|October 10, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 17 • Oakland, CA|
In Cartagena, bishop to meet pilgrims led
by Fathers Matthews, Solis
The Knights of Peter Claver Intercouncils and Courts of Northern California and The Catholic Voice are sponsoring a religious pilgrimage to the holy shrine of St. Peter Claver with special guest the Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, bishop of Oakland; and Very Rev. Jay Matthews and Rev. Olman Solis as spiritual guides.
On June 26, 1581, Peter Claver was born in Catalonia (near Barcelona), Spain. At the age of 29, he volunteered for missionary work at New Granada and arrived at Cartagena in 1610. There, he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1622 at the age of 41. Once in port, Peter Claver boarded the ships and ministered to the slaves with medicine, food, brandy and lemon. He gave basic instructions with the help of an interpreter and the use of pictures.
His ministry was also extended to slave owners, traders, visitors (both Muslims and Protestants), criminals and hospitals. He died on Sept. 7, 1654 at the age of 73 and is buried in Cartagena. He was canonized Jan. 15, 1888, by Pope Leo XIII and his feast day is Sept. 9.
Please join us on a spiritual pilgrimage to Cartagena, Colombia, where Bishop Barber will be able to meet the group in Cartagena and preside at the Mass at the Church of St. Peter Claver and share in a welcome dinner with the pilgrims.
The pilgrimage includes highlights of St. Peter Claver Church, Trinidad Church, Las Bovedas Popa, San Felipe Castle, the Aviary of Colombia, Colombian coffee tasting, the Panama Canal Tour and so much more! We are hoping you will be able to join us on this limited-seat pilgrimage June 5-12, 2017, to Cartagena, Colombia, and Panama City, Panama.
For more information and reservations contact Sara at Diplomat Travel Agency, 773-527-0123 or email@example.com; or contact Camille Tompkins at firstname.lastname@example.org at The Catholic Voice for a mailed brochure.
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