DAVA Invites Young Adults to Mass Pilgrimage


The Dubuque Area Vocation Association (DAVA) invites Catholic young adults to celebrate Sunday liturgy with religious sisters and brothers at nine local communities. Each week starting Sunday, February 2, through Sunday, March 29, a different religious community will host.

“In my travels for vocation ministry, I’m finding that many young adults have not met Catholic Sisters or Brothers,” said DAVA member Sister Jessi Beck, PBVM, who helped co-create the event. “The Mass Pilgrimage is an opportunity to meet and pray together as well as to start building relationships.”

The schedule for the Mass Pilgrimage is as follows:

February 2: 9:00 a.m. Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM),
2360 Carter Road, Dubuque, Iowa
February 9: 10:00 a.m. Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM), 820 W. Central
Park Avenue, Davenport, Iowa
February 16: 11:00 a.m. Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa (OP), 585 County Road Z,
Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
February 23: 11:00 a.m. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), 1100
Carmel Drive, Dubuque
March 1: 10:00 a.m. Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) and Holy Spirit Missionary
Sisters (SSpS), Divine Word College 102 Jacoby Drive SW, Epworth, Iowa
March 8: 9:00 a.m. Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA), 912 Market
Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
March 15: 9:00 a.m. Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque (OSF), 3390 Windsor Avenue,
Dubuque, Iowa
March 22: 8:30 a.m. Trappistine Sisters Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey (OCSO),
8400 Abbey Hill Lane, Dubuque, Iowa
March 29: 9:00 a.m. Trappist Monks New Melleray Abbey (OCSO), 6632 Melleray
Circle, Peosta, Iowa

DAVA members will be in attendance at each Mass to greet visitors who attend.

“We hope people will feel welcome and know that their presence in the Church is important,” added Sister Jessi. “For those who visit several different religious communities, we hope they will see the beautiful diversity that religious life offers the church and world. The Archdiocese of Dubuque and surrounding area is blessed to have a variety of religious communities such as apostolic, missionary, monastic, and contemplative.”

DAVA was formed in 2000 as a collaborative vocation ministry effort among various religious communities in the Dubuque area and the Archdiocese of Dubuque. It has since expanded to include members along the Upper Mississippi Valley. DAVA members recognize, acknowledge, and affirm the baptismal call of all Christians and they reach out to nurture, promote, encourage and help those who feel called to religious life.

For more information, visit discernyourvocation.org/programs or contact Sister Jessi Beck at vocations@dbqpbvms.org or Ms. Michelle Horton at ma.horton6@gmail.com.