Pilgrimages and Immersions
Pilgrimages have always been a significant part of most religious traditions. Human search for meaning, depth, connection, etc. have always led them to journeys, often into an unknown or foreign place, the experience of which has helped one find new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good, even experience a personal transformation. It puts our life into focus, see God and our community differently, and lead to a personal transformation when we return to our daily life.
To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history. To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to have an encounter with people, culture, life situation, rituals and practices. Our experience transform the religion from the realm of religious knowledge and experiences to that of empirical knowledge and experiential understanding.
In a pilgrimage we are motivated to find a meaningful life experience and seek to leave our perceived boundaries to either strengthen our spiritual purpose or beliefs or change our consciousness in a new setting.
Everyone’s pilgrimage experience is different. And it might seem like a grand catchall, but the truth is that, in ways big or small, you’ll never be the same and remember the trip for the rest of your life. We the Passionists organize regular pilgrimages with deep immersion experiences in to the culture and daily life of the places we visit.
Following our wonderful and successful pilgrimages to Vietnam in 2011, 2014, and 2016, and Cambodia in 2016, we will be offering two pilgrimages in the New Year.