Webinar: “Becoming a Pilgrim People”


Location: Zoom

The Medieval Institute and the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary's College co-sponsored the second in our webinar series on pilgrimage. How can the practice of pilgrimage support current work for racial justice and healing of memory?

This webinar examined the theology and spirituality of pilgrimage and the image of the pilgrim church. Panelists discussed what resources pilgrimage offers as we work to create inclusive and welcoming faith communities.


A Jesuit priest from Québec, Canada, André Brouillette earned graduate degrees in philosophy, history, and theology in France and North America. He taught in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, prior to joining the faculty of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he is associate professor of systematic and spiritual theology. He has been a visiting scholar at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, the holder of the Anna and Donald Waite Endowed Chair in Jesuit Education at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as a visiting professor at the Carmelite School of Theology Teresianum in Rome. He is currently the general editor of the Classics of Western Spirituality (Paulist Press). His most recent books embrace pilgrimage studies: the monograph The Pilgrim Paradigm: Faith in Motion (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2021), and Pilgrimage as Spiritual Practice: A Handbook for Teachers, Guides, and Wayfarers (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2022), co-edited with Jeffrey Bloechl.


Layla Karst is an assistant professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University where she teaches and writes at the intersection of liturgy and ecclesiology. She is working on a book manuscript on the theology of Christian pilgrimage and the pilgrim church. Her current research also explores the ways that racism, sexism, and sexual abuse have impacted our liturgical celebrations and the function of lament in addressing these liturgical challenges. Her publications include articles in the journals Liturgy and Practical Matters. She holds a PhD from Emory University and an MDiv from the University of Notre Dame.

This webinar is part of a series of spring-semester events exploring the practice of pilgrimage, both historically across faith traditions and in present-day work for social justice.

Originally published at medieval.nd.edu.