From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage

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In the summer of 2012, a group of Catholic and Orthodox faithful began a global campaign in support of life and family under the patronage of Our Lady of Czestochowa (the “Black Madonna”). Starting in Vladivostok, Russia, the Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life has received the support and blessings of numerous bishops in Europe, as well as Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church, and is expected to circle the globe and enkindle a sustainable movement to build a culture of life.

The campaign is based on the pilgrimage of an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa which has already traveled over 40 thousand miles, traversed 24 countries, visited 75 cathedrals and 60 Orthodox churches in over 400 cities; and has been venerated by hundreds of thousands since the campaign began. Along the way, bishops and priests have celebrated liturgies and have given talks to inspire greater devotion to the Blessed Mother and to awaken the faithful to the urgency of recovering a true cultureof life. With these visits, local parishes, shrines and other venues have hosted viewings, celebrated Mass, and coordinated events around her visit.

Pray for Life: Free prayer cards touched to the Pilgrim Icon!

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Be a part of this historic prayer campaign asking Our Lady’s intercession for the defense of life. These special prayer cards have been touched to the pilgrim icon and have on the back a Prayer for Life from Blessed Pope John Paul II. (Limit 3 per person.)

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The icon – a magnificent replica of the original in the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Poland, and per tradition liturgically united with the original – was blessed in a special ceremony by the Archbishop of Czestochowa. The Archbishop of Cracow made a special act of entrustment to the cause of the defense of life and family to Our Lady of Czestochowa.

The Ocean to Ocean campaign is a response of the faithful, uniting Orthodox and Catholic Christians under the patronage of Our Lady in the defense of the most vulnerable, and to ask her intercession for the protection of the family, and the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Russia was chosen as the starting point due to its sad legacy as the birthplace of abortion on demand, and its resulting severe demographic problems – problems that are now shared by many nations around the world.

As Our Lady of Czestochowa arrives on the shores of North America, she calls all of her children to unite in the defense of life, in an effort to build a civilization of life and love – to remember that God can do what we can’t, to remember our faith.

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This icon has come halfway around the world, inspiring hundreds of thousands to seek Christ, to deepen their faith, hope and love, and to defend the innocent. We ask for her intercession in this continuation of the ancient tradition of carrying the Ark of the Covenant into battle, of asking God for a miracle.

Reports from the Pilgrimage

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On the Road with the Black Madonna

  • Nancy Janzen

    How can I know when there is more information on Houston. It is almost 400 miles but as close as it will be to where I live?

    • AdamC_HLI

      Hi Nancy! We’ll be posting information on this page as it becomes available, and will give updates in our emails. If you’d like to try and schedule the Black Madonna at your parish, you can contact our coordinator by email at blackmadonna@hli.org. God bless!

  • ostrander

    So when you are going west from Wisconsin to Minnesota, is it possible to keep coming west to South Dakota?

    • AdamC_HLI

      If you’d like to try and schedule the Black Madonna at your parish, you
      can contact our coordinator by email at blackmadonna@hli.org. God bless!

  • joelfago

    I just tried to call EWTN Live to
    invite Fathers Shenan Boquet and Peter West to come to Tucson, Arizona, but the phones were
    busy.

    I was arrested, brought to trial and convicted due to my
    pro-life praying and protest at Planned Parenthood in
    Tucson.

    Will you please bring your
    “From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in
    Defense of Life” to Tucson so that I can pray with the Mary icon
    and you?

    May the Holy Spirit and Mary guide
    you!!

    Joel Fago

    4unborn@powerc.net

    10525 E. Cline Ave.

    Hereford, AZ 85615

    • AdamC_HLI

      Joel,

      Fr. West does plan on being in Arizona in October/November of this year, but dates and locations are not set yet. Our scheduler will be in touch. God bless!

      • lplee

        We would love to have Father West and the Icon visit Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Green Valley, AZ, which is 20 miles south of Tucson. What steps do we need to take to insure this?

  • Alfred G.”Jerry”Laverty

    I was looking to see when the Black Madonna visited the Diocese of Worcester,Mass.? Our Lady of Czestochowa Church at 34 Ward Street,Worcester,Mass.01610.

    • AdamC_HLI

      Alfred, Fr. West brought the Black Madonna to MA in early December. You can email blackmadonna@hli.org to try and work out another visit. God bless.

      • Alfred G.”Jerry”Laverty

        Thank you very much for letting me know! God Bless!

  • Fonda McGowan

    The Blessed Black Madonna was here in Orlando for the past two days. We prayed at Planned Parenthood and the love and prayers will continue there as we return each time for pray for life. Thank you Father West for taking the Madonna to March for Life and also for bringing this treasure to us here at Holy Family. Do not miss her visit. She is traveling the world for Life–for us! You are in our prayers Father West… God Bless You and Human Life International for your work!

