Itinerary set for Diocesan 150th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Rome and Annecy.

Father John Solomon gives an overview of the Diocesan 150th Anniversary Pilgrimage

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has announced plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a year-long celebration that will include special Masses and prayer services, pilgrimages, a keepsake-publication, a traveling exhibit, and a Eucharistic Congress. The Diocese of Wilmington was established on March 3, 1868 by Blessed Pope Pius IX. The celebration year will open with a Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

In April of that year, a pilgrimage to Annecy and Rome will take place. Annecy, the birthplace of Saint Francis de Sales, patron saint of the Diocese of Wilmington, is an alpine town in southeastern France, where Lake Annecy feeds into the Thiou River. It’s known for its cobbled streets, winding canals, and pastel-colored houses. Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display, including ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum. It is the home of Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, as well as the burial place of Blessed Pope Pius IX, the diocese’s founder.

Read more about the pilgrimage in The Dialog, here.

Download the pilgrimage brochure, here.

Learn more about the 150th anniversary celebration, here.