St. Joseph Pilgrimage
We published a map and a challenge to take a self-guided tour of each of the St. Joseph churches in the diocese back in March 2021. There's still time for you to make a similar trip.
Trio completes statewide pilgrimage
Patris corde, Pope Francis’ apostolic letter translated as With a Father’s Heart released Dec. 8, 2020, opened the current year of St. Joseph for worldwide Catholics. The commemorative year will conclude Dec. 8, 2021.
Three diocesan women had completed the Consecration to St. Joseph program by Father Don Calloway prior to the Patris corde announcement and felt compelled to honor the foster father of Christ in some way during the year.
“When we saw the St. Joseph map of the diocese published in The Lumen (March 25), we thought we could visit the 13 churches in the Sioux City diocese,” said Candi Streit of Holy Trinity Parish in Fort Dodge. “To enhance our dedication to St. Joseph, we decided to continue our pilgrimage by visiting the other 31 St. Joseph churches in the state of Iowa.”
Streit, along with fellow parishioner Michelle Mader and Mader’s sister, Andi Hansen of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Denison, have a history of making pilgrimages together.
“We have been on several overseas pilgrimages over the past several years. Michelle and Andi also visited many holy doors throughout Iowa and other locations during the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016,” Streit explained.
They were compelled to make the journey and to honor the saint due to their previous experience with the Consecration to St. Joseph program and reading Father Calloway’s book.
“Since then we’ve realized how important the earthly father of Jesus is in our day-to-day lives,” Streit said.
Read the rest of the story in the Oct. 21 edition of The Lumen.
The locations and Mass times were originally published in March 2021 and may have changed. Please contact the St. Joseph churches to ensure the most current Mass times or another appropriate to visit.