Day 12

Friday, August 25

North Liberty to South Bend - 17.9 miles

Weather TBD

Approach to South Bend: Pilgrims will trek through trails in Potato Creek State Park and head north into St. Joseph County. Trees and forests will line the paths as we enter into the southern city limits of South Bend. We are on the final approach as we end the day along the banks of the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend at Howard Park. Mass will be celebrated the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with Bishop Rhoades and dinner enjoyed in the new premium seating in the stadium to be followed by Rudy on the video board.


View Fr. Adam Booth’s reflection on Heart

As I Begin This Day

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Psalm 51:10

"May we have a pure and faithful heart which will be faithful to its work and generous in fulfilling its obligations, obedient to the counsels of faith and the inspirations of grace." -- Blessed Basil Moreau

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175 Mass

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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"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart." -- Mahatma Gandhi
Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus <br>Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus
Basilica of the Sacred Heart


Clothe us, Lord God, with the virtues of the Heart of your Son and set us aflame with his love, that, conformed to his image, we may merit a share in eternal redemption. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer from the feast of the Sacred Heart

Notre Dame, Our Mother,

Questions for Reflection

  • How can I open my heart more fully to the presence of God in the world? How can I offer my heart to God more fully during this journey?
  • Our Lord has invited us to bring our burdens and labors to him and he will give us rest. What burdens do I need to lay before the Sacred Heart of Jesus this day?
  • As I begin my pilgrimage today, this is my intention:

Gospel of the Day

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?

MATTHEW 22:34-40

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"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." -- Matthew 5:8

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.

Follow us every Step of the way