Two of my housemates - Merrill & Cait - decided to attend too. Honestly, a huge part of why I attended is because Professor Patterson is an awesome professor. I'm in his American Catholicism class right now & it's so interesting. Plus he's funny & makes the class fun & engaging. I knew that the this trip would be interesting if Professor Patterson was going to lead it.
Cait, me, & Merrill
We left for the pilgrimage on Friday afternoon & drove up to Saint Anne's Shrine - a retreat center run by the Edmundites, the sect priests who run Saint Mike's. The retreat area was beautiful - set right on the water with beautiful buildings & sleeping cabins.
Lakeside at Saint Anne's Shrine
Friday night we had dinner then had a few talks about what a pilgrimage is and what we could expect to see. We broke off for the night and had free time to chat & get to know the other students on the trip.
Cute shrub statue in Montreal
Saturday morning we got up early & set off for Montreal. We crossed over to Canada & then we spent the day looking at different churches throughout the city. We had some free time for lunch before meeting up again. We finished with a mass at Saint Patrick's Church, had dinner, and drove back to Saint Anne's Shrine for the night.
Saint Joseph's Oratory
Notre Dame de Bon Secours
Sunday was busy too. We had some more free time but then we had to pack up. We attended mass at the shrine & then got to join the Harvest Dinner. Essentially they were serving an entire Thanksgiving meal for lunch - it was delicious! Afterwards we drove back to Saint Mike's.
Outside Notre Dame
Inside Notre Dame
The weekend was really wonderful & it was interesting to learn more about Saints that we had heard of in class. Professor Patterson made sure the trip was fun & it was overall a great weekend.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me!