Retrace Father Sorin’s steps on the Notre Dame Trail: Registration now open

Author: Sue Ryan

Notre Dame Trail

Registration is now open for the Notre Dame Trail, a 300-mile pilgrimage on foot from Vincennes, Indiana, to South Bend that recreates the November 1842 journey of University of Notre Dame founder Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., and seven Congregation of Holy Cross brothers.

The Congregation of Holy Cross had received a gift of land in Indiana for the purpose of founding a school near the banks of the St. Joseph River. Father Sorin and his companions set out on their journey, determined to establish a school dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, which would, in Father Sorin’s prophetic words, “become a powerful means for good.”

From Aug. 13 to Aug. 26, 2017, as part of the University’s 175th anniversary celebration, the Notre Dame Trail will commemorate Father Sorin’s journey. Three package options allow participants to select a distance that meets their physical abilities. Packages include a five-day (Aug. 22-26), 70-mile option; a three-day (Aug. 24-26), 40-mile choice; and a one-day (Aug. 26), eight-mile route. For those who are not able to make the journey in person, there will be a number of ways to participate virtually.

The Notre Dame Trail will conclude on Aug. 26 (Saturday) with a celebratory Mass on South Quad.

For complete information about how to register for the Notre Dame Trail, visit