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Pilgrimage for the Sea Services
October 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Friends, family, and supporters of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard, and U.S. Public Health Service…we invite you to join us for our annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services, at 3pm on October 7, 2018.
With the help of the Catholic Midshipmen Choir from the U.S. Naval Academy, seminarians from the Archdiocese of Military Services, and the Military District of Washington’s Ceremonial Honor Guard, the Seton Shrine is honored to host this special day of prayer and thanksgiving for all those who serve our nation at sea.
The day will begin with Mass, celebrated by Fr. Francis Foley, Command Chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy, at 3pm, in the Shrine Basilica. It will continue with a complimentary dinner after Mass. If you would like to attend the dinner, please email the Shrine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pilgrimage has a decades-long history. After Elizabeth Ann Seton became a saint in 1975, Monsignor John J. O’Conner, then Chief of Chaplains and later Archbishop of New York, named her the “Patroness of the Sea Services.” Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton knew all too well the dangers that await our country’s sailors and defenders at sea. Her husband owned and operated a shipping company, and both her sons, William and Richard, served in the U.S. Navy, with William retiring as a Lieutenant after 17 years of service, and Richard dying at sea in 1823.
All family, friends, and supporters of the U.S. Sea Services, as well as Active Duty servicemen and women, are invited to join us for this special day. Active duty Navy personnel may wear their summer whites.