May 22 - 30, 2018

TRINITY PILGRIMAGES

Exploring the Heritage of Black Madonnas and Mary Magdalene in Southern France

 

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18.10425

 

 

 

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Join Father Daniel Simons and members of Trinity Wall Street and their traveling companions, friends and interested pilgrims, for a unique pilgrimage to the south of France and northeast Spain.

As part of the Trinity Wall Street Pilgrimage Series, this program will explore sites long associated with Mary and with Mary Magdalene, often expressed in the popular “Black Madonna” shrines of southern France. We will interact with the living stewards of these shrines, the Roma (“Gypsy”) culture. This pilgrimage will intentionally focus on the “soul’s journey” as well as our outer travel, and will nourish the more feminine and earthy aspects of our spirituality, which have traditionally been excluded from official/authorized religious expression. The pilgrimage begins in Marseille and nearby Saint-Maximine-Sainte-Baum where we begin our exploration of examples of “Black Madonnas” and sites associated with Mary Magdalene.  We then travel to Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer on the date of their annual festival of Sarah – a black saint who accompanied the three Mary’s from the Holy Land.  We continue our journey to historic Cathar country near Carcassonne to see the Black Madonna in Limoux and sites connected with the Knights Templar and Mary Magdalene.  We conclude our pilgrimage in northeast Spain at the famous abbey of Montserrat with its Black Madonna and then Barcelona where we will have a chance to visit one of the great contemporary religious sites – the Sagrada Familia.  The program is both a religious pilgrimage and a chance to interact with local sites – off the beaten trail.  Come join us for this fascinating journey into history, into religious imagery, and into the journey of the soul as we walk in the footsteps of visionary women and men of faith.  

Human history is rich with tales of globe trekkers who have gained valuable insight about themselves and the world around them through the discovery and exploration of cultures outside their own. People who travel the world begin a lifelong journey of global citizenship.

The experience of traveling together to places of great historical, religious and cultural significance is deeply transformative. Explore some of the experiences of our travelers through their words.

 

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