Catholic Pilgrimage

In the Spirit of Notre Dame

The tradition of the Fighting Irish continues when you join other Notre Dame alumni and friends on a special pilgrimage from Verso Ministries. These trips are handcrafted for the intellectually curious and spiritually hungry who want to experience a true Catholic pilgrimage that is created in the spirit of the University and its traditions.

A Pilgrimage to the Camino

A Pilgrimage to Rome for the Jubilee

2025 Departure Coming Soon

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Expert-Led Trips: Designed for Domers

When you travel with Notre Dame and Verso Ministries, you’ll experience:

The impact on each other I think was so much more powerful than just taking this trip on your own. It was way better than anything that I had imagined.
Susan C., ’72 SMC

Notre Dame

All trips are sponsored by the Notre Dame Alumni Travel Program, whose goal is to “provide travel opportunities for our alumni and the entire Notre Dame family, reinforcing the University’s traditions and values with emphasis on the educational, as well as religious character that is unique to Our Lady’s University.”

The pilgrimage has been exceptionally beautiful in its organization, in its depth of spirituality, the teachings that have been shared, and the people we’ve encountered in the places we’ve gone. Exceptionally well organized, exceptionally well planned, and memorable for every one of us.
Laurie D.


A hiking path found on pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago.

A Pilgrimage to the Camino

Generations of pilgrims have traveled the Camino de Santiago, listening to God’s voice amid the Spanish countryside. Walking through small towns, sharing the journey with other pilgrims and reflecting on their lives as they log mile after mile. That same opportunity is waiting for you as a retreat from the pressures of modern life, a chance to become grounded in the earth around you, and a path of self-discovery. This walking pilgrimage begins in Sarria and concludes in Santiago, with each day including 10-14 miles of hiking. A pilgrimage with Notre Dame Alumni and Friends.

A Pilgrimage to Rome for the Jubilee

2025 Departure Coming Soon

Join Notre Dame Traveling Irish on pilgrimage to Rome during the Year of Jubilee and be transformed by the beauty and universality of the Catholic Church during this historic Holy Year. This handcrafted journey invites you into a prayerful, authentic, and joyful encounter with the centuries-old practice of Jubilee pilgrimages. Visit the seven traditional pilgrim churches, enter through the Holy Doors, and embrace the Holy Father’s call to be pilgrims of hope.

City-scape often seen during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Walk with Verso Ministries through the very epicenter of the Christian faith. As we tour Israel and West Bank, walking where Jesus walked, and visiting the very places that have changed the world, you’ll experience God closer than ever before. And with special access to many of these locations, Verso provides a Holy Land pilgrimage like no other.

2024 Pilgrimages Coming Soon!

Journey with Verso and Traveling Irish to the Holy Land, France, and the Camino in 2024. Details coming soon!


Notre Dame Alumni Led

Verso Ministries, led by Double Domer John Paul Lichon ’06, ‘09MA, and fellow Domer Stephanie Petrie ’16MA, is an experienced agency that specializes in Catholic pilgrimage.

John Paul Lichon is a Double Domer who hails from the western suburbs of Chicago. While at Notre Dame, he created his own major in Asian Studies and Chinese, graduating in 2006. Then, he studied theology through the Echo program, serving at a Catholic parish in Indianapolis while concurrently obtaining his Master of Arts in Theology. John Paul spent 10 years in parish and college ministry before taking the dive to start Verso Ministries.

He’s always had an entrepreneurial inkling, as he’s always sought new and dynamic ways to spread the Gospel. He is passionate about the practice of pilgrimage and the ways in which a pilgrim’s heart and mind can be transformed by an encounter with God on a pilgrimage. He resides in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and three children.

JENNA STREICH (’19) is passionate about accompanying pilgrims through all stages of their journeys and experiencing God at work through the encounters and relationships that pilgrimages facilitate. She spent four months studying in Jerusalem and Bethlehem through the University of Notre Dame’s Jerusalem Global Gateway, and her experience living in the Holy Land continues to inspire and shape her work with pilgrims today.

Jenna studied theology, peace studies, and science at the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph’s University. Along with traveling, she enjoys making and listening to music, playing golf, and spending time outdoors. Jenna lives in South Bend, Indiana.

See Highlights from
the Holy Land

Join the Notre Dame Alumni Association on their trip to the Holy Land, in this eight-part series: “In the Footsteps of Jesus.”

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Palm Sunday

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Monday of Holy Week

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Tuesday of Holy Week

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Wednesday of Holy Week

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Holy Thursday

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Good Friday

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Holy Saturday

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Easter Sunday

All videos have been shared with permission of FaithND.

My expectations have been exceeded as far as the preparation goes. I thought it was excellent.
Mike H., Notre Dame Class of '76

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