Pilgrimage Reports

Fr Manuel Barbiero SSS (right) with Australian pilgrims at Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon, October 2011.
Fr Manuel Barbiero SSS (right) with Australian pilgrims at Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon, October 2011.

Follow these links to read about the personal experiences of individuals and groups of pilgrims who have travelled to the Eymardian places in France.

2021 (August— September)
Pilgrimage in Paris from 31 August to 3 September 2021 [PDF : 1MB]
Brigitte Cassard describes the journey of eleven pilgrims who set out in late August 2021 from the village of Notre-Dame-de-l’Osier in rural France (where Eymard celebrated his first Mass) on a pilgrimage to the major Eymardian places in Paris. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 15 November 2021.

2021 (August)
Pilgrimage in the steps of Saint Peter Julian Eymard 22 to 28 August 2021 [PDF : 275KB]
Report by Olivier de Kerchove from Belgium, describing the experiences of a group of international pilgrims who visited the Eymardian places in France between 22-28 August 2021. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 2 October 2021.

2021 (June)
La Mure: ‘Toward discovering a man and a saint’ – Pilgrimage in the Eymardian Places [PDF : 275KB]
Gianfranco Maltese describes a pilgrimage he made with five others, led by Fr Manuel Barbiero SSS, to Eymardian places in France between 20-26 June 2021. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 23 July 2021.

2019 (c. December)
By the hand of Mary, in the lands of St Peter Julian Eymard [PDF : 300KB]
Patricia Constantini and Sergio Campisi describe their pilgrimage together to Eymardian places in France including La Mure, La Salette, Monteynard, and Lyon. Article written 7 January 2020, published in SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 24 March 2020.

2019 (August)
Feast of Saint Peter Julian Eymard at La Mure [PDF : 460KB]
Brigitte Cassard describes a gathering of twenty-five pilgrims at the Shrine at Laus, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to Benoite Rencurel in the seventeenth century. Here, in 1855, Eymard placed the first drafts of his Constitutions for the future Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 13 September 2019.

2018 (July)
Pilgrimage in the footsteps of Father Eymard [PDF : 251KB]
To recall the 150th anniversary of Eymard’s death,  in July 2018 Fr Manuel Barbiero SSS led a pilgrimage following the path of Eymard during the last days of his life. Marie-Thérèse Joubert writes about the pilgrims’ visits to the Adoration Chapel in Grenoble, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, and La Mure. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 14 August 2018.

2017 (July)
On the Path of Reconciliation and Peace [PDF : 2.6 MB]
Article by Amélie Bonthoux, reporting the annual walk of the Friends of Father Eymard in 2017, when twenty-seven walkers followed the path that Eymard once walked at the age of nine from La Mure to Villard Saint Christophe. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 15 September 2017.

2017 (June)
Father Eymard at La Seyne-sur-Mer [PDF : 695KB]
Article by Fr Martin Ochola SSS, reporting the journey of eighteen pilgrims in June 2017  to Eymardian places at  La Seyne-sur-Mer, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence. SSS Congregatio (ssscongregatio.org/en), 14 September 2017.

2016 (September)
La Mure: Witnesses of Our Pilgrim Brothers after their Journey through the Eymardian Places; ‘Once Upon a Time’ at La Mure d’Isère; 5th Walk ‘in the Footsteps of Father Eymard’ 30 July 2016 [PDF : 400KB]
Three pilgrimage articles published in SSS International, 28 September 2016, written by Fr Anyel Humberto Mesa G. SSS (‘Witnesses of Our Pilgrim Brothers after their Journey through the Eymardian Places’), Fr Jean De Dieu Passy SSS (‘ “Once Upon a Time” at La Mure d’Isère’), and Brigitte Cassard (‘5th Walk “in the Footsteps of Father Eymard”.’)

2016 (April)
A very special Eymardian Pilgrimage [PDF : 100KB]
Article by Fr Raphael O’Halloran SSS, reporting a week-long Eymardian pilgrimage undertaken in April 2016 by a group of eight people from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Dublin, Ireland.  Published on the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament international website (sssinternational.net) on 5 July 2016.

