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2023 GUIDE

Download the 2023

Three Hearts Pilgrims Guide 

to begin preparing for your walk

down the Road to Restoration

  • Who should attend?
    The pilgrimage is open to families and individuals from around the globe. We especially welcome parishes from across the region to join with us. Our hope is that the pilgrimage will be an annual event to last a 100 years or more. Note that it is not an easy walk, and is NOT similar to events like March For Life - it is rigorous in many areas. Many people do bring small children, but you must be prepared that jogging strollers may even "struggle" at times. We have tried to make it as family friendly as we can with our small team, and each year strive to improve - supporting the "family" as much as possible is part of our mission.
  • What is the age limit to participate?
    Anyone capable of making the walk. However, we recommend that children ages 10 and under do the Family Walk, which ends at the mid-day Mass on Friday (Mile 10), where they (along with a parent or guardian) will be shuttled to the Campsite. On Saturday, the Family Path is the same as the other pilgrims. There will be a shuttle for pilgrims that may require assistance to the next stop. Note that it is not an easy walk, and is NOT similar to events like March For Life, it is rigorous in many areas. Many people have brought children, but you must be prepared that sometimes along the trail even jogging strollers "struggle". The pilgrimage is not handicap accessible.
  • Will there be medical supplies/staff available for emergencies?
    We don’t recommend depending upon medical personnel being provided. There will be a number of first responders available during any emergencies that arise as well as help assist with any minor injuries. The staff will not have Epi Pens, inhalers, etc. however they can help administer any medications that you bring.
  • Can I bring my pet?
    Pets are not allowed on the walk nor at the monastery.
  • Can I register and/or pay when I arrive?
    No. We ask that all pilgrims register no later than October 5th, 2023. You can register here.
  • Will there be cell phone reception?
    The camp site areas may have limited reception. There will be very limited to no reception during the walk.
  • Why should I consider going on a pilgrimage?
    As we begin making preparations for our journey, we would do well to remember that a pilgrimage is not simply a religiously-themed vacation, but a serious endeavor undertaken for a great purpose. What are the specific reasons for making a pilgrimage? Certainly many could be given, but traditionally, there are four: 1) To make atonement for sin 2) To venerate a particular place or object 3) To request a significant favor 4) To give thanks for favors received A more succinct way of stating these would be: Atonement, Adoration, Petition, Thanksgiving. The catechized pilgrim will recognize these as the four ends of prayer. A pilgrimage considered thus becomes a prayer we make with our whole being. The faculties of body, mind and soul come together for a common purpose. Every step we take along the way is another act of adoration, another tear shed for sins, another act of gratitude for favors received, another humble request that our petitions be granted. Here is a quick take on experiencing a pilgrimage by other fellow Catholics attending the Chartres pilgrimage in France.
  • Is this pilgrimage only for Catholics?
    No, we invite all of our fellow Christians to walk with us.
  • What is “Chartres”?
    The Chartres pilgrimage, also known in French as the pèlerinage de Chrétienté, is an annual 63 mile pilgrimage from Notre-Dame de Paris to Notre-Dame de Chartres occurring around the Christian feast of Pentecost. This pilgrimage was made popular by Charles Pequy in the early 20th Century and now has an attendance of more than 15k pilgrims annually. The organizers of the Three Hearts Pilgrimage have somewhat modeled this event based on experiences from the Chartres walk. More information can be found here.
  • Will there be mass each day? Will confession be available?
    Mass will be said for the pilgrims on Friday before lunch, and on Saturday upon arrival at the abbey. A mass tent and altars will be provided for participating clergy-pilgrims to say mass on Friday. Priests will be making themselves available for "field" confessions along the walk.
  • How far is the walk?
    The total distance is 35 miles. Day 1 will be approximately 22 miles. Day 2 will be approximately 13 miles.
  • What if I cannot finish the walk?
    We have shuttles standing by to assist any pilgrims unable to complete the walk. It is common that many people need assistance during a pilgrimage.
  • What should I bring on the walk?
    You will want to be sure and bring a SMALL personal backpack, to carry for both days. This can be used to carry water, snacks, hand wipes, lunch, blister care materials, and personal toiletries. Review the pilgrims guide at the top of the page for more details.
  • Will there be places to stop and get supplies during the walk?
    No. You will need to bring enough food for to fill yourself/campers when you come Thursday evening. The closest store will be 3 miles away. On Friday, there will not be any stores available. Saturday afternoon, after arrival at the abbey, the closest store is approximately 20 minutes away.
  • Will there be campsites?
    Yes, Thursday night and Friday night the pilgrims will be camping. Camping will be in an open field with very limited facilities. Porta potties will be provided at the campsite.
  • Will I need to bring my own tent?
    Yes, each pilgrim is expected to bring their own tent and camping gear. You can find a list of other needed items in our Pilgrims Handbook at the top of this page.
  • Will there be designated areas for tent setup?
    Yes, you will be assigned a designated area to set up your tent - we will have areas specifically for Men, Women, and Families.
