July 24, 2009

Travel with Msgr. Schaedel to view ‘Catholic Sisters in America’ exhibit

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel, vicar general, is leading a pilgrimage on Aug. 27 to visit the “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” exhibit in Cincinnati.

The pilgrimage will begin with Mass in Covington, Ky., followed by lunch in Newport, Ky., then the afternoon at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

As a project of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, this traveling exhibit tells the story of the religious sisters who have shaped the nation’s health care, educational and social justice institutions since arriving in America nearly 300 years ago.

In association with the Cincinnati Museum Center, pilgrims will learn about women religious who corresponded with President Thomas Jefferson, talked down bandits and roughnecks, lugged pianos into the wilderness and provided the nation’s first health insurance to Midwestern loggers.

Pilgrims will also be able to witness the sisters’ courage during the Civil War, the Gold Rush to the West, the San Francisco earthquake, the influenza epidemic, the civil rights movement and Hurricane Katrina.

The pilgrims will depart from the Archbishop O’Meara Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis promptly at 8 a.m.

Upon arrival in Covington, Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow nearby at America’s first authentic Hofbräuhouse in Newport.

After lunch, there will be a tour at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The group will return to Indianapolis between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The cost is $59 per person for lay people and $49 per person for vowed religious. The pilgrimage fee includes deluxe motor coach transportation, continental breakfast, lunch and fees.

The trip will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pilgrims may register online at www.archindy.org. Click on the 175th anniversary link then select “pilgrimage to Cincinnati” and “adult” to register.

People may also register by calling Carolyn Noone, associate director of special events for the archdiocese, at 317-236-1428 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1428. †

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