18 Aug

Watch the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play and visit endeared pilgrimage places in 2020.

The quaint European village of Oberammergau is world famous for the spectacular Passion Play performed solely by its residents just once every 10 years. Keeping a pledge made nearly 400 years ago, this reenactment of the Passion of Christ preserves...

15 Aug

Feast of the Assumption

In today's Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the holy faithful people of God express with joy their veneration of the Virgin Mother. They do so in the common liturgy and also in a thousand different ways...

11 Aug

Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

Today is the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi. St. Clare was born in 1193 in Assisi to a noble family. When she was 18, she heard St. Francis of Assisi preaching in the town square during Lent and she...

31 Jul

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Today, July 31, is the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Born in 1491, Ignatius was a different kind of saint. As the noted Jesuit historian Fr. John O'Malley, SJ, observed, "Ignatius redefined...

25 Jul

Feast of St. James the Apostle

Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early life, though it has been established that he is the son of Zebedee and Salome and brother of John the disciple. The title "the Greater" was added to St. James' name...

21 Jul

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene highlighted Christ's mercy towards a woman who was exploited and despised by those who believed they were righteous, but she was loved and forgiven by him. Dubbed as the Apostle of the Apostles, St. Mary Magdalene was...

30 Jun

Pilgrimage Updates: 16-Day Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Mary and the Saints in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy with Fr. Soy Hernando, M.B. last May 15, 2019

Fr. Soy Hernando began the pilgrimage with prayers at the airport. First group photo at the Dubai airport while waiting for their connecting flight to Lisbon, Portugal. A group photo in Fatima, Portugal. From Lisbon, Fr. Soy and our pilgrims...

29 Jun

$100 off Pilgrimages – Travel Madness Expo Sale

The Pilgrims' Center invites you to a life-changing, spiritual journey. Join a Pilgrimage! Save as much as US $100 per person on select pilgrimages* for bookings made from July 1 to 8, 2019. There are three ways you can avail of the discount:...

27 Jun

Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Today is the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succor) was spread in the Church by the Redemptorist priests. It is a very beautiful...

16 Jun

Pilgrimage Updates: Fr. Manny Cruz led a 16-day Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Medjugorje and the Balkan States plus Italy last May 4, 2019

Fr. Manny Cruz and our pilgrims began their pilgrimage with a Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zagreb, Croatia. Our pilgrims, Deo and Medy Concepcion, renewed their marriage vows in celebration of their...

31 May

Feast Of The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

When Mary hears of her cousin, Elizabeth's pregnancy, she immediately goes to stay with her, and help her through the last stages of childbirth. When Mary arrives, Elizabeth, alerted by her baby dancing for joy in her womb, responds to...

26 May

Pilgrimage Updates: : Bro. Bo Sanchez led a Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Portugal, Spain, France and Italy with Fr. Renan Michael La Guardia, SDB last April 23, 2019

Fr. Renan Michael La Guardia, SDB began the pilgrimage with a Mass at the Church of St. Anthony de Padua in Lisbon, Portugal. When you're discouraged, look up and smile. The God who created the heavens and earth loves you...

24 May

Pope authorizes pilgrimages to Medjugorje

The announcement was made by the Apostolic Visitator, Henryk Hoser and the Apostolic Nuncio. Ad Interim Director Gisotti: "Attention given to favouring and promoting the fruits of good", but this does not mean "an authentication of known events".   Massimiliano...

19 May

Pilgrimage Updates: Fr. Francis Lucas’ Holy Week in Italy with Holy Land pilgrimage last April 15, 2019

Fr. Francis and our pilgrims began their pilgrimage with a Mass at the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Italy. Note: As seen on the photo, the flesh and blood of Jesus exposed on a crystal monstrance and chalice...

13 May

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Today, the 13th day of May, is the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. It was on this day that the Blessed Virgin Mary started her series of apparition to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima...

05 May

May, the month of Mary

How do we make the most of May – the sweet month of Mary? The Church has a long history of dedicating the month to Our Lady, but history isn't what I want to stress with you. Rather, I want...

28 Apr

Divine Mercy Sunday

In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Today, we know that feast as Divine Mercy Sunday, named by Blessed John...

