“The pilgrimage will begin at 9 AM with a series of prayers and reflections at Notre Dame Church in Skowhegan (273 Water Street) and end by 1 PM with a procession at the site of the old mission at Old Point in Madison, Maine (near St. Sebastian Cemetery on Father Rasle Road.) Cost is free.
At the church there will be an introduction to the life of Fr. Rale given by an author from the Penobscot tribe in Maine (Louise Ketchum Hunt) who wrote a book on Fr. Rale called In the Shadow of the Steel Cross. Following that, Fr. Patrick Finn (newly ordained) will expose the Blessed Sacrament and there will be a series of reflection and prayers (including a rosary) centering around the life of Fr. Rale and Our Lady's role and example in his life and mission.
We will then drive to the site of the old mission in Madison, Maine where we will have a half mile procession along the river to place of Fr. Rale's burial. We will stop at various points in that procession to reflect on the end of Fr. Rale's life (again, with a focus on Our Lady's role.) For those unable to walk that far, the same prayers and reflections will be recited at the monument where the procession will end. We just ask that those people bring their own lawn chairs.
As far as specific intentions, the focus of most of these prayers will be on our own conversion through the example of this early missionary and for the conversion of this diocese. Obviously you're welcome to bring your own personal intentions to this pilgrimage as well.”
Commentary on the monument erected by the Town of Madison, ME, is here.
Do come, both for your own prayers and intentions, and to show support for Maine’s young seminarians and priests. They are the future of the Church here in Maine.