Almost one year ago to the day, we kicked off our first ever #RoaminCatholicism contest. We were out to crown the supreme Catholic Hipster pilgrimage site.
Not surprisingly, Mary's house won that battle.
Now it's time for the second battle of hippest Catholic pilgrimage sites.
1. Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The home of the amazing tilma has always been high on our list of epic pilgrimage sites, but after Pope Francis' recent visit and private prayer time with the image of Mary, this has suddenly become the go-to place for Catholic Hipsters to visit.
2. Camino de Santiago
The way of St. James is one of the most famous routes in all of Catholicism, with over 260,000 pilgrims walking the journey to the shrine of the apostle James in Northern Spain last year alone. It's been seen in movies, talked about in major publications, and continues to be an awesome place to visit.
3. National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
A beautiful oasis in a noisy and fast-paced town like San Francisco doesn't come along all too often. That's why the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi is an awesome spot for Catholic Hipsters to make a trip out to. While many people look at SF and see a wonky city that seems to have lost its way, those of us in the know realize that it is actually one of the most Catholic places around.
4. St. Joseph's Oratory
Nestled in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, St Joseph's Oratory was started under the careful eye of St. Andre Bessette in 1904. It became too small rather quickly, and the capacity had to be increased in 1917. It's an awesome Canadian Catholic spot, which was granted Nation Historic Site status on the celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2004. For Canadian Catholics, this place is the tops!
So, my dearest Catholic Hipster readers, which of these sites should take home the crown of ultimate Catholic Hipster pilgrimage spot for the year?