Lost Child Pilgrimage

October 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Are you, or someone you love, grieving the death of a child?


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii invites Men and Women to join us for this very special day of reflection, healing and hope.


We welcome you or someone you know in the peace of Christ Jesus.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. * 8:30 a.m. Check-In, Coffee

17th Annual Lost Child Pilgrimage

Explore the Sacred Journey of Loss, Healing and Hope

Feast of St. Jude Thaddeus

Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes

Speaker:  Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.

There are so many things about life that cannot be explained. The unbelievable, inconsolable loss of a child is one of life’s most difficult experiences.  The absence of such a precious life, no matter the age or under what circumstances, wounds deeply. Grief mixed with anger and confusion rises. We cry out for answers. How do we cope with losses of new life, of promising futures? How do we move through our grief, our vanished hopes and dreams? How do we make the painful journey back to full life as we remember and honor our lost child?

On the Feast of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes, Fr. Fragomeni will offer a reflection and discussion on how St. Jude encourages hope and perseverance for those who are experiencing the impossible cause of grieving the loss of a child.

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This Pilgrimage to Mary’s House is a pilgrimage of solidarity.

For Mary, too, has lost a child, but nevertheless, continues to hope in the promise of God.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for those who carry the burden of the Lost Child. We of Mary’s House open our doors and our hearts to you, standing with you, for Mary’s Bethlehem joy was Mary’s Calvary vigil of sorrow as well.  We have faith in the power of prayer to heal the soul and faith in the comfort and support of a community coming together in solidarity.

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Speaker: Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.  Nationally acclaimed speaker, author, retreat master and teacher. Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Adjunct faculty, Department of Religious Studies, DePaul University.

Central to Fr. Richard‘s ministry is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart. He is author of Come to the Feast and co-author with Br. Michael McGrath, O.C.F.S., of both Blessed Art Thou Mother, Lady, Mystic, Queen and At the Name of Jesus: The Way, The Truth and The Light. He has published In Shining Splendor: Fifty Eastertime Meditations, and The Eucharist: 50 Questions from the Pews.

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Registration: $25 per person, due Wednesday, October 25

Includes Lunch

2 Easy Ways to Register: 

Click here to register online,  or

CALL: 312.421.3757 with your V/MC

Please include your Name, Email and Phone, as well as # of Attendee(s) and any additional names for each

Breakout Session.

No one will be turned away.  Please contact the Shrine for details if you are in need of financial assistance for this program.

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Schedule: Saturday, October 28

8:30 a.m.  Check-In, Coffee

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m. Liturgy of Lamentation

9:45 a.m. Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.

11:00 a.m. Facilitated Breakout Sessions

12:30 p.m Liturgy of Hope

1:00 p.m. Light lunch

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Facilitated Breakout Sessions

ONE: Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope – Julie Berggren, M.A.

TWO: Milestones Celebrated and Mourned: The Death of a Child or Adolescent – Mary Ellen O’Donnell, M.A.

THREE: When Your Adult Child Predeceases You – Julie Federici, M.Div., M.Ed., GC-C

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Wall of Remembrance

We invite you to bring a photo of your loved one for a special display on Saturday, October 28.

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Please Share this information with support groups, bereavement counselors

and anyone in need. Additional brochures available by calling 312.421.3757