About the Brigade
The Brigade of St. Michael the Archangel was ‘called to the standard’ in the summer of 2011 by its Brigadier, Eric M. McWhirter, a parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The brigade’s pilgrims come from the parish community and from beyond.
During the days of pilgrimage, pilgrims of all ages walk in ‘brigades’ (groups of 15 to 35), under a patron saint. Brigades are formed by laymen who sing hymns, direct meditations, recite the Holy Rosary and other prayers, and perform works of charity. Pilgrims live — all year round — according to the mandate of Our Lord and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost: friendship & prayer sustaining each pilgrim on his spiritual way.
Priests & religious lead and accompany the pilgrims along the way, hear confessions, give private spiritual counsel, teach.
A ‘brigade’ is the equivalent of a ‘chapter’ on the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, France.
Entering its seventeenth year, the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration is a spiritual journey of the faithful to the place where Saints Isaac Jogues, René Goupil and John LaLande were martyred 370 years ago. It is conducted in honor of Christ Our King, for the restoration of new Christendom, and in reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Invoking the intercession of America’s saints and martyrs, we desire that the Catholic Faith restore every dimension of our lives: our hearts, families, workplaces, parishes, neighborhoods, cities, dioceses, the American nations.
The pilgrimage is an exercise of penance and prayer, of contradiction and restoration, having both a personal and social character. Modeled on the annual Pentecost pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Chartres, France, we embrace the traditional doctrine & practice of Holy Church, with all its demands.
A special intention of the pilgrimage is the restoration of the Catholic family, civil society and the specifically Roman liturgical, theological and pious tradition. We hope thereby to show our attachment to the Church’s Tradition and the riches it contains, not with the intention of reverting to some by-gone era, but rather of drawing benefits from the ancient sources and allowing them to work in the world today.