2014 (August)
On route to La Mure: Ecclesial prophetic experience and charism of St Eymard [PDF : 1MB]
Article by Fr Leopoldo Cristinelli SSS, reporting a six-day pilgrimage in August 2014 by a group of friends (‘Group St Peter Julian’) to a number of places associated with the contemporary church and Eymardian places including La Mure, Lyon, Fourvière, Ars and La Salette. Published on the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament international website, 14 October 2014.

2014 (May)
In Father Eymard’s footsteps at Lyon [PDF : 155KB]
Article by Brigitte Cassard, reporting a pilgrimage undertaken by eighteen people on 5-7 May 2014, visiting Eymardian places in Lyon, Monteynard and St-Bonnet-le-Froid. Published on the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament  international website, 6 August 2014.

2014 (March)
In the footsteps of St Peter-Julian Eymard at Paris [PDF: 400KB]
Report by pilgrim Yolaine Couder of a two-day pilgrimage to the Eymardian Places in Paris held on 27-28 March 2014, involving eight pilgrims from the parish of St Peter Julian Eymard at La Mure, their parish priest Fr Armand Silaho Moudilou SSS, and guide Fr André Guitton SSS. Published in SSS International magazine (Rome: SSS Generalate), n. 230, 20 May 2014.

2013 (September)
Pilgrimage in Fr Eymard’s Footsteps from 8 to 15 September 2013 [PDF: 405KB]
Report by Sr Teresa Dinh Anh Dao SSS of a week-long pilgrimage by six Vietnamese nuns in September 2013, travelling from Paris to Grenoble, La Mure, Notre-Dame du Laus, Notre-Dame de La Salette and Ars. Published in SSS International magazine (Rome: SSS Generalate), n. 226, 20 December 2013, pp. 1-2.

2013 (August)
Walking on the footsteps of Fr Eymard [PDF : 201 KB}
Report by Fr Vergel Dalangin SSS of a pilgrimage held on the feast day of St Peter Julian Eymard, 2 August 2013, involving seventeen people who hiked on foot from Chapelle St Pierre-Julien Eymard at La Mure to the shrine of Notre-Dame de La Salette. Published on the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament  international website (www.sssinternational.net), 8 August 2013.

2013 (April)
In the footsteps of St Peter Julian Eymard Article by Christine Heffernan with Damien Cash, reporting the Australian pilgrimage to the Eymardian Places in France held in April 2013, published in Kairos, vol. 24, issue 12, 7 July 2013, p. 26.

Eymard Country: A Journey of Discovery

2011 (October)
Eymard Country: A Journey of Discovery  [PDF: 700KB]
Report of the Australian pilgrimage to the Eymardian Places in France held in October 2011, published in The Vineyard (special edition), Blessed Sacrament Congregation Province of the Holy Spirit (Australia), December 2011, pp. 1-16.

A Pilgrim’s Postscript [PDF: 2.8MB]
Report by Br Bernard Canty SSS of the Australian pilgrimage to the Eymardian Places in France held in October 2011, published in The Vineyard, Blessed Sacrament Congregation Province of the Holy Spirit (Australia), February 2012, pp. 3-4.

2011 (April)
Walking with Saint Eymard: A Pilgrimage Experience [PDF: 460KB]
Report of a pilgrimage to France on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth and baptism of St Peter Julian Eymard held in April 2011, published in Bread, Broken & Shared (Province of St Ann Newsletter), Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province of St Ann, Sep-Oct 2011, pp. 12-14.

2010
Rediscovering St Peter Julian Eymard in 21st Century France  [PDF: 2MB]
Report by Br John Christman SSS of a pilgrimage in 2010 by Blessed Sacrament Congregation scholastics to the Eymardian places in France, published in Vocation News, Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province of St Ann, January 2011, pp. 1-2.

2007-2008
Catching Up With An Old Friend [PDF: 3.5MB]
Report by John Kingston of his pilgrimage to Eymardian places in the vicinity of La Mure, France in December 2007 and January 2008, published in The Vineyard, Blessed Sacrament Congregation Province of the Holy Spirit (Australia), July 2008, pp. 2-4.

2004
In the footsteps of Eymard  [PDF: 64KB]
Report by Dr Patrick J. Riley of a pilgrimage to the Eymardian places in France held in September 2004, published in the Province of St Ann Newsletter, Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province of St Ann, November-December 2004, pp. 1, 6-7.

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