21 Apr

Easter Sunday

We began our Lenten journey with Jesus on Ash Wednesday. We followed Jesus as we accepted his invitation to take up our cross and follow him. We were with Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. On Holy Thursday,...

14 Apr

Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, the liturgy offers a panoramic view of the mysteries that we will contemplate during Holy Week or Paschal Triduum: the institution of the Eucharist, the passion and death of the Lord, and the prediction of His Resurrection....

25 Mar

Feast of the Annunciation

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. What is it about the Annunciation that is so captivating? Here's a meditation on how the story of Gabriel's visit to Mary can help us in our own relationship with God. The Annunciation...

24 Mar

Contemplative Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB

Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB led a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land last February 15, 2019. The pilgrimage was highlighted by deep reflections from Fr. Laurence at every place that was visited with some moments of contemplative meditation afterwards. The group...

06 Mar

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  It is a somber day of reflection on what needs to change in our lives if we are to be fully Christians. It was not always the way we know it today....

20 Feb

Pilgrimage Update: Batanes With Fr. Lawrence Llona

The pilgrimage began with a Mass at the Sto. Domingo de Guzman Church, also known as Basco Cathedral Fr. Lawrence and our pilgrims visited the iconic Tukon Chapel (Mount Carmel Chapel), whose design is inspired by the traditional Ivatan stone...

11 Feb

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Each year over 2 million people make their way through the mountainous country of southeastern France to Lourdes. They come seeking cures, hoping to find answers, believing, and praying. At Lourdes, people recall the Lady dressed in white, with a...

30 Jan

What is the point of a Pilgrimage?

What is the point of a pilgrimage? Pilgrimage is a part of many of the great religions of the world, for in religion humanity seeks the answers to the questions above. In Christianity, there are few acts of devotion as...

20 Jan

Feast of the Sto. Niño

In the Feast of Sto. Nino in the Philippines, Jesus points to the children as a model in obtaining the Kingdom. He specifically cited that childlike acceptance of the Kingdom is necessary. Clearly, Jesus is referring to some specific attitudes...

19 Jan

Pilgrimage Updates: Christmas in the Holy Land with Fr. Ryan Barrios

Fr. Ryan Barrios led a Christmas in the Holy Land pilgrimage last December 20, 2018. The pilgrimage began with a Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth."The very essence of Christmas is giving. God gave His only son...

09 Jan

Feast of the Black Nazarene

January 9 is the Feast of the Black Nazarene. A first group of Augustinian Recollect missionaries landed in Manila in 1606 from Mexico. They brought with them a dark image of Jesus Christ kneeling on one knee and carrying a...

07 Jan

Spiritual Resolution Ideas

Now that the New Year is here, here are some spiritual resolution ideas you can take, to get spiritually stronger in 2019. 1. Daily Mass. If you don’t go at all, try going one day a week. If you go one...

01 Jan

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

On New Year’s Day, the octave day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God, the divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin. It is the highest title of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Theotokos,...

30 Dec

Feast of the Holy Family

How’s your family today? Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, a very appropriate feast for our times today. The families of today are a lot more different from the families of yesteryear. I think there are more...

23 Dec

Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Advent

Reflection: An adopted man wanted to find out who is his real mother. So he asked his adoptive parents about the whereabouts of his biological mother. He was told that she lives in a faraway place. He told his parents;...

14 Dec

Simbang Gabi

In order to experience the real spirit of Christmas, one must prepare. One way of preparing spiritually for Christmas is to attend the Simbang Gabi, a nine-day novena Mass called Misa Aguinaldo. The nine-day tradition where we manifest our filial...

11 Dec

Pilgrimage Updates: Divine Mercy And Malaybalay With Fr. Angelo Te

The Pilgrimage began with a prayer of thanksgiving upon arrival at the Laguindingan airport in Cagayan de Oro led by Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr. Angelo Te. From the airport, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Panagatan restaurant in Opol,...

08 Dec

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Happy Solemnity!  This is a day to celebrate!  Today, we honor the glorious and miraculous Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother, an act of God's most profound mercy. It is fitting that we see the Immaculate Conception as an act...

02 Dec

What is Advent?

