Pilgrimage of the
Canadian District Society of St. Pius X
Jesuit Martyr-Saints of
Schedule of Events
usual schedule of events is given on this page. Please be
sure to contact St Michael's Priory
in Toronto for up to date itinerary
7:45 am: Departure of a
Bus from the Church of Transfiguration in Toronto to St.
10:00 am: Holy Mass near
St. Ignace Village, the location where St. Jean de Brebeuf
and Gabriel Lalemant suffered their martyrdom
12:00 noon: Picnic Lunch
12:45 pm: Departure of
pilgrims wishing to walk from St. Ignace to the Martyrs
Shrine (approx. 13 Kms./7 miles)
1:30 pm: Departure to the
Starting-point of the 3-4 km (2 mile) walk to Martyrs Shrine
3:30 pm: Arrival at the
Martyrs Shrine, Veneration of Relics
4:15 pm: Outdoor Stations
of the Cross/Visit to St. Marie Among the Hurons
A bus will be rented which
will depart from the Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto
at 7:45 am sharp and return around 8:00 pm. The bus fee is
$15.00-20.00 per person, depending on how many persons come
on the bus.
Those who will provide for
their own means of transportation may meet at St. Ignace II
for Mass. Pilgrims are responsible for then own meals, as
well as any water and refreshments. Refreshments are available
at the Martyrs Shrine.
from St. Ignace II to Martyrs Shrine
Pilgrimage 1.: A 13 km hike
from St. Ignace to the Martyrs shrine. This hike departs very
soon after the Mass, and should be done by only those who
are in the proper condition to walk this distance.
Pilgrimage 2.: There will
be a 3-4 km hike beginning at the picnic area at Highway 12
near Hogg's Bay, concluding at the Martyrs Shrine. These pilgrims
will meet with the pilgrims from those who departed earlier
from the Martyrs shrine.
Those who do not wish to
partake hi either hike may proceed directly to the Martyrs
Shrine after lunch. Durable shoes or hiking boots are highly
recommended as the walk will be an old railway track on a
terrain consisting of large, loose gravel. Bring plenty of
water with you. Hats, Sunscreen and rain-gear are also recommended.
Who Were The Canadian
Jesuit missionaries laboured
among the Huron Indians of The Georgian bay area using Ste.
Marie (1639-1649) as their headquarters. A number of these
intrepid pioneers met death by martyrdom. In March 1649, Fathers
Brebeuf and Lalemant were martyred at St. Ignace, a Humon
village six miles from here; their bodies were buried at Ste
Marie. That same year, Fathers Gamier and Chabanel fell martyrs
in Petun country to the southwest. Father Daniel had been
killed at Teanaotaiae in July 1648, and, earlier, Father Jogues
(1646) and two lay helpers, Rene Goupil (1642) and Jean de
la Lande (1646), had died near Auriesville, NY State.
Why a Pilgrimage of Catholic
A pilgrimage is one of the
most favored and time-honored Catholic customs to obtain graces
for extra-ordinary circumstances.
Catholic Tradition is the
spirit of Faith which reminds men that they must pass through
the things of this world to obtain the things of the next,
by repairing with this external act of Faith for those public
sins committed against the sacred traditions of the Roman
The Martyrs' Shrine is
located of Highway 12 two miles East of Midland, Ontario.
It consists of a Basilica, Outdoor Stations of the Cross,
and many other outdoor shrines. In the Church are the relics
of St. Jean de Brebeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Rene
St. Ignace II (as it is called)
is the exact location where Sts. Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel
Lalemant suffered their martyrdom. It is at located off Rosemount
Road, South of Highway 12. It is at this location where The
Mass is offered in the morning.
Directions to St. Ignace
II (Where the Mass is celebrated):
From Toronto: Take
400 North past Barrie and Coldwater. Exit Highway 12 West,
which is the exit for Waubashene and Victoria Harbour.
The Exit Number is 147. (Note: you will see other
signs to the Martyrs Shrine and to Highway 12. Do not exit
at any of these, but wait until the Waubashene/Victoria Harbour
***Continue on Highway
12 West for about 3 Kilometres. There will be a Shell gas
station on your right. Turn Left onto Rosemount road. Continue
on Rosemount Road for about 3 kilometres, and right after
going over a small bridge you will see sign: Camp Manitomno
and St. Ignace. Turn left here to arrive at St. Ignace.
From the North: Take
69 South/400 South, and exit Highway 12 West, Exit Number
147. Then follow above***
Directions to the Martyrs
Shrine from St. Ignace II:
Return to Highway 12, and
at the Shell station turn Left. Continue on Highway 12 West
for about 10 Km and the Martyrs Shrine will be on your right
(on the north side of Highway 12; do not confuse with St.
Marie among the Hurons).
P .O. Box 5004
Penatanguishene ON L9M 2G2
Tel: (705) 549-2231
|For More Information
Society of St. Pius X
District of Canada
45 Guthrie Avenue
Toronto, ON M8Y 3L2
Phone: (416) 251-0499
Fax: (416) 251-7430
Midland, Ontario, Canada