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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Remnant On Pilgrimage to Chartres, France

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U.S. Chapter, Chartres, 2009

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The Remnant’s team here in the States is bound for France this week. God willing, we will once again be walking with our traditional Catholic brothers from all over the world on the grand Pentecost Pilgrimage of Notre-Dame de Chrétienté to Chartres.

I ask readers to please keep their 70 fellow American pilgrims in their prayers as we once again attempt the 3-day pilgrimage across France. The now 25-year-old U.S. Chapter of Our Lady of Guadalupe will remember all of the readers of The Remnant in their prayers every day on the road to Chartres.


Starting later this week, we will provide details on how to join the Pilgrimage to Chartres via the 'Guardian Angels Chapter'. (Details to follow here over the next few days.)


Once again, the organization responsible for the Pilgrimage to Chartres is offering an opportunity for their American brothers and sisters to spiritually accompany the pilgrims in a special way. It is called the Guardian Angels Chapter and it is for people who cannot make the pilgrimage but wish to be present spiritually.

This chapter is inspired by non-walkers who wish to be a part of this event and at the same time, take advantage of the graces available through pilgrimage. Christian and Catherine Chauvière are French and have created this beautiful chapter for Notre-Dame de Chrétienté.

We encourage all those who visit this site over the next few days, and who wish to be a part of the Guardian Angels Chapter, to leave short messages and promises of prayer in the commboxes over the next few days. Some of those comments will be read by the U.S. Chapter leader, so that we can all stay united in spirit and in prayer and good wishes.

The generous readers of this newspaper who sponsored 15 young American pilgrims this year will be remembered each and every day on the Pilgrimage by name. And we will be reminding the American pilgrims about all of the “Guardian Angels” who will be with us in spirit.

The Chartres Pilgrimage is all about young Catholics—10,000 or more, in fact. Very few things matter more to the future of our world than putting all of our energies and recourses toward encouraging young Catholics to keep the Faith against seemingly impossible odds. What difference do our efforts make if in the end we fail to keep the next generation in the trenches fighting for the preservation of everything that matters?

We at The Remnant place so much emphasis on the Chartres Pilgrimage because nothing impacts young people more immediately and with greater spiritual force than the Pilgrimage to Chartres. It is making a big difference, and is well worth the many sacrifices that go into making it happen and bringing so many young Americans overseas to be part of it.

The pilgrimage is a major victory, and it reminds us that total victory will be ours in the end—so long as we keep the old Faith. Please, join us over the three days of Pentecost pilgrimage this year. Let us unite in prayer and penance, and let us resolve anew to keep the Faith always, come what may. Nothing else matters. ■

Look for video updates from The Remnant: Please watch The Remnant's Facebook page for daily updates.  We will also be providing Pilgrimage updates here on our site every few days.

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.