Western Massachusetts bishop to make pilgrimage on foot

May 18, 2015

[Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts] Bishop Douglas Fisher, IX bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, is walking 50 miles through the Berkshires in four days – May 24-27, 2015.  This is his third walk through the diocese.  Bishop Fisher walked the Worcester corridor last October and the Pioneer Valley this past March.  When he reaches the finish line in Sheffield, MA, Bishop Fisher will have walked 170 miles of the sacred ground God has entrusted to his care.

In ancient days bishops walked their territories – staff in hand – as a visible sign of the universal Church embodied in its leader.  The Bishop continues to be that witness of presence and the bridge between local congregations and the larger Church.  Although Bishop Fisher has visited each of the 60 congregations at least once in the past two years, he is setting out on foot to:

  • LISTEN to the experiences and hopes of the people he meets
  • TALK about the Gospel informally
  • PRAY with people where they are – beyond church walls
  • BLESS all who serve the poor, the imprisoned, the sick, the homeless and all who seek his prayers

This pilgrimage will be supported by staff and Episcopal contacts throughout the Berkshire corridor.  Bishop Fisher will walk with members of local congregations who wish to join him along the way but he will walk much of this journey alone.  It is a contemplative endeavor as well as an opportunity for ministry.  His journey will begin and end in Episcopal churches, but all the stops in between reflect his desire to meet people where they are – especially those engaged in the mission of the Gospel.  Visit the pilgrimage page for more information. A highlighted itinerary is available here and local press is welcome to cover Bishop Fisher’s public stops.  Arrival times are flexible as his time each day may vary.  Please contact Victoria Ix to determine his ETA at a particular stop.