Scenes from the 38th Annual Pilgrimage

On Sunday, October 27th, more than 4,000 members of the Niagara Catholic family – students, staff, alumni, parents and supporters – took part in the Board’s 38th Annual Pilgrimage.

Since the first Pilgrimage was held by Notre Dame College School in 1975, Niagara Catholic has raised more than $6 million for people living in developing nations around the world.

Thank you to all who participated and to those who donated.

Update: The 2013 Niagara Catholic Pilgrimage raised more than $178,000. A breakdown of schools and the project supported is below:

Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School:

With the theme iPromise, 620 participants, including 70 students from BTs elementary family of schools, walked through the streets of Grimsby, raising $15,000 for projects in Las Pajas, Dominican Republic.

Denis Morris Catholic High School:

More than 450 participants proclaimed Pope Francis’s message “Go, do not be afraid, and serve,” as they walked in support of the Holy Cross Sisters’ Ecole Immaculee Conception in Plate, Haiti, and Wells of Hope projects in Guatemala. The students, staff and supporters raised $18,000 for these very worthy causes.

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School:

Carrying a Survivor-themed banner pledging to “Out Pray, Out Walk and Out Pledge,” more than 300 pilgrims raised $15,000 for the work of the Holy Cross Brothers in Thibeau, Cap Haitian and Milot, as nearby communities in northern Haiti.

Lakeshore Catholic High School:

Approximately 300 Gators took part in Gatorwalk in Port Colborne, raising more than $10,000 for a variety of support efforts in Dominica. Several Lakeshore Catholic students and staff are currently in Dominica as part of the Niagara Catholic International Co-operative Experience Program, witnessing how their donations are put to use by those living there.

Notre Dame College School:

The school where it all began in 1976! Approximately 900 members of the Fighting Irish family took to the streets of Welland, raising $42,000 for Development and Peace, Yancana Huasy in Lima, Peru and the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group. The 2013 theme was “Pillars of Justice.”

Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School:

The 2013 theme of the Saint Francis Pilgrimage was “Gotta Move … Don’t Refuse!” Approximately 400 purple-clad participants raised $41,000 for the St. Marc School in Haiti run by the Holy Cross Sisters, Fogquest in Guatemala and the Dominican Canadian Community Development Group.

Saint Michael Catholic High School:

Approximately 460 students, staff and supporters participated in the 2013 Pilgrimage, raising $23,000 for the Hope for Rwanda’s Children Fund.

Saint Paul Catholic High School:

More than 300 Saint Paul students, staff and supporters raised $14,000 for the Immaculate Conception School in Milot, Haiti, under the banner “Keep Calm and Walk On.”

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