  • Just Toad

    Thank you for coming to Holy Family in Orlando FL. I had seen Fr. Pacwa welcome you to his show last month and was so excited to find out that you were bringing Our Lady of Czestochowa to my parish. Hearts are being opened to all God’s Grace through this blessed icon. Thank you and God bless!

  • Kathy Forck

    We are praying that the Icon of the Black Madonna can come to Columbia Mo. We have an abortion clinic that has not done abortions for 20 months (since 6/25/12) and we are praying for it to close so it will never do abortions again. The seventh abortionist stopped in June of 12, but they still refers for abortions. We have only one operating clinic in Mo in St Louis. I see you are coming to St Louis, could you come to Columbia as well? What a blessing. I too have been falsely arrested for my prayerful witness. Still awaiting the outcome!
    To God be all the glory! We honor the Blessed Mother and thank her for her intercession!

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  • Edward J Baker

    I hope the organizers at other parishes where this will appear will do a better job than Holy Cross in Maspeth NY who didn’t even have enough common sense to provide specific information on their phone line.

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History of the Black Madonna

Visit the Main “From Ocean to Ocean” Website

Download and Print the Our Lady of Czestochowa Prayer Card

View HLI’s From Ocean to Ocean Brochure

Get a High Res Image of the Icon

The following is a schedule for the Pilgrimage of the Black Madonna so far. The schedule will be updated regularly as new dates and more information are added. To invite the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to your parish, call 1-800-549-LIFE or write us at blackmadonna@hli.org.

As of 4/22/2014

View and download (pdf) a more complete schedule here.

-April 23-25 – St. Athanasius Byzantine Catholic Church in Indianapolis, IN
-April 25-26 – Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, IN
-April 26-27 – Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Merrillville, IN
-April 28-29 – St. Constance Church in Chicago, IL
-April 30 – SS. Cyril & Methodius Church in Lemont, IL
-April 30 – St. Edna’s Church Arlington Heights, IL
-May 1 – St. James Church in Arlington Heights, IL
-May 2 – St. Jane de Chantal Church in Chicago, IL
-May 3-4 – Our Lady of Sorrows Ministry Vandalia, IL
-May 5 – St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, KY
-May 6 – St. Martin of Tours Church in Louisville, KY
-May 7 – Pax Christi Church in Lexington, KY
-May 8 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hillsboro, OH
-May 9 – St. Gertrude’s Church in Cincinnati, OH
-May 11 – St. Ferdinand Church in Chicago, IL
-May 12 – St. Ladislaus Church in Chicago, IL
-May 13 – Jesuits Millennium Center, the Shrine of Sacred Heart in Chicago, IL
-May 14 – Holy Trinity Polish Mission in Chicago, IL
-May 15 – St. Hyacinth Basilica in Chicago, IL
-May 16 – St. Rosalie Church in Harwood Heights, IL
-May 17 – St. Mary of Czestochowa in Cicero, IL
-May 18 – Cistercian Fathers Polish Mission in Willow Springs, IL
-May 19 – Holy Cross Church in Batavia, IL
-May 20 – SS. Peter and Paul Church in Naperville, IL
-May 21 – Divine Mercy Church in Lombard, IL
-May 23 – Sts Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato, MN
-May 24 – Basilica of Saint Stanislaus in Winona, MN
-May 25-26 – Sacred Heart Cathedral in Winona, MN
-May 27 – Saint Francis Parish in Rochester, MN
-May 28 – Saint Felix Parish in Wabasha, MN
-May 30 – Saint Mary’s Parish in Chatfield, MN
-May 31-June 1 – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, WI
-June 13 – St. John the Baptist Church in Marshfield, WI
-June 14-15 – Sacred Heart Church in Polonia, WI
-June 17 – Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus, WI
-June 18 – Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI
-June 21 – 8:00 AM Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis, MO
-June 23 – St. Francis Regis Church in South Kansas City, MO
-July 5-6 – Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Bremerton, WA
-July 9 – St. Katherine Orthodox Church in Kirkland, WA
-July 12 – 5:30 PM Mass at St. Casmir’s Polish Parish (Sw. Kazimierza Parafii) in Vancouver, BC, Canada
-July 13 – Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, Canada
-July – Portland, Oregon (dates and sites to be announced)
-July 25 – St. Peter’s Eastern Catholic Church in Ukiah, CA
-July 26-27 – St. Eugene Cathedral Parish in Santa Rosa, CA
-July 29 – Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco, CA
-Early August – Central California (dates and sites to be announced)
-August 16-17 – St. Martin de Porres Church in Yorba Linda, CA
-Late August – Southern California (dates and sites to be announced)
-September 5-7 – Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada (dates and sites to be announced)
-Late September to Early October – Colorado (dates and sites to be announced)
-Late October – Kansas, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM (dates and sites to be announced)
-November – Phoenix, AZ (date and site to be announced)
-November – Icon leaves for Mexico