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Bishop Ricken to Lead Pilgrimage to Ireland in September 2017

Diocese of Green Bay LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (February 7, 2017) -- The Compass, diocesan newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay, will sponsor a 12-day pilgrimage to Ireland Sept. 24 to Oct. 5. Leading the pilgrimage to Ireland are Bishop David Ricken, Julianne Stanz, director of the diocesan Department of Evangelization (Stanz, an Ireland native, will not attend the entire 12-day pilgrimage), Amy Kawula from The Compass and Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours.

"Our church has a wonderful tradition of making pilgrimages, traveling to various destinations where saints walked and lived their lives of faith," says Bishop Ricken. "The Compass once again provides an excellent opportunity to grow spiritually as we journey together. I encourage you to join me in this spiritual and cultural pilgrimage to Ireland and witness first-hand the sites tied to early Christian Ireland, the Famine and the apparition of the Blessed Mother at Knock."

Pilgrimage Will Include Marian Shrine of Knock

Experience a 12-day pilgrimage to Monasterboice, Downpatrick, Knock, Croagh Patrick, Kylemore Abbey, Cong, and the Ring of Kerry. Pilgrims will travel to many sites including the Hill of Slane, where according to tradition St. Patrick evangelized the natives and their king regarding the Trinity using a simple shamrock which led to their conversion; St. Patrick's tomb, which also houses the remains of St. Bridget and St. Columba; Mass Rock, known as the place where priests celebrated Mass secretly during times of persecution; the Marian Shrine of Knock, an apparition site of the Virgin Mary; the Monument to the Famine, which recalls the greatest suffering times of the Irish people; and Trinity College, home to one of the world's most famous copies of the Holy Scriptures known as the "Book of Kells."

Cost of the pilgrimage to Ireland is $3,999 until April 28. A deposit of $500 must be made to reserve the price. After April 28 the cost is $4,099 per person. Pilgrims will depart from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. An optional roundtrip coach departing from Green Bay is available for an additional $70. For more information, to request a brochure or to reserve a spot on the pilgrimage to Ireland, contact Amy Kawula at 920-272-8212 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A brochure can also be downloaded on The Compass website,


Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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