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Midshipmen to Participate in the annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services



This Sunday, Oct. 3, members of the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA) Cardinal Newman Club will participate in the annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services at the Basilica at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, in Emmitsburg, MD. The Pilgrimage is a “special Mass where members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine and Public Health Services join family and friends in prayer to thank Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American for her protection and ask for her continued intercession.”

USMMA Midshipmen will participate in the procession and serve as lectors during the Mass which will be celebrated by Bishop Neal J. Buckon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Military Services.

“As the Patroness of the Sea Services, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has strong connections to those who spend their lives at sea and those devoted to public health. Two of her sons, Richard and William, served in the Navy, and her father, Richard Bayley, was a prominent New York City physician in the 18th century and the city’s first chief health officer.”

If you would like to set your DVR, the Pilgrimage Mass will be shown live on EWTN, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3. It will also be livestreamed on

For further information, you may click: Annual Sea Services Pilgrimage You will be redirected to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.



The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y, educates and graduates leaders of exemplary character who are inspired to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the United States as licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Academy, which was established under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1943. It is administered by the Maritime Administration under the auspices of the Department of Transportation.


Last updated: Friday, October 1, 2021

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