The New Year in the Church begins with the season of Advent — a time to help us prepare for Christmas, when we celebrate the fulfillment of our longing for the Savior with the birth of Jesus. Advent is the season that...

26 Nov

Pilgrimage Updates: South Korea with Our Lady of Naju with Fr. Larry Faraon

Fr. Larry Faraon recently led a 7-day Pilgrimage to South Korea with Our Lady of Naju. Fr. Larry Faraon and our pilgrims began their pilgrimage with prayers at the airport. "Every pilgrimage is an invitation, a calling from God.” ~ an...

20 Nov

Pilgrimage Updates: California’s Mission Churches with Our Lady of Guadalupe with Fr. Melvin Castro

Fr. Melvin Castro recently led a 14-day Pilgrimage to California’s Mission Churches with the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The pilgrimage began with a Mass at Mission Dolores Basilica or Mission San Francisco de Asis in San Francisco, California....

15 Nov

Holy Week, a time set apart for spiritual renewal

In the course of our busy week, we most likely have times set apart for certain things that are important to us—a workout, a few social phone calls, or maybe even a short catnap—so that we can renew ourselves, our...

22 Oct

Feast of St. John Paul II

Today, we celebrate the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II. John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In time, he made pastoral visits to 124 countries, including several with small Christian populations. John Paul...

16 Oct

Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

On Oct. 16, Roman Catholics celebrate the life of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the French nun whose visions of Christ helped to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart throughout the Western Church. Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse...

15 Oct

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

October 15 is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila Born in Avila, Spain, St. Teresa was a well-loved contemplative saint, mystic, writer, reformer,and theologian. She founded the Discalced Carmelites, and along with St. John of the Cross, the Discalced...

07 Oct

Feast of Our Lady of Rosary

On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th...

02 Oct

Feast of the Guardian Angels

October 2 is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Catholics believe that each soul, including Christians and non-Christians, has an angel assigned to it to give guidance throughout its life on earth. St. Basil explained, "Beside each believer stands an...

01 Oct

Happy Birthday, Fr. Jerry!

October 1 is the birthday of our dear Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD. Happy Birthday, Fr. Jerry! Thank you for inspiring us. You have influenced our lives for the better! We pray for your complete healing and full recovery! God bless...

29 Sep

Feast of the Archangels

September 29 is the Feast day of Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation. On the...

28 Sep

Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz

September 28 is the Feast day of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and companion martyrs. St. Lorenzo Ruiz, also known as San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, is the First Filipino Saint. He died as a martyr in Nagasaki at the age of...

20 Sep

Pilgrimage Updates: Pilgrimage to Taiwan and Okinawa with Fr. Dante Venus

Fr. Dante Venus, SVD led a Pilgrimage to Taiwan and Okinawa last September 6, 2018. We would like to share with you a short recap of their Pilgrimage. “What kind of life will lead us to His Kingdom? Only God...

08 Sep

The Feast on the Nativity of Mary

Mary’s birth was miraculous as she was conceived without sin as a special grace because God had selected her to become the mother of His Son, the spiritual mother of all men, and the holiest of God's creatures. Through her,...

01 Sep

Pilgrimage Updates: Iloilo with Fr. Ryan Barrios

A group photo at the Iloilo River Esplanade, one of the most beautiful landmarks of the city. Our pilgrimage began with a Mass at the Sta. Monica Church in Pavia, Iloilo A group photo at the Parish of St. Anne,...

19 Aug

Jesus, the Bread of Life, is in our midst

Today Jesus tells his disciples: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever." However, he doesn't stop there. Jesus continues: "The bread that I give is my flesh for the...

15 Aug

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This important feast commemorates two events – the departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven. The dogma of the Assumption of...

11 Aug

Feast of St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi is the founder of the Order of Poor Clares, whose brown-attire nuns devote their lives to prayer, poverty, mortification and manual labor. Filipino faithful have a special devotion to St. Clare, one of the first followers...

31 Jul

Today, on the Feast Day of St. Ignatius Loyola, we offer a prayer.

Creator God, who loves pilgrims everywhere, thank you for the journey of your saint, Ignatius of Loyola, who marked the path for those of us who follow his example in following Jesus. Thank you for drawing Ignatius to your grace...

