The Emerald City


Deacon Guy and Miss Pam continued their pilgrimage recently to learn more about the rich deposit of faith and love in the Chucktown Diocese. They do this by visiting parishes in their diocese and prayer walking in the communities those parishes serve.

This day Deacon Guy and Miss Pam went to Greenwood. It’s a beautiful and vibrant city located in the Piedmont-Upper Savannah region of South Carolina. It’s also known as the Emerald City, and of course, it is the home of Our Lady of Lourdes parish.

As usual, Deacon Guy and Miss Pam’s day began with daily mass. Afterwards, they went uptown to walk, pray, and experience the wonderful things Greenwood offers.


The Bible tells us that the faithful are to rejoice in hope, to be patient in our suffering, and to persevere in prayer (Rom 12:12). We are to pray anywhere and everywhere (1 Tim 2:8).

The Catechism explains that our prayer and our Christian faith are inseparable (CCC 2745). There is no secular restriction on earth to which our prayers can be put off limits. And this is because our prayers flow from the same love that is our Father’s plan for salvation and redemption. Our prayers include a transforming union with the Holy Spirit who conforms us to Jesus Christ.


When Deacon Guy and Miss Pam set aside a day for prayer pilgrimage, they do not have a detailed plan for their day. They follow an example St. Dominic set nearly a thousand years ago. They pray as they walk and watch, hoping to encounter the Holy Spirit and gain divine insight into how God is at work in that location.

These special days of prayer always include fellowship with the Holy Spirit and some surprising encounters with the local culture and the people who define it. Pilgrimage, of course, does not have to mean expensive travel or extensive commitments of time. A prayer pilgrimage can take place in a single day and cost little or no money. And it is guaranteed to be spiritually enriching!


The name “Catholic Roads” is synonymous with the Holy Highway (Is 35:8). Our apostolate embraces the vision of “Shrines! Wines! And Interesting People!” as a way of experiencing pilgrimage in everyday life. We promote a pilgrimage lifestyle that anyone, anywhere can inhabit.

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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