The chapel on the knoll in Still River, MA is a beautiful site to behold. Every year on the vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, i.e., December 11, the brothers and members of their extended community make a pilgrimage there. Everyone assembles in front of the main house after dinner, and they either walk down the hill, or they take a hay ride to get there. Those who walk go past candles placed along the path to lighten it up. They also trudge through mud if it is or has been raining. Either way, boots are recommended.
Either way, everyone gets a taste of an earthy pilgrimage like those made to Lourdes, Fatima, or Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. The walk back up the hill adds a challenging dimension to the trek. It can be deeply spiritual.
In line with Benedictine hopsitality, the brothers serve home made brownies and hot chocolate.
The pilgrimage will be held again this year, on Sunday evening, December 11, 2011, 7:30pm.
Please come. If you want more information, feel free to contact me.
“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ,
for He is going to say,
'I came as a guest, and you received Me' (Matt. 25:35).
And to all let due honor be shown,
especially to the domestics of the faith and to pilgrims." (Rule of Saint Benedict 53:1)
image - http://www.marypages.com/GuadalupeEng1.htm