Day 13

Saturday, August 26

South Bend to Notre Dame - 3 miles

Partly Cloudy with a High of 76°

Finale: Thousands gather to walk the final three miles of the Notre Dame Trail. We meet at Howard Park for a blessing and remarks. The procession follows the St. Joseph River and along portions of the East Bank Trail. We visit the campuses of Holy Cross College and Saint Mary’s College, visit the graves of Fr. Sorin and several of the original Brothers, pray at the Grotto, and visit the Log Chapel. We will then participate in the 175th Anniversary Celebration Mass and Picnic on campus.


View Fr. Sean McGraw’s reflection on Hope

As I Begin This Day

“We must be men with hope to bring. There is no failure the Lord’s love cannot reverse, no humiliation He cannot exchange for blessing, no anger He cannot dissolve, no routine He cannot transfigure. All is swallowed up in victory. He has nothing but gifts to offer. It remains only for us to find how even the cross can be borne as a gift.”

Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 8:118

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." -- Isaiah 40:31

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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.…

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

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." -- Psalm 119:114
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Loving and merciful God, your love overcomes even death. Help me to live in the hope that You can transform me and my life to reflect Your love more deeply. Show me how to bring Your gift of hope to the hopeless around me. Amen.

Notre Dame, Our Mother,

Questions for Reflection

  • What failures, wounds, or habits in myself and others do I treat as beyond the hope of redemption?
  • How can I offer the seemingly hopeless parts of myself and my life to be transformed by God’s merciful love?
  • How can I bring the hope of the Cross to others with whom I live and work?
  • As I begin my pilgrimage today, this is my intention:

Gospel of the Day

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the lawand the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not...

MATTHEW 23:1-12

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"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." -- Romans 15:13

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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