The relic pilgrimage is a gift for the Church in Canada at the close of our 150th anniversary year, bringing the famous relic of St. Francis Xavier to North America for the first time in generations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venerate the incorrupt first class relic of one of the greatest missionaries and evangelists since St. Paul the Apostle.
We anticipate three particular extraordinary graces in this pilgrimage, all related to the charisms of St. Francis Xavier: (1) conversion of souls; (2) the raising up of missionary disciples who are abandoned to God’s will; and (3) healing. Our prayer is that—through this relic pilgrimage—you will have the unique opportunity to personally encounter the tender heart of Jesus.
The Archdiocese of Ottawa, the Jesuits in Canada and Catholic Christian Outreach are collaborating to deliver this incredible opportunity to all Canadians. We’ve partnered so that many people will have the chance to encounter Jesus and be inspired to work together for the renewal of the world. There will be events in 14 Canadian cities throughout January.