Modern Millennial Pilgrimage: 75 miles of walking and reflection to Gethsemani of Our Lady Abbey

Lawrenceburg, Ky. – Sunday, March 26
Signs and strangers
As David and I drove around yesterday to get the last minute essentials for the pilgrimage, we agreed that it is folly to look for signs from God in the world around us. Simply, it is too easy to imbue something of little to no consequence with undue meaning. The grilled cheese becomes a conduit of a message from God with its pattern of toasted butter on the bread. The three straight green lights mean it is destined that the best parking spot for the game will be had and that Christ is pleased.

Millennials to take pilgrimage to Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani Abbey; effort will raise funds for Religion News Foundation

COLUMBIA, MO – The Religion News Foundation (RNF) is pleased to announce a collaboration with millennials Will Peterson and David Cable, as the two set out on a “Modern Millennial Pilgrimage” from Saturday, March 25, until Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The journey on foot, involving 75 miles of travel and reflection, will begin at the University of Kentucky Newman Center and culminate at the Gethsemani of Our Lady Abbey, made famous by former Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who died in 1968, and who serves as the inspiration for this pilgrimage.  Each evening Peterson and Cable will stay with a host family. A full itinerary of the pilgrimage can be found here. The pilgrims will also publish a travelog on the Religion News Service website ReligionNews.com.

Modern Millennial Pilgrimage

The Pilgrims
Will F. Peterson

Experienced firsthand radical hospitality on trips to Iowa and North Dakota as undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame. Recognized that American Catholicism contains a multitude of people willing to open their doors to travelers. Made pilgrimage to Rome for Pope Francis’s first Easter. Felt the immense power of a physical journey of faith shared with others. Taught for two years in an under-resourced Catholic high school in Memphis, TN through Notre Dame’s A.C.E. Teaching Fellowship Program.