Image: CJ students, faculty, and staff gather for an all-school Mass at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles.
Archdiocese Marian Pilgrimage
A celebration two centuries in the making and Chaminade Julienne will play an important role in the sacred event.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will commemorate its bicentennial on June 19, 2021, but an event of this magnitude necessitates more than a single day of celebration, so the Center for the New Evangelization discerned the idea of a 33-day Marian Pilgrimage.
“We were talking about ways to actually unite the Archdiocese spiritually under Jesus through Mary,” said Christen Aquino, managing director of parish evangelization. “We’d also been talking a great deal about pilgrimage, and so the idea was born.”
The 33-day pilgrimage – the longest Marian Pilgrimage in the United States – gets underway on May 16 at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russells Point and will span more than 300 miles, stopping at 33 parishes throughout the Archdiocese.
As part of the pilgrimage, Chaminade Julienne will host a family-friendly concert, featuring the contemporary Christian band WAL, at Roger Glass Stadium on Saturday, May 29 following an outdoor Mass celebrated by Archbishop Schnurr. Food trucks will also be on site. It will be the largest event CJ has hosted since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, with an estimated 1,000 people expected to attend.
“We are approaching this with a great deal of joy and some trepidation,” CJ President Dan Meixner said.
The health and safety of those in attendance are of the utmost importance to the host school.
“Some attendees will be able to sit on the field for Mass and the concert and others in the stands,” Meixner said. “And all guests will be wearing masks.”
The stop at CJ is a natural fit for the historic event.
“Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the patroness of both the Sisters and the Marianists, our sponsoring religious communities – her mission is our mission,” Meixner said. “As Blessed Chaminade said, ‘We are all missionaries of Mary.’”
The Chaminade Julienne event is one of the four Cornerstone Events of the 2021 Marian Pilgrimage that includes the kickoff at Russells Point, a Mass and concert at Maria Stein and the final Consecration and concert at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. The pilgrims will travel with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by the Archbishop.
“We are one of the oldest archdiocese in the United States, so it’s pretty significant,” Aquino said. “And we knew we wanted to do a major event in each area of the Archdiocese.”
* Statue Guardian: Adults (ages 18+) can sign up for a leg – which lasts approximately 3-5 days – committing to walking and carrying the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima from parish to parish.
* Volunteer: Parking and hospitality volunteers are needed for the CJ and Maria Stein events. Volunteers are also being asked to donate “boxed/bagged” lunches for the pilgrims.
* Pilgrimage for a Day: Join the pilgrimage, walking for a day or part of the day.
* Attend an event: Attend one of the Cornerstone events or an event hosted by one of the parishes along the route.
* Spiritual Pilgrim: Pray 33 Days to Morning Glory, Marian Consecration, from May 17-June 18 with consecration on June 19.
For more information, visit www.mary2021.org or sign up at https://200.catholicaoc.org/marian-pilgrimage/join-in.
Family Concert and Mass
What: Outdoor Mass with Archbishop Schnurr, followed by food trucks and a concert, featuring Catholic Band WAL
When: May 29, 4:30-8 p.m.
Gates open – 3:45 p.m.
Vigil Mass – 4:30 p.m.
Food trucks open – 6 p.m.
WAL concert – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Chaminade Julienne Roger Glass Stadium
Tickets: General admission tickets are free but required for entry. Visit https://200.catholicaoc.org/marian-pilgrimage for details and Eventbrite link.