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Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, two priests and 33 seminarians took a far better pilgrimage from Aug. 7 to 10, visiting two cathedrals, the beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Hope near Green Bay — the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States.
This was the fifth time that Archbishop Naumann has taken archdiocesan seminarians on a pilgrimage. Father Scott Wallisch, the archdiocesan vocations director, went on the first in 2009 when he was a transitional deacon and was on this pilgrimage, too.
The tenor of road trips for most college-age men is more raucous than reverent, but in this case the agenda was good times, good friends and good spirituality.
“As with any pilgrimage, [the purpose] was to deepen everyone’s faith,” said Father Wallisch, “and to build fraternity among the seminarians.”