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Gonzaga’s 43rd Annual Pilgrimage to N. Idaho Mission Set for Sept. 15

The journey ends at the Mission of the Sacred Heart with a celebration of the Eucharist to include members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Gonzaga Jesuits, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, and others. Photo by Rajah Bose.

SPOKANE, Wash. – In celebration of Gonzaga University’s 125th Anniversary, some 250 Gonzaga students, Jesuits, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends are expected to participate in the University’s 43rd annual Pilgrimage to the historic Mission of the Sacred Heart in Cataldo, Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event is open to the Gonzaga community and the entire Inland Northwest community.

Participants will board buses at College Hall Circle at 6:30 a.m., Sept. 15 to North Idaho’s Enaville Resort where they will have breakfast before embarking on an 11-mile wilderness hike to the historic Mission of the Sacred Heart in Cataldo, the state of Idaho’s oldest-standing building and headquarters of the first Jesuit missionaries to the region. Alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to arrive at the Mission at approximately 1 p.m. to welcome pilgrims, and take part in Mass and lunch. There is no cost for this option, but we ask that those interested please register.

An extraordinary exhibit, “Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West,” is now open at Coeur d’ Alene’s Old Mission State Park.

The retreat brings together students of all ages as well as representatives of all parts of the Gonzaga community to hike together and pray for God’s blessing this academic year. The journey ends at the Mission of the Sacred Heart with a celebration of the Eucharist to include members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Gonzaga Jesuits, and others. GU participants are expected to return to campus by bus at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $15. Visit Gonzaga’s Pilgrimage website to register. For more information, contact Jeff Brogan with University Ministry at (509) 313-4242 or via email or call University Ministry at (509) 313-4242.

The Cycling Option
New to the Pilgrimage this year, is an overnight biking trip managed by Gonzaga Outdoors. That trip will begin with cyclists departing from Gonzaga’s campus to Cataldo Mission on Friday, Sept. 14 and concludes the next day (Sept. 15) with cyclists biking the Pilgrimage route. For more information about the biking option for Pilgrimage, contact the Gonzaga Outdoors office at (509) 313-4189 or via email.

For an overview of all Gonzaga 125th Anniversary events, historical timeline, stories, videos, downloads and more, visit www.Gonzaga.edu/125.

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