|A Lenten pilgrimage led Holy Family parishioners to three|
distant shrines known for healing.
Parish elders stepped in to negotiate and reorganize plans, and the tour to shrines in Gowripatnam, Pedda Autupalli and Gunadala was rescheduled for two days later. In the meanwhile, Fr. Varghese had awakened the night before with a fever. His doctor came for a house visit, gave him an antibiotic injection and "fever tablets," and Fr. Varghese was recovered in time to lead parishioners on their Lenten journey.
|Pilgrims headed first to the impressive Nirmala Giri Mary Matha Shrine|
|Many of the pilgrims were "deekshas," a group who lived special vows of|
penitence and prayer throughout Lent.
|This 19th-century missionary|
had a deep love for the poor.
|Holy Family pilgrims pray at Brother Joseph Thambi's tomb.|
|Many who pray here attest to special healing and prayers answered.|
|Brother Joseph Thambi's cause is up for beatification.|
|Pilgrims at the seminary in Gannavaram.|
|A priest in Gannavaram gives a spiritual talk.|
|Offering penance on the hilltop shrine at Gunadala.|
Setting aside a day of pilgrimage forges strong faith, and bonds families and parishioners.