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Texas Catholic Herald Story on World Youth Day Features UST Pilgrim Joe Bedell

The group that I went with was a group of nine students and alumni fromUniversity of St. Thomas headed by Father Mike Buentello and Sister Damien Marie. Father Mike and Sister Damien came up with the idea about going to … Continue reading

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The Final Chapter

Nine University of St. Thomas students, accompanied by Fr. Mike Buentello, CSB, and Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, joined nearly two million Catholic youth in Madrid, Spain for a transformative three week trip of prayer, sacrifice and pilgrimage.  After traversing … Continue reading

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The Madrid Life…World Youth Day Commences

By today, the UST pilgrims will reach Madrid, which is teeming with thousands of young Catholics from across the globe all eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI! His Holiness will arrive on the scene tomorrow – He is scheduled … Continue reading

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To the End of the World and Back Again

On Friday we enjoyed a lovely day at Cape Finisterre with lots of beaches and mountains and cliffs – it truly was gorgeous. Now we are back in Santiago and have two days left until we depart for Granada and WYD. … Continue reading

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Where in the world are we? Santiago, that’s where!

“We made it to Santiago and we were early enough for the pilgrimage mass at noon. They had a huge thurible and swung it the length of the cathedral. The Cardinal of South Africa was there and celebrated Mass and … Continue reading

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Cadavo Baleira to Lugo

Most of the journey from Cadavo Baleira to Lugo is a gradual descent into the lowlands of Spain.  The trail will take the pilgrims through Vilabade, with a 17th century church and the remains of a 15th century Franciscan monastery. … Continue reading

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Update from Joe

“Hi this is Joe Bedell I just wanted to give yall an update we are currently in Melide we love the landscape here after waking up at  5, while we were hiking we were able to see a blanket of … Continue reading

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Please Pray for Clarissa!

“Unfortunately, Clarissa Krajewski, our one “off-site” pilgrim, will be unable to attend the pilgrimage with us.  On the way to the airport to fly from Michigan to Houston to join the UST pilgrims, Clarissa and her mother were in an … Continue reading

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Leaving on a Jetplane!

While on the Camino, the UST pilgrims will have to carry with them everything they packed. Some of the students, including Mayra, had to leave behind clothing to lose some weight – the first of many learning experiences to come! … Continue reading

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…And the Journey Begins

The University of St. Thomas World Youth Day pilgrims depart today for Oviedo, Spain!  Their lengthy journey of nearly 24 hours will take them by plane from Houston to Newark, New Jersey to Madrid and then by train to Oviedo … Continue reading

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