El Pasoans can join pilgrimage to Philadelphia for Pope Francis visit

(El Paso Times) Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States via the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia is more than six months away, but excitement to see the Pope is building in El Paso.

Officials with the El Paso Catholic Diocese are planning a pilgrimage to Philadelphia during the Pope’s visit Sept. 22-28.

El Pasoans can join the trip if they reserve their spot by the end of April.

“Bishop is planning to go. And anyone in the area who wants to go through Canterbury Pilgrimages and travel from El Paso will have the comfort of being near each other and knowing people from” their area, said Elizabeth O’Hara, spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.

Gregory Sylvain, director of marketing for Canterbury Pilgrimages & Tours in Bedford, N.H., said the trip will include components of the world meeting such as daily Mass. The meeting is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families held every three years. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

“They will have daily Mass and while in Philadelphia have the opportunity to do some sight seeing of a religious and historic nature,” Sylvain said.

On the second day of their arrival, for example, trip participants will attend World Meeting of Families events. And as time permits, they will be able to visit St. John Neumann National Shrine and the St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, located on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.


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