EMMITSBURG, MD. — Sunday, Oct. 2, marks the annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Md. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the Patroness of Sea Services, which includes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Service.
“Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was proclaimed Patroness of the Sea Services in 1977 by the late Cardinal John J. O’Connor when he was serving as Chief of Navy Chaplains,” said retired Admiral William J. Fallon, Chair of the Pilgrimage Sponsoring Committee. “The annual Pilgrimage of the Sea Services is an opportunity for the men and women of our Sea Services to join with family and friends in prayer, to thank Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton for her protection and to ask for her continued intercession in their behalf as they go about their work of service to our country.”
The Pilgrimage Mass, beginning at 3:00 p.m. (EDST), will be celebrated by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., with musical accompaniment by the U.S. Naval Academy Catholic Choir and participation by the Joint Ceremonial Color Guard and Knights of Columbus Honor Guard.
A complimentary dinner will be provided afterward to all in attendance.
If you would like to attend, please contact Ray Alcaraz by calling 301-447-6049 or through email at Ray.Alcaraz@setonshrine.org.
The Seton Shrine is located at 339 South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg, Md. Plenty of parking is available at the Shrine. The parking areas closest to the Basilica will fill up quickly, so people are encouraged to arrive early.