Pilgrim Center of Hope answers Christ’s call by guiding people to personally encounter Him through pilgrimages, conferences, and outreach.
PCH is a Nonprofit
The Pilgrim Center of Hope is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. PCH relies on private donations for funding.
PCH is an Apostolate
The Pilgrim Center of Hope is a Catholic evangelization apostolate. All staff, volunteers, benefactors, and prayer intercessors of PCH work to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through the wisdom of His Church.
Relationship with the Local Diocese: The Pilgrim Center of Hope has the full blessing of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS. While PCH works closely with the Archdiocese on a number of projects, PCH is not an office of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
What We Do
Answering Christ’s call, we cast three nets out into the world…
Although I’ve been a cradle Catholic all my life, it’s only now that my faith has gotten deeper and I find myself in a closer spiritual relationship with God through your inspiration and ministry.
I was interested and drawn to the Pilgrim Center of Hope by the very name which includes “Hope” […] My involvement has helped me to have a closer relationship with God and all of the people who touch my life, to share and live my faith with increased joy and spirit.
Your ministry helped guide me in making some huge changes in my life. Thank you for all that you do; it is truly changing lives!
It is AMAZING to someone like me, who grew up with no father figure of any kind, that God Himself, the Creator of the Universe, loves me and regards me as precious
I have been complacent in my faith for the first 56 of my 59 years… I suffered from severe depression… I am on fire now!
I no longer feel the need to carry an awful burden from childhood. This ministry helped me understand God’s mercy and grace.
I’ve been divorced now 4 months […] This ministry touched my heart because I often deal with feelings of failure, of inadequacy, of sadness, and ultimately it helps to hear that God loves us
I have so much to do each day; so many concerns and worries. I was able to let go my need to control and share my burdens with God.
I feel called to share and show God’s love as best I can to everyone I encounter, whether at work, on the street, or in the HEB check-out line.
Thank you for everything you do to keep me so close to our Lord, Mother Mary, and our fellow men. My life has changed so much ever since I was so blessed to have met all of you. My attitude about this world has changed for the better, and I do NOT fear Death anymore.
About Our Name & Logo
Both ancient and new
The highly symbolic name “Pilgrim Center of Hope” represents the Church in its journey of faith to the New Jerusalem, eternal life. PCH is an exemplary answer to the universal call to take responsibility for missionary activity in building up the body of Christ.
A role model for those involved with this apostolate is St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Her life and teaching demonstrate the close bond between mission and contemplation. In fact, there can be no mission without a life of intense prayer and communion with the Lord and His sacrifice on the Cross. The following quote from St. Thérèse appears on PCH’s Chapel door: “The Creator of the Universe awaits the prayer of a little soul to save other souls.”
Pilgrim Center of Hope’s logo elements:
- Ship — the Church on her pilgrim journey
- Chi Ro (“PX”) — Christ Jesus, head of the Church
- Open Sail — docility to the Holy Spirit
- Water — ‘waves’ of turmoil and calm in our lives
- Star — Mary, Star of Evangelization, guiding the pilgrim Church through her intercessory prayer
- People — all of humanity
- Pope — Vicar of Christ, guiding the ship