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Almost 100 years before the Shrine to St. Ann was built, Catholic settlers walked up the “Opeongo Line” from Renfrew in search of a place to call home.

The road was rough and their journey was arduous. But they persevered, establishing numerous parish communities along the way. Retracing their steps along the original route will let us experience, in a small way, the dedication, sacrifice, and faith of our forebears, and so help us to spiritually prepare for the great solemnity at St. Ann’s, Cormac.
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Pilgrimage Timeline

Thursday July 25th (Tentative 2019 Schedule)
  • 07:00 — Bus departs from St. Ann’s for Renfrew
  • 08:15 – Mass at Our Lady of Fatima – Fr. Ryan Holly
  • 09:00 – Breakfast and Pilgrimage Registration (breakfast provided)
  • 10:00 – Start walking
  • 11:00 – Break at the intersection of K&P Trail and Ferguslea Rd.
  • 12:30 – Lunch (not provided) (1648 Whelan Rd.)
  • 14:30 – Break (531 Whelan Rd.)
  • 15:30 – Break (712 English Rd.)
  • 16:30 – Arrive at Mt. St. Patrick – Set up camp
  • 17:00 – Supper (provided)
  • 18:30 – Adoration (a priest will be available for confession)
  • 20:00 – Compline (Night Prayer)
Friday July 26th
  • 07:00 – Mass (English Mass)
  • 07:30 – Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:30 – Mass (Missa Cantata – Sung Latin EF Mass) at St. Patrick’s
  • 11:00 – Start Walking
  • 12:30 – Lunch (967 Flat Rd.)
  • 14:30 – Break (6501 Hwy 132)
  • 16:00 – Arrive at St. Joseph’s, Esmonde, set up camp
  • 17:30 – Supper (provided)
  • 18:30 – Adoration (a priest will be available for confession)
  • 20:00 – Compline (Night Prayer)
Saturday July 27th
  • 07:00 – Mass at St. Joseph’s
  • 07:30 – Breakfast and break camp
  • 08:30 – Start walking
  • 09:30 – Break (3512 Opeongo Rd.)
  • 10:30 – Break (“Heritage House: Stopping Place on the Opeongo”)
  • 12:30 – Lunch (not provided) (5526 Opeongo Rd.)
  • 14:30 – Break (973 Lake Clear Rd.)
  • 15:30 – Break (Cormac park – just outside of town – make the final leg as a group)
  • 16:00 – Arrive at St. Ann’s Cormac and go to the shrine for a blessing.
  • 17:00 – Supper (provided)
  • 19:00 – Mass (The last evening of the parish mission with Fr. Brian Clarke)
  • 20:00 – Candlelight procession to St. Ann’s Shrine for prayers and the blessing of St. Ann’s oil
  • 20:00 – Compline (Night Prayer)
Sunday July 28th
  • 08:00-10:00 – Breakfast at your convenience (provided)
  • 09:30-11:00 – Priests are available for confessions
  • 11:00 – Pilgrim Mass with Bishop Mulhall
  • 12:00 – Safe travels home!