Join Noëlle and Tom Crowe on a domestic pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to the Kentucky Holy Land and Bourbon Country

With Spiritual Director Father Marcus Pollard, Priest of the Diocese of Arlington, and Chaplain at Christendom College

Pilgrims on Steps of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral

The pilgrims of August 2021 on the steps of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown, Kentucky

Pilgrimage in the U.S. to Where Catholicism and Bourbon Matured Together

In episode 43, “Kentucky Catholics and Bourbon,” Tom and Noëlle talk about how Catholicism and bourbon sort of “grew up together” in the late 18th century in the area around Bardstown, Kentucky.

Think: Kentucky Bourbon Trail meets The Camino.

Go on a Catholic pilgrimage in America to this place where great bourbon names like Basil Hayden, Wathen, Willet, JW Dant, Calvert, and Jim Beam all trace their lineage.

By 1808, in part due to the Catholic bourbon makers, Bardstown was one of the most important cities west of the Appalachians.

So when the Church was looking to establish a diocese west of the Appalachians, Bardstown was the logical choice.

So join us on this American pilgrimage, to experience it all  for yourself!

Listen to
the episode:

(16 minutes)

Join Noëlle and Tom Crowe on a domestic pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to the Kentucky Holy Land and Bourbon Country

With Spiritual Director

Father Marcus Pollard

Priest of the Diocese of Arlington, and
Chaplain at Christendom College
Pilgrims on Steps of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral

The pilgrims from August 2021 on the steps of St. Joseph Prot0-Cathedral in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Pilgrimage in the U.S. to Where Catholicism and Bourbon Matured Together

In episode 43, “Kentucky Catholics and Bourbon,” Tom and Noëlle talk about how Catholicism and bourbon sort of “grew up together” in the late 18th century in the area around Bardstown, Kentucky.

Think: Kentucky Bourbon Trail meets The Camino.

Go on a Catholic pilgrimage in America to this place where great bourbon names like Basil Hayden, Wathen, Willet, JW Dant, Calvert, and Jim Beam all trace their lineage.

By 1808, in part due to the Catholic bourbon makers, Bardstown was one of the most important cities west of the Appalachians.

So when the Church was looking to establish a diocese west of the Appalachians, Bardstown was the logical choice.

So join us on this American pilgrimage, to experience it all  for yourself!

Listen to the episode that started it all

(16 minutes)

Noëlle and Tom Crowe

Dear Friends!

With the pandemic ending, more places reopening, and travel restrictions relaxing, we are so happy to offer this pilgrimage to a truly remarkable place that the vast majority of Americans probably think of only for bluegrass and horse racing.

I grew up in northeast Ohio, and I had no idea that central Kentucky — just a 7-hour drive away — was such an important place in the life of the Church here in America. I am very excited to visit Bardstown and its surrounding towns, and to walk where Bishop Flaget, Father Badin, the earliest Dominicans, Father Nerinckx, the Sisters of Loretto, and so many holy and devoted lay men and women of faith labored to establish the Church west of the Appalachians.

And that this blessed place also happens to be where bourbon was born — and that they happened at about the same time! — truly seems like a sign from God.

Sign up at 206Tours to join us on this pilgrimage to this unforgettable place!

—Tom Crowe

 

Listen to the Spirit

 

We will visit some of the most important sites in the establishment and growth of the Church in Kentucky:

  • St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
  • Bishop Joseph Flaget’s Cabin
  • The Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse
  • Gethsemani Abbey
  • St. Rose Priory
  • Historic Churches St. Francis and Holy Cross
  • More
Kentucky Holy Land and Bourbon

Sample Some Spirits

 

We will also visit some of the most historic and well-known bourbon distilleries in Kentucky:

  • Evan Williams
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Jim Beam
  • Barton 1792
  • “Shaken and Stirred” bourbon cocktail class

Full Details and Registration

We are pleased to work with the wonderful people at 206 Tours to make this pilgrimage possible. 206 Tours has been in the travel and pilgrimage business for a long time, and they know how to take care of their guests.

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