In France there are several "formal" and organised catholic pilgrimage each year to Lourdes, Chartres, Vezelay for boy-scouts and other shrines that occures a few times, sometimes even once a year and are an occasion of gathering around faith. What are, if they exist, the organised pilgrimages equivalent in America? Is there a database of them?

I googled a bit and only found the Marian Days for the Vietnamese American Roman Catholics.

By catholic I mean the branch of the Christian Church that accepts the Pope as its leader and is based in the Vatican in Rome.

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    Are you asking for recognized places that are sacred sites for pilgrims or for more formal pilgrimages in North America that are organized like that of the Chartres - Paris pilgrimage?
    – Ken Graham
    Aug 3, 2016 at 12:47
  • @KenGraham Thanks for considering, I am aking for formal and organized pilgrimages like Paris- Chartres' one either in North, South or Latin America if it isn't too broad. Aug 3, 2016 at 12:50
  • I think there are several pilgrimage places in Latin America (Our Lady of Guadalupe for sure), I think you should limit this to the United States or ask another question
    – Peter Turner
    Aug 18, 2018 at 2:44
  • @PeterTurner Understood, I will limit to the United States and Canada if it ever exists some Aug 18, 2018 at 11:21

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The Society of St. Pius X has been hosting annual U.S. pilgrimages for nearly two decades. From their site:

Pascua Florida Pilgrimage to St. Augustine

March 29-April 3, 2016 6-day, 100 miles (75 miles of walking and 25 miles of canoeing) to St. Augustine, FL, the oldest continuously-settled city in the United States. Discover more about this pilgrimage>

Cataldo Pilgrimage to Sacred Heart Mission

July 22-24, 2016 3-day, 50-mile to Sacred Heart Old Indian Mission in Cataldo, ID, the oldest Catholic church in Northwest U.S., founded by Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet. Discover more about this pilgrimage>

Santa Fe Pilgrimage to Padilla Cross

July 22-23, 2016 33-miles overnight (men and boys only) to the monument at Lyons, KS, erected to honor America's Protomartyr, Fr. Juan de Padilla (+1542). Discover more about this pilgrimage>

There's also a Starkenburg Pilgrimage and an Auriesville, NY, pilgrimage, which honors "a group of Jesuit priests and religious [who] were martyred by the Iroquois Indians" "over 400 years ago".

The American branch of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), a lay Catholic group, also does Marian pilgrimages.

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    It might be a bit of subterfuge to say that SSPX leads Catholic pilgrimages, but at least you're up front about it. If a joe-schmo Catholic from a 'normal' parish were to attend one of those pilgrimages, would he be woo'ed away into the society?
    – Peter Turner
    Aug 18, 2018 at 2:42

It seems that the tradition is not yet established in the United States for the pilgrimages of the Roman Catholic Church. I vouch for keeping this list up to date. Do not hesitate to remount them.

According to choster there is probably nothing in North America directly comparable to the pilgrimage trails in the Old World; the continent was too recently settled and too lacking in sites associated with Jesus and the Apostles for such a culture to develop, and U.S. society was suspicious of, and sometimes outright violent against, Catholic and Orthodox worship until well into the 20th century. And he gives most of the following list:

Yearly route

  • The Camino del Norte a Chimayó, which would follow a 115-mile (185 km) route over seven days from San Luis, Colorado to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico, the most famous shrine in the Western U.S. Since 2012, a group has made the journey once a year, but as elsewhere, there is no infrastructure to serve pilgrims. It is at best a route, not a trail, and very much in its infancy.

[T]he Camino del Norte a Chimayó wanders along roadsides and forest trails through the sparsely-populated and desert-like sagebrush flats, rolling hills, and mountains of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. One walks for as long as 20 miles (32 km) without a place to refill water bottles, purchase lunch or a snack, or even find a shady spot to rest for a few moments. Many of the villages and hamlets along the route have no commercial lodging or food markets, much less a café or restaurant. The only large town along the way is Taos, New Mexico. Pilgrims along this route must therefore either camp out, carrying tents, food, and portable stoves, or if specifically planned in advance, stay overnight in church halls, sleeping on mats or air mattresses on hard floors.


Single-day walking events.

  • In Washington, D.C., for example, the Archdiocese has organized a Lenten 7-Church Walk annually since 2003, in loose imitation of the traditional walks to the seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome. But the itinerary changes year to year, and again, there is no dedicated path, just public sidewalks and streets.

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