Nearly 2,000 Pilgrims Join in the Walk to Mary Pilgrimage

May is the month of Mary, and this past Saturday nearly 2,000 pilgrims gathered together to honor our Blessed Mother in a pilgrimage like no other.  The Walk to Mary is a 21-mile walking pilgrimage from the National Shrine of Saint Joseph in De Pere, Wisconsin, to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. For several years, Relevant Radio has been a sponsor of the event, and many of our associates and listeners have attended, including Father Rocky, Relevant Radio’s CEO/Executive Director.

Pilgrims from 34 states gathered to pray and journey together as they walked to Mary to get to Jesus. It was the first Walk to Mary experience for more than half of the pilgrims this year, with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and California being the most represented states.

But why would people from across the country gather to walk 21 miles from shrine to shrine? As the Walk to Mary web site says, “We walk because life is a journey of discovery and revelation, not a destination.  Along the way, we tire, toil and triumph. We empty ourselves out, making room for the Holy Spirit to expand within us.  When we arrive, tired and exhausted, we encounter the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help as a refreshing oasis along life’s journey, offering respite for all who are weary and thirsty.

To all who joined in the Walk to Mary this year, thank you! Our Lady of Good Help, pray for us!

Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.