16 Jul

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Carmelite order of the Roman Catholic Church dates back to 1155 CE. The group originated in the Holy Land of the Middle East as a group of hermit monks, but gradually transformed into a mendicant order—one that takes a...

08 Jul

God wants us to be His instrument

The Gospel of today begins with the episode when Jesus goes back to his hometown, Nazareth along with his disciples. According to Mark, Jesus had been preaching and working miracles in Galilee for many months. He had spent most of...

27 Jun

What is the story behind the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help?

The image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an icon, painted on wood, and seems to have originated around the thirteenth century. Traditionally, the image is also known as "Our Lady of Perpetual Succour."  The icon (about 54 x...

02 Oct

Pilgrimage Update: Catholic Shrines of Japan with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD

Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D., recently led our pilgrimage group to discover the history and faith of Catholic Japan. The pilgrimage begun with a Mass at Tabira Church in Hirado, where Christianity entered Japan in the mid 1500s. "We are pilgrims,...

28 Sep

Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz

September 28 is the Feast Day of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and his Companion Martyrs. Ruiz was a scribe and member of a rosary confraternity in Binondo in the 17th century. He left Manila to escape trumped-up charges against...

23 Sep

Happy Feast of St. Pio

On September 23, we celebrate the Feast of St. Pio Pietrelcina, or Padre Pio, as he is known worldwide. Padre Pio was a man who bore numerous sufferings and trials throughout his life with great patience, seeing in them a...

19 Sep

Bro. Bo Sanchez invites you to Receive Your Miracle!

I know a lot of people who travel often. I know a lot of people who take lots of holidays and vacations in different parts of the world Hong Kong, Bangkok, US, Europe but they never consider taking a holy...

08 Sep

Happy Birthday Mama Mary

Why is the birthday of our Lady so special, and what can we all learn from this special event? In a single liturgical year in the Catholic Church, there are feasts for nearly every aspect of Mary's life; her Queenship,...

11 Aug

A Pilgrim’s Journey

What makes a tour different from a pilgrimage? Just recently, Lourdes Policarpio was faced with a dilemma. "When I was considering going to Spain and Portugal, I pondered: on a tour or a pilgrimage? I am glad now that I...

07 Aug

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land by Fr. Vis Chua, SJ

Fr. Vis Chua, SJ and his sister, Yvonne Chua-Lih joined a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Manny Cruz last April 1, 2016. Here is a diary of their travel, including pictures, which we would like to share with...

05 Aug

My Holy Land Pilgrimage

by Macky Madlangbayan Going on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land was a dream come true for me. I'm sure most of us have bucket lists or to-do lists and most Catholics have "Go on a Pilgrimage to Israel" on...

03 Aug

An Unforgettable Holy Land Experience

[video width="640" height="360" mp4="https://pilgrimage.ph/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/The-Land-Where-Jesus-Walked.mp4"][/video] Mr. Ronald Tan joined our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD last March 7, 2016. He created a video diary of their unforgettable pilgrimage experience which his co-pilgrims call "a work of...

02 Aug

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing! — A Reflection for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On  December 8, when the whole Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother, my mind goes back to my first visit to the beautiful shrine of Lourdes tucked in the Pyrenees Mountains on the French-Spanish border....

01 Aug

What makes a Pilgrim?

Travelling is something we do. Or at least would like to.  The majority of people who travel do it for business. A good percentage does it for pleasure. But how many of us travel and after that attest that we...

28 Jul

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola! Ad majorem Dei gloriam.

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola On July 31, the Universal Church marks the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Spanish saint is known for founding the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, as well...

23 Mar

Lenten Fasting Advice from Pope Francis

I recommend the following as better fasting during this Lent: • Fast on offensive words and transmit only sweet and tender words• Fast on dissatisfaction and fill yourself with gratitude. • Fast on anger and fill yourself with meekness and...

02 Feb

Pilgrimages for 2017

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” ~ Psalm 84:5 A pilgrimage is a spiritual ...

02 Feb

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing! — A Reflection for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

On December 8, when the whole Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother,...