50th International Eucharistic Congress Pilgrim Walk

Guided group tours of the Pilgrim Walk

There are free guided tours of the seven churches on the Pilgrim Walk each day at 10.30am and 2pm. The free tours are organised for pilgrims attending the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Tours will run on Thursday 14th June, Friday 15th June and Saturday 16th June. 

Each tour starts at St Ann's Church, Dawson Street with IEC2012 volunteers leading the walk to all seven churches. Collect your Pilgrim passport in St Ann's Church and have the passport stamped in each church you visit.

The tour takes approximately three hours and covers several miles.  Download poster for guided group tours of the Pilgrim Walk

Pilgrim walks have become especially attractive for those of us whose everyday lives are filled with responsibilities and distractions. We find ourselves longing to leave behind the ordinary in order to see what is truly important. We long for a life in closer communion with God, in the spirit of the theme of the Congress – The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one Another.

To set out on a pilgrimage walk is to renew faith through the journey. Pilgrims walk with a clear intention, to draw closer to God.

From Saturday 2nd June until Saturday 16th June 2012, pilgrims can, in a single day or over the two week period undertake the pilgrim walk.

Pilgrim passport for Pilgrim WalkPilgrim Walk passport

You collect your pilgrim passport in the first of the seven churches you visit. You can begin the pilgrim walk in any of the seven churches. 

The seven churches are open each day from 8am until 8pm.

Pilgrims are invited to attend services which take place each day in the seven churches. Download Times of Services in Pilgrim Walk Churches. 

The pilgrim walk involves:

• Visit to all seven designated churches in the city of Dublin.

• During the visit to the churches, spend time in quiet prayer concluding the visit with the Eucharistic Congress prayer.

• Each pilgrim will be issued with a pilgrim passport which will be stamped in each of the parish churches with the parish seal. 

• During the time of the pilgrim walk, there will be a pilgrim Mass celebrated each day at 5:45pm in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral (should pilgrims wish to attend).

• The pilgrim walk continues with the final visit to St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral where the pilgrim passport will be stamped with the seal of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and the pilgrim will receive the pilgrimage certificate of completion. 

The seven churches are:

1 St James’s Church, James Street, Dublin 8
2 Augustinian Church, John's Lane, Dublin 8
3 Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street, Dublin 2
4 St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (Church of Ireland)
5 St Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin 7
6 St Michan's, Halston Street, Dublin 7
7 St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

Dublin City Map Pilgrim Walk


Families, school groups, adult groups, individuals and international pilgrims are invited to participate over the two weeks. There is no charge to participate but a donation can be made at the Pro-Cathedral towards the cost of the passport and certificate.

This is a support event organised by the Dublin Diocesan Eucharistic Congress Preparatory Committee in addition to the activities in the main programme for the 50th international Eucharistic Congress. Confessions will be available in designated churches. 

Download poster for 50th International Eucharistic Congress Pilgrim Walk

Download map for the Pilgrim Walk.

Download Times of Services in Pilgrim Walk Churches. 

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