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Pilgrims 'Pop-Up' to Learn the Secrets of Cupples House


SLU community members heard tales of art-collecting Flemish baronesses and St. Louis business tycoons as they undertook a journey to discover the SLU history and spiritual stories around them at the Office of Mission and Identity’s second “Pop-Up Pilgrimage.”

Suwalsky leading pilgrims.

David Suwalsky, S.J. (right stairwell) leads SLU community members on a journey to uncover the stories behind the art in the historic Samuel Cupples House Museum on Wednesday, July 17. Photo by Amelia Flood

The series returned for a second journey as pilgrims, led by David Sulwalsky, S.J., toured the historic Samuel Cupples House Museum on Wednesday, July 17.

Suwalsky and the Office of Mission and Identity launched the series with a journey earlier this year as a means to “share with one another our experience of God and goodness with sensitivity and in a spirit of mutual understanding.”

Traditionally, a pilgrimage required of a believer to journey to a holy site, often under rigorous conditions. Famous pilgrimage routes include the road to Santiago de Compostela, the burial site of St. James the Apostle, and journeys Chartres Cathedral in France or sites in the Holy Land.

The series’ first pilgrimage took pilgrims through the history of the University’s spiritual home, St. Francis Xavier College Church.