Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

Please read Bishop Caggiano’s letter postponing the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. until November 5, 2016.

As you know, Pope Francis has declared an extraordinary Holy Year called the Jubilee of Mercy, which will begin on December 8, 2015. Unlike similar Holy Year celebrations in the past, the Holy Father is asking each Diocese to sponsor all the Jubilee’s events on the local level. This means that our Diocese will be opening and blessing a Jubilee Holy Door for use by our diocesan pilgrims, to be located at Saint Augustine Cathedral, on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m.

One of the special events to be sponsored by each Diocese is to have a pilgrimage of mercy. This poses a particular challenge for our Diocese insofar as we were in the midst of planning a similar pilgrimage to the Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. on October 24, 2015. You may recall that the main spiritual mission of this pilgrimage was to consecrate our Diocese to the intercession and protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There is general agreement that sponsoring two diocesan pilgrimages in less than a year is not feasible.

As a result, I wish to announce that the Synod Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., originally scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015, has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, as an event of the Jubilee of Mercy.

I also wish to announce that we will consecrate the Diocese to the protection and intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary during the Synod Mass that will be celebrated on September 19, 2015. Our planned consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will take place during our re-scheduled pilgrimage on November 5, 2016.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano