On August 13, a core group of about 30 pilgrims will set out on foot from the Basilica of Saint Francis Xavier in Vincennes, Indiana, and start the long journey north to the University of Notre Dame.
Log Chapel at the University of Notre Dame
We’re hoping you will consider joining them, either as part of the 5-day pilgrimage from Rochester, Indiana, the 3-day pilgrimage which sets out from Plymouth, or for the final day, joining thousands of current students, alums, and Notre Dame’s extended family as we all walk the last few miles from downtown South Bend onto campus.
If you are not able to make it, however, there is still a way for you to take part in this amazing experience. We are inviting one and all to share their own prayers and intentions virtually through the form below.
Additionally, the Notre Dame Trail pilgrimage will culminate in the dawn of a new tradition at the University. In a practice reminiscent of the Camino de Santiago, we are establishing a rock bed around the Log Chapel where visitors to the campus may leave a small stone as a physical sign of their intentions, their prayers, and their commitment to their faith. Each of the pilgrims on the Notre Dame Trail will be carrying their own stones on their journey to be placed in the bed upon their arrival to campus.
Even if you are unable to make it to campus to experience the Notre Dame Trail yourself, you may still be a part of this budding tradition. In addition to sending us your prayer or intention, you are also encouraged to send a small stone (please be mindful of the fact that these will be physically carried by the pilgrims and their support over the 317 miles from Vincennes to the Log Chapel and the number of stones may add up!) to the following address:
Senior Director, Notre Dame Trail
1251 North Eddy Street, Suite 300
South Bend, IN 46617
All stones received prior to Friday, August 11, will be carried along the pilgrims’ route and placed at the Log Chapel as part of the final ceremonies at the completion of the Trail.