What is Pilgrimage?

Why me? Why now?

The Chicagoland Pilgrimage weekend, formerly known as Chicagoland Cursillo, is a three-day short course in Christian living and leadership. The weekend is much more than a retreat. Many participants experience unconditional love, freely given, and return home more aware of their daily walk with Christ and their role in reconciling creation. The three day journey is a gift and part of a lifelong calling to serve and worship Christ.

The Pilgrimage weekend is open to all Christians, regardless of tradition or church affiliation. The weekend is co-ed. Material covered and practices are consistent with the Reformed, Protestant tradition. Though the weekend is led by non-ordained believers just like you, there are at least two clergy actively participating and available for individual council.

During the once-yearly Pilgrimage weekend (beginning Thursday at 5:00 pm, and continuing through early Sunday afternoon), participants worship, study, eat, pray, sing, discuss, and laugh together. Yes, some may feel awkward at first, but soon many feel awake, energized, and for the first time acutely aware and grateful for being a truly loved, unique, and a precious child of God. No advance study or preparation is required to participate. You need not be a current church member or belong to a specific denomination or tradition. You only need to be a follower of Christ and called to come. Scholarships are available.

Pilgrim experiences:

For the more than 20 years, Christians in the Chicagoland area have attended Pilgrimage (Cursillo) weekends. Many experience profound spiritual growth and renewal of their individual faith journey that pours forth into their local church and community. We hope that you will consider joining fellow Christians in the Chicagoland area for our next Pilgrimage weekend.

Thanks to wonderful clergy, lay leaders and fellow participants, I’m certain about unconditional love and, that as Christians, we are all so similar in God’s eyes. While it’s hard for most of us to find the time to attend Pilgrimage, it is a gift that will keep on giving. The DeKoven Center provides a truly spiritual experience. For me, the time in the chapel and being next to Lake Michigan helped me feel stronger in my walk.

I’ve been a practicing Christian for some time, but it was at a Pilgrimage weekend where I first felt and understood God’s unconditional love for me. That love has changed and continues to change every aspect of my life! I can think of no other weekend that allows people to experience God’s grace and love in such a tangible way through various means which engage all the senses.

Pilgrimage provided the opportunity to fill my cup and renew the connection to the true giver through the activities and ministrations of other believers. The music ministry was both relaxing and rejuvenating. Individual testimonies on common, ordinary events helped me to see God in everyday situations.