A Journey Towards Christ with Jean de Brébeuf and His Companions


Available: May through October
Group Size: Up to 100 students
Programme Fee: $ 6.00 (Martyrs’ Shrine) + $ 6.00 (Sainte-Marie among the Hurons)
Programme Duration: 5 to 6 hours


Walk-Where-They-Walked is a full-day pilgrimage experience developed for both grade school and high school students in the Roman Catholic separate school boards of Ontario.  An interdisciplinary experience, and developed following basic principles of education outlined in the internationally recognised Jesuit programme of education (Ignatian-Pedagogical- Paradigm), pilgrims are invited to prayerfully enter into the lives St. Jean de Brébeuf and his companions so as to: (1) enrich their understanding of the Roman Catholic tradition; (2) reflect upon their personal relationship with Jesus Christ; (3) inform them on various aspects of the early modern history of Canada; and (4) provide the opportunity for ongoing physical education.


Sample Programme Schedule

10:00 AM        Arrival at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
10:15 AM A specialised tour of the historic site where the Jesuit missionaries lived and worked among the Wendat people that highlights important historical elements related to: (1) the life of St. Jean de Brébeuf; (2) the story of ‘First Contact’ between the missionaries and their Wendat Companions; and (3) the daily life at Sainte-Marie.
12:00 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM A prayer service at the graves of St. Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lallemant (led by a Jesuit Priest), followed by a procession up to the the Martyrs’ Shrine.
1:05 PM Film Presentation – Martyrs’ Shrine: A Home of Peace
1:30 PM Pastoral Integration – A presentation given by a Jesuit Priest integrating aspects of the lives of the Canadian Martyrs into the pastoral reality of the Christian life today.
1:45 PM Break-Out Discussion –  Pilgrims are led, by a Spiritual Animator, in a practical activity that invites them to reflect upon what they have seen and heard during their day of pilgrimage, and to consider how the story of Jean de Brébeuf and his companions might effect their own relationships with God.
2:10 PM Mass and Blessing with the Relics – Pilgrims have the opportunity to have a personalised Mass in the Shrine Church, and to be blessed with the relics of Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lallemant.
2:40 PM Optional Tour of the Grounds or physical education activities led by the teaching staff in attendance.


All educational groups participating in our Walk Where They Walked programme will receive an interactive compact disc containing a curriculum based lesson plan upon booking. These lessons have been developed in consultation with the five separate school boards of the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

This CD contains:

  • A lesson plan covering the history of Jesuits in Canada – the Huronia Missions.
  • Questions to which the answers can be discovered by students by visiting the Martyrs’ Shrine church, museum and, within the video viewed by programme participants.
  • Images of the Martyrs’ Shrine church and grounds.
  • 17th Century Maps
  • Songs written by Father Brébeuf and Jogues.

This CD is intended to be an introduction to the Martyrs’ Shrine as well as an educational classroom resource for teaching staff integrating the theme of Huronia history with Social Studies and the Fine Arts curriculum.



Available: February through March
Group Size: Up to 50 students
Programme Fee: $ 12.00
Programme Duration: 5 to 6 hours


Taking the first steps into post secondary education is for most students filled with excitement, some apprehension, and change.  It is important that they approach these milestone events rooted and grounded in a strong sense of identity, able to: (1) reflectively discern God’s desires for them; (2) to live out those desires in a loving and responsible way; and to (3) understand that each of them have been gifted with talents that together can make the divine aspirations for the world a reality.

Recognising, as the Canadian Martyrs’ did, that the more deeply one embraces the Jesus Christ, the more she/he can discover their own vocations, A Journey of Discovery with Christ is a day-long retreat programme that invites students and their teachers to set out on a journey alongside Jean de Brébeuf and his companions towards a deeper union with Jesus Christ.

Retreat Components:

  • Facilitated discussions led by a Jesuit priest.
  • Integrated activities led by a trained Spiritual Animator
  • A Snow-Shoe procession to St. Joseph’s Church
  • A Personalised fireside Mass by the graves of St. Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lallemant.

A Journey of Discovery with Christ is a programme that incorporates elements of both the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola and the Ontario Catholic School Graduation Expectations with the lives of St. Jean de Brébeuf and his companions.

To Book Your Programme Contact:

Joanne Adams
Pilgrimage Coordinator

If you would like to expand Walk-Where-They-Walked into an overnight directed retreat  programme, please inquire about our 32-bed on-site dormitory facility.