Santa Margarita Catholic HIgh School's 17th annual senior pilgrimage took place on Holy Thursday, April 13, with 238 students from the Class of 2017 walking 13 miles from the Santa Margarita campus to Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano. This annual tradition is a special milestone and gives students a chance to reflect and honor someone special in their lives (as was noted on the handwritten stickers they wore during the walk). As seniors gathered early in the Moiso Pavilion, Father Frederick was on hand to offer prayers and to bless their pilgrimage cross necklaces.
At 8 am, the students along with 30 parents and faculty members, began the trek which was rerouted this year to include more restroom stops and fewer hills. Thanks to our friends at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who opened their doors for us, participants were able to make restroom stops twice along the route. An additional stop was made available by our friends at St. Edward the Confessor Parish School who sponsored two portable toilets. Over 100 parent volunteers contributed to the day’s success by contributing food, helping with registration and lunch set up, and creating eight stations along the route. Students enjoyed the creativity, enthusiasm and nourishment that the parents provided. The pilgrimage concluded with lunch and musical worship led by Mr. Francis Cabildo. Notably special about this year’s pilgrimage was that it marked the 14th Pilgrimage that our Campus Ministry Director, Nancy Hormuth, has orchestrated. The students paid special tribute to Mrs. Hormuth, as she will be retiring at the end of this school year. According to SM alumni parent and photographer, Steve Wylie, who captured images at the event, "It was a truly magical day, and a well-deserved love fest for Mrs. Hormuth!"