The Western Pilgrimage

15 Academic Credits

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Integrating hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities into pilgrimages with open-enrollment and private group opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

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France, Italy, Switzerland

OPEN-ENROLLMENT: Hike on the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Via Francigena, and the Tour du Saint Bernard



OPEN-ENROLLMENT: A coastal pilgrimage to the tombs of apostles St. Andrew and St. Matthew


France & Spain

OPEN-ENROLLMENT: To the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela

 To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.

Pope Benedict XVI


15 academic credit hours

This open-enrollment semester of Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts is open to males from any college of university and explores the western states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.  The final destination is El Santuario de Chimayo, the “Lourdes of America”. 

“I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that the experiences of beauty on this trip afforded a foretaste of the beatific vision.”


Dr. Scott Strader

“There were so many highlights of the trip. It’s impossible to choose just one. I’ve never been so incredibly happy for so many days in a row.”


Evelyn Murray

“I was stunned by the amazing experience I had, from restaurants to excursion to churches. Incredible itinerary– I hope to do another trip.”


Chris Flood


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