THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
ANNOUNCES FOUR 2021 PILGRIMAGES
"Blessed are those, whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage." (Liturgy of the Hours)
June 19 PILGRIMAGE
The New Evangelization via Elizabeth and Mary
Denise is a convert to the Catholic Church. She is the daughter of a Protestant minister. In 2005, she converted to Catholicism after reading books by Carmelite saints. Her syndicated column called Catholic by Grace has been published in 63 diocesan newspapers. She has also written for Catholic magazines and appeared on EWTN's Journey Home and Women of Grace. She is a Catholic travel writer and expert on biblical ties to the Holy Land. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education at the University of Dubuque (1989) and a Master of Arts in Literature from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (2001).
JULY 24 YOUTH PILGRIMAGE
Equipped with humorous personal stories and dynamic authenticity, Maggie delights in bringing the message of the joys of the Gospel to parishes, schools, youth groups, and college campuses around the country. Maggie graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville Cum Laude with her M.A. in Theology and her B.A. in Catechetics.
“Maggie is a talented and passionate speaker who takes real-life examples and connects them to the Gospel Message. . .” “She kept our youth engaged, laughing, and on the edge of their seats.”
“Maggie has impressed me with her artistic creativity, professional approach, and ability to engage people of all ages, from senior citizens to middle school students.”
“She gets right to the heart of what teens and pre-teens need to hear in remaining true to the Christian values in today’s culture. She is hilarious and we can’t wait to have her back again!”
SEPTEMBER 25 PILGRIMAGE
Mary, Model for all women & Mary the sense of the Sacred at the Holy Mass
FATHER WILLIAM KORTE
Fr. Korte was ordained a priest for the diocese of Jefferson City, MO, April 30, 1983, after having completed his seminary formation with a Master of Arts and a Master of Divinity and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Since ordination, Fr. Korte has served in various diocesan-wide ministries; Associate Vocation Director, Spiritual Director, Diocesan Exorcist, and Pastor. He co-hosts a radio show on Relevant Radio. Presently, Fr. Korte serves as Pastor of St. Joseph in Louisiana, MO and Mary Queen of Peace in Clarksville, MO.