Day 11

Thursday, August 24

Plymouth to North Liberty - 17.3 miles

Partly Sunny and a high of 70

Potato Creek: As we depart Pretty Lake, now with our 3-day pilgrims in tow, we head north through Marshall County’s dairy farms and bountiful landscape. Watch for wildflowers and songbirds as we approach Potato Creek State Park on a special path created for our pilgrimage. We’ll enjoy lunch in the park with live music and festivities. Mass tonight is celebrated in the new St. Pius X church with an amazing dinner celebration honoring the Congregation of Holy Cross  to follow at the historic St. Joe Farm.


View Fr. Ralph Haag’s reflection on Family

As I Begin This Day

“Come, follow me.” It was the Lord Jesus calling us… It was a call that came to us from without, but also one that arose up within us, as from His Spirit.

We asked how we might follow, and we found many footprints on the road. A great band of men had passed this way, men who had made and lived by their vows, men who had walked side by side in their following of the Lord. They beckoned us to fall in step with them. We wanted to be part of the family they formed in order to share in their life and work.

Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 1:1, 5

"The plan for the Congregation of Holy Cross was to found three establishments consecrated to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, although living in separate dwellings and under different rules, would, nevertheless, remain united among themselves after the model of the Holy Family." -- Blessed Basil Moreau

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Mass for Mary, Seat of Wisdom Homily offered by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Author: Notre Dame Trail

Opening of the Academic Year Mass in Celebration of Notre Dame's 175th Anniversary On November 26, 1842, Fr. Sorin and a few companions arrived in South Bend after an over-250 mile trek from Vincennes. He had good reason to rest after the long trip, but he insisted on making the three-mile walk to campus that very day. He arrived here, as you walkers arrived today, and was overwhelmed with the beauty of the campus that, unlike today, was covered in fresh snow.…

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"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known." -- 1 John 3:2
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God of compassion and love, we seek to know you and to be known by you, just as your apostle Nathanael did. Draw us into the embrace of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Heal any wounds and divisions that keep us apart, and through our journey of faith, unite our hearts to the works of Holy Cross and the family of Notre Dame throughout the world. Amen.

Notre Dame, Our Mother,

Questions for Reflection

  • When have I hesitated to follow after the Lord Jesus? What holds me back?
  • How have I shared in the life and work of the Holy Cross family? What have been the great things that God has done for me?
  • As I begin my pilgrimage today, this is my intention:

Gospel of the Day

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote - Jesus of Nazareth,the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can...

JOHN 1:45-51

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"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." -- Deuteronomy 6:6-7

The Journey

Map of trail from Vincennes to Notre Dame

August 13-26, 2017

In the tradition of Father Sorin’s inspirational journey and intrepid spirit—our Notre Dame spirit—we will retrace his journey from Vincennes to Notre Dame. We will travel those miles in a collective renewal of our determination, to rededicate ourselves to Notre Dame’s mission to seek God, study the world, and serve humanity—to boldly lead the way into the new chapters of our story.

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