Frequently Asked Questions for the Pilgrimage

Click below to find detailed answers to the questions we hear most often about the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage. Still need support? We're here to help! Contact our team for answers not found on this page.

At A Glance

What are the dates of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage?

The four routes of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage will kickoff during the weekend of Pentecost. The Serra Route, which is coming from San Francisco, California, will be making its way through the Diocese of Des Moines from June 23rd to June 25th.

Where will the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage be stopping?

The Pilgrimage will be visiting the western portion of our Diocese, with stops in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Red Oak, Imogene, & Shenandoah.

Will Jesus be exposed in the monstrance the whole time?

Jesus will be exposed for the majority of the Eucharistic Pilgrimage. For the long stretches that we are walking, a priest chaplain will carry Jesus in the monstrance. However, due to distance and weather considerations, there will be stretches that the perpetual pilgrims will need to drive, during which Jesus will be placed in a traveling tabernacle.


Will I have to walk the entire time to participate?

No. You are welcome to walk just a segment of the journey or to drive between events. There will be the opportunity to participate in a 2 mile procession, 8 mile procession, and 1 mile procession over the 3 days.

The processions along the Wabash Trace Nature Trail are not accessible by vehicle, so it is advised that if you are concerned about being able to walk to the full distance to skip those routes.

What should I bring with me?

Be prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, one water bottle, and a raincoat, because the Pilgrimage will continue rain or shine! Exceptions will be made in cases of inclement weather that poses a threat to safety, determined by Pilgrimage leaders. 

Please note: Walking long distances can be physically challenging. Bathroom access will be limited. Please plan accordingly.

Is there a cost to participate?

No. There is no cost to participate in the Eucharistic Pilgrimage but registration for events is highly encouraged so that the parishes can plan for numbers.

You can register here.

What if I need accommodations?

ASL interpreting will be provided at all Masses and Holy Hours and all parishes along the route are wheelchair accessible.

Two of the processions will take place on concrete, which is wheelchair friendly, but the 10-mile Eucharistic Procession on Monday will take place primarily on a pea gravel trail that prohibits motorized vehicles.


Where can I stay for the 3 days?

With the College World Series occurring in Omaha at the same time, hotel rooms in Omaha & Council Bluffs are incredibly limited. If you are looking to stay in the area for the entire duration of the Pilgrimage you are encourage to book early.

Non-local parishes looking to coordinate overnight groups can reach out to John Huynh to get connected with local parishes for other hosting options.

Youth groups planning a pilgrimage are welcome to stay overnight in St. Albert's. Please contact John Huynh for more details and to coordinate.