  • How will I get my large luggage and tent at each campsite?
    Transportation for your luggage and camping gear will be provided. Your luggage will be stacked with the other pilgrims gear. You will receive specific colored zip ties at registration to put on your items and use to identify them. YOU WILL NOT BE EXPECTED TO CARRY YOUR TENT OR BACKPACK AFTER ARRIVAL ON THURSDAY EVENING. You will want to be sure and bring a SMALL personal backpack. This can be used to carry water, snacks, hand wipes, lunch, blister care materials, and personal toiletries.
  • Will there be bathrooms/toilet paper/hand sanitizer?
    Porta potties will be provided at each campsite and at designated break stops along the walk. We suggest that people bring their own toiletries.
  • Should I bring bug spray?
    Yes, by this time of year many of the bugs are gone for the season, however as a precaution we recommend that you bring bug spray. Recommended Body Lotion Recommended Equiptment Spray
  • List of items to pack
    For context and a comprehensive description of what you need, please review the pilgrims guide at the top of this page.
  • What kind of weather should I expect?
    At this time of year in Oklahoma, the weather can be unpredictable. We recommend checking the weather closer to the time. Please be aware there could be a chance of rain. We recommend that you bring rain gear.
  • Will there be accommodations at the monastery on Saturday?
    We've reserved campgrounds on monastery property to be available on Saturday for pilgrims after retrieving vehicles and luggage to camp on. ( There will may be limited availability for MALE pilgrims inside the monastery cells on Saturday; clergy and religious will be given priority.) Alternatively, please check our pilgrims guide at the top of this page for recommended local accommodations.
  • Will I need to bring my own food?
    Yes, all pilgrims will be expected to bring their own food supplies for most of the pilgrimage. The organizers will provide a soup dinner and bread Thursday evening, and rice gumbo soup Friday evening, and bbq after the arrival mass on Saturday. Water bottles will be provided at each campsite and at the lunch break. No food or other beverages (i.e. coffee/ tea) will be provided at breaks other than the above mentioned. Pilgrims are responsible for making sure they bring enough food to last for the duration of the pilgrimage. A list of nearby grocery stores is provided below and in the Pilgrims Guide at the top of this page. It is recommended that you bring food items that will not easily spoil without refrigeration and that do not need to be heated or cooked as there will not be access to a grill or fire pit. Recommended food items are: apples and oranges, dried or canned meats, trail mix and granola bars, sandwich ingredients, bagels, instant coffee, etc... Below is a list of local stores if you need to purchase last-minute items in Oklahoma: Dollar General 6414 OK-82, Peggs, OK 74452 (14 miles from campsite) Antique Cowboy Emporium (Gas & Convenience Store) 6250 OK-82 S toward N 440 Rd., Peggs, OK 74352 (14 miles from campsite) Wal-Mart Supercenter 2020 Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah, OK 74464 (17 miles from campsite) Reasor’s Foods (Grocery) 2001 Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah, OK 74464 (17 miles from campsite) WalGreens Pharmacy 1905 S Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464 (16 miles from campsite)
  • Will there be food provided for lunch?
    No, you will be expected to provide your own lunch. Our at the top of this page will provide more info about what to pack and local stores to pick up last minute items BEFORE arriving at the campsite.
  • Will water be provided?
    Bottles of water will be provided at each campsite and at each rest stop.
  • Will there be parking for my vehicle?
    We will have (free) designated parking from Thursday, October 12th 2023 to Saturday, October 14th, 2023. Details will be emailed to registrants shortly before the event. NEW INFORMATION FOR 2023 To ensure all pilgrims can arrive to their vehicles and retrieve their luggage promptly following the end of the event, we will have ALL vehicles parking in a designated Pilgrim Parking close to the end of the pilgrimage route (near the Abbey). This will allow for a swift shuttle time and everyone may depart as soon as they would prefer. We are confident this parking/shuttle change will be beneficial for all registrants and allow everyone to be en route to their next destination hours sooner than in previous years. However, please be aware that this will add an additional time to your arrival plans on Thursday. The plan is as follows: THURSDAY ARRIVAL: 1. Arrive at “Campsite 1” between the hours of 12PM-6PM 2. Check-in at Registration 3. Unload all passengers and luggage from your vehicle 4. The driver of the vehicle will be given directions on Pilgrim Parking 5. The driver will depart with personal vehicle to designated Pilgrim Parking. 6. Upon arrival at Pilgrim Parking, all drivers will be shuttled back to “Campsite 1”
  • Can we bring an RV or similar type motor camper?
    No, unfortunately we will not be able to accept or accommodate any type of motorized camper units along this years pilgrimage. Please bring a car to park and leave at the designated parking spot, and plan to camp along the route with the other pilgrims.
  • Can we drive our vehicle or van along the route?
    No, unfortunately this is not an option due to safety reasons and accommodating our medical teams and route patrol staff. You do not have to walk the entire pilgrimage - we have made picking up pilgrims and family routes to make this easier to attend, but we cannot have pilgrim vehicles following the route or coming half way through the journey to campsites. Please reach out to us if you have any foreseen issues to inquire about.
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