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Hello from the Northern Walk!

June 15, 2011

Hello, friends! Before I update you on the last few weeks of Northern Walk happenings, there’s an apology in order. We’re in our fourth week of walking now, and this is the first post that you’ve gotten from us…. I’m so sorry! We’re going to try our very best to update you all as often as possible from now on.

I would absolutely love to give a detailed description of everything that’s happened since we left from Seattle, but that would turn into a novel. So instead, here are some highlights of the last four weeks.

-Everyone on out team is absolutely incredible, and we all get along really really well (praise God!).

-Walking was a challenge (especially the first few weeks going through the Cascades and Rockies), but the physical challenge is definitely diminishing.

-All of the Planned Parenthood clinics that we’ve visited on the weekends have been closed when we go, but seeing the result of our witness in the local people, as well as relying on the assurance that our prayers are indeed making a difference, has been beautiful.

-God has blessed us with some pretty incredible people on our journey- amazing host families, extremely generous people in random places (grocery stores, gas stations, etc.), and wonderfully kind souls at parishes who love to share our joy in the Truth of Life.

-We’ve had one radio interview broadcasted from Seattle, and were apparently on the news in Missoula, Montana (according to some ladies who stopped some of our Night Shift walkers to tell them).

-The scenery out West is INCREDIBLE. I probably have taken more pictures of this area than the people I’m with….. oops.

All in all, Crossroads has afforded all of us to have exponential spiritual growth, amazing fellowship, and life changing experiences- and we’re not even halfway done yet. Our sacrifices are many, to be sure. But I think that Jessica (one of our walkers from Illinois) described how each sacrifice benefits our mission when she said that “…any anxiety or worry we have about walking or lack of sleep or anything only helps us to relate to women contemplating abortions today, and the anxiety they’re feeling right now.” It’s a beautiful thing to know that not only our prayers, but our hearts and even our entire selves are reaching out to them with every step we take this summer.

I promise that more stories will come! Know of our prayers for all of you!

Blessed John Paul II, Pray for us!

— Kathlene

PS- I feel bad that there are no pictures to accompany this blog, so here are some of the photos we’ve taken along our journey thus far. God bless! 

Northern Walk 2011 (minus Niamh) in front of the Seattle Space Needle!

View from the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, Washington.

Katie and Ben crossing from Washington into Idaho!

Amelia, Jessica, Katie, and Kathlene (me!) with the wonderful Fr. Loucks in Kellogg, Idaho!

Outside of a clinic in Missoula, Montana with some great parishioners!

Northern Walk 2011 (plus the Holy Roller) in Garrison, Montana!

Incredible Montana sunrise!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. M L Larson permalink
    June 15, 2011 7:45 pm

    can you let us know the location, time when you will be in Rapid City, SD? and hello to Amy, friend of our dear friend Jessica from 2010 Crossroads!!
    Thanks, Mary

  2. June 15, 2011 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you guys are doing well!

  3. Host Family for Northern Walkers in Philly permalink
    June 20, 2011 1:18 pm

    Keep the updates coming! You are all in our prayers! See you in Philly!(Jersey)

  4. Martha Cook permalink
    June 22, 2011 3:54 am

    Hi. Hope you are all sleeping well tonight. Hope you did not get to wet tonight as well. I am so glad that you came through Rapid City. It was great to meet and pray with you all. Be safe and God bless you all.

  5. July 3, 2011 9:33 pm

    Hey Katie, it’s Mom. I am so proud of all of you and wanted you to know people ask about your journey all the time. They are amazed that young people would dedicate their summer walking across the country in defense of the unborn. I just wanted you to know that. Keep the updates coming and I can’t wait to see you again soon. Happy trails !

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