Nearly 3,000 Pilgrims Participate in This Year’s Walk to Mary

May is the month of Mary, and on Saturday nearly 3,000 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.

Why do people come from across the country for the Walk to Mary? A walker named Sandy from Minnesota told us, “I have so many intentions to pray for, and I write a notecard with an intention for each mile of the way. I’m 70 years old, this is my third Walk, and I had a knee replacement 8 months ago. My orthopedist said do what you can do, listen to your body. But I’m listening to the Holy Spirit too. And with Mary’s help, I will get as far as I can go.”

Some were there not just to pray for others, but to walk on their behalf. That was the case for a pilgrim named Jerry who traveled all the way from Florida to attend the Walk to Mary. He said, “The purpose is to help my sister who had a stroke. Her muscles are not so good right now, so I’m walking here on her behalf for Mother Mary to help her.”

For some pilgrims this was their first Walk to Mary, but many others have been coming back year after year. The opportunity to pray, walk, spend time with family and friends, and honor Mary during her month is a special time when memories are made.

This was the 6th Walk to Mary for a pilgrim named Veronica, and she shared what brings her back year after year, saying, “The love for my Mother Mary, I just love her so much and I am very grateful for every single second of my life. I bring my family – my husband, my son, my daughters, my niece, and my nephew. It’s just beautiful. I love my Mother Mary so much. I just love her.”

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.