A pilgrimage should help deepen our focus, renew our spirit of Love, Forgiveness and Peace and overall replenish our faith. A pilgrimage is a deeply individual experience and besides the Holy Land, one can visit Marian shrines around the world, sites associated with different Saints, and more.
As the leading publisher of religious books in Ireland, Columba Books has many titles relevant to pilgrimages and given current circumstances, a literary pilgrimage is a great option to inject your Faith with some new enthusiasm!
Edited by Louise Hall
Medjugorje located in Herzegovina has been a popular pilgrimage site due to Our Lady of Medjugorje, which were a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local children. It has become Europe’s third most important apparition site, bringing in approximately one million people annually. In our book Medjugorje: What it Means to Me you can read a collection of testimonials from Irish people who have experienced the wonders of Medjugorje. Read about deeply personal stories on how they found themselves visiting the holy place, their experiences and encounters with God while visiting and the impact it has had on their lives.
Also available as an e-book.
Read about Medjugorje straight from the eldest of six visionaries who first saw Our Lady back in 1981. In Vicka … Her Story she talks with Finbar O’Leary about her special relationship with Our Lady and how that initial experience all those years ago has impacted her throughout her life.
Criostoir O Floinn
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes is known by many for experiencing Marian apparitions of a young lady, this woman identified herself as the Immaculate Conception. Three French Saints gives a background of the saint and an account of what happened to her to become canonized by the church.
Located right here in Ireland, Knock Shrine is said to be the site of various apparitions, including Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Evangelist, angels and even Jesus Christ in 1879. In Knock … and They Still Come read about why thousands pilgrim to Knock each year. Read behind the scenes stories from people who have worked at the shrine, making it possible for people to visit each year. Also read essays from ordinary pilgrims and Fr. Joe Quinn who was a rector at the shrine for many years.
Fr. Francesco Napolitano
Read a brief biography of Padre Pio, Patron Saint of prayer, hope and the easing of worries. He was said to have had the gift of reading souls and the ability to bilocate. These reports of supernatural phenomenon garnered Padre Pio much fame and legend, especially when he began showing signs of stigmata. In Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: A Brief Biography follow the saint from humble beginnings through his life of profound sacrifice and goodness.