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17th Annual Lost Child Pilgrimage

October 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm


Are You, or Someone You Know, Grieving the Death of a Child?

17th Annual Lost Child Pilgrimage

We invite men and women who have lost a child to explore the sacred journey of loss, healing and hope.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Check-in, Coffee

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for men and women who carry the burden of grieving the death of a 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.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii * 1224 W. Lexington Street * Chicago, IL 60607


Feast of St. Jude Thaddeus

Patron Saint of Hope and Impossible Causes



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.

Fr. Fragomeni is a nationally acclaimed speaker, author, retreat master and teacher. He is Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and Adjunct faculty, Department of Religious Studies, DePaul University.



Liturgy of Lamentation

Featured Speaker:

Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, Ph.D.

Facilitated Breakout Sessions:

One: “Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope”

Miscarriage and Infant Loss

~ 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

Liturgy of Hope


Wall of Remembrance: We invite you to bring a photo of

your loved one for a special display at the pilgrimage.


$25.00 Paid Registration due Wednesday, October 25.

Lunch included


1. Online:  Click Here

2. Call:  312.421.3757 with your V/MC

3. Mail Form with Check or V/MC information to:

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

Attn: Lost Child

1224 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60607


* * Please Share this information with support groups,

bereavement counselors and anyone in need.

Additional brochures available by calling 312.421.3757. * *

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October 28, 2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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