A blessed pilgrimage

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PROVIDENCE — Students at The Prout School embarked on a daylong pilgrimage on Wednesday, October 18, visiting parishes throughout the diocese and learning about the Marian devotions important to each location. This is the second pilgrimage the school has organized to commemorate the Marian year following an initial trip in February. According to Chaplain Father Joseph Upton, who accompanied the pilgrimage along with religion teacher Philip Faraone, the day of prayer is an opportunity for students to learn and participate in the traditions of the Catholic faith.

“I think the basic feeling is one of just a broader familiarity and comfort with the faith and with Mary in particular. Having Marian devotion is something that isn’t as common with educating our young people, so it’s trying to revive that,” he said.

Junior Kyle McCutcheon, a parishioner at Holy Apostles Church, Cranston, explained why he decided to participate in the pilgrimage during a stop at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, where students prayed a decade of the rosary before a statue of Our Lady of Providence.

“Just getting to learn more about the churches and where they are and being more faithful,” he said. “This is my first time at the Cathedral, so it’s really cool.”