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Since 2008, the Franciscan Spiritual Center has led pilgrimages and retreats to holy places.  More than simply a “tour,” pilgrimage is a spiritual journey, a holy wandering in “foreign places” that invites the people, place and culture to seep into us.  As we move from the clutter and busyness of our ordinary lives into a deeper awareness of God, we listen for guidance or courage or confirmation from the Holy One for the journey.


Join us on this pilgrimage to Northern California.  Experience the beauty of Carmel, the historic charm of Sonoma in the California Wine Country, the vibrancy of San Francisco, the hills and trails of San Juan Bautista.  Immerse yourself in the rich stew of 500-years of mixing indigenous, colonial, and religious cultures.  Franciscan friars and the Missions had a huge impact on California and its people.  Planning to establish each mission as a self-sustaining utopian community, their stories blend great beauty and great pain.  Junipero Serra’s missions may not have turned out as he conceived them, yet they continue as vital sacred places surrounded by big cities or charming towns.


Pilgrimage leaders, Eileen and Mark, will guide the journey with ways to prayerfully enter and reflect on the day.  Two beautifully located and peaceful Franciscan Retreat Centers offer us evening hospitality for a gentle community rhythm of engagement and reflection.

Dates:  May 13—20, 2019

If you are interested in attending this pilgrimage in California, please contact us soon.

This land package, based on double occupancy is $3390.

All of this and more can be found on our website: www.FrancisSpCtr.com/pilgrimage

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