Route Map

Route Map
Sacred Heart, Dallas City, IL is in the top area of the map. The red pin dropped on the left side of the map indicates Nauvoo, IL


There is a small parking lot in front of Sacred Heart Church in Dallas City.  Please continue to check website for new details on parking.

Suggested Items to Bring:

  1. A backpack
  2. Prayer aids/Rosary
  3. Appropriate dress for the walk -We walk RAIN or SHINE.
  4. Water bottles
  5. Lunch and Snacks
  6. Comfortable walking shoes
  7. Extra pair of socks
  8. Some first-aid items (powder, bandages),
  9. Sun screen
  10. Dry and wet tissues
  11. Small towel


Pilgrims are responsible for their own accommodation planning. Please note that states on both sides of the Mississippi River have lodging. If you need more guidance, please feel free to contact us.




Q. Do I have to be Catholic to walk?

A. No, all are welcome to walk.


Q. Do I have to walk the entire walk?

A. No, the amount you walk is based on your personal preference.


Q. Is there a fee?

A. No, there is no fee. We ask that you do works of mercy for others as the contribution to the pilgrimage.


Q. Will I be able to go to confession on the walk?

A. Fr. Tom Otto will be presenting meditations on the walk and will be available to step aside and here confessions away from the rest of the pilgrims. Going to confession one of the requirements for receiving the indulgence at the Holy Door.

To receive a plenary indulgence

To refresh everyone’s memories, here are the normal conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence:

  • It is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
  • A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:
    • have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
    • have sacramentally confessed their sins;
    • receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required); and
    • pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
  • It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an Our Father and a Hail Mary are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.
  • For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).
  • Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.    -credit given to: http://www.thedivinemercy.org/jubilee/thebasics/indulgence.php