian writers and the theological virtue of hope.

The session presenters are a distinguished group of experts, scholars and authors, including: Douglas Bushman; Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.; Fr. Tom Carzon, O.M.V.; Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.; Sr. Timothea Elliot, R.S.M.; Dr. Anthony Esolen; Drs. David and Angela Franks; Fr. Peter Girard, O.P.; Sr. Genevieve Glen, O.S.B.; Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P.; Lisa Lickona; Ralph Martin; Fr. Michael Morris, O.P.; Dr. Ann Orlando; Marilyn Quirk; and Monsignor James Turro.

Musical offerings will take place throughout the Pilgrimage of Hope culminating in a Saturday evening concert entitled "Magnificat in Music." Presented with prayerful reflections and historical explanation, the concert will trace the evolution in song of Mary's canticle of praise and thanksgiving. Boston's Seraphim Singers will perform selections from Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, concluding with Bach's "Magnificat in D." The Boston Boy Choir also will perform.

Seán Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston, and Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux, France, will join in the Pilgrimage of Hope on its final day for a solemn closing Mass. The French connection stems, in part, from Jean-Louis Lefevre de Cheverus, the first bishop of Boston, a Frenchman who went on to become cardinal-archbishop of Bordeaux.

Now in its tenth year of publication in the United States, Magnificat is read by more than 230,000 each month. Presented in a day-by-day format, Magnificat includes prayers for the morning and evening, daily Mass readings, meditations, essays on the lives of the saints, a sacred art commentary and other spiritual writings. It is available in English-language and Spanish-language editions.

The Magnificat family of publications also includes MagnifiKid!, a Sunday missalette for children; Rosary, Advent and Lenten companions; and the books "Benedictus," "The Wonders of Lourdes" and "Praying with Saint Paul."

For further details or an interview, please contact Paul Snatchko at (914) 502-1846 or A complete Pilgrimage of Hope schedule and registration information can be found at

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Paul Snatchko - Manager of Marketing & Communications, 914 502-1846





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