The picturesque countryside chapel Mary Queen of Our Hearts in the Steinthal area north of Kiel was a destination site for two pilgrimages in the past few weeks. 

The Rev. Andrew Kurz, pastor at St. Paul Catholic Church in Plainfield, scheduled his annual Spring Catholic Hikers visits for Memorial Day and June 10, bringing folks from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin in a small group of six to nine guests on each occasion.

“My dream is to establish a walking pilgrimage in Wisconsin like the Camino de Santiago in Spain, which started out with a handful of faith-filled Christians and grew famously as a spiritual retreat,” the Rev. Kurz said. “I believe walking to spiritual destinations is an ancient, traditional experience that has been lost and should be revived. Walking many miles to pray and celebrate Mass at destinations is not a quick and easy way to travel. It is an act of love for God, enabling silent reflection and personal conversations with Jesus, in imitation of the way He lived while on Earth, as we are all on a journey through life on our way to God.”

(Please see the June 27 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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